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Re: DIY Keg and Carboy Washer

Postby Matt F » Mon Oct 09, 2017 7:13 pm

Nothing in my boil kettle so I just rinse and give a quick scrub. I throw some starsan or pbw in if getting ready to dump it down the drain.
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Re: DIY Keg and Carboy Washer

Postby tony b » Tue Oct 10, 2017 7:53 am

andrewmaixner wrote:
bf514921 wrote:could this be adapted to clean a boil kettle?

This makes quick work of large kettles. You can scrub quickly in a circle:
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Munchkin-Bri ... n/48573863
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That thing on the right looks more like a sex toy than something to clean with! :lol:
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Re: DIY Keg and Carboy Washer

Postby carrisr » Tue Oct 10, 2017 8:19 pm

Ha! I was going to ask you Tony if you were thinking that!

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Re: DIY Keg and Carboy Washer

Postby tony b » Wed Oct 11, 2017 1:35 pm

Obviously you were thinking the same thing, too! :lol:
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Re: DIY Keg and Carboy Washer

Postby daryl » Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:15 pm

The estimated cost to build the Carboy Washer is about $30.

You will need to provide a pump, a bucket, and the lid (as per the instructions provided in the initial post).

Depending upon what pump you select, you will need to make a minor modification to attach this to your pump. That might mean a trip to Home Depot to buy the proper adapter from the Plumbing Section (just take your pump and the washer attachment with you, and the folks in the Plumbing Dept will have you set up in no time).

I think I can modify the design such that we can use the same barb that feed the corny keg QD males to feed a tube that you can attach to your keg lines....again you might need to invest in a male MFL (or a female MFL with a male/male barrel fitting) in order to attach it to your beer lines.

Caution, those utility pumps have a pretty high flow rate....be careful when using them to push Beer Line Cleaner through your lines. You do not want to have a failure such that something pops off and sprays this stuff all over the place....it is highly caustic.

OK, so, if you are wanting to have the parts for one of these units.....please bring $30 to this Thursday's Club Meeting, and we will get these kits assembled with a week or two after Thanksgiving.

Any adjustments in cost will be a buck or two at best...and can be refunded/collected when you pick up your kit.

PM me or post here if you have any questions.

I'll see if I can post the Bill of Materials on here later tonight, so that you can see the individual costs and you guys can help me check my math.
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Re: DIY Keg and Carboy Washer

Postby tony b » Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:49 pm

Daryl, are we building these together at some location, or is the plan to just distribute the parts and folks take them home and build it there?
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Re: DIY Keg and Carboy Washer

Postby daryl » Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:00 pm

At a minimum, I will get the parts and cut the pipe to length.

Let's see how many kits we have....if it is not too many (a dozen or so), I can cement the pieces that need cementing....and then the remainder of the assembly would be what folks would do for maintenance or converting to a beerline cleaner.

Once the pieces are cut, it would not take an hour to cement a dozen kits together....I have the tools and the cement/primer.

Owners will need to tweak a few things....especially the length of the top pipe; it might need to be shortened if you are using a utility pump (versus a shorter/smaller pond/fountain pump).

But I will bring a cutter and cement with me when we do the distribution to help with those adjustments - and could cement whatever adapter you need for your spinner/sprayer.
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Re: DIY Keg and Carboy Washer

Postby tony b » Tue Nov 14, 2017 6:43 pm

Cool. I like that plan.
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Re: DIY Keg and Carboy Washer

Postby daryl » Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:47 pm

No keg washer left behind, man!
In the Fridge/On Tap: Salted Caramel Porter
In the barrel/conditioning:
In the bucket: P-nut Brittle Ale, Blueberry and Blk Rasp. Mead; Tangerine Wheat; Spont. Funk; Swarthy Beagle
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Re: DIY Keg and Carboy Washer

Postby daryl » Wed Nov 15, 2017 11:33 am

PRICE UPDATE....looked through the costs again....looks like $28.

So, on Thursday, $28 if you have exact change or a check made out to me (Daryl McCall)....otherwise $30 and I'll drop $2 in your kit.

Would like to get all of the cash gathered up, get the materials, and plan on getting them into your hands the first or second week of December.
In the Fridge/On Tap: Salted Caramel Porter
In the barrel/conditioning:
In the bucket: P-nut Brittle Ale, Blueberry and Blk Rasp. Mead; Tangerine Wheat; Spont. Funk; Swarthy Beagle
In the queue: Pils Urquell Clone, Traditional Irish Red Ale
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Re: DIY Keg and Carboy Washer

Postby daryl » Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:14 pm

I plan on getting obtaining (ordering if necessary) the parts for four keg washers.

If there are any other members that want on board, please contact me ASAP so we can arrange for payment.

I hope to have them in everyone's hands, prior to Christmas.
In the Fridge/On Tap: Salted Caramel Porter
In the barrel/conditioning:
In the bucket: P-nut Brittle Ale, Blueberry and Blk Rasp. Mead; Tangerine Wheat; Spont. Funk; Swarthy Beagle
In the queue: Pils Urquell Clone, Traditional Irish Red Ale
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Re: DIY Keg and Carboy Washer

Postby daryl » Tue Jan 09, 2018 1:27 pm

STATUS
I have assembled most of the parts, I hope to begin assembly this weekend and have them ready for delivery to those of you that have paid, at our January 18th meeting.

Menards was short on some braided tubing (it costs more, but does not easily kink when bent) and those should be back in stock by now.

And I had to order MFL swivel fittings with a 3/8 barb.....those should be arriving in the mail sometime next week.
In the Fridge/On Tap: Salted Caramel Porter
In the barrel/conditioning:
In the bucket: P-nut Brittle Ale, Blueberry and Blk Rasp. Mead; Tangerine Wheat; Spont. Funk; Swarthy Beagle
In the queue: Pils Urquell Clone, Traditional Irish Red Ale
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Re: DIY Keg and Carboy Washer

Postby daryl » Thu Jan 18, 2018 6:50 pm

Sorry guys, the final parts have not arrived, but are in transit. Could arrive as early as tomorrow, or on Monday.
In the Fridge/On Tap: Salted Caramel Porter
In the barrel/conditioning:
In the bucket: P-nut Brittle Ale, Blueberry and Blk Rasp. Mead; Tangerine Wheat; Spont. Funk; Swarthy Beagle
In the queue: Pils Urquell Clone, Traditional Irish Red Ale
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Re: DIY Keg and Carboy Washer

Postby daryl » Sat Jan 27, 2018 5:46 pm

Finally received the swivels this week, and the keg washers are ready.

The washers are fully assembled, but I did not cement them together. It is convenient that the parts can be swiveled to fit into the bucket.

I really like being able to break mine down for storage.

You will need to find a way to attach it to your pump. The bottom of the washer is a cross-piece, it is 3/4 PVC female insert, if your pump has an non-threaded 3/4 stack, the cross fitting should just fit over the stack. If your stack has a 3/4 female insert, I am including a stub of 3/4 PVC pipe that you can use to fit the pump to the washer.

My pump has 3/4 female threads, so I bought a 3/4 male threaded to 3/4 female insert (an insert receives pipe); after screwing in the fitting, I use a 3/4 inch PVC pipe stub to fit them together.

Whatever you have, Menard's, Lowe's, or Home Depot will likely have the fitting you need to make this work.

Randy, Karl, Tony, and Josh J. - we will need to set up a time where you can get your washer; I think I have all of your e-mails, so I will get a thread going.
In the Fridge/On Tap: Salted Caramel Porter
In the barrel/conditioning:
In the bucket: P-nut Brittle Ale, Blueberry and Blk Rasp. Mead; Tangerine Wheat; Spont. Funk; Swarthy Beagle
In the queue: Pils Urquell Clone, Traditional Irish Red Ale
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Re: DIY Keg and Carboy Washer

Postby tony b » Thu Feb 01, 2018 4:18 pm

Got my pump connector piece @ Lowe's today - a whopping $0.63. Cut down the main spray tube to accommodate my rotating spray nozzle. Dropped everything into the bucket, added water, put a 6 gal carboy on it and went for a test drive. WOW - This sucker puts out some water! Can't wait to try it out on an actual dirty carboy. I've got several kegs to clean, so maybe they'll get the actual first real use. Thanks to Daryl for putting this together for us!!
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