Draught Line Cleaning Best Practices​

​​Tuesday, January 16, 2018 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CST

Moderator: Dana Johnson, Birko Corp., Henderson, CO

Presenter: Neil Witte, Craft Quality Solutions, Kansas City, MO 
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About the Webinar

Draught line cleaning is one of the most critical functions in maintaining beer quality outside the brewery. The steady build-up of soil inside a draught line can be a welcome harbor for beer spoiling yeast and bacteria and if line cleaning is not performed effectively and in a timely manner, the draught system can quickly ruin beer’s aroma and flavor. However, despite this critical role, the methodology of line cleaning can vary considerably and, additionally, the nature of line cleaning networks can be quite different depending on state law. In this webinar, Neil Witte will address different line cleaning methodologies and their relative effectiveness. He will also discuss how line cleaning networks vary from state to state and how these different systems affect beer quality in those different areas. Lastly, he will detail industry efforts aimed at improving these methods and increasing the overall quality of draught beer.

Webinar Takeaways

Attendees should come away with a better understanding of how state laws affect line cleaning and how they can best address issues. Attendees should gain a better understanding of proper line cleaning methods and how those impact draught beer quality. Attendees should learn more about industry efforts to improve draught quality through research and education.

About the Presenter

Neil is a 20-year veteran of the craft beer industry. A former brewer, he worked the last 16 years for Boulevard Brewing Co/Brewery Ommegang/Duvel USA as Field Quality Manager, working with distributors, retailers and the brewery’s national sales team on market-based quality issues. Neil is the Quality Ambassador for the Brewers Association, co-author of the Brewers Association Draught Beer Quality Manual and contributing author to the MBAA Beer Steward Handbook.​