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Old 03-25-2008, 04:29 PM   #1
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I saw this Beer Line Cleaning Kit on Micromatic's website. I wanted to know if it a ripoff or is it worth buying?
I just built a Sanyo 4912 with a dual tower. I want to clean/sanitize the beer lines and faucets before first use.
I have read many posts about using Beer Line Cleaner (BLC) but I do not know how I would get the BLC through my beer lines without a pump of some kind.
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Old 03-25-2008, 04:41 PM   #2
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I have heard good things about BLC on this forum myself. I don't think you really need that kit. I think you can just put some BLC solution in your keg with some pressure on it and then run it through the lines. Pull it through to the tap and then shut off the tap and let it sit for a while and clean the lines. When you're done you can just run some water through the same way to rinse it out.

 
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Old 03-25-2008, 04:44 PM   #3
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There is a guy on brewboard that devised a way to clean his beer lines with a 20 oz. soda bottle and a carbonator cap. I use that method every time, and it works awesome.

You need a carbonator cap and the spare soda bottle, and some BLC.

Essentially what you do is you fill the soda bottle with the BLC mixture, put the carbonator cap on the bottle, hook it up to your gas line, pressurize it to about 30 psi, flip it over, and open your tap. The BLC is forced through the beer line. You can do this once or twice and then rinse.

It takes me less than 15 minutes to clean all 4 of my taps.
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Old 03-25-2008, 05:03 PM   #4
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There is a guy on brewboard that devised a way to clean his beer lines with a 20 oz. soda bottle and a carbonator cap. I use that method every time, and it works awesome.

You need a carbonator cap and the spare soda bottle, and some BLC.

Essentially what you do is you fill the soda bottle with the BLC mixture, put the carbonator cap on the bottle, hook it up to your gas line, pressurize it to about 30 psi, flip it over, and open your tap. The BLC is forced through the beer line. You can do this once or twice and then rinse.

It takes me less than 15 minutes to clean all 4 of my taps.
That is a pretty slick idea. Thanks man!! Such small amount of waste too.

 
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Old 03-25-2008, 05:12 PM   #5
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Every 2-3 kegs, I put about a gallon of BLC in an empty corny keg and push half a gallon through each faucet. Then flush with water followed by some starsan.

Doesn't take too long and I shake the corny when it has BLC/water/starsan in it to clean the inside of the corny at the same time. So when I'm done, I have a sanitized corny under pressure, so it's ready to have beer racked into it.

 
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Old 03-25-2008, 05:20 PM   #6
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I bought the cleaning kit from AustinHomebrew and it works really well, takes me about 10 minutes to BLC, rinse and starsan a line (this includes complete disassembly and cleaning of the faucet).
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Old 03-25-2008, 05:29 PM   #7
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I have a cleaning kit that came with my kegerator. It has a Sanke tap though so I hadn't been using it, I was just using a keg full of oxi clean and then fresh water whenever I am cleaning a keg. Using a full keg helps save CO2.

I have now converted the cleaning kit to use Cornie fittings.
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Old 03-25-2008, 07:45 PM   #8
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It really doesn't take too much CO2 to push a gallon of sanitizer through the faucets.
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I bought a 2 quart hand pump sprayer and took the noozle off and threaded (er, cross threaded) in it's place a beer out keg post. I just mix up some BLC, put it in the sprayer, pump it up and hook it up to the beer line disconnect.
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Old 03-25-2008, 07:59 PM   #10
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I fill a keg with warm water and run that through the lines, then i fill the keg with BLC solution and run that through the lines. Lastly I fill the keg with StarSan and run that through the lines. I just use the CO2 to push everything through. My 10lb CO2 tanks last so long, i dont worry about the little bit of CO2 i am wasting.
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