How to clean and fill beer kegs

The BREWHA Keg Washer is an economical manual cleaner that is an effective way of cleaning kegs. While chemicals can be used to remove any long term build up, the heat of the water is generally all that is needed to sanitize the kegs sufficient to safely store beer for several months. While the approach we discuss here requires the removal of the keg spears which is a more labor intensive process than required with a coupler mounted keg washer, a few benefits are the lower capital outlay, and with the opening up of the keg, the insides can be visually inspected to they are clean before reassembly, ensuring the best quality of beer for your customers.

This video is in two sections, in the first we discuss the washing of Sanke D kegs and readying them for filling, and in the second section we show how to fill them. We are using Sanke D kegs (which are the most common commercial kegs throughout North America) but the principles are the same for other commercial and homebrew kegs.

Washing kegs
01:22 Assemble Keg Washer for rinsing
01:45 Rinse Kegs
02:24 Release gas from kegs
02:54 Remove retaining ring and rotate spear
04:04 Withdraw spear
04:23 Rinse kegs
04:51 Connect pump to BREWHA fermenter
05:23 Fill fermenter with water
05:48 Submerge spear and wash keg
06:24 Replace spear in keg and install ring
07:26 Purge and fill with CO2
Filling kegs
10:12 Sanitize Keg Racking Hose and fermenter port
10:30 Flush out racking arm
10:55 Connect coupler to keg
10:59 Connect gas to fermenter
11:47 Place keg on scale and fill (keep some gas space at the top)
12:40 Remove coupler
13:00 Rinse and sanitize keg spear
13:11 Cap keg for storage

BREWHA Manual Keg Washer product page
BIAC complete microbrewery system product page

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