Autovac cleaning tips please.


We have the absolute delight in working with an amazing pub in Yorkshire who have AutoVacs. Can anyone comment on the best cleaning process please.


  1. For people like myself who were unsure what the Autovac is, here is information copied from the RLBS website we have put a link back, hope this will suffice for using their image.

    The Autovac System has been prominent in busy cask ale houses for nearly 100 years in the north of England.

    When beer is served with high condition or/and with a tight sparkler nozzle, this results in a large un-servable frothy head. With the Autovac system and good training, when pulling a pint and tipping the clean glass away from the hands, the beer flows over the edge of the glass and into the Autovac Tray. From here the beer in the tray immediately goods back into beer engine and back into the glass. This action agitates the CO2 content out of the beer so the beer ending in the glass has less CO2 content and becomes smoother to drink (creamed).

    This item includes: –

    Autovac Tray (for single beer engine)
    Autovac Float
    Tray Nut, Tail & Washer Set
    Float Grid
    Pipe Tee Piece (Autovac Valve) to join Autovac into beer line below handpull
    Tray to Tee pipe with Hose Clips

    Having said that I wouldn’t like a drink of beer that has the chance of running over someones fingers. If the beer is in a high condition it isn’t really ready for sale and you could always use an adjustable sparkler.

    As for tips I would think at the very least it should be cleaned through at the end of each session.

  2. When cleaning the lines make sure you put some solution through the tray to clean the down pipe. When happy it is clean pull fresh water through the line and remove the float and pull out the solution from the tray. Then get some jugs of fresh water from the tap (sink) and pour into the tray without the float until happy you only have fresh water through the pump. Remove tray and rinse along with the float to make sure no solution is present. Put back together and pull more water through the line.
    At the end of each session remove float and pull the tray dry remove and clean with warm soapy water.
    Never put through the glass wash as the floats will pop and will get liquid in them, if it can get in it can get out and that liquid could be stale beer line cleaner etc! The trays a silver soldered so if the tray gets hot there’s a chance it can weaken the joints.

  3. Not necessary if your beer is in proper condition and is being served correctly. I agree with hoppy. You wouldn’t get away with using these things in our local.

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