Cleaning Blichmann Therminators

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jkmeldrum

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Merry Christmas all!!

I have a Blichmann Therminator that has started to become slightly clogged up with hops/sediment. I have tried flushing it out both ways with the garden hose on high, but there are still little bits coming out when I do.

I've read of people using a caustic cleaner to completely clean the inside but I'm not sure what they use. Does anyone know of anything I can use to soak it and hopefully clean it, because I think it may be the source of a couple of bad brews recently.

Cheers

Molly
 

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Caustic soda pumped through @80c will clean it good (a container in 50L). I have drains on all vessels so I don't handle it once mixed. it will eat you if you are not careful.
 

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Caustic soda pumped through @80c will clean it good (a container in 50L). I have drains on all vessels so I don't handle it once mixed. it will eat you if you are not careful.
Cool, thanks.....I should be able to get that from the supermarket right?

Also, I'm guessing that I shouldn't run that through my pump!!!!

Just gravity feed it through the Therminator? Also, will it wreck my silicone hose?

Thanks

Molly
 

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yeah in the supermarket.
Pump would be better to flush the crap out. I run it through my march pumps and silicone hoses.
Don't get it on you it will burn.
 

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yeah in the supermarket.
Pump would be better to flush the crap out. I run it through my march pumps and silicone hoses.
Don't get it on you it will burn.
Excellent ... thanks for that. I'll give it a try
 

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Used to CIP (recirc) to clean brewery lines and plate chiller. These days I find Sod Perc breaks down most organic material well. Pour it into the wort side, fill and leave overnight, flush out then add a 40C solution of water and PBW. Use caustic occasionally, PBW is safer/easier. Fill and leave for a few hours, then flush both directions.

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