Beer Line Cleaning

Packaged Beer Sales Draft Beer dispensers Draft Beer Long Draw System Common Beer Hardware Beer Line Cleaning

Beer lines must be periodically cleaned to remove impurities and deposits that can cause beer to be flat or taste “off”. Recommended is every two weeks using a caustic solution which is high PH to take care of bacterial growth and addtionally every 3 months an acid cleaning or low ph which takes care of beer stone.

You can find all the chemicals and equipment needed for cleaning beer lines at Rapids Wholesale.

  • Most large systems are cleaned professionally using the circulation method. This requires an electric pump to circulate the chemicals through the systems.
  • Smaller systems are often cleaned by the owner – especially keg boxes.
  • The frequency of line cleaning is largely based on the volume of beer dispensed, however well maintained beer lines rarely go past the two week mark before they are cleaned again for bacteria, and rarely past the 3 month mark for beer stone cleaning.
  • Cleaning is the perfect time to check seals and washers for wear and replace if needed.
  • Disassemble faucets during cleaning and thoroughly clean with brush.
  • Before reassembly check ph of water in the beer line to make certain all cleaner chemicals have cleared the line completely.

So, How Do You Clean a beer Line?

Lines are cleaned by pumping a beer line cleaning solution through them.

• Special cleaning solutions are used that remove mineral deposits followed by pumping water through the lines to clear out the solution.

• At right is a beer cleaning kit with a small hand operated pump for keg box use.

23 Steps to Clean & Maintain Your Kegerator Beer Dispenser - Watch Cleaning Video Follow Along with Steps below

1) Turn off pressure supply at the cylinder by turning the wheel handle in clockwise position.

2) Turn CO2 regulator off.

3) Remove Keg coupler physically from the keg.

4) Remove the CO2 line from the keg coupler.

5) With the beer line hooked up, but detached from the keg, take the detached keg coupler and place it in an empty bucket. If the coupler has a ball and retainer in it, they will need to be removed.

6) Remove your faucet with a spanner wrench on the shank coupling nut.

7) Completely disassemble the faucet and put it in the empty bucket with the coupler.

8) Prepare the Beer Line Cleaner Solution in the Jar Pump. (1 teaspoon solution in jar fill with warm water).

9) Attach the jar pump to Beer Dispenser Faucet Coupling Nut (use washer).

10) Pump the contents of the cleaning solution in jar through the beer dispenser system. This will force it through the line, the coupler, and into your bucket.

11) Use your faucet brush to scrub the faucet parts and the coupler in the bucket. Get inside the faucet housing and scrub it good!

12) Empty the cleaning jar of any leftover solution and refill it with clean plain cool water.

13) Re-attach the pump assembly to the jar, and pump the clean water through the line to rinse out the cleaning solution.

14) Take faucet parts out of the bucket and rinse with cool water, place on towel.

15) Re-assemble the faucet.

16) Using your spanner wrench again, detach the cleaning solution line from the beer shank.

17) Re-attach the faucet to the shank via the coupling nut. Secure with spanner wrench

18) Pull the keg coupler out of the bucket and rinse the coupler thouroghly of the cleaning solution with cool clean water. Dry it off with a clean towel.

19) Reattach the CO2 line and the beer line.

20) Reconnect the coupler to the keg.

21) Open the regulator and turn the pressure back on.

22) Draw and enjoy a beer.

Packaged Beer Sales Draft Beer dispensers Draft Beer Long Draw System Common Beer Hardware Beer Line Cleaning

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