Water everywhere!?

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Water everywhere!?

Post by wookie » Sun Mar 23, 2014 6:36 pm

Maybe its because I'm still new to my Sabco {used 4 times} but I get drenched and so does my garage, am I just being sloppy or does everyone have this problem?? I usually hook up a hose to the plumbing on it and flush the lines out... I didn't like doing the clean in place method, I didn't think it cleaned it enough.. Anyone got any tips or am I just being a slop? Thanks!
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Re: Water everywhere!?

Post by mchrispen » Mon Mar 24, 2014 1:34 pm

I can make a mess if I am not careful, and it can make the floor dangerously slippery. I am in a garage, so occasionally roll the system out and wash it down outside. I need to redo the floor enamel with some sand additive to make this a bit more workable. I do see the occasional drip from a not quite tightened TC clamp.

The biggest issue for me seems relative to moving hoses, particularly when chilling (and I usually need to use a pre-chiller in ice). My ChillWizard leaks a bit, and I need to reassemble (again) with new plumbing tape-didn't do a very good job.. I put a puppy pad under it - and that keeps most of the puddling under control. I also seem to spill/spray too much when filling the HLT - and am building a little PEX faucet that I can attach to the kettle.

When cleaning after (or during) the brewday, I usually only focus on the MLT - muck it out with a large wet dry vac. Rinse and wipe down the interior, and pull the dip tube and false bottom. A couple of simple rinses and I can vac out all of the residual malt, and give the FB a good scrub. I do fill the MLT with a few gallons of cold clean water and recirculate - then drain, and leave the dump valve open. That seems to get the worst out, and takes about 5-10 minutes at worst.

I am still experimenting with the CIP lid. I have been doing this between brews with longer runs with caustic and then an acid rinse. Because my pressure is lower, a much longer CIP cycle needs to happen... but it comes out pretty clean.
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Post by wookie » Mon Mar 24, 2014 2:37 pm

Thanks! I'll try my shop vac and CIP again.. my chill-wizard does the same thing I have quick connections installed on it and wrapped in plumbing tap.. it cut back water loss a lot but still leaks. Ill try a few other things I had in mind and let ya know how they work out.. I'm usually 10 batches in by now and thought id have a better water system installed by now, but winter will not let up in northwest indiana this year!
Thanks for the advice!
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Re: Water everywhere!?

Post by HopMonster » Tue Mar 25, 2014 8:56 am

Trust the CIP. The biggest issue is watching hoses when you pump at weird angles (i.e., recirc @ the BK), that is when a hose breaks free and sprays down my place.

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Post by wookie » Mon Mar 31, 2014 9:43 pm

Thanks for the advice everyone! I think (well know) I'm rushing my cleaning now, so I'll try a few of the suggestions and see how it works out... I'd love to be able to brew in my spare room, but gotta be less messy.

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Post by wookie » Mon Apr 07, 2014 7:34 pm

Ok, so I just brewed my Black IPA and I used my shop vac to clean the MT...it worked great but I still was hesitant to clean in place.. Prior to brewing I took apart the thermometer and heating element to see if they had got gunked up....It was as clean as the day I got it... Back to the MT it was super fast vac'n it but still thought their was to much grain from what the vac wouldn't get so I didn't cycle the cleaner through it... Still took the kegs off, scrubbed and cleaned them plus having to clean out the shop vac also... Back to cleaning the system and CW, I Simply spayed cleaner hooked my hose up to the tubes and blasted away (kept the ball valves on so I didn't soak everything like I normally do) works great!! all the leftover wort and gunk gets shot out the dump valve. I also did this with the CW, worked good but got pretty wet.. The day went well didn't get as wet as I have before.... Don't know if im going to use the vac again cuz it's just one more thing to clean..

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Re: Water everywhere!?

Post by HopMonster » Tue Apr 08, 2014 12:43 pm

ShopVac is king! You always need to pull down the MT & BK to do a scrub.

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