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« on: March 24, 2015, 02:41:11 PM »

Tested my system on Sunday.......Got my water up to about 180 in the HTL.....ran it to the mash tun, then ran it to the Boil Kettle....tested the whirlpool, then ran it thru my plate chiller into the Thrumeter into my carboy.  Very impressed with the chiller as the 180 degree hot water turn to 64 degree water going into my carboy.   I have always had a hard time chilling my wort from the brew kettle.   It was awesome.   Do have a few small leaks to work on.

My Question is how do you clean the chiller?  Do you have to backflush?  I was just planning to run some PWB through all the hoses and ball valves, then some star san.   Do you think that this is sufficient?  Is it important to drain all of the water out of the chiller?
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« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2015, 02:20:40 PM »

I usually at least run some PBW then rinse water through my counter flow chiller after I'm done brewing.  Sometimes Star San.  I try to drain as much of the water as I can out.
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« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2015, 06:39:47 AM »

What Steve said.  At the end of a brew day.  I typically run hot pbw through forward and then reverse the hoses for awhile to backflush.  Then slightly hotter rinse water with backflush, and then starsan.  I then drain it as best I can.  On brew day, I boil water in my HLT and run that through it before I use it.  I sometimes even follow that with some starsan.  Maybe overkill, maybe not...
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« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2015, 07:46:04 AM »

What Steve said.  At the end of a brew day.  I typically run hot pbw through forward and then reverse the hoses for awhile to backflush.  Then slightly hotter rinse water with backflush, and then starsan.  I then drain it as best I can.  On brew day, I boil water in my HLT and run that through it before I use it.  I sometimes even follow that with some starsan.  Maybe overkill, maybe not...

The way I plumbed my system....I cannot do a backflush.   I guess I need to get some quick disconnect fittings.  Any advice on economical quick disconnects for 1/2 hoses?
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« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2015, 04:15:06 PM »

What Steve said.  At the end of a brew day.  I typically run hot pbw through forward and then reverse the hoses for awhile to backflush.  Then slightly hotter rinse water with backflush, and then starsan.  I then drain it as best I can.  On brew day, I boil water in my HLT and run that through it before I use it.  I sometimes even follow that with some starsan.  Maybe overkill, maybe not...

That's pretty much the same as what I do. I store it upside down with everything disconnected so it can drain. I've read that some people use compressed air to blow out all the moisture, but I don't have that capability.
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« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2015, 08:03:49 AM »

What Steve said.  At the end of a brew day.  I typically run hot pbw through forward and then reverse the hoses for awhile to backflush.  Then slightly hotter rinse water with backflush, and then starsan.  I then drain it as best I can.  On brew day, I boil water in my HLT and run that through it before I use it.  I sometimes even follow that with some starsan.  Maybe overkill, maybe not...

The way I plumbed my system....I cannot do a backflush.   I guess I need to get some quick disconnect fittings.  Any advice on economical quick disconnects for 1/2 hoses?

I have some of these:  http://www.morebeer.com/category/kent-quick-disconnects.html they seem to work fairly well and do not heat up with hot liquid. 
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« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2015, 02:21:19 PM »

What Steve said.  At the end of a brew day.  I typically run hot pbw through forward and then reverse the hoses for awhile to backflush.  Then slightly hotter rinse water with backflush, and then starsan.  I then drain it as best I can.  On brew day, I boil water in my HLT and run that through it before I use it.  I sometimes even follow that with some starsan.  Maybe overkill, maybe not...

The way I plumbed my system....I cannot do a backflush.   I guess I need to get some quick disconnect fittings.  Any advice on economical quick disconnects for 1/2 hoses?

I have some of these:  http://www.morebeer.com/category/kent-quick-disconnects.html they seem to work fairly well and do not heat up with hot liquid. 

Thanks Jeremy for the link....
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« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2015, 10:36:06 AM »

I also bake my counterfill chiller in the oven at 375 deg F for about 90 minutes a couple days before I brew to sanitize it.  CDC has some details.
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