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Rule 4301:1-1-28 | Cleaning and sterilizing dispensing apparatus and receptacles in which alcoholic beverages are served.


(A) Alcoholic beverage apparatus, pipelines, faucets, taps, and barrel tubes must be cleaned:

(1) For beer, not less than every two weeks, or as recommended by the beer manufacturer, equipment manufacturer, or manufacturer of the chemical cleaner used. In all such methods, the cleaning must be done with a suitable detergent, detergent and sterilizer, or either of the above in combination with an external audio frequency device; or

(2) For wine and mixed beverages, dispensing apparatus, pipelines, faucets, taps, and barrel tubes must be cleaned at least every thirty days with the solution recommended by the equipment manufacturer.

(B) The use of any copper or lead tubing is prohibited unless such tubing is tinplated so that the alcoholic beverage does not come in contact with the copper or lead.

(C) Alcoholic beverages may be dispensed by the use of:

(1) Carbonic gas (carbon dioxide) or other gasses recommended by the manufacturer of the dispensing equipment, or

(2) Electrical, hydraulic, or mechanical pumps. In the event pumps are used, the intake for such pumps shall be taken from outside of the building where fresh, clean air is available, and such intake shall be protected with a suitable filter or filters.

(D) All receptacles in which alcoholic beverages are served, except paper, plastic, or styrofoam cups, or others that are used only once and then destroyed, shall be:

(1) Washed after each use in a tank containing hot water and a suitable cleaning agent. The wash shall remove all traces of lip rouge and other organic materials preferably with a brush, whether by mechanical or manual means;

(2) Placed in a second tank containing clear rinse water. The rinse water shall be kept clean at all times either by a constant flow of water into the tank and out an overflow or by frequent changing of rinse water;

(3) Placed for two or more minutes in a third tank containing a sterilizer. The sterilizer may be either chlorine or another effective bactericide. In either case, the solution shall contain not less than one hundred fifty p.p.m. (parts per million) of available chlorine or its equivalent phenol coefficient; and

(4) Placed on a clean, corrugated drain board and allowed to drain for a few minutes.

(E) If a permit premises uses a commercial-grade electrically-operated sterilizer and cleaning equipment for the purpose of sterilizing and cleaning glassware and chinaware used in connection with the operation of the business conducted on the premises, paragraph (D) of this rule does not apply if all receptacles in which alcoholic beverages are served are sterilized and cleaned using this equipment.

(F) All receptacles in which alcoholic beverages are served shall be stored in an upside-down position after cleaning until further use.

(G) All permit holders who have alcoholic beverage coils and barrel tubes shall maintain a record card that documents the cleaning of such coils and barrel tubes. Such record card shall:

(1) Document the date of each cleaning;

(2) Document the cleaning method used;

(3) Be signed by the person who performed the cleaning;

(4) Document cleanings for a period of six months;

(5) Be kept upon the permit premises and available at all times for inspection by the division, agents of the department of public safety, local law enforcement officers, and governmental health agencies; and

(6) Completed cards shall be retained on the permit premises for two years after the date of completion.

(H) If flexible tubing, which may include tubing made of plastic or other synthetic materials, is used in the dispensing of alcoholic beverages, it must be of such material that it will not affect the taste of the alcoholic beverages.

(I) If a rubber hose is used in the dispensing of alcoholic beverages, it shall:

(1) Have an inner tube of white rubber compound so that it will not affect the odor or taste of the alcoholic beverages and will not be affected by cleaning chemicals. The thickness shall be not less than one-sixteenth of an inch;

(2) Consist of a ply or plies of braided cotton or woven fabrics thoroughly impregnated with a suitable rubber compound to firmly bind the elements of the hose;

(3) Have an outer rubber cover; and

(4) Each and every package of hose shall bear the manufacturer's name and brand designation.

Last updated May 16, 2021 at 12:00 AM

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 4301.03
Amplifies: 4301.03, 4301.22
Five Year Review Date: 5/16/2026
Prior Effective Dates: 7/5/1950, 8/10/1978, 4/15/1988, 4/29/1999, 7/23/2004