This article is on how to clean a homebrew faucet. Handles getting sticky, this is a traditional best kegerator homebrew beer tap, these range from about twenty to thirty five bucks depending on whether the lever is brass like this or if it’s stainless steel. These are about twenty bucks these can go up to about thirty five, these faucets work great for homebrew but I do not recommend them for commercial use. For commercial faucets I recommend the pearly six thirty SS, they’re about 65 bucks unless you buy them in bulk. There’s a ton of ways to clean a beer faucet, but this is how I do it. First things first, clean after every single time you finish the keg, you would not need to do this with commercial pearl faucets or nitrogen faucets, but I highly recommend it for these faucets. Also you might want a nylon brush, you have an old faucet or if you just have a really dirty used faucet, but if you maintain your faucets regularly you can get away with just rinsing in hot water.
So here we go what do I need, well I’m going to fill up some hot water and I’ve got my strainer right here, this is so we do not lose our gaskets. So what we’re going to do, I’m going to fill this up with hot water and I’m going to throw a pinch of PDW or OxiClean into it. Okay I’ve got my breakfast cereal right here with my strainer in there, with a little splash of OxiClean, now what I’m going to do is I’m going to take this apart. First things first I’m going to take the bottom part off here, you may or may not need a wrench for this if don’t you have a keg wrench pick it up at your local homebrew store for about three bucks. I’m going to unpeel it and right here you might have some gunk in there, you might build up some true, maybe some dry off, maybe just some hops in general and we’re going to take these apart and let’s just go ahead and drop it right in here in our strainer. Now let’s go ahead and take right here this is called the collar we’re going to take this off, and we are going to drop it in our strainer just like that, we’re not going to lose nothing check that out, just take on it offs this is either going to be stainless steel, got this like that.
So we’re going to take our lever out right here which you have two gaskets on, you can take the gaskets off more often I kind of leave them on we do have our strainer though, so I will take it off. Always remember though that on your white gasket it’s built to fit on the ball right there, so make sure you have it on the correct side just play around it you could easily feel the difference. Let’s go ahead and take that off, drop those in there, so what do we got we’ve got our stem, we’ve got the main body. So we’ve got a lot of stuff in here and you can just play around with it, if it’s really funky I would take nylon hose do it, if it wasn’t then you maintain your beer faucet, and you clean them after every time you brew, I would just soak in hot water maybe a little Oxyclean or PDW and then just rinse it.
I found that this part generally collects the most pots this part right here, so I’m definitely going to hit that with my nylon hose, looks good as new. That’s kind of it, sometimes I let it sit for about an hour, I definitely let it sit until the water starts cooling down and then I dump the water, I heat it with clean water and then I reassemble it. And now to reassemble it I start with the lever, I take my lever right here and I’m going to put my white gasket on first, make sure it’s on the correct way there we go. And let’s take our black lever or black gasket it does not matter which side you put this one on, get it down there to the bottom. Let’s put our stem through and you got to make sure that this is all lined up, it’s going to fit in here like a key you might have to turn it a little bit, put that in there. Let’s get our bonnet down make sure it’s airtight; let’s get our caller on there. Line this up with our gasket in there, this gasket does not come out I’ve never taken it out.
Let’s go ahead and seal this down, you may or may not need a wrench, again you could pick up one of these wrenches from your home brew shop for about three bucks, you spend a lot of money and they should throw one in for free. Get that down just like that, there we have it guys we’ve got our clean home-brewed beer faucet. Again clean after every time that you are done with the keg, I highly recommend that it’s good strategy you got to clean your keg anyway, might as well clean this.