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Old 02-24-2010, 01:43 PM   #1
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Default How often do you clean your beer lines?

I was just reading an article by one of the big suppliers and they say to clean your lines every keg, or every 2 weeks... For residential...

That just seems like an AWFUL LOT. I probably don't clean mine often enough, but dang!

Does anyone have any experience with how much difference it makes?

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Old 02-24-2010, 01:50 PM   #2
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I clean after every keg. But, I am also a accomplished liesurely drinker.

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yeah i clean between every keg. so far they've only been lasting 3 weeks. altho I have a commercial tap that's been there for 2 months (stuff isn't that great), and i'm noticing its getting....less "not that great"......

it's just part of my keg-cleaning process, soak, rinse, run rinse water thru lines, star-san, run star-san thru lines....

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I run starsan through the lines after every keg to flush it out. I rarely use BLC (although I probably should).

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I run starsan through the lines after every keg to flush it out. I rarely use BLC (although I probably should).
So, one day I ran out of BLC. No matter, it wasn't very good at cleaning my lines at Normal dilution anyway. I had the technical rep from 5 Star on the line to enquire about a color change in my Acid #5. Anyway, I asked him about their Liquid Line Cleaner and Acid Line Cleaner since I have pesky water.

Turns out, the LLC is PBW relabelled as a Line cleaner for commercial applications. Has something to do with required labeling in some jurisdictions. So, I have been mixing up a strong solution of hot PBW and letting my lines soak in that over night.

They've never been so clean and it's never been easier to clean them.
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So, one day I ran out of BLC. No matter, it wasn't very good at cleaning my lines at Normal dilution anyway. I had the technical rep from 5 Star on the line to enquire about a color change in my Acid #5. Anyway, I asked him about their Liquid Line Cleaner and Acid Line Cleaner since I have pesky water.

Turns out, the LLC is PBW relabelled as a Line cleaner for commercial applications. Has something to do with required labeling in some jurisdictions. So, I have been mixing up a strong solution of hot PBW and letting my lines soak in that over night.

They've never been so clean and it's never been easier to clean them.
Interesting. I never knew that. I'll have to start using PBW! That's easy enough. Thanks!
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I keep a keg full o' starsan. After a keg kicks, I run starsan through the line.

I know starsan is not a "cleaner, but for the amount of soils that would build up after one keg, it's worked fine for me. YMMV

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I clean my beer lines after every keg. 1st I run oxyclean, then starsan through my lines. I clean the recently emptied keg at the same time.

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It depends on my pipeline. If I have nothing ready to put on tap I'll do a pretty intense cleaning. If I've got something anxious to be put on tap I'll do at minimum just a hot water rinse/soak. Either way something is happening after each keg. I'll also take the shanks and faucets off maybe once or twice a year and give them a good soaking. Again depending on how quickly I keep the pipeline filled.

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After every keg unless it last's over a month, the flavor WILL start to change, with this.http://www.micromatic.com/draft-keg-beer/line-cleaning-pid-CFP-1.html

And I NEVER use sanitizer, wasteful and unnecessary. I never understood the theory of simply flushing beer lines with star san, and reconnecting a new keg. What are you doing, sanitizing the beer stone?

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