Author Topic: MT cleaning  (Read 1670 times)

Offline flbrewer

  • Brewmaster General
  • *******
  • Posts: 2161
    • View Profile
MT cleaning
« on: January 06, 2015, 10:58:16 PM »
Got this today (no comments on what I paid!) http://morebeer.com/products/cooler-mash-tun-10-gallon.html

and I'm curious how I should initially clean it and clean it after each brew. There is a note in there about initially washing with a "light detergent".


Offline morticaixavier

  • I must live here
  • **********
  • Posts: 7782
  • Underhill VT
    • View Profile
    • The Best Artist in the WORLD!!!!!
Re: MT cleaning
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2015, 11:00:43 PM »
I rinse my mash tun after each use with hot water, give it a little scrub with a nylon grain/hops bag, make sure it's really dry and call it good. it's hot side so cleanliness is not all that important beyond making sure you don't have grain rotting in the nooks and crannies.
"Creativity is the residue of wasted time"
-A Einstein

"errors are [...] the portals of discovery"
- J Joyce

Offline HoosierBrew

  • Global Moderator
  • I must live here
  • *****
  • Posts: 13030
  • Indianapolis,IN
    • View Profile
Re: MT cleaning
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2015, 11:02:00 PM »
What he said.
Jon H.

Offline flbrewer

  • Brewmaster General
  • *******
  • Posts: 2161
    • View Profile
Re: MT cleaning
« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2015, 11:05:20 PM »
What about initial cleaning? Just some light dish soap? PBW?

Offline JT

  • Senior Brewmaster
  • ******
  • Posts: 1328
  • Bloatarian Brewing League - Cincinnati, OH
    • View Profile
    • Bloatarian Brewing League
Re: MT cleaning
« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2015, 11:36:22 PM »
I clean all hot side equipment with pbw immediately after pitching my yeast.  Exception: HLT,  it only sees water.  Plastic gets cleaned with a sponge or cloth.  Stainless gets a scrubby.
« Last Edit: January 06, 2015, 11:40:54 PM by JT »

Offline Stevie

  • Official Poobah of No Life.
  • *
  • Posts: 6858
    • View Profile
Re: MT cleaning
« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2015, 11:51:20 PM »
A little pbw or oxyclean and a sponge is all you need. Fill it up about half way and allow all the metal parts to soak for a bit, 10 minutes or so. Rinse well.

All I do Is rinse with the hose and put away on its side WITHOUT the lid. I only put the lid back on after a few days.

I also store with the valve open. Not sure if that does anything.

Offline tommymorris

  • Senior Brewmaster
  • ******
  • Posts: 1995
  • Tommy M.
    • View Profile
Re: MT cleaning
« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2015, 01:01:31 AM »
I generally rinse with hot water. I clean more thoroughly (oxyclean soak) occasionally.

Online klickitat jim

  • I must live here
  • **********
  • Posts: 8469
    • View Profile
Re: MT cleaning
« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2015, 01:51:55 AM »
Are those graduated measuring lines inside? Kinda cool if so.

Initial cleaning? Mmmm dish soap and a rag? Ought to be fine.

Offline flbrewer

  • Brewmaster General
  • *******
  • Posts: 2161
    • View Profile
Re: MT cleaning
« Reply #8 on: January 07, 2015, 04:52:10 PM »

Are those graduated measuring lines inside? Kinda cool if so.

Initial cleaning? Mmmm dish soap and a rag? Ought to be fine.
Yup, half gallon lines included!

Online goschman

  • Official Poobah of No Life.
  • *
  • Posts: 3448
    • View Profile
Re: MT cleaning
« Reply #9 on: January 07, 2015, 06:46:04 PM »
I don't think many have had issues with this but you may want to think about preheating with warm water before adding your strike water. I am about to purchase a replacement cooler because mine has warped on the inside to the point that it is cracking. I have gotten by for a few batches by patching with some food grade, high temp silicon sealant but that isn't stopping it from cracking further.

Walmart has them priced at $38.77 online but they have been out of stock for a while :(
On Tap/Bottled: Haze for Daze IPA, G Pils, Maibock, Kolsch       

Fermenting: Summer Ale
Up Next: Euro Pale, IPA

Offline flbrewer

  • Brewmaster General
  • *******
  • Posts: 2161
    • View Profile
Re: MT cleaning
« Reply #10 on: January 07, 2015, 06:59:03 PM »
From what I've read they hold heat perfectly. We will see!

Offline mchrispen

  • Brewmaster
  • *****
  • Posts: 647
    • View Profile
    • Accidentalis Brewing Blog
Re: MT cleaning
« Reply #11 on: January 07, 2015, 09:00:32 PM »
If you are cleaning it for the first time, a PBW soak, light scrub and rinse with Star San should remove any light oils from manufacturing. If you still can rub a clean paper towel over the surfaces and get some crud off, then do it again.

Offline jtoots

  • Brewer
  • ****
  • Posts: 306
    • View Profile
Re: MT cleaning
« Reply #12 on: January 08, 2015, 06:56:15 PM »
I don't think many have had issues with this but you may want to think about preheating with warm water before adding your strike water. I am about to purchase a replacement cooler because mine has warped on the inside to the point that it is cracking. I have gotten by for a few batches by patching with some food grade, high temp silicon sealant but that isn't stopping it from cracking further.

Walmart has them priced at $38.77 online but they have been out of stock for a while :(

good idea.  my first warp just showed up on my last batch  :-\

Online goschman

  • Official Poobah of No Life.
  • *
  • Posts: 3448
    • View Profile
Re: MT cleaning
« Reply #13 on: January 08, 2015, 08:18:33 PM »
Yep I just purchased a new one online. The old one has been bulged in for quite some time but finally started to crack. I hoped the sealant would hold but ended up only being a temporary fix. It's kind of a bummer to buy new equipment that is not an upgrade but at least I have the false bottom and valve hardware already.
On Tap/Bottled: Haze for Daze IPA, G Pils, Maibock, Kolsch       

Fermenting: Summer Ale
Up Next: Euro Pale, IPA

Offline denny

  • Administrator
  • Retired with too much time on my hands
  • *****
  • Posts: 19440
  • Noti OR [1991.4, 287.6deg] AR
    • View Profile
    • Dennybrew
Re: MT cleaning
« Reply #14 on: January 08, 2015, 09:22:41 PM »
Yep I just purchased a new one online. The old one has been bulged in for quite some time but finally started to crack. I hoped the sealant would hold but ended up only being a temporary fix. It's kind of a bummer to buy new equipment that is not an upgrade but at least I have the false bottom and valve hardware already.

What brand of cooler?  I've nerv had any trouble with my Rubbermaid or Coleman, even after hundreds of batches.
Life begins at 60.....1.060, that is!

www.dennybrew.com

The best, sharpest, funniest, weirdest and most knowledgable minds in home brewing contribute on the AHA forum. - Alewyfe

"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts." - Bertrand Russell