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Old 08-01-2011, 03:03 PM   #1
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I have a keg of Hefe that I thought might have an infection. The other two kegs of that batch are fine, but this one is tasting funky.

When I would go to pour, the first pint would taste off, almost like a vinegar flavor. The next pint, poured that night, would be almost normal. Odd, almost like it was the picnic tap and hose.

So, I cleaned the tap and hose. I used to clean them fairly regularly, but have slacked off.

BIG MISTAKE! The inside of the picnic tap had a bio film that was like a piece of tape. GROSS!

Turned out two of my four picnic taps were nasty, I even had to pitch the hose.

Clean those suckers, especially in the summer.

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Old 08-01-2011, 04:00 PM   #2
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I scrub my picnic tap ever day!

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Old 08-01-2011, 04:16 PM   #3
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Roger this. Last summer I was noticing some extra stuff getting into my pints and overall the taste was just off. I've got a half-assed kegerator at the moment where I don't quite have any seals so the moisture/condensation just fuels the fire with picnic taps. I was caught on being lazy (I've got the Perlicks) but I also have a SWMBO that has shot down my dreams of using them anywhere but in the un-never-to-be-finished basement. It wasn't a tape of film, this was full-blown white, yellow and green crud.

I don't drink from it everyday which adds to the problem. If that's your drinking regimen, a quick clean out is probably the way to go. It definitely was an issue before the keg floated.

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I've heard of people spritzing their faucets with starsan after pouring. Rinses and sanitizes in one step.

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I run 1 gallon of oxy-clean/water then 1 gallon of StarSan/water through each keg before I refill. This keeps the kegs/faucets perfect.

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i run 1 gallon of oxy-clean/water then 1 gallon of starsan/water through each keg before i refill. This keeps the kegs/faucets perfect.
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I had a really bad rubbery taste in three beers that nearly rendered them undrinkable. They were all from the same keg.

Well one day I'm cleaning out the keg, and as I toss the beverage post into the PBW, the poppet comes out... followed by a chunk of greenish gray mold.

The off flavor went away after that.

Clean out your beverage posts.

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I just kegged for the first time this past weekend. I don't drink everyday, but I tend to drink more towards the end of the week/weekend for obvious reasons. Is it recommended to clean my kegerator taps everytime I drink, or is once a week sufficient? Since I've never kegged before, I'm assuming a good squirt of starsan on the taps would suffice.

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I clean my lines and faucests by circulating with hot BLC, and a thorough rinsing after each keg, and if I don't have a keg to replace the empty with right away, I store Star-San in the line until I have a keg to tap, seems to have been working flawlessly. No funky flavors, and crystal clear beer lines.

What made me start this procedure was when I kicked a keg of a Belgian Quad that I brewed. The beer line was partially full of beer, and it must have sat in the line for a good month before I dealt with it. When I started to circulate the cleaner through the line, chunks of stuff were coming out, like a film, almost looked like algae, but the wrong color. Anyhow, I made a pact with my kegerator to never allow that to happen again, and so far so good.

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