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Cleaning Beer Lines Without a Keg

Discussion in 'Gear and Equipment' started by nacnud, 1/8/15.

 

  1. nacnud

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    Posted 1/8/15
    Yesterday I put together a disconnect-picnic tap setup for filling bottles from a keg so that I can take a few to a mates place or whatever without the hassle of a counter-pressure filler. Seems to work well but now I have a dirty beer line and no empty kegs to push cleaner/steriliser through it. Does anyone know of an easy way to clean a beer line and tap without a keg and without pulling it apart? I don't want to waste 2 hose clamps every time I need to clean it!

    Cheers.
     
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    Posted 1/8/15
    Do you happen to have a PET bottle and a carbonating cap?
     
  3. nacnud

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    I have a PET bottle but no carbonating cap. How would that work?
     
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    Posted 1/8/15
    In the meantime just chuck the line in the kegerator until you get a carbonation cap or a keg becomes free.
     
  6. nala

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    Posted 1/8/15
    I like many others on this forum have made one of these... no gas required and easy to make.
    Uses a beer post so can also be used for cleaning the keg beer outlet.

    2013-09-25 13.12.30.jpg
     
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    Unscrew the pin from the disconnect and spray/pour sanitiser or whatever you're using down the line with the tap open so it flows through. Be careful when you re-assemble the disconnect so you don't mangle the o-ring.

    I did a quick google image search and found this - https://www.pinterest.com/pin/265290234275861228/ for a diagram to explain what I mean i.e. remove the QD Closure Plug as labelled on the diagram
     
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    Posted 1/8/15
    A John guest fitting or check valve lets you pull it apart easily
     
  9. nacnud

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    Thanks for the suggestions. I've unscrewed the disconnect for now as Rudi suggested and will be investing in a carbonation cap or spray bottle setup for next time. Both good solutions! Cheers.
     
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    Posted 4/8/15
    I use a 3lt weed sprayer with a QD. Theres a thread on hear somewhere on how to make one.
     
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    What he said. I've got 1 and it comes in massively handy!
     
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    I use a Bunnings sprayer. $9.70. The wand pipe happens to fit nicely into 8mm duotight fittings. Replaced the hose with beer line as the black hose is very smelly.
    Also use the set up to pressurise kegs, Fermzilla etc. IMG_20191216_093111807_HDR.jpeg
     
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