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Old 08-22-2008, 03:16 PM   #1
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I picked up some cornies from CHI and did as suggested. The insides were very clean but good lord did they reek of soda pop. I dismantled them, filled them up with very hot water and Oxyclean and scrubbed them with a long brush. I let these soak for 24 hours before rinsing them and filled them up with a heavy idophor solution. This solution sat in the kegs for 2 weeks and I rotated the keg regularly to be sure both the top and bottom got sanitized.

I went to open up the kegs today and they smell no different now than they did the day I got them...Dr. Pepper and 7-Up. I'm not sure what else I can do over and above what I've already done here.

At what point do I give up this madness? Should I just say screw it and keg my beer or will this heavy odor work its way into the beer solution as it sits in the keg?

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Old 08-22-2008, 03:20 PM   #2
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Did you replace all the orings in the entire setup.. poppit rings and all?

I don't think the idophor is going to help the smell at all, but I bet more soaking in fresh oxyclean and HOT HOT water will help.

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Old 08-22-2008, 03:20 PM   #3
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Did you replace every single O-ring and open up the connection posts and clean those out as well?

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Check the o-rings. Often times, these are the culprit of the soda smell (the metal keg cannot absorb the soda). It's probably a good idea to replace the o-rings. Also, make sure you run your cleaning solution through the liquid out. You could have some syrup residue still in there that you could have missed.

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Old 08-22-2008, 03:22 PM   #5
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I dunno man, my first kegs smelled like Pepsi even after all the jazz, but you know I kegged the batch and it didn't have any hint of Pepsi to it. *shrug*

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Yikes, I've got 4 kegs from CHI being delivered today. I would try soaking them for an extended period (say a couple weeks) in PBW or Oxy.

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All the o-rings were replaced prior to this and I used a spare racking cane to manually pump oxyclean and idophor through the out tube for several minutes. I must've spent an hour on each keg.

Somehow that SS is holding the smell since it's NOT the rings.

Trust me as far as I can tell I left nothing to chance.

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Old 08-22-2008, 03:52 PM   #8
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I had a pesky root beer keg that even after replacing all the rubbers and Oxy soaking the container seemed to still harbor that aroma. I opted to hit it with boiling hot water and PBW ( dismantled the fittings and placed them insoide the keg) I let the whole thing cool down open and rinsed with warm water.

Odor eliminated. (shrug)

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PBW and Oxyclean are good for a lot of things, but for tough soda (or other) odors, do as your grandma would have done 50 years ago and mix a cup of Clorox bleach with your 5 gallons of hot water and let it soak over night. Don't get it on your cloths, and don't breathe too much of the fumes, but it works every time.

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Don't let Chlorine Bleach sit in your Stainless for an extended period of time though. I am not sure how long a dilute solution can stay in it without corroding it.

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