Cleaning CO2 Line? - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Equipment/Sanitation > Cleaning CO2 Line?

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 01-18-2009, 01:59 AM   #1
ChrisS68
Recipes 
 
Feb 2008
Illinois
Posts: 564
Liked 5 Times on 3 Posts



This may be a dumb question, but do folks normally clean and/or sanitize their CO2 lines, at least before using them the first time, or is this just overkill?
Thanks,

Chris

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2009, 02:31 AM   #2
albannach
Recipes 
 
Jul 2008
Georgia
Posts: 190
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts


I have never cleaned my gas lines; mainly because I don't want to risk any liquid entering my steel tank. I would say that it is overkill, unless your new gas lines were covered in dust or something.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2009, 03:39 AM   #3
billy_awesome
Recipes 
 
Dec 2008
London Ontario
Posts: 89

I would soak it overnight with some...................................


OXYCLEAN!

__________________
Beer prices in Ontario Canada
24 Bottles for $28.89..........That's the DISCOUNT brand!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2009, 04:03 AM   #4
underwaterdan
Recipes 
 
Dec 2008
Long Island, NY
Posts: 325
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


I didn't clean mine, +1 with the getting water in the steal tank... Maybe if you did it weeks before you needed it but I assume letting it air dry would just let dust etc get back in it...

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2009, 05:50 AM   #5
bmckee56
 
bmckee56's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Sep 2008
Coraopolis, PA (Near Pittsburgh)
Posts: 912
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts


You can clean and sanitize youor gas lines for a first time application, then slowly purge the lines with either co2 or nitrogen to dry them. I typically sanitze the connections with a sanitizing solution whenever I change out my tanks to ensure no bad yucky stuff is introduced into the tank.

Once in operation and as long as you maintain pressure on the lines, no contamination should occur. This is not to say that it will not, only that it should not.

Salute!
__________________
On Tap #1 - East End Brew
On Tap #2 - Nada
On Tap #3 - Nuttin-Honey Ale
Fermenting - BMB's Cascading Citra Ale

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2009, 06:24 PM   #6
ChrisS68
Recipes 
 
Feb 2008
Illinois
Posts: 564
Liked 5 Times on 3 Posts


Wow! Is that an authentic signed Billy Mays?

Thanks a bunch folks!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2009, 07:49 PM   #7
conpewter
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
 
conpewter's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Nov 2007
East Dundee, Illinois
Posts: 5,107
Liked 53 Times on 48 Posts


Hey all. I've had issues in the past with infection in my brews and I did have infected beer get up into one of the gas lines at one pint (right through the manifold and into the other keg...) but didn't get to the regulator. I replaced the lines but I've since also had a (maybe?) infected batch on Co2, but not into the lines.

#1 is it OK to run sanitizer through a regulator? I'd then run filtered air or Co2 through it to dry it out.

#2 Has anyone found a good resource for the Bev-Seal tubing in the U.S.?
__________________
"People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people." - V

Primary: Nothin
Secondary: Shady Lord RIS, Water to Barleywine, Pumpkin wine, burnt mead
Kegged: Crappy infected mild
Bottles: Apfelwein, 999 Barleywine, Oatmeal Stout, Robust Porter, Robust smoked porter, Simcoe Smash

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2009, 12:22 AM   #8
Brutus Brewer
Recipes 
 
Jul 2006
Upper Sandusky, OH
Posts: 454
Liked 8 Times on 6 Posts


As I read this I think I forgot to sanitize my beer line before connecting it to the keg last night. Should I be worried?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2009, 02:40 PM   #9
MoRoToRiUm
Recipes 
 
Jun 2008
Posts: 1,389
Liked 5 Times on 4 Posts


Were you connecting new beer lines or just switching kegs? If you were just switching kegs, and didn't have it disconnected for a long time, RDWHAHB!
__________________
Broken Face Brewery
Est. 2008

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Keg line cleaning dksj General Techniques 26 03-19-2013 07:14 PM
Cleaning beer line NoNothing Bottling/Kegging 3 10-16-2008 12:43 AM
Beer Line Cleaning PeteOz77 Equipment/Sanitation 8 06-22-2008 10:26 AM
Keg cleaning & beer line cleaning & maintenance Sherpa FE Bottling/Kegging 3 11-27-2007 02:16 PM
Tap and Line Cleaning thebull Bottling/Kegging 2 05-17-2006 11:28 AM


Forum Jump