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Old 03-04-2011, 03:07 PM   #1
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So the keg I got and converted into a keggle had apparently been sitting empty for quite some time. It had a major layer of some seriously stubborn beer grime. I had to fill it with the oxy cleaner for a couple hours and use a scotch-brite just to get the junk off the walls. Even then, I still couldn't get the layer of junk off the bottom of the keg. I have it soaking with plain water and a little dish detergent overnight and will attack it again tonight.

That said, I thought the walls were clean, they're now smooth and look good, but I noticed when I rubbed my fingers across them, I'd get this black residue on them. I thought that odd and to check took a paper towel and wiped it over the walls and also got some sort of black residue.

Anyone know what this is and how I get rid of it? Anyone have other suggestions for getting that amazingly impenetrable layer of beer grime on the bottom of the keg off?

I know starsan isn't good for stainless... but i was thinking like maybe just 20 minutes on the bottom of the keg would eat through that grime layer. I don't want to cause any damage though.

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Old 03-04-2011, 03:21 PM   #2
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I would let the Oxyclean work for 24 hours. Go heavy on it.

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I put a scoop of oxyclean in 5gals of hot water, and left it in a seriously skunky keg overnight, and it was good to go the next day !

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what about the black residue? what's that? i was worried it was some sort of oxidation from the oxyclean...

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Old 03-04-2011, 04:26 PM   #5
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get some PBW and do a soak with it. It removes damn near anything

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I would fill that puppy up. Add 5 scoops of oxyclean and let it sit for 24 hours. Rinse it out a few times. Fill it up again and do a 13 gallon boil for an hour.

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sweet. thanks gents. will do!!!

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