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Old 11-10-2007, 10:48 PM   #1
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Is using oxyclean or pbw ok for beer lines?

I know a lot of people use oxyclean/pbw for cleaning the kegs and stuff, but do you also pump the oxyclean or pbw through the beer lines? Or do you use a seperate beer line cleaner when pumping through the lines?

Also, if you do pump oxyclean/pbw through the lines can you please specify which one. I can understand PBW being ok, but not sure about oxyclean.

One more thing... Does anyone sanitize their beer line? I've had my kegerator for almost 2 years and I have never sanitized the beer line. I clean it regularly with beer line cleaner...but never sanitized,


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Old 11-11-2007, 12:48 AM   #2
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I use BLC and hot water as the instructions instruct. After filling the lines and letting them soak a short time I flush them with hot water. Been working well for me. I have been doing this every other keg refill.

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Old 11-11-2007, 01:11 AM   #3
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I use BLC and hot water as the instructions instruct. After filling the lines and letting them soak a short time I flush them with hot water. Been working well for me. I have been doing this every other keg refill.
Yea i know, like i said i currently use BLC to clean my beer lines. I was just wondering if a cleaner like PBW or Oxyclean could be used to save time since im cleaning the keg with it already.
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Old 11-11-2007, 02:46 PM   #4
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I'd say as long as your beer line never went empty and thus dried out with beer in the lines, you could use something else.

but BLC has an acidic nature that helps remove 'old beer.

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Old 11-11-2007, 05:30 PM   #5
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I tend to run sanitizer through my beer lines whenever I'm cleaning kegs. But, I still mix up some BLC once in a while. just seems to work better than anything else.

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Old 11-11-2007, 05:56 PM   #6
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I use BLC, but have only used it once or twice in 3 yrs. I figure I have new beer going through the lines every month or so and usually just replace the entire line when looking bad. If they don't look nasty just stained I use the BLC for "comfort" until I change the lines. I clean everything when I replace the lines so I feel good about cleanliness.

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Old 11-12-2007, 03:58 PM   #7
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ok so pbw is a no go for lines i guess. I just read people saying they pump oxyclean/pbw thru the keg to clean it. I was just wondering where it is being pump to, if not out the tap.

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Old 11-12-2007, 04:12 PM   #8
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For cleaning kegs you can either diassemble the keg and soak all parts in PBW or just fill and soak the keg. If you have an extra keg(s) you can keep 1 filled with PBW and 1 filled with Star-San and use those for purging your beer lines and kegs using co2 saving some time, effort and mess.

You can take the output of 1 keg filled with fluid and using disconnects and tubing tie into the output/input of your second keg, open the relief valve on the 2nd keg and apply pressure to your 1st transfering the liquid.

No I do not purge my lines with PBW I exclusively use Star-san every couple weeks on my standard taps and lines until I get a all forward seal faucets. (I cant wait until I get rid of my darn sticky standard faucets, God Bless forward seal faucets)

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Maybe I am the odd duck here. Tonight I used 130F PBW through all my beer lines followed by clean hot water rinse and then starsan. Then I blew the lines dry with CO2. Maybe not the best but it is what I had on hand to use at the time.

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Old 11-13-2007, 01:38 PM   #10
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I run a quart of BLC through the line every time I blow a keg. Cleaning and sanitizing are not times for shortcuts.


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