So the ideal way for many to clean a keg line is to take an empty keg filled with cleaner and flush the lines. Step 1 is repeated with sanitizer. I meant to do this prior to filling my brand new keg with Imperial DoppelWeizen Bock but the timing didn't work out. What's a man to do? I could clean out a keg of old IPA or Black IPA in my tiny apartment but that seems a touch on the difficult side given a lack of space. Instead I am going to improvise using an old empty two liter bottle and a device I made myself. For my results read past the break!
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The device it simply a 1/4 inch nipple, and a 2xmale adapter. I screwed it into the line and then the bottle on the cap, with a little pressure it flushed the lines, easy peasy.
Dirty keg lines are a fact of life, and cleaning them is a best brewing practice. You went through several hours of time and effort to get your beer from grain to here; finish strong. These are the improvised steps which I hope will help me finish getting my beer from here to the glass.
- Gather up the equipment and cleansers. Nothing is worse than starting a project and realizing too late that you forgot to get something.
- Rinse everything thoroughly. Cleaners and sanitizers can only do so much if gunk is caked on they can't really get behind it. You gotta get that off first.
- Use the cleaner and flush the tubes.
- Use the sanitizer and flush the tubes.
- Use beer to flush the sanitizer and discard the first glass.
That's it. This last hurdle between yourself and some great brews was conquered by your own redneck engineering skills.