The Homebrewer’s Guide to a DIY Inline Beer Line Cleaner


Welcome, fellow homebrew enthusiasts! Today, I’m excited to share a project close to my heart – building your own inline beer line cleaner. Keeping your beer lines clean is crucial for maintaining the quality of your homebrew. Often, commercial cleaners can be pricey, so I’ve come up with a DIY solution that’s both cost-effective and easy to assemble. Let’s dive into this simple yet ingenious project!

Gathering the Materials:

To start, you’ll need a few basic items:

  • A pump spray bottle
  • A hose (flexible and of suitable length)
  • A carbonation cap
  • A hose clamp

These items are easily available and might even be lying around in your home brewery. The idea is to create a portable, efficient cleaner without breaking the bank.

Step-by-Step Assembly:

  1. Start by removing any attachments from the pump spray bottle. You’ll just need the bottle and its trigger spray mechanism with it´s hose.
  2. Thread the hose through the hose clamp and attach it to the carbonation cap. Make sure it’s a snug fit.
  3. Tighten the hose clamp with a screwdriver to secure the hose to the cap.
  4. Attach the other end of the hose to the spray mechanism of the pump bottle. Ensure it’s tight to avoid any leaks.

Voila! Your DIY inline cleaner is ready. This simple setup allows you to pump cleaning solution through your beer lines effectively, ensuring they remain spotless for your next brew.

DIY Beer line Cleaner

Testing and Using the Cleaner:
To test the cleaner, fill the spray bottle with your preferred cleaning solution (I often use a mix of water and Star San sanitizer). Attach the carbonation cap to your beer line, and start pumping. You’ll see the solution flowing through the line, cleaning it thoroughly. It’s satisfying to watch years of brewing gunk wash away, leaving behind sparkling clean lines.

Dr. Hans, a man in his mid-forties with grey hair and a short beard, wearing a backward baseball cap and a white doctor's robe,

Final Thoughts:
This DIY inline cleaner has been a game-changer for my homebrewing routine. It’s quick to assemble, costing under $20, and does an exceptional job of keeping the beer lines clean. Not only does it save you money in the long run, but it also adds a personal touch to your brewing process.

I hope this guide inspires you to try out this simple yet effective DIY project. Remember, the best beer is served through clean lines, and what’s better than a cleaner you’ve built yourself? Here’s to many more successful brews and the joys of DIY in homebrewing!

Cheers and happy brewing!

Dr. Hans

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