DIY Keg and Carboy Washer

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Re: DIY Keg and Carboy Washer

Postby Matt F » Mon May 22, 2017 1:22 pm

Here is another cheap little gadget I can hook up to my sink to flush and rinse kegs with water. Uses same QD's as most of my brewhouse.
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Re: DIY Keg and Carboy Washer

Postby karl » Mon May 22, 2017 5:25 pm

While I'm certainly not a pro plumber, I'm ok doing sweat soldering for all if necessary.

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Re: DIY Keg and Carboy Washer

Postby MikeB » Mon May 22, 2017 7:04 pm

I would be interested, I have a pretty heavy duty pump I was given a long time ago that I don't use for anything, not sure it would work though because I don't think it is the submersible kind


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Re: DIY Keg and Carboy Washer

Postby Matt F » Mon May 22, 2017 10:07 pm

That pvc stuff is easy. Purple stuff to prime. Then the glue. Push together. Done. Pvc crazy cheap too. I have some leftover tubing to donate. Regular table saw or miter saw makes cutting a snap.
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Re: DIY Keg and Carboy Washer

Postby whitedj » Mon May 22, 2017 10:51 pm

Id be in dor this.
How does pvc hold up to temperature and chemicals? Generally cpvc is used for chemical resistance and high temp.... pex is crazy easy to crimp in place too (fittings are $ though).
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Re: DIY Keg and Carboy Washer

Postby daryl » Tue May 23, 2017 5:20 am

The temps I use for cleaning carboys is as hot as I can get out of the faucet. The PVC will hold up fine under those conditions.

I've seen no issues with PBW; but I have not use BLC through the system yet.

My guess is it should be good, since this stuff is also used in drains and has to withstand things like Draino. And for line cleaning, as Eric suggested, I wouldn't use temps much more than lukewarm.
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Re: DIY Keg and Carboy Washer

Postby Matt F » Tue May 23, 2017 10:06 am

I have pumped BLC, PBW, Star San, Oxi Clean through mine. No issues. I use tap water as warm as I can get it.
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Re: DIY Keg and Carboy Washer

Postby TappedOut » Tue May 23, 2017 10:27 am

PEX is awesome for actual plumbing, but I think it would be a little too flaccid for this application.
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Re: DIY Keg and Carboy Washer

Postby mjensen52402 » Tue May 23, 2017 10:56 am

TappedOut wrote:PEX is awesome for actual plumbing, but I think it would be a little too flaccid for this application.

That's what she said.
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Re: DIY Keg and Carboy Washer

Postby tony b » Tue May 23, 2017 4:06 pm

mjensen52402 wrote:
TappedOut wrote:PEX is awesome for actual plumbing, but I think it would be a little too flaccid for this application.

That's what she said.


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I'm thinking once we get the list together of who all wants to participate in the DIY, we'll schedule a planning meeting to decide on things like design, building materials, etc. Then, we can put together the shopping list and the build plans. Example, if someone has a good tablesaw or bandsaw, we could pre-cut all the PVC to size and bring to the actual DIY to save some time (and maybe fingers!)
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Re: DIY Keg and Carboy Washer

Postby daryl » Tue May 23, 2017 5:02 pm

I have a chop saw that I'd use on the PVC.
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Re: DIY Keg and Carboy Washer

Postby karl » Tue May 23, 2017 5:30 pm

I have a crummy table saw and a genuine Rockwell model 14 bandsaw. Either would be just fine for precutting. I can volunteer to precut the pieces.

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Re: DIY Keg and Carboy Washer

Postby daryl » Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:51 am

It looks like this is a go.

With summer coming on, along with vacations, and Beer Festivals, we will plan on a tech meeting this Fall; perhaps in late September, for members to build their own Keg Washer or Keg Washer/Beer Line Cleaner combo.

We'll do two variations, one that uses a pond pump and another that uses a utility (i.e. sump) pump; both will be using PVC/CPVC.

We'll work out the cost per member, which will not include the pump.

We'll do the planning over the summer, and then issue a call to participate, sometime after Labor Day Weekend.
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Re: DIY Keg and Carboy Washer

Postby brianhall1024 » Wed Jun 21, 2017 2:27 pm

Im in on this too. Gonna need a separate brew shed with all this damned gear. Lol

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