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Old 12-21-2009, 04:43 PM   #1
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Default Keg line and tap cleaning

I am looking forward to building my kegerator and I am contemplating sizing and how many taps I will be installing. I am leaning toward five taps based on my brewing frequency. What I am wondering is this potentially stupid questions; how often do most of you clean your beer lines and taps. I am going to build with forward ceiling faucets. My usage would be about two pints a week out of any given tap I would imagine. Can I just wait to clean the lines and faucets when the keg eventually kicks and gets rotated out or is more frequent cleaning necessary?

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Old 12-21-2009, 04:46 PM   #2
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Cleaning too often won;t hurt anything but it will burn through chemicals quickly.

Basically, you are just going to have to decide for yourself what the appropriate schedule is to be.

I clean after each keg. No matter how long the keg has been on the line.

I also inspect the lines periodically to look for sign of beerstone (calcium oxalate) and clean if noticed.

Also, PBW is the same stuff as the Line cleaner that many sell. Just drier.

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Old 12-21-2009, 07:16 PM   #3
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At that rate, I would clean after each keg at the very minimum. At that rate you're looking to go about 5-6 months between kegs. Ideally, you would want to clean much more frequently then that, but I would just keep an eye on the lines for now.

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Old 12-23-2009, 04:22 PM   #4
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great, thanks!

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what are you guys doing for cleaning procedure?

I have just been putting starsan in a keg and run it through the lines before putting a new keg on. I leave the starsan in the line for a few minutes, hook up the new keg and pour until I get beer to remove the starsan. Should I be doing more than this?

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I usually clean the kegs twice, once after it is kicked and once before it is filled. Each time I start off with Oxyclean and HOT water. I'll shake and swirl the Oxyclean mixture and let it sit for about 10 minutes or so. Then, I rinse the keg out really good to ensure there is no more Oxyclean in the keg. I'll then mix up a StarSan solution and shake that around for a few minutes. Usually I'll hook the keg up to gas and flush all of the sanitizer out through the beer line. The keg is now sanitized until it is opened. I do that exact same procedure right before filling the keg as well.

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i clean after each keg, i run hot water and pbw through the lines for a bit, let it sit for a while, then run starsan through it. I basically consider it the same process as cleaning my keg

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Old 12-23-2009, 06:09 PM   #8
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what are you guys doing for cleaning procedure?

I have just been putting starsan in a keg and run it through the lines before putting a new keg on. I leave the starsan in the line for a few minutes, hook up the new keg and pour until I get beer to remove the starsan. Should I be doing more than this?
Star san is not a cleaner it's a sanitizer. I would suggest a commercial beer line cleaner, I use this. http://www.micromatic.com/draft-keg-beer/line-cleaning-pid-CFP-1.html, it will last a long time. There's really no need to sanitize a beer line, but you do want to clean them. I also use the pump bottle that micromatic sells, it's a bit expensive, but works very well. http://www.micromatic.com/draft-keg-beer/line-cleaning-pid-CK-1100.html
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I just run really hot water through the lines every time a keg kicks. No cleaner or anything.

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Star san is not a cleaner it's a sanitizer. I would suggest a commercial beer line cleaner, I use this. http://www.micromatic.com/draft-keg-beer/line-cleaning-pid-CFP-1.html, it will last a long time. There's really no need to sanitize a beer line, but you do want to clean them. I also use the pump bottle that micromatic sells, it's a bit expensive, but works very well. http://www.micromatic.com/draft-keg-beer/line-cleaning-pid-CK-1100.html
whoops, I am overdo for a cleaning then. I see others are using oxy clean which I have plenty of
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