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Old 09-11-2007, 03:35 PM   #1
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I was wondering if there was a make it yourself hand pump for cleaning beer lines..
thanks for your answers in advance.

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Old 09-11-2007, 03:37 PM   #2
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From another thread:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=33533

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A real easy way to clean your beer line is to use MLF fittings on your beer lines. That way you can take them off to clean and soak. In the mean time, screw on a Grey gas in connector. Then you take a 2 liter pop bottle and fill it 2/3 with BLC and put on a carbonator cap. squeeze the rest of the air out, then charge it with 20 # of CO2. Connect the grey gas line (now connected to your beer line), turn the bottle upside down, pull the tap and the BLC will start to flow.



Beats tying up a corny to do the same thing, plus it makes your clean your black beer out ball lock connectors.
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Old 09-11-2007, 03:58 PM   #3
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20 # of CO2???? wouldn't that EXPLODE??? or is it some sort of typo.. thanks for such a fast reply..

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Old 09-11-2007, 04:04 PM   #4
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Soda is pressureized @ 20+ psi.

From wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_rocket
A typical two-litre soda bottle can generally reach the pressure of 100 psi (689 kPa) safely, but preparations must be made for the eventuality that the bottle unexpectedly ruptures.

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Old 09-11-2007, 04:27 PM   #5
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There is a pretty cool design here:
http://www.thegatesofdawn.ca/wordpress/homebrewing/beer_line_cleaner/

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Old 09-11-2007, 04:48 PM   #6
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i was thinking of making it out of some sort of squirt bottle.. the soda bottle might work for me.. but i am accident prone and i would probably blow off a few fingers lol. i just have a converted fridge ran a 1/2 bbl through it but dont want to pay $50 for a little plastic jar and pump when i could make it.

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Either looks to be a solution.


If you're accidently putting more than 100psi into ANYTHING....

Maybe bottles are for you.

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I've been thinking about using one of these:
http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin/wti0001p?&I=LXB887&P=0
You might be able to find it at your local hobby shop.
It's a peristaltic pump, so there is no mechanism touching the fluid. The fluid only contacts the ID of the hose. If you're clever, you can make a closed loop system and circulate the cleaning solution.

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what about like a windex bottle (or something of the like).. like everyone tells me keep it simple.. also thanks for the fast replies and suggestions.

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I always have a spare keg not being used. When I want to clean up my lines, I add BLC to the keg, pressurize and systematically put each of my faucet lines on the keg. and pump a bit in and let it sit in the lines for 2 hours. Then put some hot water in the keg and do it again to rinse.

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