Originally Posted by DarthBeer
Does anyone have tips on how to clean a carbonator? It has no means of opening it and cleaning the inside of it. The best I can figure would be to fill a keg with pbw and connect that to the water input. Then repeat with a keg of starsan.
all i've ever done is rinsed them out with water and blown them out with co2 or compressed air. unless it's been sitting someplace filthy with the caps removed, it shouldn't be too dirty inside.
the carbonator pump won't pull a prime, you'll have to gravity-feed it or give it some pressure. when you turn it on the pump will run until the tank is filled and then should turn off. in order to get liquid to come out of the soda-out port you'll have to put pressure, air or c02, on the gas-in port. when the liquid level drops, the pump will turn back on to refill the tank. to completely drain the tank, turn the pump off and blow the liquid out via pressure to the gas-in port.