Gak. Yik. Gross. Gross Me Blue:
Industry insiders say there's a dirty, little secret that needs to be exposed. The problem they say is dirty beer lines, the lines connect the keg to the tap. "It's one of the big, big problems in the industry," Luke Purcell, of Great Lakes Brewing said. Purcell said he has seen beer lines in some places that are so dirty "it was actually surprising beer could actually flow through it." By law, beer lines must be cleaned once every two weeks.
I don't know why being "grossed blue" is the superlative but it has always been so. I am not only grossed out by the idea of lines so dirty that the beer could not flow but the idea that in Ohio the law lets 14 days pass between cleanings. I am not that educated in the way of dispensing equipment but I have to think that some pretty evil stuff growing down those tubes. Why have a law if that is the standard? Milking equipment needs to be cleaned and sanitized every few hours before Bossy's next milking. McDonald's cleans the bathrooms' hourly. That being the case why can't bars clean the pipes at least once a day?