The wort pump tool box is not used until the end of the brewing process (typically for the transfer of hot wort). However, when getting out all of the equipment for a brewing session, it is important to make sure your pump and hoses are clean, available, and in working order.
After the settling is done, close the ball valve on the kettle and switch the exit tubing to a sanitized line that runs into a carboy. Then, open the valve slightly and turn the pump back on. The goal is to fill the carboys slowly, so the hops in the center of the kettle do not get pulled into the pump intake and moved to the carboy. I would estimate that I pump to the carboys at about 25% of the pump's maximum speed.
Once all the wort has been transferred to the carboy, make sure to clean the pump and hoses well. I do this by immediately putting the emptied hoses into a tub of sanitizer. I clean the pump itself by flushing cold water from the garden hose through the pump head, followed by pouring sanitizer through it as well. The pump head does not need a extremely good cleaning, as it will have boiling wort move through it again on the next brew day. But, it helps to flush it well when the wort has not had a chance to dry inside the pump head and hoses.
We hope this series of articles on building a toolbox-mounted wort pump has been useful. Please leave a comment and let us know your thoughts. As a point of reference, the other posts in this series include:
- Wort Pump in a Toolbox #1 – Concept
- Wort Pump in a Toolbox #2 – Parts List
- Wort Pump in a Toolbox #3 – Build Steps
- Wort Pump in a Toolbox #4 – Connections