Keep It Clean: How To Clean Your Brew Hoses
When it comes to brewing, there are numerous factors that ultimately affect the final taste of your beer. Things like the combination of ingredients, level of carbonation, and fermentation time are all obvious elements. But what about the not-so-obvious? While your hose cleaning process may not be one of the first factors to come to mind, it should not be overlooked. Following recommended cleaning processes for your brew hoses will safeguard against common off flavors caused by contamination.
So what is the best way to clean your Crush Resistant and Kink Resistant Brewery Hoses?
First and foremost, your new brewery hose should be cleaned before it’s put into use so that the interior surface is free from any contaminants that could negatively affect your brew. Cleaning the hose prior to its first use also helps eliminate any potential odors caused by the polymers in the manufacturing process.
To clean your brew hose for the first time, flush the hose with hot water then fill it with hot water and store the filled hose for at least ten hours. When the ten hours are up, flush the hose again, this time with clean tap water. Your brew hose is now ready to be put into production.
Cleaning your hose after each use is critical to achieving the desired results when it comes to the final flavor of your beer. The following chart identifies the recommended cleaning processes, depending on your choice of cleaning agent. Proper temperatures and chemical concentrations are especially important in order to maintain the integrity of your brew hose and avoid any chemical reactions that could lead to tube softening, flaking or gumminess.
Because not every chemical can be tested, it’s important to use caution when utilizing other chemicals not listed above as part of your brew hose cleaning process. Reach out to someone from our Brew Crew if you have any questions about our recommended cleaning procedures.