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Old 09-14-2012, 01:56 AM   #1
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Default My keezer has been sitting a while...

So, I brewed my first batch of beer in almost a year and a half the other weekend. My keezer has been sitting in the breakfast nook since we moved, partially pressurized, plugged in for part of the time. I'm calling the contents thereof a wash. Not terribly concerned about that.

However, I'm curious about recommended cleaners and processes to all but resurface the inside of the chest freezer, all surfaces of the kegs, lines, and faucets etc.

Call it a 'long overdue fall cleaning'.

I'm already considering starting with solid scrubbing with barkeepers friend, following with sodium metabisulfite on all surfaces, a full rinse, and then my usual pre-fill starsan treatment.

Anyone been through a similar process or have any suggestions?

I almost want to take the opportunity to tear down the whole keezer (I attached my collar to the base, not the lid; it's not exactly 'flat'; etc.) I now have a proper woodworking shop with which I could 'get it right'....

I guess I COULD just bottle this batch while I figure all this out.

Thoughts?

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Old 09-14-2012, 02:43 AM   #2
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Meh - Just clean it like you would your fridge.

Also, your beer, in the keg, in a dirty fridge isn't going to go "Bad" as long as it's sealed and pressurized. Nothing can enter a positive pressure environment.

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What does the primary pressure gauge on the tank tell us? That's right, the temperature. Put it on a scale if you want to know how much is in it...
Put some duct tape over the gauge - Or better yet - Replace the high pressure gauge with a plug - High pressure gauges are useless!
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Yeah, i knew the 'positive pressure' argument was going to come up... I'll bleed each keg and see if they still have pressure...

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If it makes you feel any better, I just did the same thing - 2 years, 3 kegs. Co2 the whole time, but now power.

Beer is OK. Not great, but not terrible.
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Put some duct tape over the gauge - Or better yet - Replace the high pressure gauge with a plug - High pressure gauges are useless!
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