Category Archives: Sanitation

Build a Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump

The directions on most line cleaners call for recirculating the cleaner for some period of time.  Most affordable cleaning setups that are out there include a hand pump.  Operating one of those for 15 to 30 minutes, for each faucet, doesn’t sound fun.

To really clean your draft lines, you need to keep solution flowing for a length of time, not just fill and wait.  Initially I tried to clean my system by pushing line cleaner out of a keg.  This was a waste of CO2.  I also found it tough to keep solution running slowly enough to get the required amount of contact time.  It’s easy to quickly push a cleaning or sanitizing solution through your system under CO2 pressure, but I found it to be a pain to try to do so slowly.  This also requires quite a bit of cleaning solution versus a recirculating pump.

I decided to put together a recirculating draft line cleaning pump setup.

Building a Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump

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Bar5F Heavy Duty Chemical Resistant Spray Bottle – $4.97 + free prime ship & Star San Tips & Tricks

BAR5F Empty Plastic Spray Bottle 32 oz, Chemical Resistant, Professional, Heavy Duty

BAR5F Empty Plastic Spray Bottle 32 oz, Chemical Resistant, Professional, Heavy Duty, Green


From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • Trigger Spray Bottle – Fully Adjustable Nozzle – from a fine mist to a jet stream.
  • Chemical resistant bottle and sprayer.
  • All purpose; cleaning, house, kitchen, auto, etc

Related: Star San Tips, Tricks and Guidelines – Using Star San In a Spray Bottle – that details the “spray bottle technique” of easily and effectively sanitizing for pennies a batch.

7/21/21 7:30 PM Central: These are on sale for $4.97. Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying orderPrices and availability can change quickly.  Check product page for current info – More About Prices

BAR5F Empty Plastic Spray Bottle 32 oz, Chemical Resistant, Professional, Heavy Duty – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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Make sure the components you use are compatible and rated for your intended application.  Contact manufacturer with questions about suitability or a specific application.  Always read and follow manufacturer directions.

THREE x Chemical Guys 16 Oz Chemical Resistant Spray Bottles – $10.99, $3.66 each + Star San Tips

Chemical Guys Acc_121.16HD3 Acc_121.16HD-3PK Chemical Resistant Heavy Duty Bottle and Sprayer, 16 oz, Pack of 3

3 x Chemical Resistant Sprayers

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From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • Chemical-resistant detailing product bottle
  • This bottle comes with a heavy duty, high output sprayer head
  • Pumps out 1.3 ml of product per stroke; 40% more than standard sprayers
  • 16 oz. bottle capacity for professional detailing in any situation
  • Printed labels for easy product dilution, hazard identification, and precaution statements

 

Also: Star San Tips & Tricks – includes Spray Bottle Method of Sanitizing

7/21/21 11 AM Central: These are selling for $10.99. Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying orderPrices and availability can change quickly.  Check product page for current info – More About Prices

Chemical Guys Acc_121.16HD3 Acc_121.16HD-3PK Chemical Resistant Heavy Duty Bottle and Sprayer, 16 oz, Pack of 3 – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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Make sure the components you use are compatible and rated for your intended application.  Contact manufacturer with questions about suitability or a specific application.  Always read and follow manufacturer directions.

Update International 12″ x 12″ Interlocking Drying Mats – Lots of Uses – $3.99 + free prime ship

Update International BMI-12CL Interlocking bar Mat Square, 12" x 12", Clear

Update International BMI-12CL Interlocking bar Mat Square, 12″ x 12″, Clear


From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • Interlocking bar mat perfect for lining shelves and counters to protect glassware and china
  • Interlocking design system snaps together to fit most places
  • Made of non-skid pvc and is lightweight
  • Diamond-shape cutouts allow for even airflow and sanitary drying
  • Each square measures 12″ x 12″; dishwasher safe

I use similar mats (different model and manufacturer) and find them very handy.  I use them for drying brew day gear and glassware and also underneath my fermenter in my fermentation deep freeze to improve airflow and keep the fermenter out of any condensation that might show up).  I also use this in bottom of my kegerator.  Lots more info here – Not Just for Bars Anymore… Using Interlocking Bar Mats Around Your Home Brewery!

7/14/21 5 PM Central: These had recently popped up around $8 to $9. As of this posting, they’re back at just $3.99. Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying order. Prices and availability can change quickly.  Check product page for current info – More About Prices

Update International BMI-12CL Interlocking bar Mat Square, 12″ x 12″, Clear – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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Not Just for Bars Anymore… Using Interlocking Bar Mats Around Your Home Brewery!

Star San Tips, Tricks and Guidelines – Using Star San In a Spray Bottle

star san tips and tricks

Star San is my homebrew sanitizer of choice.  When mixed properly, it’s food safe and no rinse.  Required contact time is one minute.  It has worked very well for me for quite some time and I’m convinced that it’s one of the most economical solutions available if you’re using the “Spray Bottle Method” outlined here.

Cleaning, Sanitizing and… Sterilizing

The first step in sanitizing is cleaning.  Cleaning and sanitizing are two separate steps.  Cleaning physically removes dirt and large contaminants.  After your item is physically clean it can be microscopically sanitized.  Sanitization kills many (but not all) germs, bacteria and microorganisms on an already clean surface.  I typically use a mixture of PBW for cleaning.  Sanitizing and Sterilizing are different.  Sterilizing is killing every living thing.  In home brewing typically, we’re not interested in sterilizing, we’re only interested in sanitizing.

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1 Gallon SaniDate No Rinse, Food Contact Surface Sanitizer

SaniDate Hard Surface Sanitizer - 1 Gallon - Ready to Use Refill - EPA Registered - No Mixing - No Rinse - Food Contact Surface - Green Cleaning

SaniDate Hard Surface Sanitizer – 1 Gallon – Ready to Use Refill – EPA Registered – No Mixing – No Rinse – Food Contact Surface – Green Cleaning

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From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • EPA Registered
  • Food Contact Surface Sanitizer with no rinsing required
  • Bleach, chlorine, phosphorous and ammonia-free formula
  • Kills E. coli, Salmonella, Staphylococcus Aureus & Klebsiella
  • Fragrance Free

 

SaniDate Hard Surface Sanitizer – 1 Gallon – Ready to Use Refill – EPA Registered – No Mixing – No Rinse – Food Contact Surface – Green Cleaning – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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Build a Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump – New Updates

The directions on most line cleaners call for recirculating the cleaner for some period of time.  Most affordable cleaning setups that are out there include a hand pump.  Operating one of those for 15 to 30 minutes, for each faucet, doesn’t sound fun.

To really clean your draft lines, you need to keep solution flowing for a length of time, not just fill and wait.  Initially I tried to clean my system by pushing line cleaner out of a keg.  This was a waste of CO2.  I also found it tough to keep solution running slowly enough to get the required amount of contact time.  It’s easy to quickly push a cleaning or sanitizing solution through your system under CO2 pressure, but I found it to be a pain to try to do so slowly.  This also requires quite a bit of cleaning solution versus a recirculating pump.

I decided to put together a recirculating draft line cleaning pump setup.

Building a Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump

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Tip: Use The “Spray Bottle Method” to Apply Star San

star san spray bottle

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Use a Wallpaper Prep Tray for Cleaning, Sanitizing and Storage of Longer Brewing Items

Pictured: Zinsser 98030 30-Inch Wallpaper Prep Tray – via Amazon

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BAR5F Chemical Resistant Heavy Duty Spray Bottle + Star San Tips & Tricks

BAR5F Empty Plastic Spray Bottle 16 oz, Professional, Chemical Resistant, Blue/White M-Series Fully Adjustable Heavy Duty Sprayer from Fine to Stream (Pack of 1)

BAR5F Empty Plastic Spray Bottle 16 oz, Professional, Chemical Resistant, Blue/White M-Series Fully Adjustable Heavy Duty Sprayer from Fine to Stream

BAR5F Empty Plastic Spray Bottle 16 oz, Professional, Chemical Resistant, Blue/White M-Series Fully Adjustable Heavy Duty Sprayer from Fine to Stream (Pack of 1)  – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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Make sure the components you use are compatible and rated for your intended application.  Contact manufacturer with questions about suitability or a specific application.  Always read and follow manufacturer directions.