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Tank Cleaning

Last Updated: 2019-10-09 by Nick Busey

Object and Scope

The purpose of this SOP is to ensure consistency of process relating to the CIP, Sanitization and Purging/Pressurization of a 7 BBL Fermenter.

Equipment Needed

  1. Cart Pump
  2. 2 x Short Cleaning Hoses

Hazards Identification and PPE / Safety Steps Required:

PPE: Eye protection, rubber boots, gloves

Hazardous Products: Acid, Caustic, Co2

Hazards: Handling hazardous products, heat


  1. Fill kettle with hot water from the hose.
  2. Ensure the tank to be cleaned is empty before beginning.
  3. Open dump port slowly to release anything that may be in the tank.
  4. Open port fully.
  5. Remove fermenter door and gasket.
    • Take out of tank room and clean separately with a brush and caustic.
  6. Remove carb stone. Attach it in-line with a T.
  7. Hose out any solids remaining in fermenter.
  8. Connect dump port to transfer tee.
  9. Connect other side of transfer tee to pump inlet.
  10. Connect pump outlet to CIP inlet.
  11. Close transfer tee dump side.

Cleaning Fermenters


  1. Run water from kettle to pump outlet.
  2. Add super CIP to tank.
  3. Replace fermenter door and gasket.
  4. Let loop run for 30 minutes.
  5. Stop pump and dump the liquid.


  1. Fill HLT with city water.
  2. Pump HLT to fermenter CIP arm.
  3. Let loop run for 30 minutes.
  4. Stop pump and dump the liquid.

Wrap up

  1. Open dump port, open front door.
  2. Remove all hoses and tubes.
  3. Leave open to dry ready to be sanitized before the next use.

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