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Old 02-02-2014, 04:06 AM   #1
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Default DIY "sanitiser keg" with ball lock valve

Hey guys,

Looking to build a "sanitiser keg" on the cheap. Basically what I want is a bottle I can fill with sanitiser solution and then pump out of that bottle through my beer lines / taps etc. It should have a ball-lock valve fitting

Obviously the right way to do it would be a second corny keg. But wondering if anyone has done it on the cheap?

Was thinking some kind of double-ended soda bottle (i.e. with two screw caps) and on one end I put a corny keg ball lock valve, on the other end I put a bicycle pump valve. But obviously there's no such thing as a soda bottle with two screw caps.

Any ideas? Or should I just abandon and buy a second keg?

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Old 02-02-2014, 04:09 AM   #2
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Found this http://www.brewgeeks.com/tap-line-cleaner.html

Looks like exactly what I'm after!

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Old 02-02-2014, 06:29 AM   #3
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Piece done of those together last month, works like a charm. Especially for ten bucks or so worth of parts.

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Old 02-02-2014, 05:01 PM   #4
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Default DIY "sanitiser keg" with ball lock valve

This isn't the cheapest route but it's still less than a corny keg and I am lazy so I didn't want to sit there and pump for over an hour to clean and sanitize my 3 tap lines. The pond pump was $20. I just slip 1/2" silicone tubing over the faucet for the return to the bucket.

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http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/bike...leaner-306132/

You just need a way to connect the air pump to the keg. Presta valves fit right into gas line tubing.
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Here's what I did in the end (damn you yanks with your 5/8" threads! finding anything to fit was a mission)

Works pretty well, just poured my first beer from my new Keezer!

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I am just get my keg equip., so I can't speak from experience. Couldn't you just fill the keg with cleaner, pressurize it and run the lines. Is it a waste or will it not work? Be kind being a noob to kegs.


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I am just get my keg equip., so I can't speak from experience. Couldn't you just fill the keg with cleaner, pressurize it and run the lines. Is it a waste or will it not work? Be kind being a noob to kegs.


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Yes you can but you are wasting CO2 that way. According to the beer line cleaner bottle you are supposed to run cleaner through the lines for 15 minutes. That's a lot of CO2 to clean 3 or 4 lines. With my pump setup I connect all 3 lines from my kegerator turn it on and set my timer on my phone. After cleaning I rinse with plain water and then sanitize. To do this with a keg and CO2 would be a huge PIA
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Yes you can but you are wasting CO2 that way. According to the beer line cleaner bottle you are supposed to run cleaner through the lines for 15 minutes. That's a lot of CO2 to clean 3 or 4 lines. With my pump setup I connect all 3 lines from my kegerator turn it on and set my timer on my phone. After cleaning I rinse with plain water and then sanitize. To do this with a keg and CO2 would be a huge PIA

I like that setup to make it easier..plus another tool to modify. What type of pump and fittings did you use?


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I got a pond pump from lowes with 1/2" NPT output. Used a reducer to get down to a 1/4" cross. I managed to get the pin lock posts onto 1/4" NPT threads but they aren't the same. Since then I've seen a few places that sell an adapter to go from NPT threads to a corny post.

The pump doesn't put out a ton of flow due to the restriction of the hose but I don't think it really needs to. I use 120F water from the water heater to mix with the line cleaner and after just a few min of running it the faucets are quite hot to the touch. This should be sufficient to loosen up any sticky crud that's dried out in the faucet.
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