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How to clean Blichmann Riptide Pump

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beerisyummy

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Who has a Blichmann Riptide?
The manual says: "After use completely disassemble the pump and soak the parts in PBW ... Then rinse the parts in hot tap water and soak the parts in StarSan. Allow the parts to air dry and reassemble the pump for storage." I use an "Exchillerator" counterflow wort chiller with my set-up. Prior to cooling, I run Star-San through the system for a couple minutes. After cooling, I run clear water through the system to rinse, then circulate cleaning solution for a couple minutes (the stuff the Exchillerator guys sell, seems similar to PBW) then clear water rinse again. I have yet to open up the pump for cleaning ... am I doing it wrong?
 

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I was doing the same as you but at the end of my brew day. At the start I flush it with clean water before I let the hot wort sterilize the CF chiller. That was working but I found some water sits in the pump and came out a nasty color from sitting in there too long between brewdays. If its going to sit for a while you probably want to crack it open to make sure its properly dry in there.
 

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I completely disassemble mine after every use, clean and air dry. It is a super easy way to limit a possible infection point.
 

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I clean mine in place with PBW and rinse with hot water after every brew. I use the pump to move hot water to my mash tun and HLT, so any residual water that may be in there is mashed, sparged and subsequently boiled, thereby rendering it harmless. Anytime I've ever disassembled it, it's clean as a whistle, which is supposedly clean. I see no reason to disassemble it.
 
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