Birko Receives Patent for Beer Keg Cleaning Method

May 30, 2012

HENDERSON, Colo. – Birko, a leader in providing food safety solutions to the protein processing, food and beverage industries, announced today it has received a patent for its acid and detergent method of cleaning used beer kegs.

“Our method is unique because it relies on an acid and detergent alone instead of caustic for cleaning kegs,” said Dana Johnson, Birko’s brewery and produce specialist, and the inventor of the new cleaning method. “This actually produces cleaner kegs by more effectively removing beerstone, a problematic and tenacious scale often found inside kegs.”

“What’s more, the acid and detergent cleaning solution can be recycled, which makes it very economical in addition to being more effective than caustic,” Johnson said.

About Birko
Birko is a leading provider of food safety solutions to the protein processing, food and beverage industries. Birko manufactures concentrated CIP, sanitation, antimicrobial intervention and process chemical formulations. Birko’s equipment division designs and manufactures chemical dispensing systems, antimicrobial mixing and spraying conveyors and carcass washing and pasteurizing equipment. Birko’s information technology includes BirkoStats™, an online chemical usage tracking system. Founded in 1953, Birko is a WBENC Certified Women’s Business Enterprise and was awarded Supplier of the Century by the National Meat Association.