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Old 12-12-2012, 03:33 AM   #1
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Is it really necessary to remove the dip tube and popits when cleaning a keg? I‘ve had my pin lock kegs for 2 years and have never removed them, mainly because I don’t have a socket to remove pin lock posts. I soak them in PBW for 24 hrs, then rinse with hot water. I then boil up some water, pour it in the keg and shake it around which builds up pressure. I connect up my picnic tap line and run the really hot water through it. Am I missing something by not removing these? I know hop particles can get stuck in the popit, I guess that’s the main reason, right?

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Old 12-12-2012, 03:39 AM   #2
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Is it really necessary to remove the dip tube and popits when cleaning a keg? I‘ve had my pin lock kegs for 2 years and have never removed them, mainly because I don’t have a socket to remove pin lock posts. I soak them in PBW for 24 hrs, then rinse with hot water. I then boil up some water, pour it in the keg and shake it around which build up pressure. I connect up my picnic tap line and run the really hot water through it. Am I missing something by not removing these? I know hop particles can get stuck in the popit, I guess that’s the main reason, right?
If you ever remove them, see what's in the poppits, and hold the long diptube up to the light and peek through it, you'll know exactly why I remove mine and clean them every batch!

If you can't see it, and you don't have off-flavors, then no point thinking about it I guess. But I work WAY too hard on my beers to ignore such a basic 2 minute routine.
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I clean mine between every batch. But I have a lot of kegs, so I wait till I have 4 or 5 empties then do them all at once. Doesn't take long and gives piece of mind.

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I think you'll find some nasty funk in the poppet springs and some beer stone on the interior of the dip tubes. You should be running a stiff brush through them at least every other beer.

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I clean mine between every batch. But I have a lot of kegs, so I wait till I have 4 or 5 empties then do them all at once. Doesn't take long and gives piece of mind.
Damn, Pawn doing something wrong if you have 4-5 empty at a time. Yep disassemble clean check all o-rings and poppets. replace if worn
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I guess I'm in the minority on this. I don't remove my posts/poppits/tubes when I clean. The keg cleaner I built has QD's that I attach to the posts so PBW is being circulated throught the post/poppit/tube continuosly. On the occassion that I do pull a post to replace a poppit, clip a tube, etc. I never have any build up in there. I'm thinking the PBW does a pretty good job at keeping it clean.

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I guess I'm in the minority on this. I don't remove my posts/poppits/tubes when I clean. The keg cleaner I built has QD's that I attach to the posts so PBW is being circulated throught the post/poppit/tube continuosly. On the occassion that I do pull a post to replace a poppit, clip a tube, etc. I never have any build up in there. I'm thinking the PBW does a pretty good job at keeping it clean.
I do the same thing my PBW is in a big rubber made container and i have had bug and other thing like lint from the air get stuck in the springs .pull apart and clean every time
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I do the same thing my PBW is in a big rubber made container and i have had bug and other thing like lint from the air get stuck in the springs .pull apart and clean every time
My pump has a filter on it.
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Damn, Pawn doing something wrong if you have 4-5 empty at a time. Yep disassemble clean check all o-rings and poppets. replace if worn
I had trouble getting a QD onto a post recently. Gave it a good slam and all was well. I thought.

Next day 5g of rye IPA in the bottom of my new keezer. waah.

Turns out I busted the oring on the post. That little broken oring cost me the beer. Good thing it was a 10g batch and I had another keg of it waiiting in the wings.
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My condolences on your loss, had a similar experence only I cracked the QD dumped a milk stout and drained a new 5lb CO2 tank back when I was using a fridge , leaked out and soaked into carpet.

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