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Old 08-22-2012, 01:44 PM   #1
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I just bought used ball lock kegs and these things are FILTHY. Syrup gunk on the inside and sticky to the touch on the outside. I'd like to just use pbw and hot water. Will this be enough or should I use something stronger for this initial clean?

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Old 08-22-2012, 03:14 PM   #2
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I've found PBW to do a pretty good job of cleaning some nasty stuff. I'd suggest you give it a try. Given that the syrup is basically sugar (and should be water-soluble), hot water & PBW should probably do the trick.

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Old 08-22-2012, 03:16 PM   #3
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Yep, soak in hot water and PBW, then scrub it with carboy brush if necessary. Consider running some of the PBW solution out of the keg as though you were serving beer...ie. via Co2. That will clean the diptube, post, and your serving line, too. Then rinse, fill with some water and flush it again with Co2.

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Old 08-22-2012, 03:19 PM   #4
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Yep....

  1. Hot water rinse
  2. Cold water and Oxyclean and leave it over night
  3. Clean it with brushes or "drill attachment"
  4. Hot water rinse
  5. Hot Sanitizer rinse and you should be good.
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Old 08-22-2012, 03:21 PM   #5
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For cleaning the inside/ outside I use a bucket that is larger than the diameter of the keg. I fill the keg 1/2 way or so with hot water and oxyclean, and I fill the bucket the same way. I put the keg in the bucket to soak and use a green scrubbie to clean the outside. I then flip the keg upside down and repeat scrubbing the top side. I use a razor to clean off any stickers. If you are careful you wont scratch.

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Old 08-22-2012, 03:27 PM   #6
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I see a lot of "cold water and oxyclean"...why cold? I figured hot water is a better solvent, no?

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Old 08-24-2012, 08:50 PM   #7
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Yeah I don't get it either, I've always used OxyClean with hot water, and think that cold water does a really lousy job of dissolving the powder. (Or I just prepare it too damn strong!)

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Old 08-24-2012, 08:51 PM   #8
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Oxyclean and hot water.

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Old 08-24-2012, 08:54 PM   #9
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I read where someone had posted that you can also use some Barkeepers Friend on the outside to get rid of some of the skidmarks and light scratches.

As far as the inside goes...another bid for Oxy and hot water.

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Old 08-24-2012, 08:56 PM   #10
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Oxyclean uses Oxygen to clean, Oxygen is held better in cold water. (at least I believe is the logic) I always clean my carboy with a cold water and oxiclean soak, scrub then thoroughly rinse with really hot water.

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