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Old 06-26-2006, 01:19 AM   #1
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Whats a good way to flush the lines that beer runs through in a keg setup? Using a keg full of slightly soapy water isn't an option :P


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Old 06-26-2006, 01:29 AM   #2
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A keg full of beer line cleaner is one approach. I force carbonate water and use that, but will use BLC if the hoses are stained or it has been a while since I've cleaned the faucets. I've found cycling the faucet five or six times will loosen most of the crud.


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Old 06-26-2006, 03:25 AM   #3
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I use automatic dishwasher detergent & water, then rinse. It is essentially the same thing as OxyClean.
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Old 06-26-2006, 01:51 PM   #4
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A keg full of beer line cleaner is one approach. I force carbonate water and use that, but will use BLC if the hoses are stained or it has been a while since I've cleaned the faucets. I've found cycling the faucet five or six times will loosen most of the crud.
I use PBW. Works like a charm and so incredibly easy to use.
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Old 06-26-2006, 05:08 PM   #5
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Each time I clean a keg (whit PWB, B-Brite, or Oxi-Clean), I flush some of the hot solution into the beer line, and leave it to soak for an hour or so. (I make sure I have a beer poured from from another keg before I tie up the beer line for such an extended period.)

After an hour, I rinse well and put it back in use.

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Old 06-29-2006, 03:48 AM   #6
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commercial pubs over here just use a dilute bleach solution. Before the bleacj I flush the lines with water and afterwards blow dry the system with a bit of gas.

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Does the BLC have to soak in the lines to brake the crud or is a flush adequate?
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Old 06-30-2006, 02:58 AM   #8
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im actually cleaning mine tonight what i normally do is i fill my keg with cleaner and open the tap run all 5 gal through it and its clean as a whistle


then sanitize the keg and run a gal of sani through the lines



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Old 07-06-2006, 05:44 PM   #9
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I picked up an extra corny just to go line cleaning, sooooo much easier than taking everything apart. I also run commercial kegs, but with Ventmatic faucets it is really easy - just hook up a cleaning bottle to the faucet with tubing.


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