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Old 06-12-2012, 11:44 AM   #21
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It just takes time. Sometimes I'm not all the way happy with a keg until it's been in the fridge for 3 or 4 weeks. Even once it's fully carbed, it tastes better the longer it cold conditions. And FYI, it always tastes great out of the fermenter. Warm and flat isn't bad at all. Cold and flat on the other hand tastes like crap. And I seriously doubt that infection casused the off flavor. Even if you infected intentionally, a couple days wouldn't be near enough time to develop off flavors, especially in the fridge. Bugs just can't grow that fast at cold temperatures.
i find this to be mostly true.
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Old 06-12-2012, 01:38 PM   #22
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One other thing. You mentioned that the keg had syrup residue in it. Did you replace the o-rings? The rubber o-rings will retain that soda smell even after you clean it up good. This can contribute off flavors as well.
From Cornykeg.com: "All Converted CornyKeg ball lock kegs have been washed, rinsed, pressure checked, all o-rings have been replaced and the pin lock fittings are replaced with the new CornyKeg ball lock fitting."

I assumed the residue was soda that had come out of suspension, as I had gotten the keg about 2 months before I used it, and never opened it up....although I would have thought the wash and rinse they did would take care of any residue whatsoever.
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Old 06-12-2012, 04:02 PM   #23
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It's not necessary to rinse Starsan, hence, this...
I wasn't questioning the fact that you don't have to rinse it. My point was I saw a thread where a guy had at least a gallon of star san in his beer because he forgot to dump it out and still wanted to drink it. I just said it wrong.
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Old 06-12-2012, 05:37 PM   #24
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I wasn't questioning the fact that you don't have to rinse it. My point was I saw a thread where a guy had at least a gallon of star san in his beer because he forgot to dump it out and still wanted to drink it. I just said it wrong.
Oh, now that would be a problem!
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