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Old 01-05-2013, 11:36 PM   #1
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Default SaniClean - Will it remove root beer flavors?

My LHBS owner, who has always been quite knowledgeable, told me that he uses SaniClean on his kegs/tap lines after using them for rootbeer and it removes the flavors. I've read multiple places that you pretty much need to have a separate keg and tap lines for root beer because you can never get rid of the flavors.

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Old 01-05-2013, 11:39 PM   #2
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Probably depends on how much root beer we're talking about and how long it sits in the lines.

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Just going to be a 5 gallon keg and probably won't be around too long knowing my family . First crack at soda.

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I'd go ahead and buy new O-rings for the kegs... The tap lines will be alright, but I've never been able to get rid of the root beer "smell" from the O-rings. They shouldn't be too expensive and it's always nice to have a few laying around.
http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/brewing/kegging/used-keg-seal-kit.html

Also- I see you are drinking a two-hearted clone... Can I get the recipe for that??

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I'd go ahead and buy new O-rings for the kegs... The tap lines will be alright, but I've never been able to get rid of the root beer "smell" from the O-rings. They shouldn't be too expensive and it's always nice to have a few laying around.
http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/brewing/kegging/used-keg-seal-kit.html

Also- I see you are drinking a two-hearted clone... Can I get the recipe for that??
I actually just used an extract kit from northern brewer for that one:

http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/dead-ringer-ipa-extract-kit.html

They had to change the name due to legal reasons, but it's a 2 hearted clone. It is damn near identical. I've tried some other all grain recipes that were supposed to be clones and this one is by far the best. Cheers!
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I'd be suspect of the lines if you plan to run lagers or light flavored beer through the lines. We sold primarily lagers, and we would never put our beers in a line that had Root Beer.

At least you don't have a long draw system...that's when it really sucks.

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Just got six kegs, two last night, four this morning. Two pepsi, two 7-up, one root beer, one that was so well cleaned I couldn't tell. All of them cleaned up with zero leftover smell with minimal effort.

All got a 24 hour soak with 5 gallons of the hottest water my bath tub would put out and a scoop of OxiClean. Posts, poppits and lid went inside. Stirred extremely vigorously with a 5-gallon helical paint stirrer ($7) attached to a powerful cordless drill, stirred both right when the OxiClean went in and right before dumping it out. I had literally a 6" deep center vortex going on every keg. Dumped after 24 hours, scrubbed insides gently with a Chore Boy scrubber by hand (yes, my arms fit and I can reach the bottoms). Filled one up with the hottest 5-gallons of StarSan I could make, then pushed it from keg-to-keg (liquid to liquid jumper) with the CO2 at 30 PSI.

Literally zero smell, even from the stanky root beer keg. Total time, 2 hours labor.

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Just got six kegs, two last night, four this morning. Two pepsi, two 7-up, one root beer, one that was so well cleaned I couldn't tell. All of them cleaned up with zero leftover smell with minimal effort.

All got a 24 hour soak with 5 gallons of the hottest water my bath tub would put out and a scoop of OxiClean. Posts, poppits and lid went inside. Stirred extremely vigorously with a 5-gallon helical paint stirrer ($7) attached to a powerful cordless drill, stirred both right when the OxiClean went in and right before dumping it out. I had literally a 6" deep center vortex going on every keg. Dumped after 24 hours, scrubbed insides gently with a Chore Boy scrubber by hand (yes, my arms fit and I can reach the bottoms). Filled one up with the hottest 5-gallons of StarSan I could make, then pushed it from keg-to-keg (liquid to liquid jumper) with the CO2 at 30 PSI.

Literally zero smell, even from the stanky root beer keg. Total time, 2 hours labor.
I agree that there are no issues with stainless...but the vinyl beer hoses do hold the root beer aroma. I would not do it...or be ready to run another line if it happens. Easy enough to do, but if I was running a temporary Root Beer I would probably run a temporary line instead of messing up my installed draught lines. That's just based on my experience.

Whenever we launched non-traditional beer products in draught, the question of leaching beer lines was ALWAYS the first question that came up from distributors.
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