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Old 11-08-2009, 04:18 AM   #1
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Default How to clean beer in your gas line. Any EASY advice?

yeah yeah, this is my impatient self at its best. Today I did the "I want a carbed beer right now!" method and when I was rolling my keg I got some beer in my gas line. Never had this happen! Anyways, now I think I have to take it all apart and clean it. Has anyone done this before? What should I do?
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Old 11-08-2009, 04:25 AM   #2
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As a preventative measure you should get a check valve on your line so it doesn't suck back into your regulator. If it's just in your line, go ahead and clean it up. It doesn't take long. The ball lock connectors come apart quite easily.
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As a preventative measure you should get a check valve on your line so it doesn't suck back into your regulator. If it's just in your line, go ahead and clean it up. It doesn't take long. The ball lock connectors come apart quite easily.
Is this what you're talking about?
http://www.micromatic.com/draft-keg-...d-102-530.html

What do i do with it lol?

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Old 11-08-2009, 05:02 AM   #4
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That is a check valve for a Sankey connector. Not what you need. Keep looking, you'll find it.
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Is this what you're talking about?
http://www.micromatic.com/draft-keg-...d-102-530.html

What do i do with it lol?

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Try this: http://www.austinhomebrew.com/produc...ducts_id=10052
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Oh, I see. My system has a dual gauge regulator which runs to a "splitter" for two kegs. Do I put that before the dual gauge regulator of before the splitter?

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Most setups I have seen put them downstream of the splitter so you are protecting each line seperately. That means you would need two of them. If you put it upstream of the splitter you are protecting the regulator with only one check valve but you could get some beer from one keg into another keg and dirty both sets of gas lines.
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Most setups I have seen put them downstream of the splitter so you are protecting each line seperately. That means you would need two of them. If you put it upstream of the splitter you are protecting the regulator with only one check valve but you could get some beer from one keg into another keg and dirty both sets of gas lines.
Alright, cool. Thanks for the advice. I guess that's one more thing to buy. The list never ends with this stuff.

Do all of you guys use those? I would think that If I'm just very careful I wouldn't need em.
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Do all of you guys use those? I would think that If I'm just very careful I wouldn't need em.
Maybe! But, what if you're quick carbing one beer at 30 psi, and forget to purge it and it backs up into the other line, or into the regulator?

Or, like me, I carb outside of the kegerator sometimes, at room temperature. If I put the keg in the kegerator, it's at 30 psi since it's at room temperature. If I didn't always remember to purge it before putting it in there, I could easily get back-flow. I have check valves, and they are worth it!
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How often do you want to break down your lines and clean them? The check valve shutoffs are cheap insurance. What you do not want is beer in the regulator.... Clean the line out with water unless it's stubborn and then rinse with starsan or other no rinse sanitizer, flush it out with co2.
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