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Old 05-11-2012, 06:49 PM   #1
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Was just curious as to how often you guys clean your kegerator serving lines. Do you run sanitizer through the lines every time you change a keg?

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Old 05-11-2012, 06:50 PM   #2
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I clean and sanitise every time I change a keg.

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Old 05-11-2012, 06:52 PM   #3
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I clean and sanitise every time I change a keg.
Would you mind sharing your process for this? I just finished my kegerator build and haven't hooked anything up to my lines yet.
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When I am cleaning my keg, i just hook the keg up and run it throw the tap, same cleaner that I use in the keg.

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For its first use should I need to run cleaner through the lines, or would just sanitizer be fine?

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Old 05-11-2012, 07:17 PM   #6
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I just got my keg system set up. Used sanitizer for all new lines and that seems to have done good enough. No weird flavors.

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I take apart the QD fittings and (in my case) picnic tap, run water thru it, soak the hose in cleaner overnight, then flush it the next day, maybe spray starsan in the line and flush.

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If I'm just changing a keg, I just pump a little sanitizer through it to clear out the other beer and yeast that kicking a keg tends to leave, then I hook up the new keg.
If, however the line is sitting without a keg for a while, I'll pump some BLC through it with a DIY Beer Line Cleaner (search for it, if you haven't). Then I'll rinse that out with clean water, then sanitizer.
If the lines are going from on keg to another repeatedly, I just try to do a thorough cleaning every 6 months or so. Any more than that I think is overkill.

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I just ran a few pints of sanitizer through the line, then poured about a half a pint of beer/sanitizer to dump. Then poured a bit of my first ever draft beer

I just kegged it a week ago, using the slow method of force carbing it, I suck at being patient though lol. It's pretty awesome though .

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I run 2-3 quarts of PBW solution through the line under 12-15 psi. Drain the keg, rinse well, add clean water and run 2-3 quarts through the beer line. Dump water in keg out and add 2-4 quarts of StarSan solution that I push through the line. Each push is under 12-15 psi to get better flow rate. If a keg is ready, I shift it into place and connect it up. I then run a few ounces through the line to remove the remaining StarSan and get just beer to flow. Then it's time to start pulling pints.

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