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How well do you clean your mash tun?
« on: January 15, 2015, 05:44:52 AM »
Reading the recent Teflon and PBW thread got me thinking.  I am meticulous about cleaning my kettle, immersion chiller, pump and lines, and fermenter.  But, when it comes to my cooler style mash tun, I just rinse it out, dry it and store it. I guess I feel that everything that comes out of it gets boiled anyway so I'm not that meticulous about cleaning the cooler or soaking it with cleanser. Am I making a big mistake here that I'm not thinking about?
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Re: How well do you clean your mash tun?
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2015, 06:30:14 AM »
Everything hot side gets pbw.  If any mineral deposits remain, starsan takes care of it.  Everything cold side get pbw and starsan.  Every time. 

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Re: How well do you clean your mash tun?
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2015, 10:36:54 AM »
My mash tun cooler gets rinsed with water, sides wiped down with Starsan to remove any debris from the mash (I used Starsan since I always have some Starsan mixed up while brewing, probably just plain water would be fine.) then wiped dry, stored with the lid off until completely dry.
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Re: How well do you clean your mash tun?
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2015, 12:14:10 PM »
I just rinse my mash tuns and make sure I rinse the ball valves fairly well.  The coolers are fairly dirty at this point. 

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Re: How well do you clean your mash tun?
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2015, 01:05:00 PM »
My normal routine has always just been to rinse, and once every several weeks to give a soak in hot oxi clean for my mash tun (using converted keg or cooler). I don't think there's anything real need to soak in cleaner every time if you don't want to. But if you want to, there's obviously nothing wrong with that either.

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Re: How well do you clean your mash tun?
« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2015, 01:24:11 PM »
Mine gets the hose and maybe a wipe down to get any bits off. I store it on its side with the lid off until I know it is bone dry. I always leave the valve open, same with my normal coolers

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How well do you clean your mash tun?
« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2015, 01:28:00 PM »
Mine gets the hose and maybe a wipe down to get any bits off. I store it on its side with the lid off until I know it is bone dry. I always leave the valve open, same with my normal coolers
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Re: How well do you clean your mash tun?
« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2015, 01:31:18 PM »
Mine gets the hose and maybe a wipe down to get any bits off. I store it on its side with the lid off until I know it is bone dry. I always leave the valve open, same with my normal coolers

+ 1 on drying and leaving lid off/open - especially on coolers. Other wise you get "that smell"... :o

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Re: How well do you clean your mash tun?
« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2015, 01:40:01 PM »
Mine gets the hose and maybe a wipe down to get any bits off. I store it on its side with the lid off until I know it is bone dry. I always leave the valve open, same with my normal coolers

+ 1 on drying and leaving lid off/open - especially on coolers. Other wise you get "that smell"... :o

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Re: How well do you clean your mash tun?
« Reply #9 on: January 15, 2015, 01:46:59 PM »
Mine gets the hose and maybe a wipe down to get any bits off. I store it on its side with the lid off until I know it is bone dry. I always leave the valve open, same with my normal coolers

+ 1 on drying and leaving lid off/open - especially on coolers. Other wise you get "that smell"... :o

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Rinse and knock out the chunks.  Maybe dish soap if I let it sit too long before rinsing.  Then just drip dry and back on the shelf with the lid off and valve open.

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Re: How well do you clean your mash tun?
« Reply #10 on: January 15, 2015, 02:03:16 PM »
I take apart my mash tun after each use. This way i can make sure i thoroughly clean the bulkhead, ball valve, etc. It also makes sure everything dries completely.

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Re: How well do you clean your mash tun?
« Reply #11 on: January 15, 2015, 02:20:23 PM »
I hose mine off inside and store upside down with the lid off. I disassemble it periodically to clean everything thoroughly.

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Re: How well do you clean your mash tun?
« Reply #12 on: January 15, 2015, 02:32:19 PM »
I hose mine off inside and store upside down with the lid off. I disassemble it periodically to clean everything thoroughly.
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Re: How well do you clean your mash tun?
« Reply #13 on: January 15, 2015, 03:03:30 PM »
I dump the spent grains out for the chickens to eat then I rinse with hose and wipe off any debris. My false bottom comes off easy so I can wipe out any stuck grains. I let it dry before covering and storing. I usually spend literally less than a minute.
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Re: How well do you clean your mash tun?
« Reply #14 on: January 15, 2015, 03:05:43 PM »
Mash, dump spent grains, rinse, repeat.  I never use soap or chemicals, ever.
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