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Old 02-13-2012, 02:43 AM   #21
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Even if I could get them clean I would always think "what if they weren't completely clean?". It would mess up my thinking about each pint I had.

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Old 02-13-2012, 02:46 AM   #22
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Threads like this (and the washing machine brewer on YouTube) make me glad I'm not a BJCP judge.
Wow, I just watched that. I'm not sure how I'd feel about drinking beer made in a used washing machine.
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Old 02-13-2012, 03:19 AM   #23
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After the first batch in the keg you'll be fine. Just invite people you're not fond of over to drain the keg. And be sure to buy some beer at the store for yourself that day.

On a more serious note. They should be cleanable. But I'd get even more medieval and anal about cleaning those suckers than you could ever imagine.

Stainless is cleanable. But I'd get the heebejeebies if I drank for them.

But even then, I'd use them. Only after cleaning them like no keg has ever ever been cleaned before.

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Old 02-13-2012, 05:21 AM   #24
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Your talking about the same chemicals they spray on our food right?

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Old 02-13-2012, 05:41 AM   #25
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Your talking about the same chemicals they spray on our food right?
There ya go.

Is stainless steel porous and will it absorb liquids it is in contact with? I'm no metallurgist but I am guessing "no" as it is a standard in the food industry.

A super good cleaning and replacement of all gaskets seems reasonable to me. After all, how many of us "used" corny keg owners really know what was in them before we got our hands on them? Maybe we would have done a much more thorough cleaning if we did.
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Old 02-13-2012, 06:22 AM   #26
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I can't imagine bottling being a big enough PITA to use kegs that had been used to hold herbicides. Glyphosate may be one of the relatively safer herbicides to have been housed in there, but ones like 2,4-D and paraquat are not. Not to mention the possible use of insecticides which can attack the central nervous system.

I wouldn't use them to water my dog. I definitely wouldn't put beer in them.

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Old 02-13-2012, 07:20 AM   #27
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Stainless steel is an absorbent similar to a sponge. Once it comes in contact with anything non beer it will immediately absorb the chemical and will not release it under any cleaning until it makes contact with your beer.

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Old 02-13-2012, 09:13 AM   #28
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Sorry to tell you this, but they are forever contaminated. Please send them to me and I will dispose of them properly.

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Old 02-13-2012, 11:50 AM   #29
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You can probably clean it out well enough.

But are you willing to risk it if you didn't?

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Old 02-13-2012, 03:51 PM   #30
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You can probably clean it out well enough.

But are you willing to risk it if you didn't?
Yes... don't you think Pepsi and Coke got a few kegs back over the years that had been used to spray chemicals? You clean them... where do you think it would be a problem?
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