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Old 10-18-2004, 11:55 PM   #1
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Greeting to all homebrewers!
I've got a question that I hope some here will be able to help me answer. After a 13 year break in homebrewing, I'm at it again, however this time instead of laboring over cleaning bottles, I've gone to kegs (this is made up for going from extract brewing to all-grain). Anyway, my first batch went well, and as time permits, anyone interested in a great red recipe I'll post it. I now have a situation that I'm unfamiliar to, I'm getting ready to keg my second batch (a red and an IPA) and I'm unsure as to the best way to clean my keg lines. I've seen products out there for this purpose, albeit, at $50, and wonder if anyone has used them, or how other keggers are cleaning their lines? Please let me know how it's done, or what you do to accomplish this daunting task.

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Old 10-20-2004, 04:28 AM   #2
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I have a idea for you, I worked in a food plants for years and what we do to clean any liquid lines and tanks, is to C.I.P. (Cleaning In Place) basicly you rince the lines with water then a caustic solution then a acid soluton then a sanitiser... basicly making a loop where you pump these chemical laden waters through the lines and return to the take where you took the solution from.. Now for a keg line I would think a good 20 minute hot water rince fallowed by a cold water flush and then a One step santizer flush would be perfect for a keg line..That should kill anything in there.. All you would need is a little water pump like they use in aquariums for water circulation.. Here is a link.. the $15.00 pump would work fine if you have a short line to clean with little head pressure... but if you have a long run look for you run length in the chart.. you can look at there other pumps also

http://petsolutions.com/product.asp?pn=88350151

A small pump like that and a gallon pail to submirge the pump in and a way to return the flow from the keg line to the pail will create you water circiut and provide a great easy cheap way to clean you keg line.

Im Planning my bar area of the house and my drip tray from my tap will be my return line to complete this circuit and clen the prip tray at the same time as I clean my lines.. I dont know your situation but im sure you can make this work out for you.

Other wise remove the line and get a turky baster and do the same process just manually.. That should also work just fine.. 20 minute hot water rince and then flush with cold and sanitize should kill almost anything that could be in the line. Oh when I say Hot water the hotter the better but not boiling.

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Greeting to all homebrewers!
I've got a question that I hope some here will be able to help me answer. After a 13 year break in homebrewing, I'm at it again, however this time instead of laboring over cleaning bottles, I've gone to kegs (this is made up for going from extract brewing to all-grain). Anyway, my first batch went well, and as time permits, anyone interested in a great red recipe I'll post it. I now have a situation that I'm unfamiliar to, I'm getting ready to keg my second batch (a red and an IPA) and I'm unsure as to the best way to clean my keg lines. I've seen products out there for this purpose, albeit, at $50, and wonder if anyone has used them, or how other keggers are cleaning their lines? Please let me know how it's done, or what you do to accomplish this daunting task.

Thanks,
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Old 08-16-2010, 01:56 PM   #3
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Hello, I am new to the world of beer-on-tap...I recently converted a refridgerator to a kegerator via Kegworks single tap conversion kit. I have just finished my first keg, a 5 gallon sanke of a local micro-brew, Heizelmannchen Ancient Days Honey Blonde Ale. Very tasty brew to say the least. I now want to clean my lines/faucet before my next keg. I have been reading but have quickly gotten many quaestions racking my brain.

First; should I clean AND sanitize my equipment?

Second; I am looking at the StarSan and PBW chemicals(possibly Oxi-Clean Free, but have read mixed reviews), but nonetheless need to devise a plan to pump the solutions through the lines and such. So which chemicals do you all suggest(and what recipes for the solutions) and how can I DIY pump them through? I see cleaning kits but at $50 a pop I want to try and save a few bucks.

Any tips are greatly appreciated, one day I will make my own beer, but until then I need to know how to enjoy fresh tasting draught beer with my DIY Kegerator.

Thanks in advance for all the help!

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Old 08-16-2010, 02:17 PM   #4
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I fill a cornie with oxy clean solution and run some through the lines. then i repeat with a star san solution. Takes only a few minutes.

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Old 08-16-2010, 02:21 PM   #5
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i clean and sanitize my lines as i clean and sanitize my kegs. After i empty a keg, i put some oxyclean and warm water in it. I then hook it back up to the kegerator, and oxyclean out the tap for about 15 seconds. I unhook the keg, and let both the keg and the oxyclean in the lines sit for a few hours. I then rinse the keg with hot water, and hook it back up to the kegerator, run hot water through the lines for a minute or so. Next, i mix hot water with a little bit of white vinegar. swish it around the keg real good, then run that through the lines. This gets the soapy residue out that was left from the oxyclean. Finally ill sanitize the keg, and run sanitizer solution through the tap lines. if im not immediately using that faucet, ill just leave the sanitizer in the line until im ready to hook up another keg. Might be a bit over kill, and i havent had any issues from leaving sanitizer in the lines, but thats my process

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ps - welcome to the forum!

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Thanks for the fast responses! Any ideas on where to buy cornelius kegs at?
Also, what ratios of chemicals to water do you all use?

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if you are getting a kegerator kit, most come with cornie kegs. Otherwise, most online brew shops carry them. I got my keggerator kit from kegconenction.com

As for the oxyclean, i dont really measure. I use about 1/8 of a scoop for 5 gallons of water id guess. As for the vinegar, i just splash some in. Probably a couple tablespoons and mix with a couple gallons of warm water. Starsan i mix per the direction on the container. 1 oz per 5 gallons.

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Thanks for the tips, I am off to get some star san and PBW. I will check the brew store for cornie kegs.

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i use an actual beer line cleaner (BLC from micromatic) but basically the same. make the mixture and add to a corny... throw some co2 on it to pump it through the hoses, let it sit for like 20 minutes, then rinse out the keg, add water and pump a lot of it through the lines to get rid of the beer line cleaner, then hook my new keg up and get ready to serve.

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