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Old 06-13-2009, 11:43 PM   #1
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I was wondering if there would be a problem with just removing the center from a sanke keg I have and boiling water in it to clean it out so that I can use it for fermenting 10 gallon batches. I already have kegs for kettles, I just figured I could take the center shank out of this one, put in an airlock and use it to ferment.

Just wondering if it is safe to boil in a keg with such a small opening at the top.

Thanks for the help guys!

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Old 06-13-2009, 11:51 PM   #2
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The hole in the top is plenty of vent. I'd fill it with some hot oxiclean solution and use a carboy brush to scrub it a bit. Then I'd make a sprayer to deliver star san to the walls of the keg a couple times.

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Old 06-14-2009, 12:07 AM   #3
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+1 on this advice !

much less effort and 10000000's times safer !!!!!!!!

with the oxiclean I would let it sit for at least 24 hours before you start scrubing away

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Old 06-14-2009, 01:19 AM   #4
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<--- What everyone else said....

Good luck!

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Old 06-14-2009, 01:39 AM   #5
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I like Bobby's idea of using a sprayer wand to deliver Star Sans or YMFS (your most favourite sanitizer).

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I do this...just clean it out good first. then put a few gal of water in and boil. dump,cover with something and fill. they are heavy when you fill them so get a bud to help move it around.

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One of my buddies uses sankey kegs to ferment in. He uses a sump pump to clean them.

Something like this but with pvc instead of the copper.

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What? that looks like some horrible torture device taken from Gitmo or something...

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with the oxiclean I would let it sit for at least 24 hours before you start scrubing away
Personally I wouldn't, as I have had oxiclean eat holes through a stainless steel vessel in when allowed to soak overnight - it was a stainless mixing bowl, so it was thinner and may have been a lower-grade stainless than a keg, but since then I haven't risked oxiclean on stainless for more than about 30 minutes at a time... I would stick to more stainless-friendly alternatives such as PBW or UBC for a long soak.
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