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IN, AND OUT OF, SUSPENSE PART 4: FILTRATION SYSTEMS don’t be a fool, clean your tools W R I T T E N B Y G E O R G E B . C ATA L L O

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ow, this should go without saying — it really should — but anyone who has ever been in a public restroom with other people in it knows that society needs reminders to wash things. Your filtration system is no exception to that rule. Keeping your filtration system clean will help you avoid tainting your product as well as keep your system running efficiently. Your filter takes out undesirables; leaving it uncleaned can put those undesirables back into your spirits. Furthermore,

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accumulation of those undesirables can slow the flow of liquid through the system. Before we go any further, it is important to remind you that these are just some general cleaning tips and you should always double-check manufacturer recommendations for cleaning before taking any of this advice. Every system and component is different. The cleaning of any of your system’s tanks, hoses, and pumps is going to be fairly straightforward and similar to cleaning

any of your other equipment. Lots of hot water and PBW (Powdered Brewery Wash). Something to keep in mind with hot water is that it needs to be hotter than you think to kill bacteria on its own. Your mother telling you as a child to use hot water while washing your hands is kind of futile. Water from your home sink usually gets to at most 120 degrees F. To kill bacteria and pathogens in water, you have to heat it to 212 degrees F. Many filtration cleaning guides suggest a minimum of a slightly lower 185

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Profile for Artisan Spirit Magazine

Artisan Spirit: Spring 2020  

The magazine for craft distillers and their fans.

Artisan Spirit: Spring 2020  

The magazine for craft distillers and their fans.

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