Direct Draw Beer Line Cleaning
Clean Beer Lines AND Dispense Quality Beer
Foamy draft beer can be caused by the build-up of bacteria, yeast, mold, and beer stones within a beer line. Un-clean beer lines lower the quality and taste of beer. It is important to clean beer lines, faucets regularly, and keg couplers to ensure the dispense of high-quality beer.
Micro Matic's beer line cleaning kits help maintain the sanitary level of your equipment and ensure the dispense of fresh-tasting quality beer.
The simple cleaning process takes only a few minutes and is easily accomplished by using either a hand-pumped cleaning bottle or a pressurized cleaning bottle. This process involves pumping water mixed with cleaning chemicals into the beer line and letting it soak for the time prescribed by the chemical manufacturer. Then thoroughly flush the beer line with water to remove all traces of the cleaning chemical.
The last and most often overlooked step is to soak the keg coupler and faucet in water with cleaning chemicals, brush them clean with a cleaning brush and rinse them clean with water.
Cleaning Kit Use Instructions
Regular cleaning of the faucet, beer line, and keg coupler is critical. If this is not performed, the beer will foam. Additionally, bacteria, yeast, mold, and beer stone will build up and quickly degrade the quality of draft beer. Routine cleaning is essential to maintain quality and fresh taste.
For CK-1100 and CK-1200 - Required Cleaning Parts
Routine Maintenance and Inspection
Keg Coupler - After cleaning, it is an excellent opportunity to check the probe o-rings (102-526), and the bottom seal (102-521) on the keg coupler is in good condition. Verify the probe o-rings on the keg coupler are properly lubricated with a food-grade lubricant (FT101L) to allow the coupler probe to move freely; this prevents wear and tear when the keg coupler is tapped and untapped on the keg.
Faucet - Check the friction washer (4308), coupling washer (4318), and shaft seat (4324) on the faucet are in good condition.
To better understand these parts, see a typical keg coupler diagram and faucet diagram (pictured below).
CLEANING BEST PRACTICES
For residential applications: Cleaning should be performed after every keg or at a minimum of every two weeks. Routine cleaning is essential to maintain quality and fresh taste.
For commercial applications: Cleaning should be performed at least every two weeks or following brewery recommendations and/or state guidelines.
Only use cleaning chemicals specifically manufactured for beer line cleaning. Only chemicals specifically manufactured for beer line cleaning will dissolve the buildups of bacteria, yeast, mold, and beer stone that occur with draft beer. And for safety, all directions on these cleaning chemicals must be followed completely.
Raise a Glass to Draft Beer Sales!
For over 60 years, Micro Matic has been recognized as one of the world’s leading suppliers of draft beer equipment. Specializing in keg-to-glass technology, we offer a total solution for meeting your draft beer equipment needs. Our dedication to customer service is supported by four regional sales and distribution centers, the Micro Matic Dispense Institute for training and education, and a Certified Installer Network for draft beer installations. Want to speak with a “perfect pour” expert? Contact Micro Matic today.