Cleaning Tap lines - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Equipment/Sanitation > Cleaning Tap lines

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 09-11-2010, 01:22 PM   #1
eager_brewer
Face down on the floor
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Recipes 
 
Mar 2007
Northern VT
Posts: 200


Last month my kegerator died. It just stopped cooling. So I got a new/old fridge and have it ready to go. However when I took out my old beer lines they were dirty, even though I have run Iodophor and water. So I need a better clear for the lines. What does everone use and how often do you clean the lines?

Thanks!
EB
__________________
Upnext:Double Bastard Clone
Primary: Empty
Primary:Empty
Secondary: Empty
Secondary:Double Bastard CLone
Kegged: DFH 60 min Clone
Kegged: AHBS Pallisade IPA

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-2010, 01:53 PM   #2
flyweed
Recipes 
 
Oct 2008
Posts: 419
Liked 9 Times on 9 Posts


I just use star san and water through my lines every time I empty a keg..and they always stay nice and clear and clean.

Dan
__________________
5 gal secondary: Strawberry Mead
1 gallon secondary: Blood orange Mead
1 gallon secondary: Grape Mead
On Tap: Blackberry Blonde Ale
On Tap: Apple/Cherry Hard Cider

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-2010, 01:55 PM   #3
Alemaker
 
Alemaker's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Aug 2008
Garland, Texas
Posts: 111

If they are really dirty, I'd be tempted to just replace them.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-2010, 02:04 PM   #4
eager_brewer
Face down on the floor
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Recipes 
 
Mar 2007
Northern VT
Posts: 200

Yeah I am replacing the current ones. I just want to make sure this doesn't happen again. :-)
__________________
Upnext:Double Bastard Clone
Primary: Empty
Primary:Empty
Secondary: Empty
Secondary:Double Bastard CLone
Kegged: DFH 60 min Clone
Kegged: AHBS Pallisade IPA

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-2010, 02:21 PM   #5
thorongil
 
thorongil's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Aug 2007
Buckeye, Arizona
Posts: 229
Liked 4 Times on 2 Posts


Replace them and start using BLC.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-2010, 02:34 PM   #6
ShortSnoutBrewing
Kwanesum Chinook Illahee
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
ShortSnoutBrewing's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Oct 2007
Portland, OR
Posts: 3,213
Liked 19 Times on 17 Posts


+1 to BLC.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-2010, 02:56 PM   #7
rcrabb22
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
rcrabb22's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jun 2008
Illinois
Posts: 714
Liked 23 Times on 16 Posts


+1 Beer Line Cleaner (BLC)

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-2010, 03:16 PM   #8
wildwest450
Registered User
Recipes 
 
Dec 2007
Posts: 9,043
Liked 173 Times on 158 Posts


Sanitizers are NOT cleaners and shouldn't be used as such. Your cheating yourself out of a consistent taste if you don't clean your lines regularly. I've done more than a few cleaning tests with 3 different kegerators in my house and two friends. There's absolutely no debate the taste will start to degrade after 3 weeks to a month. I don't EVER sanitize a beer line as it's just not necessary.

A good thorough cleaning with BLC, or I use the powder micromatic sells, works great. If you spring for the kit, it only takes 20 minutes and requires very little effort.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-2010, 06:25 PM   #9
jpc
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Recipes 
 
Jan 2009
Santa Clara, CA
Posts: 1,918
Liked 68 Times on 51 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by wildwest450 View Post
Sanitizers are NOT cleaners and shouldn't be used as such. Your cheating yourself out of a consistent taste if you don't clean your lines regularly. I've done more than a few cleaning tests with 3 different kegerators in my house and two friends. There's absolutely no debate the taste will start to degrade after 3 weeks to a month. I don't EVER sanitize a beer line as it's just not necessary.

A good thorough cleaning with BLC, or I use the powder micromatic sells, works great. If you spring for the kit, it only takes 20 minutes and requires very little effort.
Agreed. At least once a month, in my book. The cleaning is pretty easy, and if you don't want to spend the $50 for a cleaning kit, you can make your own for about half that with a pesticide sprayer bottle (clean, of course) from Home Dump or bLowes ($10), a short piece of tubing, and a tap adapter ($10 or so from LHBS).

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-2010, 06:45 PM   #10
Cheeto
Born again N00b
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
Cheeto's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jan 2008
Spokane, Washington
Posts: 7,367
Liked 381 Times on 336 Posts


I use a keg that has a small crack and doesn't hold pressure.

It is full of BLC and I was out the lines with that and then star-san after every keg !
__________________
I don't want to never stop having poop stickers. -Austin post #6909379

I say some stupid chit -TXCrash post #7247287

 
Reply With Quote


Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Cleaning Beer Lines - Oxyclean/PBW??? bigben Equipment/Sanitation 26 06-12-2013 03:50 PM
Questions on Cleaning Beer Lines Evan! Equipment/Sanitation 7 08-08-2008 12:42 PM
Hand pump for cleaning beer lines chrome_burner_420 Equipment/Sanitation 11 09-11-2007 06:07 PM
Cleaning spigots and lines rfidd Equipment/Sanitation 1 04-17-2007 01:32 AM
cleaning out lines to taps serbousek Equipment/Sanitation 1 12-31-2005 01:45 AM


Forum Jump