As an engineer, I’m a gear head. I love just being in the
brewery and if I’m not brewing then I’m making some
kind of equipment or tinkering with the stuff I have.
And I’m not the only one. There are lots of us out
there. And every one of us puts our own spin on
things, whether it’s equipment or recipes.
Case in point – Keg & Carboy washers. I was over at
Keith Bradley’s house and noticed he built a
carboy/keg washer. I had built one as well. I’m
fascinated by the two approaches as they are different
and yet the same.
Both systems have a pump involved. What is different is
that he used a Harbor Freight submersible and dedicated
it to the washer while I use my existing March pump.
Both systems have connectors for washing the keg,
though I chose to wash both the in and out ports (which is
Both systems use a central pole for washing the main
body of the keg, where you fill the basin with hot PBW
and let the system do its thing. But Keith uses a “Homer
Bucket” and I use a dollar store tub. I put an “out”
connector on the tub with a valve for connecting to the
march pump. Keith doesn’t need this as he just drops his
pump into the homer bucket.
For the drain part, I just cut the bottom of a dollar store
bucket. By making the opening big enough, it will wash
carboys. Keith used PVC here and created a solid drain
base that works well for carboys or buckets.
Yeah, you could buy the
$99 cleaner and that would work too. But I’m a gear
head. Or you could take these ideas and come up
with something completely different. Vive la