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Old 11-30-2010, 02:25 PM   #1
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Default Beer line cleaning tips and tricks

Looking for tips and tricks on cleaning beer lines. I found this video from kegworks on the process but I wonder if there is a better way than using that device. I think I saw one person who just had a spare keg with StarSan that he ran through prior to hooking up a new keg. I liked that idea but I don't have a spare keg now and I wasn't sure just running StarSan really counted as cleaning.

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Old 11-30-2010, 02:30 PM   #2
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I us an empty keg. Run oxyclean and then star-san through the lines.

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I run PBW or similar through, then water, then sanitizer (star san sucks for pressure or pumping as it just foams endlessly, try saniclean).

You can build one of those things cheaply. There are plans in a recent BYO or zymurgy and a thread or two here. You can also use a two liter bottle with a carbonator cap and a gas flare disconnect and squeeze the stuff through the lines.

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My system is on the way, so I can't speak from experience, but I was thinking about running oxi clean and star san through the lines as I clean/sanitize the keg. That way, I don't need extra kegs just to hold a solution I have to run through the dirty kegs anyhow.

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I didn't bother with the oxyclean. The next mornin after using my trashcan kegerator I just ran a couple pints of star san thru each tap. Clean as a whistle.

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My system is on the way, so I can't speak from experience, but I was thinking about running oxi clean and star san through the lines as I clean/sanitize the keg. That way, I don't need extra kegs just to hold a solution I have to run through the dirty kegs anyhow.
That works too. In about 3 months you'll have 25 kegs and find it's easier to clean them in batches though and it's not prudent to wait for a batch cleaning day to clean your lines.

I'm starting to favor picnic taps. They work fine, I can break the whole assembly down to clean and sanitize in about 10 seconds, and they are cheap enough I can replace the whole assembly every year or two. I still have three regular faucets but I probably will never expand that.
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After my keg is kicked, I just empty & rinse it out with hot water, then just run maybe a gallon of star-san solution from the keg through the line. Worked out fine so far. The PBW/Oxyclean probably isn't a bad idea once in a while.

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I just use Sani-clean whenever I feel it necessary. Which is usually only after spiced or smoked beers or when going to a very light beer. I don't know if people on here are doing it or not, but I wouldn't keep oxyclean in a keg for a long period of time as it can damage the stainless if I'm not mistaken.

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Like others, I just take a clean keg, fill it with some hot water and oxyclean, and run it through the line. Let some sit for 5 minutes or so, then continue running it through. Then I either rinse with water or just go straight to the star san (it all depends on how much star san I have mixed up and if I need to use it up or not). Works great.

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I use another keg of beer to clean the last one out of the lines. Alcohol kills germs right?

Seriously though I do not clean my lines as often as I should I suppose, but when I do I just push some Star-san through and call it a day.

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