Stainless Steel CIP Spray Balls for Sparging and Cleaning

8c3c93a1-b53a-4be0-b96b-30f2ecf67a80Thanks to HBF Reader Sam for this photo!  [8 Ways to Connect with HBF]

CIP (Clean in Place) Spray Balls are generally used for vessels that are too large to move.  Since they’re too large to move you… clean them in place.  If you have a larger setup, you could incorporate these into your system or routine to help clean your vessels more easily.

Seller QM Stainless on Amazon offers a variety of spray balls including stationary and rotary.  Note that if you’re going to try and use this for sparging, you may want to use the fixed spray version as Sam did.  You’re probably not going to get enough pressure with gravity alone to turn the rotary version.

A couple specific models to consider:

HBF Reader Sam uses this spray ball as part of his sparging setup.  See photo above.

Sam Says…

“I recently purchased a fixed spray ball – my original intent was to use it for a keg / carboy cleaner but have been playing with it in my mash re-circulation set-up. I screwed a spare male quick disconnect into the spray ball and held it in position over the tun. It worked so well that I am considering drilling a hole in the lid of my cooler and using it there permanently. Here’s a picture of it in action last Saturday.”

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I use this rotary spray ball with my Mark II Keg and Carboy Cleaner.  See: Mark II Keg and Carboy Washer Mod – SS CIP Spray Ball – for more info including a video of the spray ball in action.  I got that idea from HBF Reader Chris.  See his comments below.

Seller QM Stainless on Amazon offers a variety of spray balls including stationary and rotary.

HBF Reader Chris Says…

By the way, I bought the rotating version of this spray ball with the idea of mounting it on my Mark II keg cleaner [HBF Review]. It works great! It can’t fit inside my glass carboys, but it fits inside my plastic carboys, buckets, kegs, etc, and it rotates around while spraying. I feel like this is a good upgrade for the Mark II keg cleaner because otherwise it just sprays up and sometimes doesn’t get all the nooks and crannies as efficiently as it could.

Of course, you could also install these in larger vessels for Clean in Place/CIP Cleaning.

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4 thoughts on “Stainless Steel CIP Spray Balls for Sparging and Cleaning

  1. Blake Butler

    Got one of the rotary ones with the intention of making it sparge. Gravity fed water tends to make the thing just pour water with very little turning. I’m wondering what kind of pressure I need to get it to actually spray and turn, giving a nice distribution of sparge water to my mash? Because gravity isn’t going to cut it.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hey Blake! Yeah, I think you’re right on pressure being the issue. Do you have a pump to try and give it a little assistance? Or, can you get some more drop in the system? The fixed head version would probably work better for sparging.

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  2. Chris

    By the way, I bought the rotating version of this spray ball with the idea of mounting it on my Mark II keg cleaner. It works great! It can’t fit inside my glass carboys, but it fits inside my plastic carboys, buckets, kegs, etc, and it rotates around while spraying. I feel like this is a good upgrade for the Mark II keg cleaner because otherwise it just sprays up and sometimes doesn’t get all the nooks and crannies as efficiently as it could.

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  3. Zac Owen

    No kidding, I ordered one of these just a few weeks ago with the idea in mind that I could use it for sparging and then as a CIP rig when all was said and done for the day. My igloo lid fits my kettle perfectly, so I can simply move the lid from one vessel to the other and I have a completely closed loop cleaning system with no mess and a completely hands off approach by recirculating with my pump.

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