How to Clean a Beer Tap

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Just as the campfire is the center of any good camping trip, the beer keg is usually the center of a good party. Since leftover beer can quickly cause bacteria, mold, yeast and other unwanted things to grow in the hose of a beer tap, it's best that you clean the tap be thoroughly after each use.

Things You'll Need

  • Keg-cleaning kit
  • Cleaning bottle with hand pump
  • Faucet attachment
  • Bucket
  • Rubber gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • Lots of fresh water
  • Dissolve the detergent in the cleaning bottle with warm water according, to the directions on the package.

  • Disassemble the faucet and coupler system, being sure to completely remove the knob from the faucet. Use the faucet wrench that is included in the beer-tap cleaning kit.

  • Drop the disassembled faucet and coupler pieces into the bucket.

  • Attach the cleaning apparatus to the faucet housing. The hoses, adapter and pump should all be included in your tap-cleaning kit.

  • Place the uptake hoses into the bucket.

  • Pump the cleaning solution into the beer tap and allow it to run through the hose and into the bucket.

  • Allow the cleaning solution to soak in the hoses, according to the directions provided in the beer-tap cleaning kit.

  • Rinse the cleaning bottle with cold water. Be sure to completely rinse out any cleaning-solution residue.

  • Fill the cleaning bottle with fresh, cold water.

  • Flush out the hoses by pumping the clean water through until the bottle is empty.

  • Brush out the disassembled pieces, using the cleaning brush provided in the beer-tap cleaning kit.

  • Rinse all of the pieces thoroughly with cold, clean water.

  • Reassemble the pieces and reinstall the faucet and coupler after the pieces have dried.

Tips & Warnings

  • Look over your equipment carefully while it is disassembled. Check for any dried or cracked o-rings or broken seals, and lubricate the probe ring with a food-grade lubricant.
  • Always wear gloves and eye protection when using caustic cleaning solutions.

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