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Old 08-17-2012, 01:10 PM   #1
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Alright, I've searched google with no luck. This isn't a home brew question exactly but let me ask you guys. I have a Kegorator,cleaned the lines between kegs and now I have slugs... Yeah,slugs. Every few glasses ill get a little white with a black stripe slug in the pour. How is this possible? I just realized the keg expired before i bought it so shame on the distributor but have you heard of this? Or is it more likely that a slug is crawling up into the tap end and coming out with a pour. Sounds impossible. I need support before i return the keg. i live in NJ... Beer is cold... House is normal temperature... tap is clean.
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Old 08-17-2012, 01:19 PM   #2
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That is nasty, I hope your not drinking it haha. I don't think I want to know what brewery it came from. I really don't know where slugs would come from.

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Old 08-17-2012, 01:21 PM   #3
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Growing up, a pest inspector told my mom to put a dish of beer out to kill the slugs that we had. It worked. They seem to love the stuff. They crawl in and drown. I'd guess its crawling up the tap. Usually, they leave trails - maybe take a look around and see if you can figure out where they're coming in.

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Old 08-17-2012, 01:42 PM   #4
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They are tiny... not like a pour salt on it kind of slug... More like the length of your pinky finger nail and as thick a a cooked grain of rice. Maybe one crawls up into the tap each day....? Doesn't seem possible... Into the house,up the fridge.... Bypass the drip tray that may have a puddle of beer in it,up the tower, and into the spout.... Its like a game show obsticle. Now that i mention it,when i get home I am going to check the drip tray. and yes,slugs like beer... So ill leave a tray of beer out. And if.I catch the same slugs then they r coming from the outside.i have about a quarter of this 1/6th left. Just noticed them last week.I now have to pour through a strainer into a glass... thats how i caught one lastnight.

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Old 08-17-2012, 01:52 PM   #5
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They aren't in your beer, they're likely in the tip of the spout. Get a spout cover and leave it on when you're not pouring.

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Old 08-17-2012, 01:55 PM   #6
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I doubt they are IN the keg. It's more likely they are in the end of your tap. Do you have those little rubber tap covers?

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Old 08-17-2012, 02:00 PM   #7
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That's not a slug buddy, that's a maggot or maybe a corn worm. Slugs will leave a slime trail.

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Yes maggot or corn worm! I was just telling a buddy at work it looked like a maggot. Soooo I dont have a dead squirrel in my tag handle soooo.... It's in the keg?

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Old 08-17-2012, 02:05 PM   #9
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Is your kegerator outside? Also, you can use small water balloons as a tap cover.

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Old 08-17-2012, 02:21 PM   #10
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No,its in the kitchen. If its a maggot, then why is it so sporatic... why not in the drip tray... why not in a beer cup that I may leave out overnight with a bit of swill in it. Lol. Is it possible they r in the keg? Any change? I am going to stir up the keg a bit tonight and let it run for 30 seconds... and then leave some beer out on the counter for the fly and his maggot reindeer. Im out of ideas.... Thanks for the input guys.

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