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Mustangfreak 04-06-2010 05:52 PM

how to clean picnic taps?
 
While I was deployed last year, I left my keezer running. When I returned I was surprised to see a lot of mold inside. :(

How do I clean the picnic taps and make sure there is no more mold inside of the tap?

Synovia 04-06-2010 05:55 PM

I clean my picnic taps the same way I clean everything else with my kegerator: run oxyclean through it, followed by starsan.


Just fill a keg up with hot oxyclean, and pump it through the picnic taps.

SumnerH 04-06-2010 05:59 PM

Yeah, I run hot oxiclean through them, let them sit a few minutes, run it again, let it sit a few minutes, then run starsan and I'm done.

nostalgia 04-06-2010 06:06 PM

If you really want to clean it, the end unscrews and the whole thing comes apart. I found some really funky stuff in mine the first time I did that :)

-Joe

lamarguy 04-06-2010 06:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mustangfreak (Post 1990057)
How do I clean the picnic taps and make sure there is no more mold inside of the tap?

Take it apart (the top unscrews) to expose the silicone stopper and soak the parts in a mild bleach solution.

http://thebeerkeg.co.za/catalog/images/tappicnic.jpg

Cpt_Kirks 04-06-2010 09:09 PM

Get a plastic spray bottle and fill it with cheap vodka. Once you get the taps clean, a spritz every now and then will keep them that way.

If the taps are REALLY nasty, replace them. They only cost a few bucks.

homebrewer_99 04-06-2010 09:21 PM

Take it apart, soak it for a couple hours if need be...;)

Jawbox0 04-06-2010 09:25 PM

I do like the idea of using a cheap Vodka as a spray. I'm using some really diluted bleach right now, and the Vodka would be a much better idea.

SumnerH 04-06-2010 09:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jawbox0 (Post 1990614)
I do like the idea of using a cheap Vodka as a spray. I'm using some really diluted bleach right now, and the Vodka would be a much better idea.

Starsan works fine.

marzsit 04-07-2010 09:16 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by lamarguy (Post 1990099)
Take it apart (the top unscrews) to expose the silicone stopper and soak the parts in a mild bleach solution.

http://thebeerkeg.co.za/catalog/images/tappicnic.jpg



once you unscrew the top, you can press in on the silicone stopper and disengage the handle from the plunger. the plunger, spring and cap will all seperate and it will be easier to clean.


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