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Old 09-11-2010, 01:22 PM   #1
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Default Cleaning Tap lines

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?

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Old 09-11-2010, 01:53 PM   #2
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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.

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Old 09-11-2010, 01:55 PM   #3
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If they are really dirty, I'd be tempted to just replace them.
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Yeah I am replacing the current ones. I just want to make sure this doesn't happen again. :-)
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Replace them and start using BLC.
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+1 to BLC.
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Old 09-11-2010, 02:56 PM   #7
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+1 Beer Line Cleaner (BLC)
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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.
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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).
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Old 09-11-2010, 06:45 PM   #10
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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 !


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