§ 5.51. Cleaning of malt or brewed beverage dispensing systems.

 (a)  A licensee that uses a malt or brewed beverage dispensing system in its licensed premises shall clean the system at its sole expense. One licensee may not clean a malt or brewed beverage dispensing system for another licensee.

 (b)  The method of cleaning must leave the entire malt or brewed beverage dispensing system in a clean and sanitary condition. The cleaning method used must include cleaning the entire system with a chemical cleaning solution or other cleaning method approved by the Board. The following alternative cleaning methods have Board approval:

   (1)  Live steam.

   (2)  Hot water and soda solution, followed by thorough rinsing with hot water.

 (c)  The frequency of cleaning for the malt or brewed beverage dispensing system shall be as follows:

   (1)  Once every 7 days for the faucets.

   (2)  Once every 7 days for the dispensing lines, valves, joints, couplers, hose fittings, washers, o-rings, empty beer detectors (known as ‘‘FOBS’’) and draft foam control units, except if the licensee has an operating ultrasonic, electromagnetic or other system that retards the growth of yeast and bacteria in the dispensing lines. If such a system is installed and operating, the licensee shall follow the cleaning frequency and cleaning method guidelines of the system’s manufacturer.

   (3)  The Board may approve different cleaning frequencies.


   The provisions of this §  5.51 amended under section 207(i) of the Liquor Code (47 P. S. §  2-207(i)).


   The provisions of this §  5.51 adopted June 26, 1952; amended through July 28, 1972, effective July 29, 1972, 2 Pa.B. 1441; amended March 5, 2010, effective March 6, 2010, 40 Pa.B. 1149. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (307801).

Cross References

   This section cited in 40 Pa. Code §  5.52 (relating to certificate or record required).

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