Beer Line Cleaning

How to Clean a Standard Beer Faucet

November 7, 2021
How to Clean a Standard Beer Faucet

In this blog post, we will discuss how to clean a standard beer faucet. A standard rear shutting faucet should be stainless as chrome-plated faucets will give the beer an off-taste when brass is exposed. Plus Stainless steel faucets will last a long time when properly cleaned. Beer Faucets should be cleaned every 2 weeks and taken apart due to yeast bacteria and mold entering a beer system.

Steps For Taking Apart a Standard Beer Faucet

  1. First, start with unscrewing the collar of the faucet. Next, take off the bonnet. Followed by the friction washer and ball washer. Check these closely to make sure there aren't any tears.
  2. Inspect the lever portion of the faucet to make sure there isn't build up accumulated
  3. Take apart the faucet shaft assembly inside the faucet. On the end of the shaft assembly are a nut and gasket. Check the gasket or seat washer and make sure there aren't any tears
  4. Look at the Faucet housing unit and the gasket in the rear of the faucet. Check to make sure there aren't any frays on the gasket. Check the two vent holes on the faucet and if you notice they are plugged take a small pointed object to clear those. Small needle tweezers are good or safety pin.

Cleaning a Beer Faucet

Now that the faucet is disassembled, start by soaking the parts in a caustic solution for 15 minutes to get rid of the bacteria and yeast on the faucet. After all the parts soak it's time to scrub all the parts. Brush the parts with a nylon brush and make sure you do a look over all of the gaskets one last time. After the parts are cleaned. Rinse all the parts with cold water and reassemble the beer faucet.

Here's a video showing how to disassemble a beer faucet from start to finish below.

Summary

Wrapping up a beer faucet should be cleaned and taken apart every 2 weeks. Soak the parts in a caustic solution, brush the equipment and rinse with cold water. Sticking to this program will ensure your beer tasting great and your equipment working well.

If you have any other questions related to beer faucet cleaning or beer cleaning in general please feel free to reach out to us.

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