7 Tips for Safely Decommissioning your Draught Beer System

Draught Lines Matter.

7 tips for draught beer cleaning

One of the things, in which CO2Meter takes pride, is its involvement in a multitude of beverage dispensing industries, organizations, and establishments.  

Our hearts go out to the businesses who will, inevitably, be affected by the social distancing rules that have been put in place.   

During this time, our team would encourage those with dispensed soda and draught beer systems to be proactive in areas that can sometimes be neglected.

CO2Meter recently spoke with two of our long-term partners, the Draft Doctor and the IBDEA Draught School, who were able to share some key industry insights for "7 Best Practices and Safety Tips" when it comes to cleaning and properly "putting to sleep" your lines. 

The results at the end of this outbreak? Clean, Crisp, Fresh Beer from Pint One!

What do I need to Clean?

  • Faucet(s)
  • Keg Coupler(s)
  • Beer Line(s)
  • CO2Meter's 7 Safety Tips Guide

Now let's get right to it:

How to Clean and Prepare Your Draught System for a Temporary Shut-Down

Step 1: Clean and rinse the entire draft system with water

Step 2: Use clean CO2 to push the water out of the system

Step 3: Shut off your gas supply to conserve Carbon Dioxide

Step 4: Shut off your glycol system

Step 5: Purge your kegs in order to remove old Carbon Dioxide (CO2)

Step 6: Refill kegs with twelve to fourteen pounds of new CO2. This will allow you to easily get your system up and running again

Step 7Make sure your kegs are kept cold otherwise a change in temperature can affect the flavor of the beer.

CO2 Safety While Cleaning

During this process, you will likely be working in an enclosed space with carbon dioxide (CO2). Because CO2 can rapidly displace oxygen in a room, you will want to have a portable CO2 detector, like our SAN-11 Personal 5% CO2 Monitor and Data Logger. This way, you will be alerted to high levels of CO2 before your safety is put at risk. Our partners at the Draft Doctor and IBDEA Draught School have their SAN-11's on them at all times during this process. 

Coming Back Online 

Now that social distancing is behind us, you are ready to get your draft system up and running. If you have taken the above seven steps, you should be able to simply turn the system on and start pouring delicious beer. Be aware though, that because you have used CO2 to push the water out of the system, your lines are slightly pressurized. Don't be alarmed if a valve, clamp, fitting, or hose ruptures or disconnects. Bringing a system like yours back on-line can sometimes cause these little issues. Be mindful that, unlike the Draft Doctors team, you may not be protected by fixed CO2 safety monitoring. Consider installing a CO2 safety monitor in your draught cooler to protect all your employees from CO2 related injuries.

CO2 Safety Monitoring

With employees in the beverage and brewing industries, carbon dioxide continues to be a critical element in many beverage applications - yet continues to be a hazard in regards to personal exposure and CO2 leak points. CO2Meter continues to provide beverage CO2 safety solutions to provide peace of mind and ensure protection for customers, workers, and overall establishments.

Investing in proper Carbon Dioxide (CO2) safety devices is always vital and provides further protection for your workplace. For Beverage industries, it is important to educate workers on the hazard areas such as fermentation, walk-in draft coolers, brite tanks, and beverage dispensing areas. 

If you have employees around areas where CO2 may be stored or produced, a fixed wall-mounted device or personal safety monitor is always a priority. The CM-7000 Multi-Sensor System is an ideal choice for fixed devices, in detecting carbon dioxide levels in the ambient air and alerting employees should an incident occur.

With audible and visual alarms, as well as 12 unique sensor configurations with 4 relays, this device meets all local fire codes and can send an immediate alarm to the fire department or monitoring companies. 

View the CM-7000 Multi Sensor System for Beverage Industries

Aside from fixed wall-mounted safety devices, we offer portable gas detectors to ensure safety, "On-the-Go".

View the SAN-11 Personal 5% CO2 Safety Monitor and Data Logger

The SAN-11 - Personal 5% CO2 Safety Monitor and Data Logger as well as the SAN-13 CO2 Leak Detector, is designed for employees who work in enclosed areas where carbon dioxide buildup may cause personal harm.

Portable devices can also be a great alternative, due to their rugged design, enhanced accuracy, data logging capabilities, and ease of application integration.

If you do not feel comfortable cleaning your own draft lines, reach to your local draft beer installer, like the Draft Doctor. They will be happy to assist and get your taps in "tip-top" shape for when you reopen.

If you would like more information about the IBDEA draught school, please contact David Whitney at the Draft Doctor or Dave Lincicome with Leonard's Syrup's - who would be delighted to share their industry wisdom and experience with you!


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