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What's the best way to clean (CIP) a mash-lauter tun containing a spray ball without getting stray grain particles everywhere - and/or stuck inside the spray ball itself?

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You could use our new, patent pending, "spray ball" technology called the HydroClaw.  It has opening specifically designed to let particulate and sediment pass through which makes it highly resistant to clogging.  This, of course, increases cleaning efficiency and reduces down time.
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Depends on the type of spray ball on the mash-lauter tun (MLT). It's always a good idea to thoroughly scrub/rinse down the MLT with a hose before starting the CIP process. MLTs with fixed spray balls often contain holes large enough to handle those stray grain particles, while an MLT with a spinning (or rotating) spray ball is another story. Some rotating spray balls may be more susceptible to frequent clogging, even after a thorough spray/scrub down before CIP. One way to prevent the spray ball from clogging is to remove it before CIP and replace it with with some type of mesh filter (a hop sock screen filter works well). Run the CIP system for 5 minutes to allow the filter to collect any stray grain particles, then replace the spray ball before CIP.
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