If you keep the clean lines of your kegerator, you will keep tasting fresh beer and keep the beer flowing well. Kegerators.com suggests cleaning your lines before and after each party and every time you switch from one beer style to another.
Purchase a line cleaning kit from your beer supply store. These kits contain chemical solutions and the tools needed to clean the lines in your kegerator. Many options are available; check with your local beer supply store or an internet shop to purchase this kit. At a minimum, your kit should contain a pint plastic bottle with a pump, a dedicated key wrench, a faucet brush, and a cleaning solution.
- Turn off CO2 to your kegerator. To do this, turn the valve on your CO2 tank to the “OFF” position.
- Locate the regulator on your drum and turn the valve to the “OFF” position.
Use the key provided in the line cleaning kit to remove the valve. Unscrew the coupler for the beer lines on the top of your drum.
Add a few drops of cleaner in a bowl of warm water. Use the faucet brush and rub inside the faucet of the kegerator.
Fill the pint plastic bottle with warm water and a few drops of the cleaning solution. Attach the pump supplied with your line cleaning kit to the plastic container. Secure the pump instead of your kegerator where the faucet was. Tighten with the wrench.
Place the line of your kegerator in a bowl or an empty bucket. Use the pump on the vial to pump the cleaning solution across the range so that it flows into the kegerator line and the bucket. Once a bottle of water/cleaning solution has been used, remove the container and fill it with fresh water—pump two bottles of cold water across the line.
Remove the bottle/pump attachment and replace the valve and torque. Turn on the regulator and the CO2 tank.
Tips and Warnings
- Another option you have to clean the beer lines of your kegerator is to perform maintenance each time you change barrels.
To keep the beer, you pour fresh; you’ll want to clean your kegerator regularly. Stale beer residue built in the lines of a kegerator, and they need to be cleaned in order not to affect the taste of the beer. If you notice a funny feeling, then it is probably time to clean the kegerator. Otherwise, plan to do the cleaning never six weeks.