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Old 09-30-2009, 03:29 AM   #1
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Default Any rule of thumb for time between keg cleaning?

I've just gone thru my 3rd re-fill and the beer still tastes good and was curious what the recommended cleaning interval is.

When I MT my keg I put about 2 gallons of hot tap water and close the top and swirl the keg for about 40-60 seconds to rinse out the old ale and then after draining I just pour in the new beer.

I know I'll have to do a little more of sophisticated cleaning but was wondering what everyone's thoughts are.

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Old 09-30-2009, 03:32 AM   #2
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I use the same kegs for the same styles and clean/sanitize after every third batch. That is the only time anything other than beer goes in the kegs.

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Old 09-30-2009, 03:33 AM   #3
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I clean and sanitize each time. But I also have 30+ kegs and they sit at times after they get pulled out of the serving fridge.

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Thanks.

The forums over at Micromatic (for commercial kegs) say that you should clean the lines after every 15 gal keg. So I guess after every three 5 gallon kegs would be about right.

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You can't go wrong with cleaning it every time it gets empty.

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Old 09-30-2009, 04:27 AM   #6
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I clean it everytime. Same with the lines.

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Old 09-30-2009, 05:45 AM   #7
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You can't go wrong with cleaning it every time it gets empty.

Damn, you sound like my ex-GF when it came to cleaning my house.

As a bachelor with a bulldog as a roomate, I get to stretch out that cleaning thingy until the last possible moment.
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You let go of a GF that cleaned your house?

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I like to clean the keg out with oxy clean and sanitize every time it kicks, this provides me with the perfect time to clean out my keezer line and tap. My Keezer sits outside, so I think it's necessary.

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Old 09-30-2009, 02:35 PM   #10
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I clean each keg when it empties and sanitize before each refill. I break them down and replace the o-rings every couple years.

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