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Any advice on cleaning bubble plates without CIP?

I just got a new 4 bubble plate column and am wondering best way to clean it between runs?  I will be running the same product (whiskey off grain) almost daily so not worried about taste of the product coming through in the next batch.  

Do I need to take the plates off to remove the liquid in the bottom  and clean each time?  I talked to some folks who said they dismantle and run theirs in a dishwasher.

Would running water with cleaner (caustic or acid) through the column following the run and then running clean water through the column to rinse it suffice?  If so, how do I ensure no residual cleaning solution from the pot ends up in the plates?

 

Thanks!

 

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indyspirits    31

Not sure I'd bother if you're running the same thing. Add a little Patcote 376 to you boiler charge to prevent puking and you should be OK.   If you can remove the perhaps a blast with your washdown hose.

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1 hour ago, indyspirits said:

Not sure I'd bother if you're running the same thing. Add a little Patcote 376 to you boiler charge to prevent puking and you should be OK.   If you can remove the perhaps a blast with your washdown hose.

Thanks for the input. Do you know where to buy Patcote?  I can only find 2 oz bottles on the net.

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Rum    1

Are they copper? If so, you are going to want to clean them even if it's the same spirit being run through. Rejuvenated copper makes for a better spirit. We have CIP on all of our stills. We use a commercial cleaner (PBW) and a citric acid wash. With a rinse in-between of course. You could do something similar by hand. You don't need to do it after every run, but you don't want too much buildup or the copper will lose effectiveness.

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Does your product condenser have triclamp fittings?

If so, circulate your cleaners and acids in reverse through the PC, and feed from the boiler drain.

Flooding plates in reverse flow is pretty effective.  Last step is to thoroughly rinse, leaving only water on the plates.

For day to day cleaning, you can use a non-caustic cleaner like PBW first, followed by a rinse, then with citric acid to brighten the copper, followed by a final thorough rinse.

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bluestar    41
17 hours ago, Silk City Distillers said:

Does your product condenser have triclamp fittings?

If so, circulate your cleaners and acids in reverse through the PC, and feed from the boiler drain.

Flooding plates in reverse flow is pretty effective.  Last step is to thoroughly rinse, leaving only water on the plates.

For day to day cleaning, you can use a non-caustic cleaner like PBW first, followed by a rinse, then with citric acid to brighten the copper, followed by a final thorough rinse.

We've done the same effectively.

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Thanks all for the advice.  It does have tri clamp where I can flush in reverse. After the final rinse, I'm left with clean water in the bottom of the plates.  

I will be running the still 2 days, then 4 days off, then run two days.

I'm thinking if I flush with clean water every other day during the down days it should prevent any problems?

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