Beer Faucet Cleaning 101

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Beer Faucet Cleaning: Disassembly, Cleaning & Reassembly Instructions

By: Zach George, owner of Barrels and Bottles Brewing in Golden, Colorado.

Beer Faucet Cleaning 101 – This step-by-step guide has everything you need to know to clean your beer faucets on your draft lines! The example used in these instructions is a perlick flow-control faucet. Keep reading because there are downloadable instructions at the bottom of the article!

Pro Tip: Cleaning Your Faucets Is As Important As Cleaning Your Lines!

Faucet cleaning diagram


  • Using your faucet wrench, carefully take off your faucet and soak it.
    in a warm cleaning solution for 15-20 minutes to loosen parts.
  • Unscrew and remove (H).
  • Unscrew and remove (G).
  • Turn (K) to the open position to remove (J).
  • Unscrew (L) and remove the flow control assembly.
  • Use your Faucet Tool Kit carefully to remove (D) .
  • Remove (M) from the (A) faucet.
  • Pull (E) upward and out. You may have to push back on (E) to remove it.
  • Use yourFaucet Tool Kit carefully at the end of (A) faucet to remove (C).
  • Use your Faucet Tool Kit carefully to remove (B2) from top of (A) faucet.
  • Remove the remaining seals: (B1) , (F) and check (L) seals and ALL seals for worn marks or cracks.


  • Soak ALL parts/seals in a non-caustic or caustic solution(depending on beer stone build-up) for at least 30 mins.
  • Next, soak ALL parts/seals in a High Foaming Sanitizer (no-rinse is preferable) for at least 30 mins.
  • This shouldbe done every 2 weeks.


  • Non – Caustic Acid Cleaner
  • Caustic Acid Cleaner
  • High Foaming Sanitizer
  • Acids are recommended to descale the lines & faucets of beerstone & biofilms


  • Use your finger(s) and/or Faucet Tool Kit to re-install (B2) into it’s groove.
  • Use your finger(s) and/or Faucet Tool Kit to re-install (C) into it’s groove.
  • Insert (E) back in (A) faucet.
  • Re-install (F) and (B1).
  • Tighten (G) by hand only and do not over tighten.
  • Screw (H) back on (E)
  • Insert (M) first and then (J).
  • Replace or re-install (D).


Download the Faucet Cleaning Guide PDF


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