Cleaning coils

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Cleaning coils

Unread postby Oktoberfest » Sun Nov 30, 2014 3:29 pm

2nd successful brew in the books and noticed a small buildup on outside of coils. The outside is a bit difficult to reach. I've used PBW to clean but a little residue still left over. Any advice on best way to clean the outside/bottom of coils. 50L if that makes a difference.
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Re: Cleaning coils

Unread postby dinnerstick » Sun Nov 30, 2014 6:40 pm

if after PBW (i run the BM for a little while at 70 or so with the PBW in, then turn it off and leave it overnight) there is still any residue, i take a well-used green scrubby sponge, wrap it around the coil, and gently give it a once-over along the whole coil. that does it.
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Re: Cleaning coils

Unread postby Oktoberfest » Mon Dec 01, 2014 1:10 pm

Perfect - thank you for the reply.
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Re: Cleaning coils

Unread postby hughjampton » Tue Dec 02, 2014 2:30 am

That's exactly what I do.
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Re: Cleaning coils

Unread postby bierfest » Tue Dec 02, 2014 9:32 pm

I did this also the other day. Left it to soak for 1.5 days
Remarkable improvement in the heating coils
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Re: Cleaning coils

Unread postby zoigl » Wed Dec 03, 2014 3:09 am

How does the PBW (I use napisan in Australia) react with the brass/bronze? pump housing? I assume that these housings are lead free. :?:
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Re: Cleaning coils

Unread postby MattSR » Wed Dec 03, 2014 6:08 am

Sodium Percarbonate is fine on brass. Sodium Hydroxide will corrode copper and brass.
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Re: Cleaning coils

Unread postby Dicko » Wed Dec 03, 2014 8:05 pm

zoigl wrote:How does the PBW (I use napisan in Australia) react with the brass/bronze? pump housing? I assume that these housings are lead free. :?:


PBW is safe in a BM to my knowledge.
I use it all the time with no ill effects.

There was a discussion on another forum re a product called "Tricleanium" which is great on stainless steel but apparently is bad for the environment and will damage brass and copper.

On a side note, PBW will damage alumimium.

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Re: Cleaning coils

Unread postby Erick » Thu Dec 04, 2014 11:41 am

PBW will also damage teflon.
The tap has a teflon component...

Nobody has experienced problems with that?
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Re: Cleaning coils

Unread postby niels » Thu Dec 04, 2014 5:51 pm

Erick wrote:PBW will also damage teflon.
The tap has a teflon component...

Nobody has experienced problems with that?

Nope, but I don't know what the contact time should be before it starts eating away the Teflon.

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Re: Cleaning coils

Unread postby Dicko » Thu Dec 04, 2014 8:21 pm

Erick wrote:PBW will also damage teflon.
The tap has a teflon component...

Nobody has experienced problems with that?


I have not heard about that one!!

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Re: Cleaning coils

Unread postby Erick » Thu Dec 04, 2014 10:06 pm

Well, it's what the user manual on the pbw package says.

I guess the contact time with the teflon part is so short that it won't do no harm
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Re: Cleaning coils

Unread postby NewLine » Sat Dec 06, 2014 9:03 am

Pbw doesn't actually disolve teflon, but will lift the teflon off teflon coated items. I assume the teflon in the tap isn't a coating?
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Re: Cleaning coils

Unread postby Erick » Sat Dec 06, 2014 9:09 am

Did a close up check, but as far as I can see it doesn't even come in contact with the wort/PBW :D :cheers:
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