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:
- 0.5″ SUS304 Female 360 Degree Fix Spray Ball Stainless Tank Cleaning Ball
- NEW 0.5 Inch Stainless Rotary Spray Ball Female CIP Tank Cleaning Ball
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.”
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.
Make sure the components you use are compatible and rated for your intended application. Contact manufacturer with questions about suitability or a specific application. Always read and follow manufacturer directions.
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