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Old 11-03-2007, 07:54 PM   #1
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Can you use plumbers silicone grease made by gunk instead of keg lube on the seals and what not?

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Old 11-03-2007, 09:19 PM   #2
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Old 11-03-2007, 10:30 PM   #3
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Generally you want to use something food grade that won't cause problems if you swallow it. I don't know if something made of silicone or something with an industrial application is the best way to go but it really depends on the ingredients, and what silicone does when inside your body. Granted only small amounts will make it into your stomach, but it also might affect the taste. The stuff they usually sell for kegs is water based, kind of like KY jelly.

In I pinch I have been known to lube things up with vasaleen, but if you get things set up right, you wont have to use lube as often as you might think. O wait are we talking about kegs.... sorry my mind started to wander.

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Old 11-03-2007, 10:55 PM   #5
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The other concern would be the reaction between the lube an d the rubber o-rings. I don't know what plumbers lube is, but if it's petroleum based, then that would be a no-no.

Vaseline and rubber(s) don't mix. Basic Health 101.

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If it's silicone, it 'should' be ok in that regard. But what else in in it is another story. I use Dow Corning 111 silicone lube. I checked the FDA data sheets to be sure it was ok for food and alcohol applications. Might be a good place to start. Or call Gunk.

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The other concern would be the reaction between the lube an d the rubber o-rings. I don't know what plumbers lube is, but if it's petroleum based, then that would be a no-no.

Vaseline and rubber(s) don't mix. Basic Health 101.
Yes and it is also never a good idea to double bag it either, rubber on rubber can cause trouble as well.
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Old 11-04-2007, 01:20 AM   #8
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Use mineral oil.

Food grade and essentiually, that is what keg lube is.

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what about pam or cooking oil spray? anybody ever used that?

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what about pam or cooking oil spray? anybody ever used that?
Many veggie oils will go rancid after exposure to oxygen.

I would go with olive oil if I was going to go that route. It's a good one for not oxidizing easily and I've never had any turn rancid on me.
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