Faucet Plug Cleaning – Keeping them Clean

If you have a draft system, you should have plugs for the faucets like these.

Keep in mind, they need cleaned also! Soak them PBW or OxiClean on a regular basis. You can brush them out with each other to get any build-up out from within the brushes.

It would be bad to introduce bacteria into your beer from the very things you are using to help keep them clean!

Keg Washing

Do you keg yet? I hope so. I started kegging very early into my brewing adventure. The ease of kegging drew me to it – actually, the hassle of bottling drew me to it more. I find it very satisfying to be able to walk downstairs and pull myself a nice, fresh pint whenever I want.

At my place, we have 8 taps available. It is really nice to have that available here. Of course, with so many kegs, there is much cleaning to be done! I did manual cleaning, and still do in certain circumstances; however, for the bulk of the keg cleaning I use the Mark II Keg & Carboy Washer.

Not only does is make the job much easier since you do not have to disassemble the kegs, you will also use significantly less cleaning chemicals. The instructions for PBW, my preferred cleaning agent, says to use 3/4 oz of product per gallon of warm to hot water. In a standard 5 gallon keg, that would be 3.75 oz of product. The Mark II Keg & Carboy Washer only requires 1 gallon of water, so instead of using the 3.75 oz necessary to clean one keg, you are using .75 oz for one keg. Additionally, you can clean multiple kegs in one session, so the product goes even further.