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arborman

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Is it necessary to remove and clean the ball valve on the kettle on a regular basis? I was under the impression that it was not needed.... I usually just fill up the kettle with PBW post boil, let it soak, and drain thru the ball valve. I figured that did a good enough job. But, now I am second guessing that and was wondering if you all routinely dismantle and clean your kettle ball valves.
 

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I'm guessing the valve gets hot enough to kill any nasties. If you recirculate your boiling wort for a bit, that also will help kill the bad stuff.

I personally wouldn't sweat it.
 

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Is it necessary to remove and clean the ball valve on the kettle on a regular basis? I was under the impression that it was not needed.... I usually just fill up the kettle with PBW post boil, let it soak, and drain thru the ball valve. I figured that did a good enough job. But, now I am second guessing that and was wondering if you all routinely dismantle and clean your kettle ball valves.
I six years as a brewer I have never paid particular attention to my hot side ball valves.

That said, on the post brew day cold side, I have been known to run sanitation products through the valves fully open, a bit less open, somewhat open then closed. I know how the valve operates therefore thought that a step cleaning process may be of some value. Especially on the cold side of my brewery.
 
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