How to Clean a Jockey Box

How to Clean a Jockey Box

Warning: Do not over use chemicals. Mix all solutions to the manufacturers recommended ratios and use personal protective equipment.


Pro Tip: NEVER let your beer or other beverage sit in the coils after use. Jockey boxes need to be cleaned immediately after use.

STEP 1  - Fill the coils with an alkaline cleaner (ex. PBW) and let soak for 10-15 minutes.

STEP 2 - *Rinse with hot water 
*Hot water must be used to rinse the coils immediately after an alkaline rinse. DO NOT allow alkaline to dry on hot metal surfaces. Also, If you skip this step the alkaline cleaner will neutralize the acidic sanitizer.

STEP 3 - Flush with an acid anionic sanitizer like Star San.

STEP 4 - Purge tubing and coils with CO2 or compressed air 


Pro Tips: You can only sanitize clean equipment and cleaners are not sanitizers. Always add chemicals to water, not water to chemicals.

PBW® is an alkaline cleaner that is a safe, non-caustic, environmentally friendly CIP cleaner. It comes in powder form and is most effective when used with hot water (between 120ºf - 140ºf). Shelf life is 6 months to 1 year and will remain effective in a solution for approximately 8 hours. PBW stands for professional brewers wash.

Hot Water (above 120ºf) is used to flush tubing, coils, faucets, and couplers. Rinse water should equal temperature used with PBW.

Star San® is a high foaming, acid anionic sanitizer, no rinse. It comes in liquid form and is stable in hot or cold water. Shelf life is up to 1 year and will remain effective in solution up to 12 hours or until cloudy.


COLDBREAK® Cleaning Kit. It comes with:

  • Sankey D Cleaning Can, 4 gallon
  • PBW and Star San 
  • Faucet Wrench and brush


Jockey box - Store your jockey box dry. 
Pro Tip: Cap the input shanks if your jockey box will be stored for an extended amount of time to prevent contamination.

Tubing - Hang tubing to dry. 
Pro Tip: Once dry, beverage jumpers can be attached to both sides of a beer coupler (closed position) to prevent contamination (i.e. attach to the CO2 input and beverage out).

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