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Old 02-15-2009, 07:41 PM   #1
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What do people use to clean the inside of commercial kegs that are used keging purposes?

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Old 02-16-2009, 03:38 AM   #2
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Caustic, Acid and sanitizer.

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Old 02-16-2009, 03:43 AM   #3
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I got mine fresh out of circulation. I simply rinsed it out 3 or 4 times with water. The last time I completely disassembled it and rinsed everything in water. Before kegging I put sanitizer in the keg and swished it around a lot.

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Old 02-16-2009, 12:05 PM   #4
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Can the column that delivers CO2 and Beer be disassembled?

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Old 02-16-2009, 12:46 PM   #5
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When I first get them, I clean them with oxyclean and a few nights soak. The column can be completely disassembled but you will get all the areas exposed by just pressing the ball down with a C-clamp.

I rinse them several times, then put them away. When I go to fill them, they get another rinse and then sanitized.

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Can the column that delivers CO2 and Beer be disassembled?
yes, you need to compress the spring and turn the notched retaining washer and the stem will come apart. A little tricky, but if you are handy and persistant it can be done w/ basic tools.
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Caustic, Acid and sanitizer.
Just don't mix the caustic and the acid.

If I were cleaning a keg for this purpose, I would use either PBW or caustic soda (aka, lye, aka sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide). I've read reports that PBW has trouble with beerstone though. I believe most major breweries use caustic soda (potassium hydroxide) or PBW, or an acid wash. You should be able to find 100% lye at a hardware store in the plumbing/drain cleaner section. I found it at Lowes. Obviously you need to take PPE precautions when using. Then to make sure, I would fashion some sort of mechanical cleaner (brush, scotch-brite... on a stick) to reach down there and remove any residuals.
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This thread is relevant to my interests, as i've just aquired a half barrel keg to make into a keggle.

the catch is, it's filled halfway with miller lite....from 10 years ago.

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This thread is relevant to my interests, as i've just aquired a half barrel keg to make into a keggle.

the catch is, it's filled halfway with miller lite....from 10 years ago.
I was in the same situation you were. Here's what I did:

After I cut the top off, and rinsed it out (wait until you get a whiff of what's inside ) I put about 10 gallons of water in it and brought it to a boil for 15 minutes. After the boil, I added oxiclean and let it soak for about 24 hours. Then I scrubbed it with Bar Keepers Friend (you can find it at Walmart or many hardware stores carry it).

Looks like new after that.
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This thread is relevant to my interests, as i've just aquired a half barrel keg to make into a keggle.

the catch is, it's filled halfway with miller lite....from 10 years ago.
depressurize it and cut the top off with an angle grinder. With the right cutting bit, it should take about a half-hour
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