Category Archives: Sanitation

Build a Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump

recirculating draft line cleaner

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.

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San Jamar Versa-Mat 12″ x 12″ Interlocking Drying Mats + Not Just for Bars Anymore… Using Interlocking Bar Mats Around Your Home Brewery

San Jamar Versa-Mat Interlocking Sanitary Bar Mats

12″ by 12″ interlocking bar mat by San Jamar.  These interlocking mats are versatile.  Multiple mats can be joined for larger areas and they are flexible and easy to cut to shape.  Allows for airflow under glassware.

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  • Versatile Service – Mats can be cut to accommodate curves and other contours making it the custom choice for a variety of environments
  • Interlocking Mats – Lightweight design cuts easily to accommodate the perfect fit in any space configuration
  • Superior Airflow – Unique raised design allows for superior airflow under glassware to reduce mold build-up
  • Non-Slip Surface – Prevents mat from sliding around when in use and protects glassware rims
  • Easy Disassembly – Strips disassemble and are dishwasher safe for quick clean up

 

I purchased a number of these (mine are clear) in 2015 and have since found 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.  More info on that here – Upgrade Your Kegerator – 6 Improvements

What are others saying?  Search this product’s Amazon reviews for “kegerator” – may include reviews for other sizes or variations

San Jamar Versa-Mat Interlocking Sanitary Bar Mats – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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THREE x 16 Oz Chemical Resistant Heavy Duty Bottle & Sprayer by Chemical Guys

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

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

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  • Professional grade, long lasting durability coupled with premium chemical resistance and ultrafine mist; 3 sprayers and 3 bottles
  • 1.3 milliliter per stroke, 30-40 percent greater than standard trigger sprayers; nozzle O-ring and piston cup are made of chemical resistant Viton
  • Adjustable tip allows sprayer to deliver superior sprays or ultrafine mist sprays; excellent for water-based and oil-based chemicals
  • Superior results when used with spray waxes, carpet cleaners, dressings, window cleaners and even thicker water based dressings; 9-3/4 inch stem allows sprayer to be sized for 32 ounce and 12 ounce bottles
  • End sprayer comes complete with light filter to assure maximum passage of chemicals; designed to be an effective cleaning tool under all conditions

 

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

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.

QA Surface Cleaning Disinfectant – $14.20 w/HBF Reader Coupon via Keg Connection

QA Concentrated Sanitizing Solution - Surface Cleaner

QA Concentrated Sanitizing Solution – Surface Cleaner via Keg Connection

  • See product page for description and claims.
  • As of this posting, Keg Connection has this for $14.95
  • HBF Reader Coupon!  As of this posting, coupon code HBF5OFF takes an additional 5% off.  Check Keg Connection for current availability.  That makes this $14.20..

QA Concentrated Sanitizing Solution – Surface Cleaner

Flat Rate Shipping

  • Shipping is a flat $9.95 no matter how much you buy site-wide to addresses in the contiguous US.
  • Maximize Flat Rate Shipping: Since shipping is flat rate, grab a keg, some ingredients, a recipe kit or something from the Bargain Bin and it will all ship for that same flat rate.

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10 x 10 mL Syringes + Star San Tips, Tricks and Guidelines

10 Pack of 10ml 10cc Plastic Oral Medication Syringes with Transparent Tip Cap W/o Needle for Scientific Labs, Measuring, Watering,refilling

10 x 10 ml Syringes

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  • 10 Pack of 10ml 10cc Plastic Oral Medication Syringes with transparent Tip Cap W/o Needle for Scientific Labs, Measuring, Watering,refilling .
  • Exclusive outfit soft silicon caps can protect you not to be hurt, and also more convenient to store liquid in the syringes for future using.
  • Material: plastic;10ml.
  • Package includes:10 x Syringe .
  • Suitable for wood adhesive, glue injector, essential oil dispenser, grain alcohol, science lab measuring, vg pg for vaping, ej e cigs mixing, hobby crafts, precision applications of CA glues, ink refill, perfume measure and injection, lubricants, sealants etc.

 

Why would these have anything to do with homebrewing, you ask?  Great question.  These are an easy way to measure 6 mL of Star San.  Put 6 mL of Star San in 1 gallon of distilled water and you’ve got sanitizing solution.  Fill up a spray bottle and you’re ready to sanitize for pennies a batch.  See: Star San Tips, Tricks and Guidelines

10 Pack of 10ml 10cc Plastic Oral Medication Syringes with Transparent Tip Cap W/o Needle for Scientific Labs, Measuring, Watering,refilling


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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.

5 lbs Straight-A Premium Cleanser – use just 1 tablespoon/gallon – $24.99, $5 per lb + free ship eligible

Straight-A Premium Cleanser (5 lbs)

Straight-A Premium Cleanser (5 lbs) from Adventures in Homebrewing

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5 Lb tub of Easy Clean Cleanser (use one tablespoon per gallon of water)

Cleans with oxygen and does not contain any chlorine, bisulphites, organic compounds or phosphates. Superior wetting power helps water penetrate and lift soils off surfaces. Removes labels with minimum soak time. Higher alkalinity dissolves and neutralizes acidic soils. Environmentally sound and biodegradable.

Use 1 tablespoon per gallon of water


 

  • As of this posting, AIH has this for just $24.99.  That figures to $5 per lb
  • Get Free Shipping!  Adventures in Homebrewing is offering free shipping on most orders of $55 or more to addresses in the contiguous US.

Straight-A Premium Cleanser (5 lbs)

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8 Oz Star San – $13.99 + free shipping + Why is this my favorite size of Star San?

Star San Acid Sanitizer, 8 oz No Rinse Food Grade Homebrew Beer Wine Moonshine

Star San Acid Sanitizer.  8 oz size.  No rinse when mixed properly.  Container includes built in measure.

Star San is my sanitizer of choice.  It is effective, food safe and no-rinse.  It is also very cost effective if you use the spray bottle method.  See: Tip: Star San Tips, Tricks and Guidelines – Using Star San In a Spray Bottle

Why is this my favorite size of Star San?  It all has to do with shelf life.  See: My Favorite Size of Star San & Why

As if this posting, this is eBay offering is selling for $13.99.  Shipping is also free to many US addresses.

Star San Acid Sanitizer, 8 oz No Rinse Food Grade Homebrew Beer Wine

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1 Gallon SaniDate Hard Surface Sanitizer – No Rinse

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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  • 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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San Jamar Versa-Mat 12″ x 12″ Interlocking Drying Mats – lots of uses

San Jamar Versa-Mat Interlocking Sanitary Bar Mats

12″ by 12″ interlocking bar mat by San Jamar.  These interlocking mats are versatile.  Multiple mats can be joined for larger areas and they are flexible and easy to cut to shape.  Allows for airflow under glassware.

More Info

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

  • Versatile Service – Mats can be cut to accommodate curves and other contours making it the custom choice for a variety of environments
  • Interlocking Mats – Lightweight design cuts easily to accommodate the perfect fit in any space configuration
  • Superior Airflow – Unique raised design allows for superior airflow under glassware to reduce mold build-up
  • Non-Slip Surface – Prevents mat from sliding around when in use and protects glassware rims
  • Easy Disassembly – Strips disassemble and are dishwasher safe for quick clean up

 

I purchased a number of these (mine are clear) in 2015 and have since found 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.  More info on that here – Upgrade Your Kegerator – 6 Improvements

What are others saying?  Search this product’s Amazon reviews for “kegerator” – may include reviews for other sizes or variations

San Jamar Versa-Mat Interlocking Sanitary Bar Mats – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


Search Amazon for “san jamar versa mat”

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

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12% Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide – surface disinfectant

12% H2O2 Hydrogen Peroxide Food Grade Rapid Daily Shipping - Hydrogen Peroxide 12 Percent in Distilled Water with No Added Stabilizers

12% H2O2 Hydrogen Peroxide Food Grade Rapid Daily Shipping – Hydrogen Peroxide 12 Percent in Distilled Water with No Added Stabilizers

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  • FOOD GRADE HYDROGEN PEROXIDE – Unlike regular peroxide, food grade peroxide is stronger and contains NO additional stabilizers. Just pure food-grade hydrogen peroxide and distilled water
  • MULTIPURPOSE WONDER – Use it as a disinfectant for cutting boards, countertops, or as a vegetable wash. Perfect for a wide variety organic home, health and garden uses
  • MAXIMUM STRENGTH – 12% hydrogen peroxide is the strongest concentration permitted for sale on Amazon. Remember to always dilute this full strength hydrogen peroxide before use
  • SUPER FRESH AND TRUSTED – New 16oz BRIO SUPER H2o2 Food grade Hydrogen Peroxide 12%. 12% Hydrogen Peroxide Food Grade Costs Much More Than 3% Peroxide NON FOOD GRADE

 

12% H2O2 Hydrogen Peroxide Food Grade Rapid Daily Shipping – Hydrogen Peroxide 12 Percent in Distilled Water with No Added Stabilizers – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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