Clean Beer Lines 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 regularly clean beer lines, faucets, and keg couplers to ensure the dispense of high quality beer. Micro Matic’s beer line cleaning kits help in maintaining the sanitary level of your equipment and ensure the dispense of fresh tasting quality beer.
The simple process of cleaning takes only a few minutes and is easily accomplished by use of either a hand pumped cleaning bottle or pressurized cleaning bottle. This process involves pumping water mixed with cleaning chemical into the beer line and letting it soak for the time prescribed by the chemical manufacturer. Then thoroughly flushing 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 chemical then 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 extremely important. 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.
Residential Applications: cleaning should be performed after every keg or at a minimum of every two weeks.
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 bottom seal (102-521) on the keg coupler are 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.
As a maintenance issue, after cleaning it is always a good time to make sure the probe o-rings and bottom seal on the keg coupler are in good condition. As well as the friction washer, coupling washer, and shaft seat on the faucet are in good condition. You should also make sure the probe o-rings on the keg coupler are properly lubricated (with a food grade lubricant) to allow the keg coupler to work freely and prevent wear and tear that can occur when the keg coupler is tapped and untapped to the keg. For a better understanding of these part, see a typical keg coupler diagram and faucet diagram.
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.
Note: 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, it is very important that all directions on these cleaning chemicals be followed completely.