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Old 08-25-2014, 09:47 PM   #1
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Default How do u clean a keggle?

Just picked up a keg for my new boil kettle and cut off the top, got it fitted with a thermometer and ball valve.

The inside has a lot of junk caked to the walls. Any advice on how to get this off? I normally use oxyclean to clean my brewing equipment, but it's just not doin the trick. ImageUploadedByHome Brew1409003226.738160.jpgImageUploadedByHome Brew1409003264.856748.jpg


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Old 08-26-2014, 05:56 PM   #3
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Ditto,

BKF mixed with hot water....and a scotch brite green scrubby.

Where chemical gloves, and don't breathe from inside the keg.

From then on, I fill the keg after a brew session with water/oxyclean and run the pump to circulate it for a while while I clean other stuff. Quick scrub on the inside and pump everything out to the driveway....rinse with water. Then the used sanitizer from the buckets...recirculate pump for a minute or so and then pump the sanitizer out to the driveway. Open everything up and flip it upside down to dry.

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I soaked mine for a couple days with 1Step and that got mine mostly clean. Scrubbed it a couple more times with Barkeepers friend and got the rest of it off.

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I would heat up some PBW and let it soak for an hour or so. All of that should then come off with a light scrub (or even on its own)

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For your initial cleaning. Hot PBW or a good caustic to clean all the crap up. After that, green pad and dish soap with a good rinse. About once a year or so you'll want to do a caustic cycle again to get all the beer stone.

There's never a good reason to sanitize anything on the hot side before storing, or before brewing.

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Old 08-27-2014, 11:48 AM   #7
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Bar keepers friend.

In the cleaning aisle next to the comet. Home depot, lowes, walmart, most grocery stores
+1 the stuff works great.


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Ditto,

BKF mixed with hot water....and a scotch brite green scrubby.

Where chemical gloves, and don't breathe from inside the keg.

From then on, I fill the keg after a brew session with water/oxyclean and run the pump to circulate it for a while while I clean other stuff. Quick scrub on the inside and pump everything out to the driveway....rinse with water. Then the used sanitizer from the buckets...recirculate pump for a minute or so and then pump the sanitizer out to the driveway. Open everything up and flip it upside down to dry.
Pretty much what I do but I use a SS scrubby thing and I skip the sanitizer recirc part.
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Also, after scrubbing with BKF, rinse the stuff down while wiping with a rag or sponge. BKF leaves behind a light film of residue that needs to be 'wiped' off.

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