Happy HolidaySs Giveaway - Last Sponsor Giveaway of the Year!

Come Enter the BrewDeals/FastFerment Giveaway!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Equipment/Sanitation > Keg cleaning
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 04-10-2011, 02:51 PM   #1
BeerBrods22
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Superior, WI
Posts: 61
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default Keg cleaning

I have now used my 5 gallon kegging system for 5 batches. Between each batch I sanitize with san star. I feel like every couple of batches I need to do a very thorough cleaning so "tastes" aren't left behind.

What are your suggestions?

I have some BPW.... Is that enough?

__________________
BeerBrods22 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-10-2011, 02:55 PM   #2
motobrewer
I'm no atheist scientist, but...
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Thiensville, Wisconsin
Posts: 6,908
Liked 237 Times on 206 Posts
Likes Given: 387

Default

i soak with pbw between every beer.

__________________
Quote:
The man who intoxicates himself on bad whisky is sometimes moved to kill his wife and set his house on fire, but the victim of applejack is capable of blowing up a whole town with dynamite and of reciting original poetry to every surviving inhabitant.

– "A Wicked Beverage," New York Times, April 10, 1894
motobrewer is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-10-2011, 03:08 PM   #3
Walker
I use secondaries. :p
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Walker's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Cary, NC
Posts: 11,236
Liked 86 Times on 77 Posts
Likes Given: 11

Default

after the keg kicks, I fill it with water and oxiclean and let it soak for a few hours. dump, rinse, sanitize, and re-fill with new beer.

__________________
Ground Fault Brewing Co.
Walker is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-10-2011, 03:11 PM   #4
Yooper
Ale's What Cures You!
HBT_ADMIN.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Yooper's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Upper Michigan
Posts: 62,319
Liked 4785 Times on 3480 Posts
Likes Given: 956

Default

I usually take the posts off and diptubes, and clean everything with oxyclean or PBW and rinse. Then I sanitize and refill.

It only take 10 minutes or less to take everything apart. I don't know why someone wouldn't do it every time. If you only clean the keg after every third time, that'd be like washing your dishes every third meal.

__________________
Broken Leg Brewery
Giving beer a leg to stand on since 2006
Yooper is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-10-2011, 03:14 PM   #5
Walker
I use secondaries. :p
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Walker's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Cary, NC
Posts: 11,236
Liked 86 Times on 77 Posts
Likes Given: 11

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Yooper View Post
I usually take the posts off and diptubes, and clean everything with oxyclean or PBW and rinse. Then I sanitize and refill.

It only take 10 minutes or less to take everything apart. I don't know why someone wouldn't do it every time. If you only clean the keg after every third time, that'd be like washing your dishes every third meal.
I view it more like the coffee cup I keep at the office than the soup bowl I use for lunch.

I rinse my coffee cup out every time I prepare to fill it, but I don't break down and really wash it every time. I only do that every now and then.

__________________
Ground Fault Brewing Co.
Walker is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-10-2011, 03:27 PM   #6
Yooper
Ale's What Cures You!
HBT_ADMIN.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Yooper's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Upper Michigan
Posts: 62,319
Liked 4785 Times on 3480 Posts
Likes Given: 956

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Walker View Post
I view it more like the coffee cup I keep at the office than the soup bowl I use for lunch.

I rinse my coffee cup out every time I prepare to fill it, but I don't break down and really wash it every time. I only do that every now and then.

You are such a man!
__________________
Broken Leg Brewery
Giving beer a leg to stand on since 2006
Yooper is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-10-2011, 09:23 PM   #7
BeerBrods22
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Superior, WI
Posts: 61
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default

I do rinse it... And soak it in San star. I usually pressurize and rince through one gallon of water, then do it again with a gallon of San star to clear the tubing and faucet.

What I was trying to ask is will there be residual flavor?
Do I need to do a hardcore cleaning here and there?

__________________
BeerBrods22 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-10-2011, 10:02 PM   #8
Yooper
Ale's What Cures You!
HBT_ADMIN.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Yooper's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Upper Michigan
Posts: 62,319
Liked 4785 Times on 3480 Posts
Likes Given: 956

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by BeerBrods22 View Post
I do rinse it... And soak it in San star. I usually pressurize and rince through one gallon of water, then do it again with a gallon of San star to clear the tubing and faucet.

What I was trying to ask is will there be residual flavor?
Do I need to do a hardcore cleaning here and there?
If you're asking me, a cleaning is required far more often than "here and there". Do you wash your dishes when you're done eating, and before the next time? It's the same thing in my opinion.

If you've never torn down your keg, you should do it. Take apart the poppits. You may be amazed by the amount of gunk in there, especially if you're like me and make a ton of hoppy beers. Hold the long diptube up to the light. If it's squeaky clean, then you're fine. Mine always had crud and debris in it.
__________________
Broken Leg Brewery
Giving beer a leg to stand on since 2006
Yooper is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-11-2011, 01:33 AM   #9
Walker
I use secondaries. :p
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Walker's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Cary, NC
Posts: 11,236
Liked 86 Times on 77 Posts
Likes Given: 11

Default

I'll be the voice from the other side of the line.

I break down and clean my kegs once every year.

I have 4 kegs, and make about 26 batches a year (I brew every two weeks), so I guess that comes down to a thorough cleaning every 6 or 7 batches that go through it.

__________________
Ground Fault Brewing Co.
Walker is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-11-2011, 01:47 AM   #10
shortyjacobs
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Twin Cities, MN
Posts: 2,511
Liked 29 Times on 29 Posts
Likes Given: 3

Default

I run mine on my keg washer for an hour or two, (sprays the inside, runs oxyclean through the diptubes too). then rinse, sanitize, and put it away til next time. Break it down every 3-5 batches (remove posts, clean poppets, etc...), not every time since I run 212*F oxyclean under pressure through the posts for an hour each cleaning.

__________________
Itchy Dog Brewery.

(As of 10-24-2011)
Primary - Steppe 112 PA, 2x Monday RyePA
Aging - None :-(
On tap - Big Dog, Apfelwein, Steppe 112 PA

My invisible AG sculpture, with no actual sculpture and a tiny footprint.
My Kegerator goes offroading!
My Coors Home Draft dispenser for boating/beering on the go.
shortyjacobs is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Cleaning a keg tap aaronc5150 Equipment/Sanitation 3 01-21-2011 02:09 AM
Cleaning Used Corny Kegs with gun cleaning brushes? akthor Equipment/Sanitation 8 09-01-2010 01:26 PM
Cleaning help KD5LEF Equipment/Sanitation 2 05-28-2008 02:56 AM
CFC cleaning knowltonm Equipment/Sanitation 5 04-25-2008 05:49 PM
Cleaning with BKF sphericalcamel Equipment/Sanitation 3 07-13-2007 10:29 PM



Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS