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Best way to clean for a dirty Jockey Box?
« on: November 12, 2016, 11:00:38 PM »
I lent my jockey box out to some friends 6 months ago, I just got it back today.  It had not been flushed to get the beer out of the 50' stainless coils.  >:(

I ran some hot BLC through each tap and am letting it sit for an hour.  Any tips on how to make sure this thing is clean when I'm done?
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Re: Best way to clean for a dirty Jockey Box?
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2016, 11:17:42 PM »
I'd flush for about 5 minutes with hot water, flush for about 5 minutes with BLC, soak for about 15 minutes with fresh BLC, and then flush again with more hot water. BLC is caustic, so it shouldn't take too much.

If you are worried, there is that color indicating cleaner. Changes color when there are soils in the lines.

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Re: Best way to clean for a dirty Jockey Box?
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2016, 11:26:26 PM »
Thanks!
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Re: Best way to clean for a dirty Jockey Box?
« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2016, 12:56:16 PM »
I'd flush for about 5 minutes with hot water, flush for about 5 minutes with BLC, soak for about 15 minutes with fresh BLC, and then flush again with more hot water. BLC is caustic, so it shouldn't take too much.

If you are worried, there is that color indicating cleaner. Changes color when there are soils in the lines.

Yep, I would do this too. I may even consider swapping out some fresh tubing lines to kegs as it is fairly inexpensive. Depends how bad off and how much funk is growing in them.

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Re: Best way to clean for a dirty Jockey Box?
« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2016, 02:08:37 PM »
I'd flush for about 5 minutes with hot water, flush for about 5 minutes with BLC, soak for about 15 minutes with fresh BLC, and then flush again with more hot water. BLC is caustic, so it shouldn't take too much.

If you are worried, there is that color indicating cleaner. Changes color when there are soils in the lines.
I got a pack of the Thonhauser Desana Max at an local event and used it. Liked it enough to go buy 3 more for future use.

Steve, you might want to also take the taps apart and clean the the parts well with a brush.
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Re: Best way to clean for a dirty Jockey Box?
« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2016, 02:23:03 PM »
 Oh yeah: for sure clean the faucets well.

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Re: Best way to clean for a dirty Jockey Box?
« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2016, 02:57:33 PM »
Oh yeah: for sure clean the faucets well.

Absolutely

And I order some of that Thonhauser Desana Max.  Thanks for a good suggestion!
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Re: Best way to clean for a dirty Jockey Box?
« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2016, 05:13:20 PM »
Punch your friends in the face and tell them to clean it.  When you get it back, clean it again and disassemble faucets.

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Re: Best way to clean for a dirty Jockey Box?
« Reply #8 on: November 14, 2016, 08:55:19 PM »
Oh yeah: for sure clean the faucets well.

Absolutely

And I order some of that Thonhauser Desana Max.  Thanks for a good suggestion!

I used it, and let it soak, the color had changed. So more went in for a soak, still a color change. I think the 4th time was good to go. In the past I have done one or two Soaks with BLC, so I wonder if that was enough.
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Re: Best way to clean for a dirty Jockey Box?
« Reply #9 on: November 15, 2016, 06:08:17 PM »
seems like your jockey box was treated like a $2 date...
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Re: Best way to clean for a dirty Jockey Box?
« Reply #10 on: November 15, 2016, 07:45:00 PM »
Yeah loaning a Jockey Box is hazardous by nature.  Drunk they day of use, hungover the next day, and then out of mind...
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Re: Best way to clean for a dirty Jockey Box?
« Reply #11 on: November 15, 2016, 08:03:07 PM »
I like your POV Steve. Very reasonable.