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Old 04-06-2008, 04:46 PM   #1
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Default Is there a DIY alternative to a tap cleaning pump kit?

I'm looking at this and thinking I could do that myself for less maybe.

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Old 04-06-2008, 05:20 PM   #2
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OneStep sanitizer in a keg pushed via CO2?

That's what I do...

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I have the cheaper non forward sealing taps on my kegerator. When I notice a tap getting stickey I just disconnect the tap and let it soak in oxiclean and water. I clean out my output lines once in a while when cleaning and sanitizing my 2.5 Gallon keg.

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Old 04-06-2008, 06:20 PM   #4
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I have an extra keg that I put star-san in. If I want to clean and then sanitize I guess I'd need two kegs. Believe it or not another korny keg is less than they want for one of those plastic BLC pumps.

You use one-step, do you also sanitize or just clean? After cleaning do you rinse the lines with fresh water?

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Old 04-06-2008, 06:22 PM   #5
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I get it. When you have the keg full of cleaner anyhow, then is the time to do the lines?

Is BLC better for lines than PBW? I want to make sure I'm not mixing the wrong chemicals in the wrong applications here.



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I have the cheaper non forward sealing taps on my kegerator. When I notice a tap getting stickey I just disconnect the tap and let it soak in oxiclean and water. I clean out my output lines once in a while when cleaning and sanitizing my 2.5 Gallon keg.

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You use one-step, do you also sanitize or just clean? After cleaning do you rinse the lines with fresh water?
After running the one step through, I just run the tap until a little bit of the next beer comes out, then shut it off. That should rinse out the sanitizer just fine.
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Is BLC better for lines than PBW?
BLC stands for Beer Line Cleaner

PBW will work, just not as well. I don't think it will break up beerstone like BLC.
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I can't remember where I saw this trick, but here's what I do. I picked up one of these (http://morebeer.com/view_product/18250/) from the local homebrew shop. It's a cap that has a ball-lock connection for a 2-liter soda bottle. When a keg runs dry, I fill the 2L bottle with Star-San or BLC, attach it to the gas line to pressurize to about 20psi, then FLIP THE BOTTLE UPSIDE DOWN. Opening the tap allows the pressurized cleaner to run through the tap and flush out the line. Works like a charm, plus I can carry a 2L bottle of delicious homebrew wherever I want without losing carbonation.

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Nice way to break in post #1 ^^^^

It was EdWort, I believe.

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I can't remember where I saw this trick, but here's what I do. I picked up one of these (http://morebeer.com/view_product/18250/) from the local homebrew shop. It's a cap that has a ball-lock connection for a 2-liter soda bottle. When a keg runs dry, I fill the 2L bottle with Star-San or BLC, attach it to the gas line to pressurize to about 20psi, then FLIP THE BOTTLE UPSIDE DOWN. Opening the tap allows the pressurized cleaner to run through the tap and flush out the line. Works like a charm, plus I can carry a 2L bottle of delicious homebrew wherever I want without losing carbonation.
Thats what I am going to be doing once I get the ball rolling here. I was wondering the best way to clean the lines. (being I just got a keg setup for my outside fridge) I am finnally going to brew after slowly acquiring all of these gadgets!
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