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Title: Oxyclean good for cleaning beer lines?
Post by: bissdp on July 12, 2010, 05:36:05 PM
It is ok to use a cleaning solution made from oxyclean to clean out beer draught lines and then run some sanitizer through the lines? Or should I go for the commerical 'beer line cleaner'.
Title: Re: Oxyclean good for cleaning beer lines?
Post by: denny on July 12, 2010, 06:06:29 PM
I've used Oxiclean for beer lines for years and it works great.  I think beer line cleaner may work better if you have beer stone problems, though.
Title: Re: Oxyclean good for cleaning beer lines?
Post by: babalu87 on July 12, 2010, 06:32:12 PM
I'll second that it works fine
Rinse thoroughly with warm water after a 20-30 minute soak and your good
Title: Re: Oxyclean good for cleaning beer lines?
Post by: kgs on July 12, 2010, 07:01:41 PM
If you can still find Oxiclean Free, that's even better--no perfumes or dyes. I think Oxiclean reorganized its product line. I also found a fragrance-free percarbonate cleanser in a store brand... I think Safeway.
Title: Re: Oxyclean good for cleaning beer lines?
Post by: denny on July 12, 2010, 07:06:24 PM
If you can still find Oxiclean Free, that's even better--no perfumes or dyes.

Whatever else is in the Oxiclean Versatile that I use has no impact.
Title: Re: Oxyclean good for cleaning beer lines?
Post by: dhacker on July 12, 2010, 07:32:29 PM
Agreed . .as Jeff mentioned, good rinsing is the key. Oxiclean is the best. I can't remember the last time I had to use a brush on a carboy or keg. It cuts right through all the gunk. I would still use BLC or similar after every half dozen kegs or so just to remove any  vestiges of beer stone, like Denny said.
Title: Re: Oxyclean good for cleaning beer lines?
Post by: kgs on July 12, 2010, 07:33:04 PM
If you can still find Oxiclean Free, that's even better--no perfumes or dyes.

Whatever else is in the Oxiclean Versatile that I use has no impact.

That's good to know. Maybe they consolidated into one powdered product and just quietly made it "free."
Title: Re: Oxyclean good for cleaning beer lines?
Post by: denny on July 12, 2010, 11:24:49 PM
If you can still find Oxiclean Free, that's even better--no perfumes or dyes.

Whatever else is in the Oxiclean Versatile that I use has no impact.

That's good to know. Maybe they consolidated into one powdered product and just quietly made it "free."

I'd like to think so, but I doubt it....
Title: Re: Oxyclean good for cleaning beer lines?
Post by: richardt on July 13, 2010, 12:49:31 AM
Oxyclean works fine.  But don't leave your hose soaking in it for days.  Same for your SS corny kegs.  Some sort of film builds up that is impossible to get off the hose.  You can get it off the SS keg, but it takes a lot of scrubing.  Learned that the hard way.
Title: Re: Oxyclean good for cleaning beer lines?
Post by: kgs on July 13, 2010, 03:48:37 PM
I wrote Church & Dwight to ask about the formulation of Oxiclean Versatile. I have sensitive skin and noticed a difference between the old "regular" Oxiclean and Oxiclean Free--plus I could smell "regular" Oxiclean on equipment even after careful rinsing. I'll report back.
Title: Re: Oxyclean good for cleaning beer lines?
Post by: denny on July 13, 2010, 04:26:50 PM
Thanks!  I'll be looking forward to what you find out.
Title: Re: Oxyclean good for cleaning beer lines?
Post by: timo on July 14, 2010, 03:18:39 AM
I pump oxyclean thru my pump, hoses, chiller plates, HLT and kettle after every use. I run near boiling water after that. Have had no problems as of yet.

TimO
Title: Re: Oxyclean good for cleaning beer lines?
Post by: euge on July 14, 2010, 07:18:23 AM
+1! :D

What a timely thread! I was just looking at my hoses and shaking my head. What? Lines are three years old and only some hot water flushed through a couple times. I've got oxyclean and was wondering if it was appropriate. With kegs it works like a charm!

I could run a quart or so of solution through the lines from a free keg and clean those puppies up.

Thanks!
Title: Re: Oxyclean good for cleaning beer lines?
Post by: babalu87 on July 14, 2010, 02:21:27 PM
+1! :D

What a timely thread! I was just looking at my hoses and shaking my head. What? Lines are three years old and only some hot water flushed through a couple times. I've got oxyclean and was wondering if it was appropriate. With kegs it works like a charm!

I could run a quart or so of solution through the lines from a free keg and clean those puppies up.

Thanks!

Put in new lines
Title: Re: Oxyclean good for cleaning beer lines?
Post by: bluesman on July 14, 2010, 04:54:48 PM
+1! :D

What a timely thread! I was just looking at my hoses and shaking my head. What? Lines are three years old and only some hot water flushed through a couple times. I've got oxyclean and was wondering if it was appropriate. With kegs it works like a charm!

I could run a quart or so of solution through the lines from a free keg and clean those puppies up.

Thanks!

Put in new lines

+1

Lines should be replaced once a year.
Title: Re: Oxyclean good for cleaning beer lines?
Post by: beerocd on July 14, 2010, 05:12:03 PM
+1! :D

What a timely thread! I was just looking at my hoses and shaking my head. What? Lines are three years old and only some hot water flushed through a couple times. I've got oxyclean and was wondering if it was appropriate. With kegs it works like a charm!

I could run a quart or so of solution through the lines from a free keg and clean those puppies up.

Thanks!

Put in new lines

+1

Lines should be replaced once a year.

I think as homebrewers we tend to go overboard on things. How often do you think a bar replaces their hoses? Just keep em clean, unless you got an infection running through your setup.
Title: Re: Oxyclean good for cleaning beer lines?
Post by: bissdp on July 15, 2010, 07:28:13 PM
Thanks for all the advice!

I I flushed them out with an oxyclean solution and then some plain water.
Title: Re: Oxyclean good for cleaning beer lines?
Post by: hopper on July 15, 2010, 11:50:58 PM
+1! :D

What a timely thread! I was just looking at my hoses and shaking my head. What? Lines are three years old and only some hot water flushed through a couple times. I've got oxyclean and was wondering if it was appropriate. With kegs it works like a charm!

I could run a quart or so of solution through the lines from a free keg and clean those puppies up.

Thanks!

Put in new lines

+1

Lines should be replaced once a year.

I think as homebrewers we tend to go overboard on things. How often do you think a bar replaces their hoses? Just keep em clean, unless you got an infection running through your setup.



Brewers Association Draft Beer Quality Manual (http://www.draughtquality.org/ (http://www.draughtquality.org/)) says vinyl direct draw lines should
be replaced every year.
Title: Re: Oxyclean good for cleaning beer lines?
Post by: jpbikerfreak on July 16, 2010, 12:11:49 AM
It is ok to use a cleaning solution made from oxyclean to clean out beer draught lines and then run some sanitizer through the lines? Or should I go for the commerical 'beer line cleaner'.

I used nothing but hot water for years, then finally figured I was pushing my luck, so I bought a jug of no rinse sanitizer at Sam's club for $4.77. Makes 128 gallons and doesn't leave any taste behind.
Title: Re: Oxyclean good for cleaning beer lines?
Post by: beerocd on July 16, 2010, 02:44:11 AM
should


 :D


Reality is a different story.
Title: Re: Oxyclean good for cleaning beer lines?
Post by: dhacker on July 16, 2010, 12:09:57 PM
should


 :D


Reality is a different story.


No kidding! If you followed those recommended cleaning intervals, you'd spend all your time doing that and never have time to actually make something to serve through your pristine lines!   :D
Title: Re: Oxyclean good for cleaning beer lines?
Post by: EHall on July 16, 2010, 05:36:46 PM
The only thing I would add that I hope was obvious is I try to use really hot water, then add oxyclean to it, get it fully disolved then soak/flush with it. Then rinse with hot water.
Title: Re: Oxyclean good for cleaning beer lines?
Post by: euge on July 19, 2010, 06:57:51 AM
Since I was broaching a new keg tonight a gunky old line got the treatment. After cleaning a corny I dumped about a gallon of hot water on top of a Tbs of Oxyclean. Pressured up the keg and ran the whole lot through the QD, line and tap then flushed with a gallon of hot water.

Cleaned up real good! Spotless. Thanks!
Title: Re: Oxyclean good for cleaning beer lines?
Post by: babalu87 on July 19, 2010, 12:46:11 PM
I think as homebrewers we tend to go overboard on things. How often do you think a bar replaces their hoses? Just keep em clean, unless you got an infection running through your setup.

Are your tape lines more than a year old?
If so, try this.
Clean them as normal, rinse and pour a beer from them.

Now, take out one of the lines, rinse it with hot water and take a sniff.................. smells like beer huh?