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RLinNH 03-29-2008 11:57 AM

Sanitizing a Keg, Question...
 
When I keg on Sunday, I'm going to use Star Sans. My question concerns the rubber gaskets on the Liquid out and the Gas in ferrules. Do you guys take those off for the Star Sans dip, then replace them prior to filling the keg? If you do, how do you go about taking them off without tearing them?

Bobby_M 03-29-2008 12:08 PM

You mean the orings surrounding the posts that seal against the disconnects? Put your thumb and index finger on opposing sides, squeeze hard against the post and then slide your fingers forward. This will bulge the oring out and create a gap that you can slide a small screwdriver into to "hook" it. Just pull it up over the post with the screwdriver.

RichBrewer 03-29-2008 01:05 PM

I always remove the posts and take all the O-rings off then give everything a good cleaning. I put everything into StarSan before I reassemble. I don't know if this is necessary but it gives me peace of mind.

RLinNH 03-29-2008 05:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bobby_M
You mean the orings surrounding the posts that seal against the disconnects? Put your thumb and index finger on opposing sides, squeeze hard against the post and then slide your fingers forward. This will bulge the oring out and create a gap that you can slide a small screwdriver into to "hook" it. Just pull it up over the post with the screwdriver.



I just got the O rings off in the manner that you mentioned without tearing a one. Thanks for the info Bobby!!!:mug:

Dr_Deathweed 03-29-2008 05:18 PM

I give mine a good cleaning (complete disassemble and scrub/sanitize) every 4 batches or so. Between single batches I just give a good rinse with clean water, dump in some star san, shake it around a bit, and purge it with some CO2 to get some starsan up in the dip tube. No problems to date (knock on wood:) )

RLinNH 03-29-2008 05:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by deathweed
I give mine a good cleaning (complete disassemble and scrub/sanitize) every 4 batches or so. Between single batches I just give a good rinse with clean water, dump in some star san, shake it around a bit, and purge it with some CO2 to get some starsan up in the dip tube. No problems to date (knock on wood:) )



So you put the Star Sans through the Liquid line via Co2? i was thinking about doing this, just wasn't to sure about it. I was thinking about putting the Star Sans into the Keg, then putting some pressure to the keg, and putting it through the liquid line. Then empty the keg, and do the same but with some warm water to rine the liquid line. Sound Kosher?

Yooper 03-29-2008 05:32 PM

Well, that's what I do. I also shake it all up, then release the pressure and use a pen to press on the "gas in" valve. I tilt it over the sink, and star-san runs out the valve.

But, don't rinse it after the star san. The star-san is a no rinse sanitizer, and as you fill the keg the foam rises and comes out the top. It looks weird, but it's ok.

JimC 03-29-2008 05:51 PM

The proper tools are called o-ring picks. Available at any hardware store for a few bucks.

Poppy360 03-30-2008 02:34 PM

I partially fill the keg with starsan, pressurize it, shake it around, place a rag over the "out" post and depress the button with a screwdriver to get starsan up the tube, put the keg on its side and do the same with the "in" post, and I'm done.

The Pol 03-30-2008 03:34 PM

I presume ONE STEP can be utilized just the same? I have (4) kegs that just got delivered and I need to get them filled up. I love the no rinse stuff!


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