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Old 07-31-2010, 10:04 PM   #1
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Default Oxiclean and cornys?

Going to do some kegging tomorrow. I have a corny that was rinsed out pretty well when I emptied it. But it could still use a good scrubbing before I put beer in it tomorrow. I just recently bought some Oxi because it seems like a lot of guys here use it. Is it safe for stainless cornys? I was thinking about a gallon of diluted oxi-water solution and a soft cloth to give it a good cleaning inside (maybe a dishtowel).

Then a good rinse before sanitation. Will that work or is Oxi not recommended for kegs? I would be cleaning the metal parts only with this solution.

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Old 07-31-2010, 10:15 PM   #2
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It's fine. Before using them for the first time, I usually fill them up, let them soak over night, rinse thoroughly and fill them with a starsan solution before using them. After that I usually just fill them with starsan and push it out the tap, although I've only been kegging for a few months and need to get on a regiment of disassembling and cleaning them thoroughly every few months.

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Sorry... To clarify, I meant fill them up with hot water and dump a scoop of Oxiclean in

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I use 1/4 scoop ...ish....per keg..

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Oh jeez yes use oxyclean... were you not cleaning your cornies at all before? *shudder*

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Oh jeez yes use oxyclean... were you not cleaning your cornies at all before? *shudder*
To clarify, I was not using detergent to clean the kegs. Until now, I would do an immediate hot water soak after they were empty. After a couple of hours of that, I would use hot water and a dish cloth to get any yeast residue off. Then a hot water flush until there was no sediment at all (just bare steel). Then I would do a star san soak before kegging.

I've just never been comfortable using any sort of soap or detergent on them.
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I completely disassemble the kegs first. Next I rinse the kegs well with hot tap water. I then add a heaping scoop of Oxyclean, fill with hot tap water and let soak for several hours or overnight. Then I empty the kegs and rinse thoroughly with cold water then sanitize them with StarSan before re-assembly and pressurizing. I keep the kegs pressurized until ready to use. I never scrub out the interior, but I do use a hose and nozzle to spray out the interior with some force when rinsing. Oxyclean is harmless to stainless steel and really works well. Even the genric Dollar store stuff seems to work well.

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Yep, I use OxyClean to clean mine. I'll use about a half scoop per keg, soak overnight - or 24 hours or so - and then scrub with a carboy brush, and then rinse well. I'll then fill one keg with Starsan, and then transfer from one to the next until I get to the last keg. After the last keg, I'll transfer to a bucket to reuse the Starsan for something else.

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I completely disassemble the kegs first. Next I rinse the kegs well with hot tap water. I then add a heaping scoop of Oxyclean, fill with hot tap water and let soak for several hours or overnight. Then I empty the kegs and rinse thoroughly with cold water then sanitize them with StarSan before re-assembly and pressurizing. I keep the kegs pressurized until ready to use. I never scrub out the interior, but I do use a hose and nozzle to spray out the interior with some force when rinsing. Oxyclean is harmless to stainless steel and really works well. Even the genric Dollar store stuff seems to work well.
Are you leaving any starsan in the keg? If so, how much and how long would be ok? I've been leaving mine filled with oxyclean until time to use but I'd rather have them ready to go while in storage. Thanks.
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Are you leaving any starsan in the keg? If so, how much and how long would be ok? I've been leaving mine filled with oxyclean until time to use but I'd rather have them ready to go while in storage. Thanks.
StarSan != Oxyclean. The former is a sanitizer and can be left in a keg for extended periods of time. The latter is a detergent (and a doozy of one, for that) and probably shouldn't be left in there for too long... it may cause pitting on the steel. I usually don't leave it in mine for longer than a couple days but typically just a few hours.
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