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Old 07-21-2010, 01:39 AM   #1
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Default Anyneat tricks on how to clean out a cobra/picnic tap?

I have a cobra tap that I use to haul my cornies to parties, etc.. But I've never been able to figure out how to get ALL of the liquid out of the line without tearing it apart... I usually run sanitizer through the tap, and then hook it up to an empty keg and try to clean out the excess in the line.. The CO2 blows out most of the liquid, but there is always some left.. Anyone know any neat tricks to clean these out?



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Take the cobra tap apart.
The front unscrews from the body



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Old 07-21-2010, 02:53 AM   #3
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yes..take it apart. its just way to easy to do. it will all come apart.

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and do it often. mine was dispensing funny, so I opened it up and there was some sort of thick mold substance that built up and was an 1/8th thick on that inner 'plunger' piece.

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Take it apart and run hot water through it for a couple of minutes. Then hang it up to dry on a post/nail/whatever

I've never had a problem doing this.

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Take it apart and run hot water through it for a couple of minutes. Then hang it up to dry on a post/nail/whatever

I've never had a problem doing this.
I do the same.
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I fill mine with Starsan and leave it. The first blast of beer will clean out the sanitizer.

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I rarely ever use my picnic taps and always ended up with scum in them, even though I would run hot water and then sanitizer through them.

What I do now is the hot water and sanitizer thing like before (draining them of liquid as much as I can wen done), and then I put them in a ziplock and keep them in the freezer to prevent any uglies from growing in or on them.

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You guys mentioned that you just unscrew it and take it all apart. However my cobra tap only “unscrews” from the tap end. The fitting end that goes on the keg is attached with one of those special clamps (I forget what they are called) and I can’t “unscrew” it to take it apart. This leaves me with only one open end, and I cant get any liquid through there since there is no “outlet”. The only thing I can see to do is try to force hot water through the open end while pushing in the tab inside the fitting end to allow water to flow through, but this doesn’t work worth a damn. Am I missing something here?

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oetiker clamps is what those are called. My taps have those to hold it on the flared fitting, which unscrews off the black QD, for easy cleaning.



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