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How To Clean A Beer Tap?

Cleaning a beer tap is a crucial part of any home bar setup, as it ensures that the beer you serve is both fresh and tasty.

A clean beer tap ensures that your brew is of the highest quality, as it prevents your beer from becoming contaminated or stale.

Regular cleaning also means less time and money invested into costly repairs down the line. With a little bit of effort, you can keep your beer tap in perfect condition for years.

This blog post outlines how to clean a beer tap, from preparing the cleaning solution to testing the cleaned system.

Step 1: Preparing the Cleaning Solution

The first step in cleaning your beer tap is to make the cleaning solution. The ideal cleaning solution should be both practical and non-abrasive, so as to not damage any parts while still completely removing all dirt and debris.

The most common ingredients are hot water and brewery-approved sanitizer. However, some brewers may prefer to use distilled white vinegar or a specific cleaner formulated for taps.

Make sure to read the instructions on the bottle or ask your local brewery for advice before mixing any solutions together.

Step 2: Unscrew and Disassemble the Beer Tap

Once you’ve prepared your cleaning solution, it’s time to disassemble your beer tap. Begin by unplugging it from its power source and unscrewing each piece until all components are removed from their housings.

Place all parts in a container filled with warm water and rinse off any excess dirt before cleaning them individually. It’s important not to put too much pressure in unscrewing each component, as this may damage them over time if done incorrectly.

Step 3: Cleaning Each Component of The Tap System

Once all components are removed from their housing and rinsed with water, it’s time to start cleaning them with your sanitizer solution or preferred cleaner separately. If you’re using a sanitizer solution, make sure that you submerge each component for at least 15 minutes before rinsing with clear lukewarm water (60°F – 90°F).

This will ensure that they are properly sterilized and free of any harmful bacteria or dirt build-up which could otherwise taint your drink’s taste or quality over time if left uncleaned.

Step 4: Testing The Cleaned System

Before assembling everything back together, make sure everything looks good and functions correctly by testing each component on its own (e.g., running water through the nozzle).

This will help identify any problems before permanently attaching them back which could cost extra money/time later on if neglected at this step! Additionally, check for any small parts that may have been lost during disassembly; these can easily be ordered from most stores or breweries if necessary!

Step 5: Reassembling And Reconnecting Everything

The last step in cleaning your beer tap is reassembling everything back together in its original housing! Make sure all connections are tightened securely but not too tightly as this could cause damage over time if done incorrectly.

Refer back to the manufacturer’s instructions here if needed! Then plug it back into its power source so that when everything is turned on it should work perfectly again!

Troubleshooting Tips And FAQs

This section includes some common questions/issues people have when it comes to the maintenance of their taps:

  • What kind of cleaner can I use? – Brewery-approved sanitizers are often recommended but some brewers may prefer to use distilled white vinegar or special cleaners designed specifically for taps depending on what they want out of their drink’s taste/quality overall!
  • What should I do if my faucet gets stuck? – If this happens then gently push down on one side while turning gently with pliers until it loosens up again; alternatively try using oil (e.g., WD40) here too as this can help lubricate stuck parts without damaging them further!


Cleaning a beer tap is an essential part of keeping your home bar setup running smoothly and making sure that every brew you serve is fresh-tasting deliciousness!

Be sure to follow our guide closely so you don’t miss any important steps–from preparing the right mix of cleaners/sanitizers all way through testing the cleaned system each time after completing maintenance work–and avoid costly repairs later on down line by doing regular maintenance now!

Author Image Fabian
I’m Fabian, homebrewer and beer taster. I’m also the editor of Beer100. I love travelling the world and trying out new handcraft beer and different beer styles. I’m not an expert in brewing beer, but I know a few things about beer, which I share on this blog. If you need help or have a question, please comment below.

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