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2017 Master Brewers Conference
9. Keg cleaning and brite tank cleaning using acid and detergent only

Dana Johnson, BIRKO Corporation, Henderson, CO, U.S.A.

Cleaning and Sanitation
Thursday, October 12
1:30–3:15 p.m.
Imperial Salon B

Keg cleaning and brite tank cleaning with acid and detergent only will be discussed. A case study of the keg cleaning procedure used at Avery Brewing in Boulder, Colorado, over the last ten years will be included, along with brite tank cleaning using acid under pressure (AUP) CIP cleaning will be discussed as well. The pros and cons of acid and detergent-only cleaning will be compared to traditional caustic (alkaline) cleaning methods.

As the technical director of craft brewing for Birko, Dana consults craft breweries, wineries, and distilleries on food safety and sanitation practices. He has more than 20 years of experience serving Birko’s brew customers and is known in the industry as one of the leading voices on sanitation. He has formulated many Birko products including the patented XLERATOR, Acid Brite No. 2, Brute Plus, Way-Vos, and Cell-R-Mastr, and invented and consigned the keg cleaning with acid and detergent only patent (Ultra Niter and X-Puma) to Birko in 2012. A homebrewer since 1989, Dana has authored numerous articles for Zymurgy, The New Brewer, and other brewery trade publications and is a frequent speaker at industry events. He is a member of the Brewers Association Safety Subcommittee (SSC) and the current president of the Master Brewers Rocky Mountain District. Dana joined Birko in 1979 and attended Mesa College in Grand Junction, Colorado.

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