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Old 01-06-2010, 02:04 AM   #1
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Default Quick and Cheap line cleaner

I saw in the latest zymurgy a easy to make line cleaner. I did a little bit of a different version of that one but it worked great and cost me a total $13.

First of all, I have a mix of ball lock and pin lock kegs, so all of my keg connections are 1/4" flare fittings, so you might need to get a 1/4"FPT X 19/32"post adapter it you want to connect the keg liquid quick disconnects.

1. I got a 1 gallon garden sprayer from Lowes for $9.95.
2. 1/4" FPT x 1/4"Flare fitting at ACE 2.00
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First ,the Sprayer is NOT 1/4" MPT. So I cut back the excesses plastic on the end of the sprayer down to the threads. Next you will need to put on a health bit of Teflon tape over the threads. Then you will need to carefully start threading the 1/4"FTP X 1/4"Flair on to the end of the sprayer. Once it starts to bite, make sure it is straight, then slowly thread it on to the sprayer. You will be cutting new treads in to the sprayer, so you will not be able to take this fitting on an off.

After that I was able to fill the tank with Star-san and pressurize . then clear out my keg lines.
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Old 01-06-2010, 02:48 AM   #2
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Very cool. Better than payin' $40 for a kit.



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Old 01-06-2010, 03:31 AM   #3
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They stole my idea... even used the same exact pump tank that I have.

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Thats a great idea!

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I use my smaller autosiphon...I needed two hose clamps ($.49 each?), a length of hose (got it!), and a barbed fitting I can connect to the tower in place of the faucet. This way I get the tower clean as well. I hook the autosiphon up to the tower and remove the threaded fitting for the ball-lock and put that loose end in a pail, and use the siphon as a pump to circulate soapy water/PBW/BLC/sanitizer.

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Scotty_G: I did some thing similar, if you look carefully at the two pictures of the tower you can see a length of Si hose connecting the two faucets. I connected one faucet in line to the line cleaner and the other to an empty keg. when I force the cleaner through, it cleans out both the faucets and the lines. But I can see how a pump would be a good addition.

You got me thinking...I think the next project will be an automated keg cleaner.

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Why not just use a corney filled with starsan and pump it out the taps?

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Sacdan, maybe to save on CO2? Whatever the reason, it's a great idea!

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Why not just use a corney filled with starsan and pump it out the taps?
Well, because star-san is not a cleaner, for one thing. Unless you like beer stone you really want to use PBW, BLC (same thing basically) on the lines.

That still doesn't answer the question about pushing any such substances from a corny, the practical answer is that it requires a spare corny and its probably cheaper and easier to keep one of these around than to keep around an extra corny that can never have beer in it.
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why not put some oxy or starsan in a keg and send it through?



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