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Old 02-19-2011, 08:00 PM   #1
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I wanted to make a small beer line cleaner for my kegerator. Up to this point, I have been cleaning my beer lines by using an extra cornelius keg that I fill with cleaner, pressurize, run, empty, rinse, pressurize, run... you get the picture.

I wanted something smaller and lighter that I could pressurize without hooking up to CO2. Something easy that I could use between keg changes. I wanted it to connect to my beer out disconnect so that i could clean that without taking it apart unlike some of the commercial beer line cleaners that hook up to the faucet end.

I had heard of mention of people using pump sprayers but hadn't seen a DIY thread, so I decided to try to make one and share my experience

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First, I got a 56oz hand pump sprayer from Dome Hepot. It was a Flo-Master Model 56HD.




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I picked up a Firestone ball lock liquid post assembly from Brewmaster's Warehouse (my LHBS)



The threaded end of the liquid post is 3/8 flare. The threaded end of the pump is 3/8 MIP. I picked up an adapter from Dome Hepot.




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Now for the assembly:

Put some thread tape around the flare end of the 3/8 coupling. Thread tape is necessary since there is no flare pipe to keep this from leaking, so you are depending only on the threads to make it tight....




Next, screw the liquid post to the coupler...


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Remove the plastic nozzle from the pump...







And screw the post/coupler to the pump...





Voila it's done!

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To clean the beer line, Fill the pump with your favorite cleaner. Pressurize the pump by pumping the pump. Connect your beer line to the liquid post....





Open your faucet and cleaner will run through the entire system.


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This system works well and is a fraction of the cost of a spare cornelius keg or commercial cleaning system. It light weight and easily stored. Its great for running cleaner through a sticky faucet.

Cost of project:

Hand Pump Sprayer: $6.92
Firestone Liquid Post: $9.99
3/8 Flare / 3/8 FIP: $2.34
Had Teflon Tape: $0.00

TOTAL: $19.25

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This is awesome. I have an empty corny sitting in my kitchen waiting for me to motivate to clean my lines. Eff that. I'm making this ASAP. My only concern is that it doesn't look like the reservoir is very large. I have 4 9ft lengths of beer line. Do you think I could do this with one batch of cleaning solution or would I probably need two or more batches?

Awesome idea man. Guessing this ran about $30 with all the fittings?

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Ah, you beat me to it ^^

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4 lines might need a couple of refills. I have only 2 lines and I'm generally cleaning one at a time. You could do a 1 or 2 gallon sprayer, the fitting at the bottle or the wand isn't 3/8, but I'm sure you can figure what's needed to adapt the 3/8 flare for the liquid post.

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