For many who keg their beer, a obligatory evil is cleansing your beverage strains routinely. On the homebrew stage, the final rule of thumb I‘ve adopted is cleansing each 6-weeks or on the very least, in-between every keg that can be on faucet. Leaving the strains and taps soiled may end up in off-flavors in addition to improve foaming, making meting out tougher. Why destroy all of the onerous work put into the beer you’re meting out?
The cleansing course of includes operating some sort of caustic cleansing resolution comparable to Beer Line Cleaner (BLC), Straight A, PBW, or Clear Faucet, by means of the strains and taps to take away deposits, micro organism, and even mildew, to ensure the very best quality beer. Essentially the most prevalent method amongst homebrewers makes use of a spare keg together with your cleansing resolution of selection within it, placing CO2 strain into the keg and connecting every beverage line to the liquid-out publish to scrub strains one by one. This not solely wastes CO2, however isn’t the very best methodology to scrub beer strains which profit from steady circulation for a length of time, sometimes
15 minutes.
One other methodology used is to disassemble the tap and join a hand pump to the tap shank, and soak all of the items within the cleansing resolution. As you possibly can anticipate this may be fairly the duty to carry out typically on a mutiple faucet meting out system. Whereas an entire disassemble, deep clear and soak is really helpful every now and then, for routine beer line cleansing it doesn’t must be so thorough.
The very best method for cleansing beer strains makes use of a pump to push the cleansing fluid by means of your faucets and beer strains. Nonetheless, in case you have a number of faucet strains like most of us do, you could end up having to do one by one which may also be time consuming. For people with a number of faucets, a correctly setup manifold permits you to join every of your faucet strains to a pump, lowering the time it takes to carry out this routine upkeep.
There are numerous methods to pores and skin this cat relying in your kegerator’s connection varieties, what {hardware} you possibly can supply, and the way a lot you’re prepared to spend. In my case, I exploit Bev Seal Extremely® beer strains with John Visitor push disconnects in my 4-tap keezer. I used to be cleansing my strains by way of the push CO2 methodology. I ultimately determined to choose up a submersible pump that allowed me to pump clear the strains. Whereas this eradicated my CO2 waste, I began with cleansing one line at a time. Subsequent I picked up three barbed “T” pipe fittings so I can break up one circulation off the pump to 4. Voila! Now I used to be capable of clear all 4 directly however as a result of this design used pipe clamps to make sure no leaking (which was difficult at instances), and I wished one thing simpler, that led to my present design with a manifold. For round $50, I’ve a system now that permits me to scrub as much as 6-tap strains directly with a setup that takes simply minutes to attach all of the plumbing.

Supplies

• EcoPlus 290 GPM submersible pump
• SMC KM12-09-36-6 PBT Push-To-Join Tubing Manifold with (2)
• 3⁄8” NPT feminine threaded inlets
• (2) 3⁄8” NPT male to 1⁄2” Barbed
• Hose/Tubing Connector
• 3⁄8” NPT male finish cap
• 1⁄2” I.D. tubing, size as required
• (2) 5-gallon (19-L) buckets
• Beer Line Cleaner (BLC) or caustic cleaner of choice.
• Plumber’s thread seal tape