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Old 09-27-2013, 12:34 AM   #1
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Default Sanke kegs

How hard is it to use these in a homebrew set up?

I understand that a lot of people might not use them because of the legality issue. I would imagine most if not all are owned by breweries.

This being said, I have a friend at a micro that gets them fairly cheap and I can borrow them.
Are there any other concerns as far as homebrew goes? Maybe cleaning?

Any info would be awesome.

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Old 09-27-2013, 01:19 AM   #2
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I have two that I rotate in. They work well if you can get all the extra parts for cheap. Taps, conversions, etc. It takes a solid 20 extra min to get the @&$#ing spring back into the keg spear after you fill it up. Overall there ok. No issues with cleaning.

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I'm new to kegging and I use 1/6 barrel sankes because the full size Kegs are too heavy to deal with and because there are fewer failure points then with cornies. The stem is easy once you know what to do. I made a tool that helps me a lot when intalling the stem. http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f35/sank...n-tool-427287/

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Old 09-27-2013, 03:19 AM   #4
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Headed to Harbor Freight tomorrow. I couldn't make that in my machine shop for what it will cost me there.

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Old 09-27-2013, 01:48 PM   #5
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I have two that I rotate in. They work well if you can get all the extra parts for cheap. Taps, conversions, etc. It takes a solid 20 extra min to get the @&$#ing spring back into the keg spear after you fill it up. Overall there ok. No issues with cleaning.
Are you talking about when you disassemble the spear all the way for cleaning or just putting the spiral ring back in? I can remove and reinstall the spear in less than 2 minutes. Taking the spear apart was the PITA. As a result I rarely do that and just soak the crap out of it in oxyclean in a rubbermaid container and run oxy through it followed by water and starsan.
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Okay, so if I can find a Sanke connection, go for it?

Anyone have any useful tips on cleaning them?

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I use them and love them. Once you get a hang of removing the spear its pretty easy. Clean just like any other keg. I soak in pbw. For the couplers I will run some BLC through them when I clean my lines. No issues here.

I also ferment in sankes. They're great. ...If you can find them cheap

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I use both Sanke and Corny kegs in my set up. I still like the Cornys better just because its easier for me to clean them.

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Okay, cool. Thanks for the info everyone.

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Old 09-27-2013, 06:19 PM   #10
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I have two that I rotate in. They work well if you can get all the extra parts for cheap. Taps, conversions, etc. It takes a solid 20 extra min to get the @&$#ing spring back into the keg spear after you fill it up. Overall there ok. No issues with cleaning.
Get the spring started by hand, then where it starts to overlap, squeeze it in with pliers and work your way around. Should take less than a minute.

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Okay, so if I can find a Sanke connection, go for it?

Anyone have any useful tips on cleaning them?
Clean them just like you would a carboy. I soak in hot oxyclean and then rinse thoroughly. You can also build a diy keg cleaner with a pump, bucket, and a few plumbing parts. There are lots of build threads in the diy forum.

Check CL and the classifieds here for used couplers. I picked up a whole box of them really cheap in a trade. If you plan on fermenting in them too, I'd suggest a dedicated coupler for transfers with the check valves removed.
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