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Old 01-06-2010, 04:52 PM   #11
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That still doesn't answer the question about pushing any such substances from a corny, the practical answer is that it requires a spare corny and its probably cheaper and easier to keep one of these around than to keep around an extra corny that can never have beer in it.
No offense but if you're cleaning your beer lines I imagine you would have a spare corny that might need cleaning too. Clean & sanitize both the corny & beer lines at the same time?? That's what I do.
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Old 01-06-2010, 05:05 PM   #12
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why not put some oxy or starsan in a keg and send it through?
This is what I use to do, and it works fine. But I have run out of kegs in the past, and did not want to have to keep one dedicated to line cleaning.

What really did it for me was a couple months back I needed to clean out my beer gun, but did not have a free keg to use.It was a real pain to disassemble and clean between each keg I bottled off of. It's also easier to tote around than a keg.
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Old 01-06-2010, 06:04 PM   #13
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+1 for an extra keg filled with PBW. A keg costs $25.
Run a gallon of PBW though each line, then a gallon of water.
The amount of gas needed is negligible.

Great idea if you don't have extra keg lying around or don't use cornelius kegs and use standard keg tap couplers. I am going to forward this to my buddy that doesn't homebrew.

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Old 01-06-2010, 06:21 PM   #14
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No offense but if you're cleaning your beer lines I imagine you would have a spare corny that might need cleaning too. Clean & sanitize both the corny & beer lines at the same time?? That's what I do.
I'm not offended, I just use a keg myself.

I do happen to clean my lines more often than I empty a keg. I think this would be more useful for cleaning out the CPBF between beers. Also probably a little easier to fill this with PBW then rinse and fill with water then fill with star-san. I think I will build one even if it is just as a backup for when I am out of kegs and need to use the CPBF. Maybe it proves better than using a corny and I use it all the time.
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Old 01-06-2010, 06:50 PM   #15
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Why not just disassemble the taps and hoses and soak in BLC, then sanitize and reassemble? Doesn't cost anything but time, gives you a chance for visual inspection, and eliminates nooks and crannies that get filled with crud over time?

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Whenever I switch my Keg I end up cleaning and sanitizing it as well. At this time is when I clean my lines. Why would it be necessary to have an additonal keg for this? The only thing I can figure is if you are cleaning your lines midway through a keg of beer on tap.

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Whenever I switch my Keg I end up cleaning and sanitizing it as well. At this time is when I clean my lines. Why would it be necessary to have an additonal keg for this? The only thing I can figure is if you are cleaning your lines midway through a keg of beer on tap.
Ideally you should be cleaning out your lines frequently.It does not take long for mold to start in the faucets, and from there it can quickly get in to the lines. I tend to disconnect my kegs from the tap if I am not drinking for a couple days, or if I want to rotate some thing in.

I don't like to take things apart too often though, I feel it shortens the life of the gaskets and the valves if I monkey around with it them much.
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I have been running oxyclean first, then water, and then starsan via corney. Just wondering if there was any other benefit.

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Fill empty keg with hot water, add appropriate amount of BLC, run .5 gallon through each tap, let sit in lines for 20 minutes, flush with .5 gallon of BLC mix again, then flush with water.

Do this every two months or so. A bottle of BLC should last you at least 1 year.

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This is what I use to do, and it works fine. But I have run out of kegs in the past, and did not want to have to keep one dedicated to line cleaning.

What really did it for me was a couple months back I needed to clean out my beer gun, but did not have a free keg to use.It was a real pain to disassemble and clean between each keg I bottled off of. It's also easier to tote around than a keg.
Why do you need to clean in between? Once you've sanitized, it's sanitized. Your beer should be sanitary as well. Which means just move it to the next keg and run it into a cup until the new beer starts coming out and then go back to bottling.

It's sort of like racking on top of a yeast cake. You don't clean and re-sanitize the fermenter in between
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