PicoBrew How-To: PicoStill Cleaning Process

Hey everyone, Ian
from PicoBrew here, and today I wanted to talk about
cleaning your brand new still for the first time and continual
maintenance on the Pico still. Couple of things you’ll
need is your still setup with the copper column and
everything else attached. You’ll also need your
cleaning tube included in your Pico still box. You’ll need citric acid, another
mason jar or holding container, one gallon of distilled
water, and one gallon of white vinegar. Let’s get started. The first step in our
initial cleaning process is to take our gallon
of distilled vinegar and fill it up to the two
liter mark in our keg. Next, insert the Pico
still into the keg and attach it to the Pico C.
Set the temperature on the Pico still to 160 degrees and start
the distillation process. Once you’ve collected 150
milliliters of distillate, go ahead and detach
the Pico still and prepare for the
next cleaning step. So, we’ve just finished
our initial cleaning on our brand new Pico still. And now it’s time to cover
the standard cleaning process that we’ll use after
every distillation, including the run
that we just did. To start, we’ll mix up
our citric acid solution using one gallon of water
and four tablespoons of citric acid. Now that we have our cleaning
solution all mixed up, we’re going to start by
cleaning the condenser column. Remove the copper column
and set off to the side. Next, go ahead and
grab your cleaning tube that was included in
your Pico still kit and insert into the
condenser column. Grab your extra mason
jar and fill this up with cleaning solution. Take your cleaning
hose and insert that into the jar with the
cleaning solution. Finally, attach this mason jar. And now, we’re going to start
by activating the vacuum pump to pump the cleaning
solution through the copper column making sure to not fill
the mason jar more than 90%. Hold the power button
for five seconds until the green light
starts blinking, then tap the power
button once and you’ll see an orange blinking light. Double tap the power button
and you’ll activate the pump. Now that we’ve run our cleaning
solution through the condenser column, it’s time
to empty both jars and then fill our secondary
vessel with distilled water and run the exact same
process over again. Clean out the condenser
column and the tubes from any residual
cleaning solution. Now that our condenser
column is clean, it’s time to take all of the
removable parts off of our Pico still for individual cleaning. Now that we have our Pico
still completely disassembled, it’s time to take the rest
of our cleaning solution and fill our keg up. Take all of your
individual components and gently place
them inside the keg. Let these soak for
at least 10 minutes. Now that the parts
are clean, thoroughly rinse them off with
tap water and allow to air dry, making sure to
remove all leftover cleaning solution that might
compromise the flavor of future distillation. Be sure to leave behind
your clean solution in the keg for the next step
of the cleaning process. So while those components
are air drying, it is time to clean
the rest of the still. Go ahead and take
it and place it in the remaining
cleaning solution, give it a nice little swirl. We’re going to let this guy
soak for at least 15 minutes. Now that the coils
are done soaking, it’s time to remove them
and rinse them thoroughly with tap water. Make sure to avoid getting any
water on top of this still, which contains sensitive
electronic components. Take a damp rag and
thoroughly wipe down the interior of the still,
making sure to get the coils and the stainless steel stands. Finally, pour the cleaning
solution down the drain and rinse your keg
out with tap water. Set aside to air dry. Our parts are all
cleaned and dried and we’ve gone ahead and
reassembled our Pico still for our next
distillation project. Thanks again for
joining us today. And if you have any
questions, email us that [email protected],
or keep checking out this channel for more
distillation and brewing videos on PicoBrew hardware. Cheers.

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