When you run any sort of business – or even something that is not a business such as a men’s club – and you serve beer from the cellar, you have to maintain your beer lines by cleaning them every week. Yes, it’s tedious, it’s boring, and it wastes perfectly good beer that you flush down the drain, but it still has to be done. If not, you will be serving bad beer – but not for very long because your business will suffer greatly if you do that.
Beer line cleaning is just part of the job, in the same way that someone who works in an office has to undertake the daily commute.
What can grow in your beer line if you don’t clean it? One of the things that can happen is a deposit of lime scale, especially in hard water areas. It comes from the water that you use to rinse the lines and affects cask beers more than keg because you flush them more often. Limescale is a white deposit that you will also see in your kettle and possibly on taps.
A yeast build-up is another type of contaminant. Yeasts can come from brewery yeasts left over from the brewing process, and also from wild yeasts that float around in the air. Usually you will find them on spouts, couplers, sparklers, and drains, and they usually look grey or white.
Moulds are another problem and they are in the air around us too. They love to live in damp places, and can grow on cellar walls, couplers, the tops of casks and kegs, and so on, and are usually black. They can get into the system when casks or kegs are being changed.
Beerstone is another problem and is formed from calcium oxalate which results from a chemical reaction between oxalic acid which is produced during the brewing process and calcium in the water – especially hard water. It mainly affects cask beer lines because these are not filtered. Beer lines can also be infected by bacteria.
All of the foregoing are the reasons why you need to clean the beer lines on a weekly basis. However, wouldn’t it be lovely if you only had to clean your beer line once a month – or even as infrequently as every seven weeks?
Well the good news is that using BeerSaver6 you can reduce your beer line cleaning cycle to as little as every four weeks, and possibly as much as every seven, which gets rid of that boring weekly job and means that you don’t pour beer down the drain every week – perfectly good beer which you could sell.
Installing BeerSaver6 in no way affects your brewery equipment, and you can have a complimentary line clean and a free trial on us!