Clean kegerator lines are a key part of serving delicious beer. Bacteria and mineral build in lines can cause off flavors, quick loss of head, under-carbonated beer due to rapid co2 loss and lack of legs forming on the inside of your beer glass.
How Often Should I Clean My Beer Lines?
The Draught Quality Beer Manual says… every two weeks.
That recommendation is for a commercial operation. What about homebrewers? We serve far fewer beer on our kegerators, but on the other hand, we can have been on tap and in lines 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Considering all of this, my recommendation is to clean home kegerator beer lines every 1 to 2 months.
Line Cleaning Options
Our Line Cleaning Builds:
- Build A Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump – a ground up build of a recirculating draft line cleaner. No hand pumps and cleans everything including the faucet!
- Mark II Keg and Carboy Cleaner Draft Line Cleaning Pump Conversion – a simple modification of the very popular Mark II Keg and Carboy Cleaner that allows it to clean beer lines. No hand pumps and cleans everything including the faucet!
- Building a Simple Ball Lock Draft Line Flushing Setup – a quick line flushing setup. Not as robust of a setup, but I recommend this for a quick flush in between deep cleans
Kegland Ball Lock Line Cleaning Pump
Kegland Ball Lock Cleaning Kit is a simple and reasonably priced hand pump that’s designed to work with Ball Lock setups.
via William’s Brewing
- PET Bottle Dispensing Pump
- Ball Lock Cleaning Kit – includes pump, 2.5L PET Bottle & BLC
- 2.5 Liter PET Growler Bottles – via William’s Brewing
- Carbonation Cap Tee Adapter
- Red Carbonation & Cleaning Cap
- Ball Lock Line Cleaning Kit w/ Mini Party Pump KG503
- Carbonation and Line Cleaning Ball Lock Cap – Plastic FE133
- Carbonation Ball Lock Cap Tee Fitting KG501
More Commercially Available Options
- Beer Line Cleaning Kit – via Keg Connection
- Ball Lock Homebrew Line Cleaning Kit – via Keg Connection
- Sankey Beer Line Cleaning Kit – via William’s Brewing
- Kegco Deluxe Hand Pump Pressurized Keg Beer Cleaning Kit affiliate link, note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link
- Bar King’s UPDATED Home Brew Cleaning Kit affiliate link, note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link
- Beer Line Cleaning Kit D1600 – to use this you disconnect your faucet
- Beer Line Cleaning Pump D1601 – same pump as D1600, just the pump
- Keg Coupler Adapter for Beer Line Cleaning Kit D1603 – this adapter works with MoreBeer’s cleaning kit and allows you to connect directly to a sanke d style coupler
- Search Amazon for “beer line cleaner” to shop around
Cleaning Multiple Lines at the Same Time
Draft Line Cleaning Solutions and Sanitizers
- National Chemical Keg Beer Line Cleaner for Kegerators 32 oz Bottle
- Search Amazon for “BLC Line Cleaner”
- Tank and Line Cleaner (30) – 30 pre-measured packs
- 32oz. BLC Liquid Line Cleaner – via Keg Connection
- LLC – Liquid Line Cleaner via MoreBeer
- TLC Tank & Line Cleaner – 1 lb. CL38 – via MoreBeer
- Search Amazon for “Star San”
- Search Amazon for “PBW”
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The Importance of Draught Beer Line Cleaning – from the Brewers 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
Stainless Steel Ball Lock Jumper with Food Grade Silicone O-Rings: Allows you to connect multiple ball lock runs to clean multiple lines and taps at the same time. Works with both liquid and gas QDs. Stainless Steel Ball Lock Jumper – via Valuebrew – An easy add-on… food grade o-rings, featured in our Keg Rebuild Post
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