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Hands On Review: Mark’s Keg and Carboy Washer + Limited Time Deal

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Hands on Review Mark’s Keg & Carboy Washer

The Mark II Keg and Carboy Washer is designed to help you easily clean and sanitize kegs, carboys and more.


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Mark II Keg and Carboy Washer – $72.95 Shipped + Hands on Review & Mods


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400 GPH Submersible Pump, Brushless Motor, Stainless Impeller Shaft – $13.48 + free prime ship & Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Build

Winkeyes 400GPH Water Pump with 48 Hours Anti Dry Burning, Ultra Quiet 25W Submersible Fountain Aquarium Fish Pond Hydroponic Pump with 6.9ft High Lift, 5.9ft Power Cord, 2 Nozzles

Winkeyes 400GPH Water Pump

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  • USE BRUSHLESS MOTOR, run smoothly, low noise, long working life compared with brush motor, keep it quiet and not scare the fish.
  • ANTI DRY BURNING DESGIN, the fish pong pump can withstand 48 hours dry burning. So no need to worry about there is not enough water in your fish tank when you go on a short trip.
  • STRONG POWER HIGH LIFT, this fountain pump max lift height: 6.9ft. 25W high efficiency motor for energy saving. Lift height is a max height the water goes up, after connecting the water pipe to the nozzle (Make sure the joint sealed securely and tightly)
  • STAINLESS STEEL PUMP IMPELLER SHAFT, corrosion resistance, strong driving, long working life, so JAKIELAX submersible pump also fit for sea water
  • SUCTION CUP 2 NOZZLES ADJUSTABLE FLOW RATE, 4 individual powerful suction cups that hold the pump securely on the right side of aquarium, vertically or horizontally. water change pump has 2 nozzles for optional

 

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.

10/27/21 1:30 AM Central: This is on sale for $13.48. Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying order. Prices and availability can change quickly.  Check product page for current info – More About Prices

Winkeyes 400GPH Water Pump with 48 Hours Anti Dry Burning, Ultra Quiet 25W Submersible Fountain Aquarium Fish Pond Hydroponic Pump with 6.9ft High Lift, 5.9ft Power Cord, 2 Nozzles – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

Also Consider:

ball lock jumperStainless Steel Ball Lock Jumper with Food Grade Silicone O-Rings: Allows you to connect multiple ball lock runs to clean multiple lines and taps at the same time. Works with both liquid and gas QDs.  Stainless Steel Ball Lock Jumper – via Valuebrew – An easy add-on… food grade o-rings, featured in our Keg Rebuild Post

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.

4 x Bar Keepers Friend Cleanser & Polish 12 oz [Great for Stainless] – $12.89, $3.22 each + free shipping

bar Keepers Friend All-Purpose Cleaner & Polish 12 oz (Pack of 4)

Bar Keepers Friend Powdered Cleanser 12-Ounces (4-Pack)

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  • 4 of Bar Keepers Friend Cleanser and Polish, 12 oz. each can
  • Polishes and shines stainless steel and copper cookware and cooktops
  • Removes Rust and Hard Water Stains tarnish
  • Also for Tile, Brass, Marble, Porcelain, plastic and glass Cooktops
  • Non bleach formula, Non Abrasive Powder

 

Note: There are, generally lots of available options for Bar Keepers Friend including different counts and forms.  Search Amazon for Bar Keepers Friend

Works Wonders With Stainless!

Bar Keepers Friend is my go-to for deep cleaning stainless, kegs, kettles and such.  It works wonders.  The picture above is from my post on rebuilding kegsJump To: Section on Bar Keeper’s Friend – If you look through the post you’ll see just how good the keg looks at the end.

10/27/21 8:30 AM Central: These are on sale for $12.89. Shipping is also free to many US addressesPrices and availability can change quickly.  Check product page for current info – More About Prices

bar Keepers Friend All-Purpose Cleaner & Polish 12 oz (Pack of 4) – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


Mark II Keg and Carboy Washer – $74.67 Shipped + Hands on Review & Mods

mark ii mark's keg and carboy washer

Mark’s Keg and Carboy Washer via Adventures in Homebrewing

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Make Better Beer!

Hand crafting beer is a fun and rewarding hobby. The first rule of making better beer is to keep everything that touches the beer clean and sanitized. The Mark II Keg Washer helps to accomplish this task in an easy, efficient, and effective manner.

Save Time, Labor, Space and have fun!

The most labor-intensive and time-consuming task in brewing is cleanup. The Mark II Keg Washer allows you have all your containers and hoses clean by the time your brewing task is done.

Many home brewers set aside containers ?to be cleaned later.? This discourages getting started on the next batch.

The Mark II Keg Washer should be the first piece of equipment you set up and the last thing you put away on brew day or when you transfer your beer from one container to then next.

When transferring beer from one container to the next, we first use the Mark II Keg Washer to sanitize the container that the beer will be transferred to. Then we clean the container that the beer was transferred from.

 

This is awesome!  I have this and like it very much.  It’s one of my favorite pieces of brewing gear.  It’s saved me a lot of time and hassle.  Check out my Hands on Review – beyond the in depth review that includes some mods and hacks.

  • This is selling for $82.95.
  • Save Another 10%: Adventures in Homebrewing is taking 10% off most orders of $55 or more when you use coupon code BOO.
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Mark’s Keg and Carboy Washer – $74.67 when you use coupon code BOO

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TWO x Stainless Carbonation Cap for PET Bottles by Luckeg – $18.39 – $9.20 each + Free Prime Ship & Draft Line Cleaner Builds

PET Bottles Beer Carbonation Cap 2 PCS - Counter Pressure Bottle Filling with 5/16" Barb, Carbonation Beer Soda Water Brewed Beer, Fits Most Soft Drink PET Bottles

PET Bottles Beer Carbonation Cap 2 PCS – Counter Pressure Bottle Filling with 5/16″ Barb, Carbonation Beer Soda Water Brewed Beer, Fits Most Soft Drink PET Bottles by Luckeg


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

  • Heavy Duty Stainless Steel for Carbonation Cap (2 PCS), Perfect Polishing Surface,with two four Food Grade Silicone Seal Rings;
  • Unique Machined the Carbonation Cap, can fit Both Black Liquid Ball Lock Disconnect and Grey Gas Ball Lock Disconnect;
  • The Carbonation Cap can fits Most Soft Drink PET Bottles, easy to Counter Pressure Bottle Fill PET Bottles;
  • The Carbonation Cap can Carbonate Various Beverages, including Soda, Beer, Juice, Water or Clean Beer Line;

Potential Uses:

  • PET Bottles as Growlers: These are generally intended to convert 1L and 2L bottles to growlers.  Fill up a 1L or 2L PET bottle with your favorite homebrew.  Put one of these on (purge the headspace by squeezing if you want to) and then pressurize for transport.  This should help to reduce oxygen pickup and maintain carbonation levels.
  • Fine tune or rapidly carbonate beer: You can also use this cap to rapidly carbonate beer.  Same process as for transport, just set your regulator to the proper pressure and shake or agitate the PET bottle to help introduce CO2.  Or hook it up to CO2 and let it sit in you kegerator.
  • Draft Line Cleaning Projects:  I have developed two draft line cleaning projects using similar SS Caps – Build A Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump | Mark II Keg and Carboy Cleaner Draft Line Cleaning Pump Conversion – make sure your chose SS carb cap works with liquid ball lock QDs

10/23/21 5:30 PM Central: These are selling for $18.39. That figures to about $9.20 each. Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying orderPrices and availability can change quickly.  Check product page for current info – More About Prices

PET Bottles Beer Carbonation Cap 2 PCS – Counter Pressure Bottle Filling with 5/16″ Barb, Carbonation Beer Soda Water Brewed Beer, Fits Most Soft Drink PET Bottles – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

Also Consider:

ball lock jumperStainless Steel Ball Lock Jumper with Food Grade Silicone O-Rings: Allows you to connect multiple ball lock runs to clean multiple lines and taps at the same time. Works with both liquid and gas QDs.  Stainless Steel Ball Lock Jumper – via Valuebrew – An easy add-on… food grade o-rings, featured in our Keg Rebuild Post

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Announcing: Liquid PBW Cleaner – now available at William’s Brewing

Five Star Chemicals has just come out with a liquid version of their famous PBW Cleanser, liquid being easier to dissolve and use at lower temperatures.

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P.B.W. is a buffered alkaline detergent that has been proven to be more than an effective substitute for caustic soda cleaners. Because of its unique formulation of buffers and mild alkalis, it is safe on skin as well as soft metals such as stainless steel, aluminum, and on plastics. P.B.W. uses active oxygen to penetrate carbon or protein soils and is not effected by hard water. The oxygen also helps in reducing B.O.D. and C.O.D. in wastewater, which is an added environmental benefit.

P.B.W. has been formulated as a C.I.P. cleaner and is very effective in removing protein soils found on brew kettles, fermenters, conditioning tanks, filters and all packaging areas. The concentrations to remove these soils are typically in the 1% range. However, due to soil and water conditions this concentration will vary. To help in hard water areas P.B.W. has been formulated with enough chelators to tolerate hard water over 17 grains.P.B.W. is an excellent choice as a soak cleaner because it does not require excessive heat as do most caustic based cleaners. This product has cleaned brass and copper filters, and industrial aluminum surfaces successfully.

You’ll find many uses for PBW outside of the brewing world. Use it to soak grease from cookie sheets and grills or anything else you can think of!

Works with a range of temperatures
Effective in hard and soft water
Tableted format for easy dosing
Removes soils from difficult areas
Great for CIP, manual, soak, and spray

Dosage: 1 tablet/ 32 oz.
Applications: growlers, spray bottles, glassware


 

 

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Sourcing a Replacement Pump for Mark’s Keg and Carboy Washer

The purpose built Mark’s Keg and Carboy Washer is… awesome. It saves on cleaning and sanitizing solution, it’s versatile, doesn’t take up a lot of space and it saves me time. It’s one of my favorite homebrew tools and it has been for years.  Check out my in depth Hands on Review.

Finding a Replacement Pump

The pump on Mark’s Keg and Carboy Washer is, in general, very reliable.  Mine has lasted, for years, with no issues.  According the manufacturer, most pump issues that do arise are resolved by cleaning the pump.  Having said that, it’s possible that a pump needs replacement.  Finding a replacement is a bit difficult.  These are not sold by themselves.  It is possible to get a replacement from the manufacturer, but you usually need to provide proof of purchase and they aren’t cheap.

I put the call out asking HBF Readers [Let’s be friends!] if they had found any third party pumps that work as replacements for the Mark II Keg and Carboy Washer and Adrian got back to me in short order with this recommendation. Thank you Adrian!

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100 x Nitrile Gloves – Brew Day Cleanup, BBQ & More – $14.99 + free prime ship

100 Pcs Nitrile Disposable Gloves - Soft Industrial Gloves, Nitrile and Vinyl Blend Gloves Powder-Free, Latex-Free Protective Gloves, Soft and Comfortable, Size Large - SereneLife SLGLVNIT100LG

100 Pcs Nitrile Disposable Gloves

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  • Nitrile and Vinyl Blend
  • Imported
  • HIGH-QUALITY MATERIALS: Nitrile provides better elasticity, better puncture resistance, better abrasion resistance.
  • FAMILY DAILY USE: Ideal for almost any application including basic lab work, hair coloring, tattooing, food preparation, painting, cleaning, pet care, home improvement, hobbies, arts, and crafts
  • TEXTURED FINGERTIPS GLOVES: The entire glove is finely textured to provide maximum gripping power for wet and dry objects. It provides a consistent grip on glass wear, small objects, instruments, and tools
  • EASY TO WEAR AND REMOVE: Rolled cuff for easy opening, quick donning, and fast removal. A convenient dispense pack keeps gloves clean and organized while providing easy access
  • DURABLE AND COMFORTABLE – Strong, high-quality Nitrile material offers incredible stretch, no tearing, or pinching. An ideal solution for individuals sensitive. Meet your professional need and offer a clean operate

From HBF: 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.

 

Potential Uses:  Help with cleanup on brew day, make your kegs shine like new (see photo below) and use around the kitchen and for BBQ.  I use similar gloves when I apply rub for smoking meats.  It helps to prevent against cross contamination and I also like that it helps keep my hands from smelling like… bbq rub.  If you’re a BBQ-er like my homebrewers, check out our BBQ deals page.

I use protective gloves when dealing with harsh chemicals  The photo above is from my post on rebuilding kegs.  Here I’m using Bar Keepers Friend – Jump To: Section on Bar Keeper’s Friend – to clean a keg.  I used protective gloves several times during this process.

Note from HBF: These are not appropriate for use with high temps. If you’re looking for something like that, search Amazon for “waterproof heat resistant gloves” to shop around

10/21/21 7 AM Central: These are on sale for $14.99. Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying order.  Prices and availability can change quickly Check product page for current info – More About Prices

100 Pcs Nitrile Disposable Gloves – Soft Industrial Gloves, Nitrile and Vinyl Blend Gloves Powder-Free, Latex-Free Protective Gloves, Soft and Comfortable, Size Large – SereneLife SLGLVNIT100LG – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


VIVOSUN 400 GPH Utility Pump – $16.99 + Draft Line Cleaning Builds

VIVOSUN 400GPH Submersible Pump(1500L/H, 15W), Ultra Quiet Water Pump with 5.2ft High Lift, Fountain Pump with 5ft Power Cord, 3 Nozzles for Fish Tank, Pond, Aquarium, Statuary, Hydroponics

VIVOSUN 400GPH Submersible Pump

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  • Specifications: Dimensions: 4.1” x 2.52” x 2.95”; The 5-ft. long power cord offers convenient installation and the flow regulating valve lets you control the water flow rate, so you can get just the amount of water pressure you want; Max. Flow Rate: 400 GPH (1500L/H); Max. Lift Height: up to 5.2 ft.; Watt: 15W; Voltage:110-120V
  • Detachable & Cleanable: This compact water pump is easy to hide or disguise and no additional tools are needed for disassembly and cleaning
  • A Variety of Outlet Positions: Place the pump flat and choose whichever outlet position suits your needs
  • Wide Range of Application: High performance energy-efficient pump designed for use in ponds, fountains, waterfalls, hydroponic systems, irrigation systems and other water features

From HBF: 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.

 

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.

What are Other’s Saying?   Search this product’s Amazon reviews for “keg” – may include reviews for other sizes or variations

10/15/21 10:30 AM Central: This is selling for just $16.99. Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying order. Prices and availability can change quickly.  Check product page for current info – More About Prices

VIVOSUN 400GPH Submersible Pump(1500L/H, 15W), Ultra Quiet Water Pump with 5.2ft High Lift, Fountain Pump with 5ft Power Cord, 3 Nozzles for Fish Tank, Pond, Aquarium, Statuary, Hydroponics – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


Also Consider:

ball lock jumperStainless Steel Ball Lock Jumper with Food Grade Silicone O-Rings: Allows you to connect multiple ball lock runs to clean multiple lines and taps at the same time. Works with both liquid and gas QDs.  Stainless Steel Ball Lock Jumper – via Valuebrew – An easy add-on… food grade o-rings, featured in our Keg Rebuild Post

Oxiclean Versatile FREE, 3 LBs – homebrew cleaner alternative – on sale for $6.72 + free prime ship

OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover Free, 3 lbs.

Oxiclean Versatile Free is a percarbonate based cleanser.  The Free version is  free of perfumes, dyes and chlorine.

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  • One 3 lb box of OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover Free
  • Oxygen-based, water-activated formula gets out tough dirt, persistent spots and set-in stains
  • Works with regular detergent to get clothes extra clean and works on carpets, upholstery and nearly any surface in your home
  • Free of any irritating dyes and perfumes
  • Chlorine-free and color safe formula

 

Some homebrewers (including myself) use this as a budget replacement for PBW.

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