pclemon wrote:usmcruz wrote:but its more of a convienence as there quicker to take on and off of pumps during brewing, but they still need to be taken off the pump to clean the fittings and threads.
I almost never break down my pump to clean it. I do run PBW through it during my normal cleaning regimen (which is every 6-8 batches). I sterilize the pump - and any threaded connection - during brewing by pumping the boiling wort through it for 20+ minutes.
I have never broken my pump down, I do what you do PC
I start the brewday with some warm pbw that I pump through it if I have the time. Then it goes to work as normaly and about 15 minutes left in the boil it starts recirculating boil wort through it to sanitize it. When I am done I run hot PBW through it again before I put it away. I figure that should be good enough. I suppose I should break it down this year but seems pointless to me.