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Old 10-26-2012, 12:38 AM   #1
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Default Easy Corny Keg Washer

So this is nothing too new but my implementation of a corny keg washer.


Essentially I took a 5 gallon bucket, Superior Pump 1/3 HP, adapted it from 1 1/4" FNPT down to 3/4" slip and run 3/4" PVC to a 1/2" TC which I use my interchangeable rotating spray nozzle on (I say interchangeable because I use one nozzle for all CIP - it's connected to a TC adapter I can use for my conical, pots, etc etc). It's designed so the spray nozzle is almost at the top of the keg when flipped upside down for full coverage. The liquid flows back in via 5 2-1/4" holes drilled in the lid and the corny has a open gas and liquid ball lock connector to let any accumulated liquid back through.

So my basic CIP program is:

1) Cold Rinse
2) PBW Hot
3) Hot Rinse
4) Flush with filtered air
5) Star Sans Cold
6) Flush and Pressurize with CO2

With this setup I can run 6 kegs with just a couple of gallons of solution in a coupe of hours. Saves so much water, time and effort. Hope someone finds this useful! More pics upon request.
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Old 10-26-2012, 12:44 AM   #2
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Cool. You should make some kind of addapter on it. So you can wash all your carboys on it also. I like it.
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I have two conicals (Brewhemoths) - no Carboys. But if there's some interest I could see about doing something for a carboy.
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I would really like to see the guts of this if you have pics availible.
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If you are using plastic carboys you need to pay closer attention to the heat of the water you use... i killed a carboy with my cleaner by going too hot.

I also found that my cleaner (pretty much the same as yours) would leak all over the place, so i took a bucket, cut out most of the bottom, and put it upright between the keg and the bucket with solution, acting like a funnel.

Viola, problem solved.
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I'm not having any issues with leaking - cleaned 6 kegs today and it worked like a champ. The key is large enough return holes. Also the spray nozzle helps keep the flow steady. Without that I could see there being a leaking issue.

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I built one of those also, one of the best things I've ever built. I can clean 9 kegs in 45 minutes where it used to take hours.



I also clean my 30 gallon fermenter with it...



For a carboy you only need a carboy stand...

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What is that in the back ground of your pictures monster mash? looks cool....
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What is that in the back ground of your pictures monster mash? looks cool....
Um, grass?
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No the last picture. Patriot poop stain.
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