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CLEAR BEER DRAUGHT SYSTEM - INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE
Instructions for use;
You will find the Clear Beer Draught System very easy to use and incorporate into your draught beer system if you follow these simple instructions. They may seem lengthy, but get through them one time, and just like your other brewing processes, it will become second nature. After all, the goal is to improve the quality and availability of your draught beer.
Preparing & Cleaning your keg
The first step is to be sure the keg has no residual pressure. Either pop the relief valve if your keg is so equipped, or bleed pressure by depressing the center pin on the CO2 port. Once all the pressure is relieved, remove the service port from the keg.
The next step is to remove the existing dip tube from the keg. The “out” port, which secures the dip tube, must be unscrewed in a counter clock wise direction. On the inside of the removed fitting there will be a rubber check valve attached to a spring. This is a good time to clean and check the condition of the valve assembly. If it wasn’t leaking previously, it should be OK. If the rubber is in bad condition, most homebrew shops carry replacements. The dip tube can now be slid out of the port. Thoroughly clean the dip tube for storage.
Thoroughly clean all parts of the Clear Beer Draught System using hot water and soap.
This initial cleaning is very important!
All of the parts have been through industrial manufacturing processes. Take your time and be thorough. Do not boil the silicone parts! It is not necessary. Boiling or steam sanitizing pure silicone rubber can possibly increase its size and cause it to become gummy. Boiling of the stainless steel parts is not necessary either. Also, do not worry about scratches and dings the parts will acquire over time. Remember, the Clear Beer Draught System will be in contact with beer, not wort. The alcohol that is present, the low PH, and the colder temperatures are all deterrents to bacterial growth. A thorough cleaning and sanitation using an acid base sanitizer is all that is needed. After cleaning, rinse all parts inside and out completely with hot water.
Now clean the keg and the service port lid using your regular procedures and cleaner/sanitizer of choice. Note: if you use an alkaline based cleaner, (B-Brite, PBW etc.) the keg must have a final rinse with an acid based cleanser. If not, the surface of the metal is in a condition that will support/attract the buildup of mineral deposits. Five Star Saniclean works best and will keep your kegs in the proper condition. Follow directions for dilution ratios. Completely coat the inside of the keg. If you already have mineral deposits, do not try to remove them mechanically. An overnight soak in a solution of 2oz. Saniclean per 5 gallons should do the job. Any remaining deposits will now easily be removed using a sponge or soft nylon brush.
Thoroughly rinse with cold water, coat all surfaces with an acid based sanitizer.
Cleaning, Sanitizing & Assembly
Clean and sanitize the out port on the keg, the out port fitting, the supplied short dip tube and the check valve assembly. Slide the “o” ring to the top of the short dip tube and install into the out port on the keg. Install the check valve assembly into the out port fitting. Screw the out port fitting onto the keg and tighten.
Using an acid based sanitizer such as Star San, sanitize all the parts of the Clear Beer Draught System. A soak of all the parts in the sanitizer would be best. (Do not use bleach containing sanitizers on stainless steel parts). Keeping a spray bottle of Star San (mixed in the proper ratios) around the brewery is very useful. Use it to spray fittings, the inside of kegs, tap faucet parts, etc.
Assemble the clean/sanitized Clear Beer Draught System. Insert the screw through the bottom of the stainless steel bracket and thread the float onto the screw hand tight. This ensures that you are not cross threading the screw. Tighten lightly with a screwdriver if necessary. For proper operation, the base must have a snug fit to the float. If the base rotates 20-30 deg. in each direction before stopping, that is ok. Slide the longer leg of the stainless intake tube through 1 hole in the bracket. Slide the
silicone o ring on to the end of the tube. Now align the tube with the other hole in the bracket and push it through far enough so the silicone end cap can be installed. Install the silicone end cap. Be sure the float base rotates freely about the stainless pick up tube. Do not attach the silicone tubing at this time.
Now it’s time to install the Clear Beer Draught system. Caution: Be careful when inserting or removing your hand from the service port opening. Many kegs, especially new ones, have sharp edges
that could cut your hand or wrist. The following steps are important for optimal performance. Stand the keg upright on the floor with the out port closest to you. The supplied silicone tubing will have a natural curvature. Slide one end of the tube onto the out port dip tube so the curvature will point the other end of the tube towards the in port side of the keg when hanging freely. The tubing should be slid onto the dip tube at least 3/8 of an inch. Pull the other end of the tubing out of the keg. Now hold the float assembly so the end of the stainless tube that the silicone tubing will attach is pointing straight down and the other end with the silicone cap on it is pointing straight at the out port. Ensure
the tubing is in a relaxed state, (not twisted), then slide it about 3/8 of an inch on to the stainless tube. Lower the float into the keg. This positioning will allow the float to rotate properly and land upright in the middle of the keg as it empties.
Racking & Chilling
Rack your beer into the keg with whatever method you have been using. With the Clear Beer Draught System assembled as described and the keg is full, the top of the float will be facing upwards and be near the center of the keg. Install the service port, purge oxygen, chill and carbonate as usual. If you carbonate at regular serving pressure and temperature, by the time the keg is fully carbonated, you will be pouring acceptable beer.
As mentioned above, some yeast strains do not flocculate as well as others. Some fining agents will drop the yeast out if done properly. If you need to get your beer ready very quickly for an upcoming event, chilling the beer to near freezing while carbonating at an elevated level should produce acceptable results. Some trial and error will be required. Try 25-30 PSI for 3-4 days @ 30-32F. Let the beer warm to serving temperatures or chill haze could be evident. Remember to dial the pressure down before serving. This is when you will really enjoy the benefits of the Clear Beer Draught System.
Removing the clear beer draught system form the keg
To remove the Clear Beer Draught System, bleed pressure, open the service port and slide the hose off of the dip tube. Careful, this is when injury can occur. If the hose does not easily come off, remove the out port and check valve and remove the dip tube. This will slide the hose off of the tube on the way out. Clean all parts and tubing with hot soapy water, rinse thoroughly, let dry. The silicone hose is going to pick up some color with use. But the color, flavor or aromas from one brew will not leach into subsequent brews. Cream ales have followed chocolate stouts using the same tubing without a trace of the former brew.
Now it’s time to enjoy yeast free, sediment free beer. This is how the beer you brewed should taste. After all the thought and hard work involved in producing your beer, you deserve it.
A message from the maker & inventor of the CBDS
Thank you for purchasing the Clear Beer Draught System. This product will provide a lifetime of trouble free service and enhance the quality of your homebrewed beer. A lot of thought, effort and trials went into the development and production of this device. The inspiration was simple: Why am I drinking beer that is drawn off of the dregs at the bottom of the keg? Why not drink the clear, great tasting beer that is available from near the top surface of the beer. Depending on the brewing parameters and the yeast used, it could literally take months for the entire keg to clear. I am not that patient. I have used the Clear Beer Draught System for some time now and the availability, quality and taste of my draught beer has been greatly improved.
We submerge ourselves into this great hobby to produce great tasting, visually appealing beer. The Clear Beer Draught System will help you achieve this.
William Broderick Owner
Brew Products, LLC