Q&A: giving you the answers to your beer line cleaning queries

Here we are sharing the answers to a few commonly asked beer line cleaning questions!


1  What’s the best way to clean beer lines?

Beer lines are commonly cleaned manually once a week using a torpedo. This needs to be done by a trained member of staff, normally an owner or manager. However, this is not necessarily the best way. Here at Clear Brew, we use a highly efficient and cost-effective method which is carried out by expert technicians in over 3000 venues nationwide. Our beer line cleaning process comprises of a specialised water-fed mixing unit that uses no electricity or propellant gas, combined with inhibitor technology and market-leading chemical. This results in a service that will improve dispense quality, reduce waste and ultimately save money.

2  How often should draught beer lines be cleaned?

There are a number of factors that can determine the frequency of line cleans (e.g. line condition or if they have been dormant for a period of time). As we mentioned before, beer lines are often cleaned weekly when the task is kept in-house. At Clear Brew, our technology, machinery, expertise, and chemical enable us to clean on a 3-weekly cycle without compromising on quality.

3  What is the best chemical for beer line cleaning?

Using a quality beer line cleaner is important for maintaining the lines. Here at Clear Brew, we use a potassium-based beer line cleaner. This is highly effective in the removal of bio-films and the maintenance of dispense systems. It is also far safer and more efficient than cheaper, commonly used caustic-based line cleaner.

4  How long should beer line cleaning take?

Factors that impact the time needed to carry out a beer line clean include the number of taps and the length of the run from your cellar to the bar. An average bar can take the staff 2-3 hours a week to complete the line clean. Our fully managed beer line cleaning service can save you precious time and leave you with one less thing to worry about! The average customer saves 104 hours a year by using our services.

5  How much does it cost to clean beer lines?

Aspects that affect the cost of line cleaning in-house include the number of lines, line cleaner used, time taken by staff/management, and the gas and water used. At Clear Brew, we provide an initial clean FREE of charge. From this, we are able to generate a quote and calculate the annual savings that would be made by using the Clear Brew service.

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