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Old 12-15-2012, 10:14 PM   #1
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I have a pressurizing beer line cleaner which works great for sankey connectors. But now that I am homebrewing and using corny kegs, what is the best way to flush/clean the beer lines?

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I make up a keg of PBW and run it through the line. Rinse water, sanitizer.

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I make up a keg of PBW and run it through the line. Rinse water, sanitizer.
Yeah I was hoping there would be a solution that didn't involve an empty keg. They're all full!

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Search for DIY beer line cleaner. There is a good thread on how to make a manual pump beer line cleaner (no keg required). I'd post the link but have no clue how to using the iPad app.


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Yeah I was hoping there would be a solution that didn't involve an empty keg. They're all full!

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I use the one that just kicked to clean that line/tap. You have to clean it anyway, so why not clean both at the same time? Mix up 1-2 gallons of PBW solution in the keg, give it a nice soak. Then run a quart, or three, through the beer line it vacated. Not only are you cleaning the line out, but also the liquid dip tube in the keg. Rinse the keg out, then put 2-4 quarts of clear water in and run that through the line/tap. Same thing, then with Star San solution. Only coat the inside of the keg with it before running a couple of quarts through the line/tap. Either use the gas feed from that keg, or have another CO2 source to do this.
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Search for DIY beer line cleaner. There is a good thread on how to make a manual pump beer line cleaner (no keg required). I'd post the link but have no clue how to using the iPad app.
Coincidentally, that long lived thread was awakened today.

I built one and am a big fan. No need to tie up a keg, it doesn't require using up any CO2, it's way easier to deal with on a keezer system than schlepping a cleaning keg in and out, and as it only takes a few ounces of solution to clean out a line, there's little to no waste. It's so easy to use you'll use it often.

Highly recommended. Put the keg to something more useful - like holding another brew...

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just picked up the supplies to build one today.

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Coincidentally, that long lived thread was awakened today.

I built one and am a big fan. No need to tie up a keg, it doesn't require using up any CO2, it's way easier to deal with on a keezer system than schlepping a cleaning keg in and out, and as it only takes a few ounces of solution to clean out a line, there's little to no waste. It's so easy to use you'll use it often.

Highly recommended. Put the keg to something more useful - like holding another brew...

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IMO/IME, not needed. As I posted, I use the keg that JUST kicked to clean the line it was on. So no dedicated hardware is needed. Since you need to clean out that keg anyway, why not kill two birds with one salvo?
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IMO/IME, not needed. As I posted, I use the keg that JUST kicked to clean the line it was on. So no dedicated hardware is needed. Since you need to clean out that keg anyway, why not kill two birds with one salvo?
Use to do that, and it doesn't really counter the "pros" for a small capacity hand-pumped cleaner. That's why I built the DIY cleaner in the first place.

What happens if you want to clean some lines and all of your kegs have beer in them?

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Use to do that, and it doesn't really counter the "pros" for a small capacity hand-pumped cleaner. That's why I built the DIY cleaner in the first place.

What happens if you want to clean some lines and all of your kegs have beer in them?

Cheers!

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If all my kegs have beer in them, then all my taps are occupied. If not, then I have yet to NOT have an empty keg. I make it a point to always have at least one batch of kegs available at any point. That way, when the batch that's currently in primary is ready, it can be moved to keg. If a line needs to be cleaned, it's because it's just had a keg kick.

Also, since I ferment in adapted sanke kegs, which I always have at least one empty of, I have other ways of pushing cleaning and sanitizing solutions. Since I also use stainless QD's in my brew fridge, I don't remove them from the ends of the hose/line. Unlike the plastic QD's I have to use the nylon/plastic washer/spacer on these. SO, I'd either have to do more to clean the lines without a keg, or have something with a ball lock fitting on it to get the solution to run into. IMO, more work than just using the keg that JUST kicked. Since that one is now empty and needs to be cleaned, it's crazy simple to use it to also clean the lines. It also only uses a tiny amount of CO2 to do this. Since I have several CO2 sources (two for paintball gun tanks, one feeding the brew fridge and another carbonating beer in the basement) it's never an issue for me. The Leland regulator even has the hanging bracket on it, so it's easy to hang on the keg while using it.

For me, the additional hardware of a dedicated line cleaning setup is a waste of funds, time to build and more of a pain than using the keg that just kicked.

Use what you want to clean/sanitize the lines. Just know that there's at least two different (valid) ways to do this. Either use no additional hardware, or get/make a dedicated line cleaner.

BTW, where do you connect the line cleaner to? The ones I've seen require you to remove the faucet in order to clean the lines. With my method, you don't. Plus, you clean the faucets (internally) at the same time.
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