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Old 02-02-2013, 02:46 AM   #1
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I've been thinking about this for awhile and recently divested my corny collection in favor of 1/6th BBL Sankes. Now I need to wash them and pulling the snap ring and spear every time in order to clean them is a pain in the you know what. I decided to do this in an inexpensive fashion and set a budget of $500 for the job, then proceeded to ignore the budget and spent lots more $$$ than I should have but here I will document my build! The basic gist is two 10 gallon kettles with lots of TC ports from ebay, a march nano pump, some three way valves, lots of TC fittings, high temp/high pressure tubing, more three way valves that will break into air and CO2 fittings and a drainage bucket and a micromatic sanke D type cleaning and filling coupling.... oh and then about 40 linear feet of stainless tubing to keep it interesting : )

The basic process will be:
0.Fill reservoir0 with CIP solution (Acid based), Fill reservoir1 with low foam sanitizer
1.Place keg inverted on the stand and hook up the micromatic head.
2. Open drain valve to bucket and compressed air valve to drain the old crap from the keg - then close when emptied
3. Open reservoir0 supply valve to pump, open drainage valve to return to reservoir0, engage pump - cleaning cycle. Complete, turn off pump - close valves
4. Open reservoir1 supply valve to pump, open drainage valve to return to reservoir1, engage pump - sanitizing cycle. Complete, turn off pump - close valves
5. Open drainage valve to bucket, Open CO2 valve, purge vessel. close all valves
6. remove keg, repeat as necessary

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Old 02-02-2013, 02:47 AM   #2
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Initial components getting fitted
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Old 02-02-2013, 03:01 AM   #3
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Dude, don't you know there are homebrewers in third world countries who can't even afford SS for boil kettles, and you're using them for cleaning kegs?
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Old 02-02-2013, 05:01 AM   #4
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Dude, don't you know there are homebrewers in third world countries who can't even afford SS for boil kettles, and you're using them for cleaning kegs?
And I want to adopt every last one.....
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Old 02-02-2013, 11:06 AM   #5
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You must really hate washing kegs I'm a stainless junkie and that set up is like dope..look forward to the outcome.

 
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Old 02-02-2013, 01:23 PM   #6
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You must really hate washing kegs
Or need to wash a quite a few! This is awesome! Feed me more details please....soon!

 
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Old 02-02-2013, 04:03 PM   #7
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Here's a diagram of what I am thinking about, enjoy... sorry it's not in any cad program, I'm a PPT guy : )
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Old 02-02-2013, 04:28 PM   #8
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I think you nailed your budget in small hardware alone :-)

 
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Old 02-02-2013, 04:47 PM   #9
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I think you nailed your budget in small hardware alone :-)
Indeed, actually a little over with the premium I had to pay to source 1/2" stainless t type ball valves : (

I will post a BOM once I have everything nailed out this week. The original design had automated ball valves and a controller.... We'll see where I end up once I build the controller, panel and wire it all up (pump control and single element on the CIP tank)

Manual single station keg washers are about 5k and automated are over 12k easy.... So I still think this has legs but probably a little intense for the typical homebrewer budget.

 
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Old 02-02-2013, 05:36 PM   #10
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Thank you for sharing your process and build.

I have to say very nice and you used my favorite color, "Stainless".

I am currently monkeying around with a similar issue using 2 Igloo Cube coolers and 2 sump pumps, from Home Depot (1 PBW, 1 Starsan), garden hose and a C02 Tank. Shocked once and I get soaked every time I wash Kegs.

I cannot wait to see how your build turns out.

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