The MiniBrew system undergoes regular cleaning during normal use. The stages where cleaning usually takes place are during the rinse,(at the beginning of a normal brew) and the CIP which takes place at the end of a brew or whenever the user starts a cleaning session between brews.
We also give instructions on what parts of the MiniBrew need to be cleaned between brews using a dishwasher or by hand.
The automated cleaning processes clean the internal parts of the machine which come in contact with your brew. we also try to make cleaning the important parts of the MiniBrew as easy as possible by making them removable and easy to access.
However, there are some components that require a little extra work to clean. This article is here to help instruct you on what needs to be cleaned and how.
How often do I need to do this?
We recommend that you undergo a full clean every 5 brew sessions or after 6 months, whichever comes first.
Parts to be cleaned manually
- Top connector
- Top connector seal + plastic nuts
- Water Inlet filter
- Water outlet tube connector
- Hop carousel gear
- CIP exterior
- Front connectors (CIP water connectors)
- Rinse connector exterior
- Keg fan cover
- Growler head seal
- Hops carousel
- Keg exterior
- Base system exterior.
Cleaning guidelines for each of these parts are described below.
1&2 Top connectors
Mash tun receiver valve & Mash tun receiver seal are opened by screwing off the plastic nuts. Remove the seal from the valve on the right and clean all parts in the dishwasher. Clean the seal of the left valve with a wet soft cloth.
3. Water Inlet filter
Remove the filter from the inlet water line with a plier, gently pull it outwards.
Rinse the filter under the tap, use a small brush to clean it thoroughly. Clean the water inlet connector by wiping it with a wet soft cloth. Place back the filter gently by hand.
4. Water outlet tube connector
Remove the outlet tube from the connector. Use a wet soft cloth to remove any dirt from the outlet connector.
5. Hop carousel gear teeth
Use a small wet brush to clean off the sticky particles of the gear. Pay attention to the gear teeth and try to clean in-between the plate on top of the gear and the gear itself.
6. CIP exterior
Use a wet soft cloth to clean the exterior parts of the CIP. Pay attention to the yellow parts and the connection of the upper part and CIP housing. Clean inside the yellow parts with a small wet brush. Clean the connection using a brush and a wet cloth. After cleaning, add a layer of food-grade silicone paste to the o-rings to boost the durability of these rings.
7. Front connectors (CIP water connectors)
Clean the front connectors using a wet small brush, use soapy water to clean properly. After cleaning add a layer of food-grade silicone paste to the o-rings to boost the durability.
8. Rinse connector exterior
The internals of the rinse connector is automatically cleaned during the rinse state. To clean the exterior, remove the ball lock connectors from the rinse connector and place the complete device in the dishwasher.
9. Keg fan cover
Remove the power adapter from the keg, make sure it is turned off to avoid any kind of damage to the electronics. Remove the dust from the keg fan using a vacuum cleaner or gas duster.
10. Growler head
Remove the growler head seal and overpressure valve place all components in the dishwasher.
11. Hops carousel
Remove the clear cover of the hops carousel and place it in the dishwasher. Clean the wooden/ plastic yellow part using a wet cloth.
12&13. Base system/ keg exterior
Use a wet cloth to clean the exterior of the keg and base station.
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