Category Archives: Cleaning

Tip: Straighten Homebrew Tubing

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  • If you have a length of tubing that is difficult to roll up correctly or otherwise sits incorrectly, try soaking it it warm or hot water (be very careful!) and then bend the tubing how you want it and let it cool.
  • Don’t exceed the maximum temp rating for your tubing
  • Search Amazon for “food safe tubing”
  • Related Top Post: Tips: Cleaning, Drying & Storing Tubing
  • Related Categories: Tubing

Tips: Cleaning, Drying & Storing Homebrew Tubing

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Use a Wallpaper Prep Tray for Cleaning, Sanitizing and Storage of Longer Brewing Items

Pictured: Zinsser 98030 30-Inch Wallpaper Prep Tray – via Amazon

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Update International 12″ x 12″ Interlocking Drying Mats – Lots of Uses – $2.39 + Free Prime Ship

Update International BMI-12CL Interlocking bar Mat Square, 12" x 12", Clear

Update International BMI-12CL Interlocking bar Mat Square, 12″ x 12″, Clear


From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • Interlocking bar mat perfect for lining shelves and counters to protect glassware and china
  • Interlocking design system snaps together to fit most places
  • Made of non-skid pvc and is lightweight
  • Diamond-shape cutouts allow for even airflow and sanitary drying
  • Each square measures 12″ x 12″; dishwasher safe

I use similar mats (different model and manufacturer) and find them very handy.  I use them for drying brew day gear and glassware and also underneath my fermenter in my fermentation deep freeze to improve airflow and keep the fermenter out of any condensation that might show up).  I also use this in bottom of my kegerator.  Lots more info here – Not Just for Bars Anymore… Using Interlocking Bar Mats Around Your Home Brewery!

10/20/20 1 AM Central: These are selling for just $2.39 (clear version only). That’s the best historical direct from Amazon price I found, notwithstanding Lightning Deals or coupons. Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying order Prices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

Update International BMI-12CL Interlocking bar Mat Square, 12″ x 12″, Clear – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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Tip: Using Undiluted PBW to Help with Bottle Label Removal

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  • Soaking your bottles in hot PBW is not a new technique.  It works well and I would venture a guess that a lot of homebrewers do this.
  • Here’s the tip… If you have a label or bits of adhesive that are being stubborn,   Put a little bit of PBW right on a label or adhesive that’s giving you problems and scrub.  The grittiness of the PBW combined with it’s full strength application generally dissolves the label and adhesive in short order.
  • PBW can be rough on your hands when diluted.  That’s even more true when it’s undiluted.  I recommend using protective gloves when dealing with PBW.
  • Search Amazon for “elbow length cleaning gloves”
  • Search Amazon for “PBW Cleaner”
  • Search Amazon for “scrub pads”
  • Search MoreBeer for “PBW”
  • Related Categories: BottlingCleaning

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Kedsum 330 GPH Submersible Pump – $13.27 + free prime ship, w/coupon + Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Build

KEDSUM 880GPH Submersible Pump(3500L/H, 100W), Ultra Quiet Water Pump with 13ft High Lift, Fountain Pump with 5.9 ft Power Cord, 3 Nozzles for Fish Tank, Pond, Aquarium, Statuary, Hydroponics

KEDSUM Submersible Pump

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  • ★Powerful Speed Flow: Max Flow Rate: 330 GPH per hour(1500L/H), Max Lift Height: up to 6.5 Feet.(Grounded power cord:5.9ft)
  • ★Ultra Quiet: This water pump is designed for reliability and ultra-quiet operation to provide years of service, energy-saving and low power consumption.(Power: 25 W,Voltage: 110V)
  • ★Perfect size:This profile size water pump is great to hide or disguise (Dimensions: 3.35(L) *2.37(W) *2.76(H) inches ).With no seals or messy oils ,the suction cups mounting feet for either vertical or horizontal mounting.
  • ★3 Outlet Adapters: Equipped with 3 interchangeable Outlet Adapters for different tubing, one is 0.51inch, one is 0.63inch, and the other is 0.75inch.This submersible pump is ideal for fresh-water, salt-water, can be applied in ponds, fountains, waterfalls, aquariums, water features, hydroponic gardens and water changes
  • ★Detachable and Cleanable: The pond pump is easy to detach to clean. [NOTE: This water pump is metric threads. Pump metric threaded fit for vinyl tubing, need a 13mm metric to 0.5″ NPT Adapter to fit for standard 1/2″ threaded PVC fitting.]

 

I use a similar pump (different manufacturer, features and specifications) for a recirculating draft line cleaning setup.  Note that fittings sizes are different on this pump vs the one I use in that build.  Adjust accordingly  Another possible homebrewing application would be to set this up for use a part of a recirculating wort chiller setup.

10/19/20 11 AM This is on sale for $16.39.  Click on “Save extra 20% when you apply this coupon” and the price drops to $13.27 at checkout.  Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying order. Prices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

KEDSUM Submersible Pump – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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8 lbs! TLC Tank and Line Cleaner – $39.97 + free shipping & Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Build

Tank & Line Cleaner 8 lb

Tank & Line Cleaner 8 lb

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  • Versatile: TLC is a versatile cleaner and allows for both soak and low foam circulation cleaning. This product works at all temperatures.
  • Safe: This product is safe on skin, and has no noxious fumes, while maintaining the effectiveness of heavy-duty caustic cleaners.
  • Effective: TLC is effective at removing the toughest caked-on debris without scrubbing. It is non-corrosive and safe to use on soft metals.
  • Economical: TLC is an easy to use and economical choice for tank and line cleaning.

 

Build a Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump

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Tank & Line Cleaner 8 lb – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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4 Piece Scrub Brush Power Drill Attachments [Deep Clean Your Kettle & More] – $9.95 + Free Prime Ship

Holikme 4 Pack Drill Brush Power Scrubber Cleaning Brush Extended Long Attachment Set All Purpose Drill Scrub Brushes Kit for Grout, Floor, Tub, Shower, Tile, Bathroom and Kitchen Surface

Holikme 4 Pack Drill Brush Power Scrubber Cleaning Brush Extended Long Attachment Set

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  • 3 shape of brushes clean your bathtub, grout, upholstery, bathroom surface, floor, tile, shower, toilet and carpet etc, Nylon bristles will not scratch surfaces of them.
  • Extended reach attachment help brush to clean the tight spaces or hard-to-reach areas such like stove grates, drip pans, crevices, car etc
  • Extended reach attachment have the slip joint and magnet, it can lock the brushes tightly and make precise control.
  • Bruehes and Extended reach attachment fit into most of the cordless drills
  • Cordless Drill NOT included.

 

Note: The drill is not included.  This may be handy for deep cleaning or kettle or other brewing gear.

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Holikme 4 Pack Drill Brush Power Scrubber Cleaning Brush Extended Long Attachment Set All Purpose Drill Scrub Brushes Kit for Grout, Floor, Tub, Shower, Tile, Bathroom and Kitchen Surface – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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Dernord Stainless Steel CIP Spray Ball – $13.99, Best Price + A Deal on Mark’s Keg & Carboy Washer

DERNORD Rotary Spray Ball NPT Female CIP Tank Cleaning Ball 360° Spray Pattern, Stainless Steel 304 (1/2" NPT Threaded)

DERNORD Rotary Spray Ball NPT Female CIP Tank Cleaning Ball 360° Spray Pattern, Stainless Steel 304 (1/2″ NPT Threaded)

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  • Connection: 1/2″ NPT Female Thread
  • Ball Diameter: 40mm
  • Working Pressure: 1-2 bar
  • Cleaning Radius:0.5-1.5M
  • Fluxation: 12m³/h

 

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.

Other possible homebrew applications: A CIP ball could be as part of a recirculating or sparging setup or as part of a keg or carboy cleaning setup.  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. 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.

10/16/20 2 PM Central: This selling for just $13.99.  That’s the best historical third party Amazon price I found, notwithstanding Lightning Deals or coupons. Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying order. Prices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability. Also: Recent Amazon Finds and Amazon Fillers Resource Page  Related Deal: Mark’s Keg & Carboy Washer for $79

DERNORD Rotary Spray Ball NPT Female CIP Tank Cleaning Ball 360° Spray Pattern, Stainless Steel 304 (1/2″ NPT Threaded) – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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8 lbs PBW Homebrew Cleaner – $39.99 + free ship eligible, limited availability

Five Star PBW Cleaner - 8 lbs. CL25D

PBW (Powdered Brewery Wash) buffered alkaline brewery cleaner. My cleaner of choice!

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PBW (Powder Brewery Wash) is a safe alkaline cleaner for everything around your brewhouse.
It’s a favorite of small home breweries because it out-performs caustic chemicals without scrubbing. Just put your kettle, bottles, carboy, etc. in for a good long soak.

Even a better deal in bulk quantity. Comes in a bottle with a screw-top lid.

Please be careful when you use PBW in enclosed equipment. When you mix hot water and PBW in an air or water-tight space, it will create pressure.

 

Limited Availability Deal of the Day: As of this posting, this is marked down to $39.99 as a MoreBeer Deal of the DayShipping is also free to addresses in the contiguous US with most $59 Orders. Availability: This is available today only, while supplies last. Quantities are limited. Check the MoreBeer’s Deal of the Day to check today’s offering.

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Five Star PBW Cleaner – 8 lbs. CL25D

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The Carboy Cleaner – $23.99 + Free Ship Eligible, Limited Availability

The Carboy Cleaner CE80

The Carboy Cleaner via MoreBeer

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Quick and easy! Less time spent cleaning! Save yourself some elbow grease and time with The Carboy Cleaner!

The Carboy Cleaner is a stainless steel rod with two super absorbent, lint free, soft cleaning pads. High-strength, yet flexible plastic inserts inside the pads help keep the pads rigid during use. The expanding sponge at the end of the cleaning pad assists in the centrifugal cleaning force for tough soils. Attach to a cordless drill for high rpm use, insert into your carboy, and move up and down to let the Carboy Cleaner do the rest!

Works with any size carboy between 3 and 6 gallons. Equally safe and effective on glass and PET Carboys. Comes with small size bung for glass carboys. Medium size bung for PET carboys can be purchased separately (FE470). Also works great for 5 gallon kegs!

Compatible with carboys up to 32 cm / 12.6 inches in diameter.


 

Limited Availability Deal of the Day: As of this posting, this is marked down to $23.99 as a MoreBeer Deal of the DayShipping is also free to addresses in the contiguous US with most $59 Orders. Availability: This is available today only, while supplies last. Quantities are limited. Check the MoreBeer’s Deal of the Day to check today’s offering.

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The Carboy Cleaner CE80

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