How Do I Clean And Sanitise My Keg?
Let's get into the cleaning schedule for our kegs!
We should probably do this every 4 - 6 brews or so, on top of our flush out, to clean hop build up and other gunk from the keg and check your seals.
Before you start, grab yourself a bucket of about 1 litre of water and dilute a tablespoon of sodium percarbonate.
You’ll need a tube brush, tap brush and a pair of multigrips or a spanner.
- Remove the liquid posts - crack it open with your multigrips or a spanner, then unscrew.
- Remove the poppet valve and put the liquid post of poppet valve into your bucket of sodium percarbonate and water
- Remove the liquid tube from the keg
- Grab your tube brush and give the tube a scrub, make sure you get into the bend in the liquid post really good - this process is really important for brewers who like hop heavy beers, as hop residue can block your tube and poppet.
- Check that your springs on your poppet valve are nice and clean and give them a scrub with your spout brush.
- Once cleaned, put your poppet valve back in the liquid post. This is a good time to check the condition of your o rings and replace them if you need to.
- Then put your liquid tube back in the keg and screw the liquid post back on top, nipping with your multigrips to tighten.
- Then repeat the process on the gas side.
- Remove the O-Ring from your keg lid and give it a good scrub as well (or replace them if they need it).
- Then fill your keg with some water and hook it back up again as you normally would if you were going to pull a beer, pressure test everything to make sure you've got no leaks.
- Tip the water out, give the inside of the keg a quick spray with sanitiser solution and you are good to go.
Grab a keg cleaning kit and give your kegs a little bit of love.