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Old 06-19-2013, 08:12 PM   #1
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Default Keg sanitizing with boiling water.

Was wondering if anyone out their sanitizes/sterilizes their keg with boiling water?

I was thinking about possibly adding 2.5 gallons of boiling water to my corny keg and immediately sealing it. The water will sterilize the lower half the keg and the steam will sterilize the upper half. This way I wouldn't have to worry about running boiling water thru my plastic/rubber lines.

Any experience/thoughts are much appreciated.

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Old 06-19-2013, 08:46 PM   #2
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It never occurred to me to try and sanitize my kegs with boiling water. That said, I'm not sure that's the route I would take. My first thought was the o-rings. I doubt the o-rings that seal the kegs are high temp o-rings and you wouldn't want to damage them with boiling water. Plus, how are you going to get your boiling water into the kegs? Doesn't sound like a good time to me.

I prefer a brush, soap, elbow grease, and rinse. Followed by sanitizer (I use Starsan myself). I pressurize the keg and run sanitizer out of the dispensing tube to cover the inside of that as well.

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Old 06-19-2013, 10:06 PM   #3
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It never occurred to me to try and sanitize my kegs with boiling water. That said, I'm not sure that's the route I would take. My first thought was the o-rings. I doubt the o-rings that seal the kegs are high temp o-rings and you wouldn't want to damage them with boiling water. Plus, how are you going to get your boiling water into the kegs? Doesn't sound like a good time to me.

I prefer a brush, soap, elbow grease, and rinse. Followed by sanitizer (I use Starsan myself). I pressurize the keg and run sanitizer out of the dispensing tube to cover the inside of that as well.
I currently do the same procedure you do but I was just interested to see if anyone out their does use the boiling water approach and if they have had any issues.
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A thread on another forum made me wonder if this would work?

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A thread on another forum made me wonder if this would work?
Hmmmmm...interesting. I still don't think I would want to deal with boiling water in this case. But, that's me personally. I'm interested to hear what others have to say.
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I worry about the seals with water that hot. The hot water out of my tap is about 120. I use that with some scent free dish soap, followed by a hot rinse, then sanitizer with room temp water.


Another thing would be if you're using cornies with the rubber top and bases, would the temps of near boiling water affect the adhesive used to hold the tops (or the tops themselves) to the stainless?

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Old 06-20-2013, 03:15 AM   #7
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seems like a lot of extra work when starsan or iodophor is only pennies for 5 gallons.

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I clean them with oxy then run star San through them...the lines as well. A buddy who brews a ton does the Same thing and has no issues

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pretty sure you would need to fill it with the boiling water

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Old 06-20-2013, 04:28 AM   #10
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seems like a lot of extra work when starsan or iodophor is only pennies for 5 gallons.
This.

You can buy 32 oz of StarSan online for $16. So $0.50/oz undiluted, which is 10 cents per gallon of diluted solution.

Also, even with boiling water, sanitization wouldn't be instant. Would the temp stay high enough long enough to be effective. I personally wouldn't want to risk it.
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