Draining gunk and cleaning

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Draining gunk and cleaning

Unread post by djKlasen » Fri Dec 04, 2015 8:56 am

I have put a ball valve with a tee near one of the pumps. This takes all the 'bad' work out of the brew day and allows you to drain the gunk and clean the Braumeister completely without moving it at all. All parts are 1/2" SS. Make sure you get a 'full port' ball valve to allow full flow and to avoid clogging. All hauling you have to do is turning it upside down after cleaning to check the pumps. This one should really be standard from the factory!

I have also made a malt pipe lift with cheap parts from eBay. The small geared 12V motor is capable of lifting 23Kg one cm off the centre. With the pulley I double this.
Edit: The pics only show the tee, not the ball valve. Mounted this later, on the drain side of the tee.
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Momentary switch and socket for eliminator
Momentary switch and socket for eliminator
Motor
Motor
Rubber feet to fit just outside of the BM
Rubber feet to fit just outside of the BM
Lift1.jpg
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Lindh
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Re: Draining gunk and cleaning

Unread post by Lindh » Fri Dec 04, 2015 11:38 am

Very nice work!!

Did you use bsp fittings?

Do you have a 1/2" hex between the tee and the pump? Like this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/1-2-Male-x-1-2- ... xyTMdTOi89

Did you use a regular sized ballvalve or smaller? Regular beeing this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/321734312728?_t ... EBIDX%3AIT

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Re: Draining gunk and cleaning

Unread post by djKlasen » Fri Dec 04, 2015 11:58 am

Lindh wrote:Very nice work!!

Did you use bsp fittings?

Do you have a 1/2" hex between the tee and the pump? Like this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/1-2-Male-x-1-2- ... xyTMdTOi89

Did you use a regular sized ballvalve or smaller? Regular beeing this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/321734312728?_t ... EBIDX%3AIT
Yes, I did use a 1/2" hex, but without the 'hex'. Just a threaded nipple. And yes, the valve is one of these. I also have a 90deg. bend on the output, for the hose. Needed some thinking before I managed to fit it all together. Not much space, and you need to rotate the parts while fitting them. The easiest way is to completely remove the pump with the pipes to the BM, fit all parts and finally re-mount it.

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Re: Draining gunk and cleaning

Unread post by Lindh » Fri Dec 04, 2015 2:33 pm

If it's not too much trouble, I would love a picture of your finished setup. Cleaning the bm50 almost made me switch to a bm20 and this looks like the missing piece to my puzzle!

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Re: Draining gunk and cleaning

Unread post by djKlasen » Fri Dec 04, 2015 2:41 pm

Okay, coming later this evening...

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Unread post by Lindh » Fri Dec 04, 2015 2:52 pm

djKlasen wrote:Okay, coming later this evening...
Thanks! There's a beer waiting for you in Stockholm whenever you come to visit!

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Re: Draining gunk and cleaning

Unread post by judgecc » Fri Dec 04, 2015 4:50 pm

Excellent work. I am also thinking of a 20liter. The 50liter is quite heavy and clumsy to handle when cleaning. The lift system Ive solved after first brew. Won't work without it. But this seems like an perfect solution like Lindh said..
Im very happy with my bm50. Usually do strong belgians. Worka great with big malt pipe and 25-27liters of wort after brewing. Always try 5-7liter with a new yeast ans bottle all my belgians. Wich sucks.
However, stop rambling
If this would help with cleaning Im very exited..

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Re: Draining gunk and cleaning

Unread post by aoidan » Fri Dec 04, 2015 6:59 pm

Im guessing that there is valve at the end of the hose pipe. Ide be worried about the possibility of leakage as your brewing.
I wonder is there room in there to put a ball valve on first, which would be great.

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Re: Draining gunk and cleaning

Unread post by HopDaddy » Fri Dec 04, 2015 10:44 pm

Lindh wrote:If it's not too much trouble, I would love a picture of your finished setup. Cleaning the bm50 almost made me switch to a bm20 and this looks like the missing piece to my puzzle!
+1

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Re: Draining gunk and cleaning

Unread post by djKlasen » Sat Dec 05, 2015 12:26 am

Here's the pic of my final solution. No leaks at all, I've used pipe tape (or what it's called in English) on the threads.
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Re: Draining gunk and cleaning

Unread post by Lindh » Sat Dec 05, 2015 5:11 am

Thank you very much! Looks nice and neat.

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Re: Draining gunk and cleaning

Unread post by aoidan » Sat Dec 05, 2015 10:27 am

That looks like a great job.

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Unread post by smeller » Sun Dec 06, 2015 5:53 pm

Would it be possible to use a 3-way valve on the other side of the pump to either pump to fermentor, trough plate chiller or create a wirhlpool by connecting a hose back to the front tap?

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Re: Draining gunk and cleaning

Unread post by squadricus » Sun Dec 06, 2015 6:14 pm

As depicted, the tee & valve are on the suction side of the pump. You would need to put your 3-way valve on the discharge side of the pump to permit those options. With 3-way valves on both sides of the pump, you could do upflow sparging . . .
We are the 801, we are the central shaft

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Re: Draining gunk and cleaning

Unread post by HopDaddy » Sun Dec 06, 2015 11:21 pm

Nice Work :)

Where dit you buy the "The small geared 12V motor" eBay? Link?

Thx.

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