Beer Line Cleaning

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Q Back in January, I broke down a few of my corny kegs and noticed a good deal of build-up inside of the dip tube. I'm afraid that might be why my lines pour a bit foamy despite the fact that the system seems to be fairly well-balanced. My process for cleaning my kegs is, generally, always the same: once I've run empty on beer, I'll depressurize the keg, take off the lid, rinse it out, fill it about halfway with water and add a half scoop of OxiClean before soaking it. Afterwards, I put the lid back on before turning the keg upside down and allowing it to soak again. Add another thorough rinse-out before I dump about a gallon of Star San into the keg. Finally, I'll pressurize it and let the keg sit until filling it up again one last time. If the o-rings aren't damaged, I keep them on, and I never do anything with the posts. My question is this: how often should I be completely breaking-down my corny kegs?

A The build-up could be beer stone and if it is you'll need an acid to remove it. If you can find BS remover, acid 5, or acid line cleaner they ...

Q Should I keep my bright tank completely sealed and do a water wash, acid wash and peracetic acid wash in-between refills? I plan on doing a complete breakdown after 5-10 refills, just FYI.

A This is a completely reasonable plan. It's good for both the beer and for your bottom line, not to mention the environment, too!

Q There are crystalline sediment deposits on the line to the bright tank. Where do they come from and how do stop the deposits from forming?

A This sediment is known as "beer stone", and occurs naturally over time. The issue with "beer stone" is that it often builds-up so much that it actually sours the beer. ...

Q What should I know about purchasing a bright tank? I want to make sure I'm covering all of my bases so that I don't miss anything critical!

A First and foremost, you want to make sure you have all of the specs particular to both you and your brewery's specific needs. Next, you'll want to consider the following: ...