Beer line cleaning is the most important thing you will do to maintain your draft beer system.
There are a lot of myths revolving around how often and what parts of the beer system need to be cleaned on a regular basis.
Look to the brewer; who best to recommend the proper cleaning schedule. The brewer(s) invested a lot of time and effort to design, brew and market their product; they most certainly have done the math on what will ruin this effort. The Brewers Association is a great reference, made up of more than 1000 breweries with endless amounts of research and development. The Brewers Association is clear on the frequency of beer line cleaning; EVERY 14 DAYS! This is critical to a quality draft beer and to maximizing your revenue. This procedure should not only include cleaning the lines with a caustic chemical but also the removal, dis-assembly and manual cleaning of the faucet and sankey keg coupler.
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Let’s face it, you wouldn’t want to drink from a dirty beer system, neither do your customers! We now live in a world of beer snobs; they swish it around in their mouths and sniff it like its wine. If you are trying to save money by cleaning at a frequency of anything less than every 2 weeks, your beer system sucks! Not only are you loosing revenue due to serving an poor quality product, the beer stone building up in your beer system will cause service issues and the system to need to be replaced prematurely. It’s all costing you more than the money you saved on the cleaning.