How to Clean Microbrewery Equipment Before Use

Micro-brewery equipment should be clean before use (if it’s not obvious), allowing you to enjoy your delicious beer worries free. Cleaning the microbrewing equipment often can also extend the life of the equipment. The cleaning of the brewing equipment is not too hard and this tutorial is here for your rescue.

Preparation

  1. Inspect if the gasket seal working properly, and if not and replace regularly. Adding water to the CIP Vessel to 80% capacity should tell you that.
  2. Open the milled false bottom in Lauter Tun (a vessel for separating the wort from the solids of the mash), make sure no residue is there before washing.
  3. Open the Sample Valve and Discharge Valve, and check if the PVRV is in working condition.
  4. Wash the Transfer pipes with 1% NaOH (Sodium hydroxide) solution and then immerse in 1% H2O2 solution for 2 hours. Seal these pipes when finished the previous steps.

CIP Washing

  1. Flushing the residue in plant by 60°- 65° water for 10-15min.
  2. Eliminating fats and proteins with 80°-90° 1%-3% of NaOH solution and circulating for 30min. Then let it stand for another 10min. Finally, use 70° of NaOH solution and let it circulate for 30min again.
  3. Removing the Alkaline solution in plant by 40°-60° water until the water have a neutral PH (as shown on the PH paper).
  4. Eliminating the Mineral salt by 65°-70° with 1%-3% HNo3 solution and circulating for 20min (although it’s not required every time).
  5. Removing the Acid solution in plant by 40°-60° water until the water have a neutral PH (as shown on the PH paper).

SIP Washing

  1. Washing the plant by 2% H2O2 (Hydrogen peroxide) solution for 10 min.
  2. Flushing the plant by 90° pure water.
  3. Preparing for brewing

Awesome, you can now make your superb beer. If you need more information please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our experts would love to help, and perhaps you’d like some microbrewing equipment too 🙂

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