Bar & Cellar Management
CLEANING THE LINES.
Cleaning your beer lines is vital if you
want to serve quality tasting draught products.
If you donít clean your beer lines the yeast
and bacteria will build up in your lines and the product will fob, which
means it goes cloudy and smells like rotten eggs!! You wouldnít want to
drink a pint of lager when it smells like eggs; your customers are most
likely to go elsewhere if this is the case.
Whatever system you use to clean your lines
it is best for hygiene and draught quality to clean your lines once a
Always follow the cleaning fluid
manufacturerís instructions for how much you should you as they vary a
We will detail line cleaning in steps.
Fill your water tank with cold water.
Turn off the gas to the keg.
Disconnect the coupler from the keg and attach it to the join on your
water supply. This is the same shape as the join on the barrel you just
removed it from. (Either wall mounted or on a separate cylinder).
Inspect the pressure cylinder on you wall for the keg; youíll either
have a push button or a lever, which releases the plastic ball to allow
the flow of liquid. Make sure this is open and the water can flow into
the line. Draw the water through until the cylinder is full and there is
no trace of the draught product.
Go up to the bar and pull the draught product through (into a bucket!)
until water starts dispensing out of the tap.
Pull between 3 and 6 pints of water through the line to rinse away the
draught product. (Re-filling your tank if required).
Go back to the cellar and measure out your line cleaning fluid. Fill
your water tank and add the fluid to it.
This is the same as step 3, except you are drawing the cleaning fluid
through. Some fluids are coloured so it is easy to tell, others arenít
so you have to go on touch. The Ďfeelí of line cleaning fluid is slimy
when you rub it with your fingers.
Go back to the bar and pull the water through until you can see or feel
the line cleaning fluid being dispensed.
Leave the cleaning fluid in the line for around 10 to 20 minutes to
remove the build up of yeast and bacteria. Donít leave the fluid in any
longer, as it is acidic and will damage your lines.
Flush your water tank of any remaining cleaning fluid, and
re-fill it with cold water.
Again follow step 3, draw the water through.
Go back to the bar and pull the line cleaning fluid away until water is
dispensed. Remember if you canít see the fluid you can feel it. Pull as
much water through as you need to in order to rinse the cleaning fluid
away. It is recommended you pull a further 3 to 6 pints of water through
after rinsing the fluid.
Go back to the cellar and remove the coupler from the water supply join
and re-connect it to the keg.
Turn the gas back on.
Repeat step 3, until you see the draught product flowing into the
Go to the bar and pull the water through until the draught
product is dispensed. Donít pull much through, as this will increase
Taste it! Make sure the product tastes crisp and fresh.
Have a brew! Sit down for 10 minutes and relax!
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