View Full Version : Cleaning Cornies & Tap Lines
12-04-2008, 10:36 PM
Here's how I clean my cornies... and beer lines & taps
1. Rinse out cornie and add oxyclean & water... seal & shake.
2. Hook up gas line & pressurize the cornie. remove gas line.
3. Hook up beer line and open tap... running all the solution through line and tap
4. Rinse cornie completely with clear water. Add a gallon of clear water....seal & shake.
5. Repeat steps 2 and 3
6. Add a couple of quarts of StarSan or Isophor solution to cornie....seal & shake.
7. Repeat steps 2 and 3
8. I leave some sanitizer solution in the beer line and cornie until I'm ready to use again
12-04-2008, 10:39 PM
Damn, all I've been doing is rinsing with hot water, adding a few gallons of Star San, shaking, and running it through the kegerator. I do do this between every keg though.
12-04-2008, 10:52 PM
i,m with the woodchuck. i just started running the cleaning solution thruogh the lines though. never oocured to me to clean the tap lines at the same time,duh, but works well and the lines get cleaned more often.
That's about what I do, except cleaner is only every 3rd fill or when dramatically changing contents (i.e. hard lemonade -> beer). If I use cleaner, I rinse three times, once otherwise, then star-san. I've never had a keg sit empty, I'm sure I'd do things differently if I planned to leave it empty.
12-05-2008, 01:20 AM
I follow almost the exact same steps as the first post. Although I probably only use cleaner about ever 2 kegs.
12-05-2008, 01:24 AM
Yeah, same here - similar procedure but not every time
12-05-2008, 01:24 AM
I usually let the keg sit for a good month with an old yeast cake in it, then I fill it with oxyclean and soak for a few days or weeks, and then every time I brew and use starsan in a carboy I dump it into a keg to use later and sanitize the keg.
Beer lines. after I kick a keg I'll fill the line with starsan and let it sit a few days unless I have a fresh keg to hook up.
12-05-2008, 01:26 AM
When I get gunk in the bottom of a keg I use a (dedicated!) toilet brush, then PBW.
12-05-2008, 01:28 AM
Toilet brush.... not a carboy brush.....?
12-05-2008, 01:40 AM
It was originally marketed as a toiled brush, now it's a corny keg brush
12-05-2008, 01:59 AM
I dump my one step in when I clean my carboy then shake then pressurize and open my faucet and push out
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