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Old 06-05-2013, 02:12 AM   #1
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I just bought a wort chiller off of someone. Whats the best way to clean it? Just soak in sanstar or something?


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Old 06-05-2013, 02:16 AM   #2
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I just rinse it off after use then put it in the boil with 10-15 minutes left to sterilize. If there is any sticky crud left a little scrub with a brush is enough. I might use some oxyclean but don't waste your Starsan - there is no need to sanitize it.


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Old 06-05-2013, 02:56 AM   #3
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If it get's really caked on crap, I use a regular kitchen sponge and use the scrubby side. If you have some scotch brite around the house, that works as well. That gives it a nice new shine to it as well, because you are basically polishing the copper.
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Old 06-05-2013, 01:59 PM   #4
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For the first time, hot water and maybe a little soap. Rinse it off really well.
When I run water through the chiller, I collect the water in the bucket I use for fermentation temperature control (a big one from Walmart). When I'm done chilling, I stick the IC and anything else I need to clean into that tub of hot water and use a washcloth. Works pretty good.
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Old 06-05-2013, 03:40 PM   #5
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Wait... are you supposed to put the chiller in while its still boiling? Or can you just put sanitzier on it and then put it int he kettle after you have removed it from the heat?
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Wait... are you supposed to put the chiller in while its still boiling? Or can you just put sanitzier on it and then put it int he kettle after you have removed it from the heat?
The guy who runs our lhbs said he never has to use sanitizer on his chiller. He just puts it in during the last 15 minutes of the boil and its as shiny as the day he bought it
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The guy who runs our lhbs said he never has to use sanitizer on his chiller. He just puts it in during the last 15 minutes of the boil and its as shiny as the day he bought it
You beat me to it but that's exactly right. I now use a CFC but when I used to use my IC, I would scrub it down with Oxyclean after brewing, then before the next brew, I would just rinse it with water. Then put the chiller into the BK 15-20 min before the end of the boil.
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Well I think I actually put sanitizer on it before I put it into the wort to chill... Note to self... put it in 10-15 minutes to sanitize!
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Old 06-05-2013, 04:58 PM   #9
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Thanks everyone for the advice, excited to get to use this Friday. Sure as hell will beat ice baths!
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You'll love it. Just be sure to stir your wort with a sanitized plastic spoon while chilling. It will chill much faster.

After removing the chiller, cover the kettle and let it sit 15-20 min before transferring wort to the fermenter. Lots of junk will settle out.


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