Draught Wine Cleaning

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I had a new stock taker last week, when he sent in his stock report my draught wine was down over 5 litres in a month.Thats 40 125ml glasses at £2.00 that’s £80.00! When I went through the stock report I noticed he had not allowed wastage for cleaning of the lines, I have 4 lines with approx 5 glasses in each, I clean the lines every two weeks, hey presto with relief I found the 40 glasses of wine. I rang the stock-taker and informed him of his error. His reply was he hadn’t accounted for the waste because he didn’t know of any establishment that cleans their wine lines, and it is unnecessary.In 10 years in the trade I have always cleaned the wine lines fortnightly, if left any longer crystals form and deposit in the glass. Your advice please.

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  1. Lord Magoon wrote: I had a new stock taker last week, when he sent in his stock report my draught wine was down over 5 litres in a month.Thats 40 125ml glasses at £2.00 thats £80.00! When I went through the stock report I noticed he had not allowed wastage for cleaning of the lines, I have 4 lines with approx 5 glasses in each, I clean the lines every two weeks, hey presto with relief I found the 40 glasses of wine. I rung the stocktaker and informed him of his error. His reply was he hadn’t accounted for the waste because he didn’t know of any establishment that cleans their wine lines, and it is unnecessary.In 10 years in the trade I have always cleaned the wine lines fortnightly, if left any longer crystals form and deposit in the glass. Your advice please.

    Things are changing all the time in this trade so what I say may be wrong. Not so long in the distant past they stopped Landlords from cleaning their own lines. The reason was because the clear line cleaning solution looks very much like white wine when it is in the line and there had been a few accidents. The brewery decided then to send a technician every six months or when someone rung up saying there was a bad taste on the line. Wine lines aren’t like beer lines with a build up of yeast every week. Wine lines seem to crystallize and that gives an off taste. Wine lines shouldn’t need to be cleaned that often if the line has been cleaned with ordinary line cleaner then sterilized with some special powders, the reason that it is a sealed system because it is bag in the box, there is also a spray for the b in b connector to prevent infection. What you should do is ring your wine supplier and see what they say you could save yourself a small fortune. 8)

  2. Cheers Chums,I’ve never had to deal with draught wine so this is new gen to me.Thanks for the heads up.

    Good Health,Good Ale.Alex.

  3. I don’t clean my wine lines regularly. I generally clean them out about once every 3 months. I use cleaning fluid and plenty of water, and have never had a problem.

  4. How would milton tablets/fluid work please?? Had the wine machine a good few years just never got round to cleaning it/using it? But just want to get it up and running now! Lol 🙂
    Any feedback is much appreciated!! Xx

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