Originally Posted by BeerBrent
normally when i clean my kegerator i break it all down shanks and all and soak, rinse and reassemble. i just bought some BLC and looked up how to use it and everyone shows a hand pump connected to what looks like a nalgene bottle and its pumped manually. i was wondering, is there a problem with using BLC and water mixture in a clean keg and pumping it through my lines and faucet using CO2? why bother with the handpump and bottle?
I used to do the same. I built the hand pump version because:
1) didn't always have a spare keg to use when I needed it
2) CO2 costs money and I don't want to use anymore than I have to. When the cylinder runs out, I have to make a trip somewhere to get more.
After doing the keg method and the hand pump method I find the hand pump easier to use. After a soak and rinse, I can use plain pumped air to blow the line almost dry. After that, I run some StarSan through the line, wait a few minutes, then blow out the excess. The tap line can stay closed and sanitized until I need it again.