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9 Cleaning Brushes – $6.76

Ultimate Bottle & Tube Brush Cleaning Set 9 Sizes & Shapes - Natural & Synthetic Bristles (DESIGN, 1)

Set of 9 cleaning brushes by ProTool.  Designed for home and commercial use.  9 brushes – each one unique size and shape for hard-to-clean bottles, dispensers & more. 

Use for cleaning… bottles, growlers, tubing and more around your home brewery and beyond.

5/25/17 9 AM Central: These are selling for just $6.76. Shipping to most US addresses is also free with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying order. Price, shipping and availability can change quickly.  Check the product page for up to the minute price and availability.  See Recent Amazon Finds and our Amazon Fillers Resource Page to help you put together an order that qualifies for free shipping.

Ultimate Bottle & Tube Brush Cleaning Set 9 Sizes & Shapes – Natural & Synthetic Bristles (DESIGN, 1)

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17″ Flexible Scrub Brush [Growlers, Glasses & More] – $5 w/Instant Coupon

Flexible, soft, lightweight and reusable brush.  44 cm length (about 17.3″).

Use to clean glasses, growlers, wine decanters and more.

5/24/17: This highly rated brush is selling for $10. Apply coupon code DE2KKHJ4 and the price drops to just $5. Shipping to most US addresses is also free with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying order. Price, shipping and availability can change quickly.  Check the product page for up to the minute price and availability.  See Recent Amazon Finds and our Amazon Fillers Resource Page to help you put together an order that qualifies for free shipping.

KUWAN Multi-function Household Cleaning Tools Flexible Bottle Scourer Bottle Cleaning Brush For Cleaning Of Wine Decanters, Goblets, Glasses, Cups

Also ConsiderScrub Growler Brush by True

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8 lbs PBW – $38.99, $4.87/lb + Free Shipping

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As of this posting, Beer & Wine Hobby has a great price on 8 lb PBW.  It’s selling for $38.99.  Go to the PBW product page and select 8 lb bag to see current pricing.  They are also currently shipping most orders of $29 or more for free.  This PBW qualifies.  That means it’s $4.87 per lb shipped to your door (most US addresses).  No coupon or promo code is required, check Beer and Wine Hobby for up to the minute price and promotion information.

PBW – POWDERY BREWERY WASH

 

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Update: Mark II Keg & Carboy Cleaner… As a Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump!

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The Mark II Keg and Carboy Washer [Review] can clean a lot of your homebrewing gear.  Kegs, Carboys, Speidel Fermenters, Tubing, Small Parts & Pieces, Buckets, Keggles and more.

A small hardware purchase can convert your Keg and Carboy Washer over to an efficient ball lock draft line cleaning pump.

Cue drumroll.  And… It’s this thing…

Free shipping Stainless steel Carbonation Cap w/ 5/16" Barb, Ball Lock Type, fit soft drink PET bottles, Homebrew Kegging
Stainless steel Carbonation Cap w/ 5/16″ Barb, Ball Lock Type, fit soft drink PET bottles, Homebrew Kegging

This is a stainless steel ball lock carbonator cap that is typically intended to use with 1L and 2L PET (soda type) bottles for force carbing and transporting beer (soda, etc).  Why does it include a barb?  I have no idea, but it comes in really handy for this purpose.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: I have heard that this fitting no longer works with BOTH liquid and gas ball lock QDs.  That is an important feature for this project.

Consider these alternatives (As of this update, both claim to work with both gas and liquid posts, check description for up to the minute details)..

cln_img_9641A photo of just the carbonator capcln_img_9644A carbonator cap would typically work with a gas QD and this does.cln_img_9642However, it also works (easily) with a liquid QD.  Not sure why it’s designed like this, but it is and this is another important feature.cln_img_9646To adapt the Keg and Carboy Cleaner for Ball Lock draft lines just attach the stainless carbonator cap to a length of 1/4″ ID tubing (the shorter the better).  Attach the unused end to the smaller of the two included barbs (intended for cleaning tubing) and whammo… you’ve got a line cleaner.  I didn’t use any clamps.  Things held together fine and disassemble for easy cleaning.

cln_img_9654I use a piece of 1/2″ ID silicone tubing over my faucets to return cleaning, rinsing and sanitizing solution back to the Keg and Carboy Cleaner’s basin.  Recirculating means you can run this for a long time (according to your cleaner’s recommendations).  You may also save money by using less cleaner and sanitizer.

This has the advantage of cleaning everything in your draft system.  It cleans the faucet, the shank, the quick disconnect and the tubing.  Some line cleaning pump designs I’ve seen have you removing the beer nut and placing the hand pump apparatus directly on the shank.  That’s some work disassembling and reassembling and it also skips the line and quick disconnect.

cln_img_9657Here is a photo that should hopefully give you an idea about flow rate.  If you look at my original Draft Line Cleaning Pump Build, you’ll see that I don’t believe you need a gushing fire hose-like flow rate.  The important thing, in my book, is touching all parts and constant flow.  Along those lines, if you’re looking for your draft cleaning pump to resemble a pressure washer, I’d suggest looking for something different.  I spent no time on trying to increase flow for this build.  It’s going to depend on your line length and where you place the Keg and Carboy Washer in relation to the top of your shank.

cln_img_9660A look at the 1/2″ ID tubing over my Perlick faucetcln_img_9666The Keg and Carboy Washer can be a bit unwieldy to pick up when full.  You can drain a good bit of liquid off by redirecting the discharge tubing to a bucket.

cln_img_9649I have added this switch to my Keg and Carboy Washer setup.  It allows me to easily turn the pump on and off without plugging and unplugging it.  This switch appears to be similar although not the exact same part number… [GE 52149 Handy Switch Grounded White].  You may want to add a GFCI Adapter and for safety, always read and follow manufacturer’s warnings.

1312Alternative for Pin Lock, Sankey and Ball Lock Systems.  I know of no similar Pin Lock style carbonator cap.  You get nearly the same benefit by replacing that with a 1/4″ Male Flare to 1/4″ Barb Fitting.  Remove your MFL Pin Lock QDs and attach to this fitting.  The only thing you’re missing is including the Pin Lock QDs in the cleaning process.  This would also work for Sankey and ball lock setups, you just need to have 1/4″ MFL lines.

Prior to getting a Keg and Carboy Washer myself, I consistently heard great things about it.  I can confirm the praise.  This is a great piece of equipment that saves me time.  The additional ability to clean lines with little additional expense sweetens the deal further.  The Mark II Keg and Carboy Washer is one of our Top Finds.

Mark’s Keg & Carboy Washer can be found at…

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Read the current description of these to make sure they are designed to work with both gas and liquid posts.

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50 lb PBW – $194.90 + Free Shipping, $3.90/lb

50 lbs of PBW.  PBW is my cleaner of choice!

5/22/17 2 PM Central: This has dropped to $194.90 (Just $3.90 or so per lb). That’s the best historical direct from Amazon price I found. Shipping to most US addresses also is free. Price, shipping and availability can change quickly. Check the product page for up to the minute price and availability.

PBW by Five Star- 50 lbs

Also in 4 lb SizeFive Star PBW Cleaner (Powdered Brewery Wash), 4-Pound Jar

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The Importance of Draught Beer Line Cleaning – from the Brewers Association + Draft Line Cleaning Build

From the Brewer’s Association:

“Clean beer lines are integral to maintaining the quality of craft beer.

Small and independent craft brewers devote a lot of time, effort and resources to make the best possible beer for consumers. Ingredients are handpicked, the latest technological advances in brewing are used and batches of beer are tested throughout the process to ensure superior quality. That hard work can be ruined in the time it takes the beer to travel from the keg to the glass if the draught system/lines have not been properly cleaned and maintained.”

  • At a minimum, you should clean your draught line every two weeks with an alkaline detergent cleaner to remove protein and films that build up quickly.
  • The cleaning chemical should be recirculated through the product line for a minimum of 15 minutes at a velocity up to two gallons/minute. Soaking product lines is not recommended, but the cleaning solution should be left in-line for at least 20 minutes if recirculation is not an option.
  • All faucets should be completely disassembled and cleaned every two weeks. Make sure to replace any damaged seals or gaskets.
  • Acid cleaning should be performed quarterly to remove inorganic compounds such as “beer stone,” which are mineral deposits.
  • All vinyl jumpers and vinyl direct draw lines should be replaced annually.
  • Couplers should be replaced based on condition. Inspect the coupler bottom seal and O-rings, to make sure they are properly lubricated with a food-grade lubricant.
  • Good quality, well-maintained couplers, faucets and shanks can last a lifetime. Parts that are 100 percent stainless steel are the most reliable and will provide the best quality experience for your staff and customers.
  • Always make sure to rinse lines with clean water after cleaning!
  • Draught lines may need to be replaced after pouring root beer, fruit or pepper-flavored beers, sour beers, margaritas or ciders in order to avoid permanent flavor influence.

Read the complete article: THE IMPORTANCE OF DRAUGHT BEER LINE CLEANING

Note that those guidelines are written from the commercial perspective, although all concepts still hold true, with a little tweaking as it makes sense to your setup.

Check out myimg_cln_img_0593-225x300 Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Build.  That makes cleaning your homebrew kegerator draft lines.

More Draft Related: AlsoKegerator Tips & Gear | Keg Repair Part #s | 5 Recent Keg Finds | Mark II Keg and Carboy Cleaner Draft Line Cleaning Pump Conversion | What’s the Difference Between Ball Lock Kegs and Pin Lock Kegs? | Kegerator Beer Line Temperatures & Reducing Foam with a Recirculating Fan | Portable Draft Serving Options

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238 Gallon Per Hour Submersible Pump + Draft Line Cleaning Build

Submersible pump. 238 Gallons per hour, 20 W motor, 120V / 60Hz, 1.5M=4.9 ft power cord.

Possible homebrew uses: Recirculating draft line cleaner build or as part of a recirculating wort chiller setup.

I use a similar (different model, manufacturer and higher GPH) in myimg_cln_img_0593-225x300 Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Build.

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SongJoy 238 GPH Multi-function Submersible Pump For Aquarium Indoor Outdoor Water Garden Pond

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