kiwi wrote:Yeah, hot PBW or similar chems will clean almost anything it seems. I have a mate that mixes it up in the lab for me, the "recipe" is floating around on the net.
So cleaning worries aren't worrying, but yeah, I'd echo the above regarding a) how will you chill and b) how will you drain.
I actually have moved to using really big hop socks after always whirlpooling etc and draining with a bit of loss. I much prefer it this way, but it kinda hinges on being able to by muslin cloth reels dirt cheap. I don't think I'd like it so much if I had to clean them and reuse.
Been a few days, but I made it work.
I put the wort in the boiler, did my boil and added the whole leaf hops tied in cheesecloth sacks. At the end of the boil, I attached a hose to my bottom drain port on the boiler, then I pumped the wort into my fermentation bucket. I used my immersion chiller to get it cooled down to pitching temp (1/2hr or so). I have a 4" triclamp hole on top of the keg boiler, so cleanup was pretty easy. I pulled out the sacks, gave it a hot rinse, and a wipe down with a cloth on the inside. There didn't appear to be any residual oils or smells from the wort or hops.
I'd say, it'll do in a pinch, but a purpose built BK would've been easier. The good thing is, it worked as my HLT, steam injection boiler to boost/maintain mash temp, and a BK at the end.