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Old 05-07-2013, 10:19 PM   #1
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I've started kegging recently, and I generally love it. However, the one task that gives me some trouble is cleaning the beer line. My process just sucks, and I end up with at least as much cleaner on the kegerator and the floor around it as I get through my line. I know a large part of the problem is the 1qt squeeze bottle I'm trying to use to force the cleaner through the line. It came with my kegerator, and the nozzle is just a little too wide to fit into the line; I believe it's intended for sanke fittings. The only thing I see for cleaning equipment on the big supply shops is $60 pump bottle, which just seems outrageous. What do most people use to actually run the cleaner through their lines? Am I supposed to be forcing the cleaner in through the tap end or keg end of the line?

The other frustration is that I haven't been able to figure out a way to send liquid through the ball-lock disconnect when it isn't attached to a keg post. I end up having to pull the line off every time I want to clean, which is kind of a pain with a barb connection. Is this just a compelling argument for going threaded instead of barbed, or is there something I'm missing?

It seems like this process should be much easier than I'm making it, so I would definitely appreciate any sage advice.

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Old 05-07-2013, 10:20 PM   #2
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I bought an $8 garden sprayer at Home Depot, the kind you pump to pressurize, and fitted a ball lock post on the end of the hose.

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^ that's a great idea!

I just put hot PBW mix in a keg, pressurize it and run it through the lines. When it's empty, I open it, rinse it, put starsan in it and run it through the lines again. Then I hook it up to the new keg, clean and sanitized. You need to clean the keg that just kicked anyway, may as well take care of the lines while you're at it.

A couple times a year, I disassemble the whole keg for cleaning. Stuff does get in the crevices of the posts and seals....

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Honestly, I probably should clean my lines more often. I always say, "When the next keg kicks I'll clean them all!" Of course, my three kegs all seem to kick within a week or two of each other, they get cleaned the first time, don't want to clean them again so soon, and then it's several months before one blows.

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Honestly, I probably should clean my lines more often. I always say, "When the next keg kicks I'll clean them all!" Of course, my three kegs all seem to kick within a week or two of each other, they get cleaned the first time, don't want to clean them again so soon, and then it's several months before one blows.
Yeah, I'm way more prone to not clean the line if I'm just going from a pale ale to an IPA or another similar beer. But smoked beers, spiced beers...I'm anal about cleaning the lines and kegs asap. I have a line that still imparts cinnamon into the first pour of a beer even though I've cleaned it many times. My pumpkin ale's spirit lives on I guess!

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BLC (beer line cleaner) works fantastic. I just use an empty keg and mix up about 2 quarts of the stuff per instructions and push it through the lines until it comes out the faucet and let it sit for 30 min, flush it out with fresh cleaner and repeat. Everything is visibly clean after the second soak. With the remainder Flush it out until the "cleaner keg" kicks. Then refill the cleaner keg with cold water and rinse out the lines. I've had yeasty garbage sitting in the lines for a couple weeks and it washed right out.

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Old 05-08-2013, 01:07 AM   #7
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Many of us built these and love 'em. Inexpensive and easy to build, don't use CO2, hold more than enough to clean at least a six faucet rig (my experience), are easy to use (and thus more likely you'll actually use 'em more often ) and don't tie up a keg (which have hit $70 at one of my LHBSes. Yikes!)

What's not to love!

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Great! This stuff is exactly what I was hoping for. Thank you!

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Many of us built these and love 'em.
I built one of these and mine leaks like crazy around the plastic threads where the liquid post screws onto the sprayer. If I pump furiously, I can get a slow flow of cleaner through the line (while liquid is simultaneously leaking out of the threads), but it's a real pain in the rear. I'm open to suggestions if anyone else has had the same problem and somehow solved it.
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I use CO2 to push PBW and StarSan through the lines as part of my standard keg cleaning and sanitizing procedure.

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