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Old 04-18-2006, 06:10 PM   #11
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I've been
1 - drinking all the beer as fast as possible
2 - rinsing with HOT tap water 2-3 times to get all beer out as soon as possible
3 - connect back up and blow gallon or 2 through the lines from keg to clean
4 - fill with gallon sanstar and shake the heck out of it
5 - blow that through the system to clean the lines
6 - tear down and scrub/soak all keg parts & tubes in SANSTAR while I clean the keg the same way - 1/2 hour soak as I'm cleaning up
7 - rinse/brush everything in HOT water again 2-3 times
8 - air dry everything 2-3 days until TOTALLY dry in and out
9 - lube all o-rings and reassemble and hit with a few PSI of CO2/purge/CO2
10 - you have pressure when your ready down the road - the keg is holding psi & ready
11 - hit with a gallon of sanstar and shaken allowing it to run out of all connects
12 - blow it all out though my line
13 - then the system is all ready to go and sanitized for the fresh filled keg

all this takes 1/2 hour total - I'd rather store dry and sanitize just before use. tearing down after each batch makes me fell like nothing is old and clogged. again why chance anything at this point after 1-2 months of time for 1/2 hour.

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Old 04-18-2006, 06:46 PM   #12
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I've been
1 - drinking all the beer as fast as possible
2 - rinsing with HOT tap water 2-3 times to get all beer out as soon as possible
3 - connect back up and blow gallon or 2 through the lines from keg to clean
4 - fill with gallon sanstar and shake the heck out of it
5 - blow that through the system to clean the lines
6 - tear down and scrub/soak all keg parts & tubes in SANSTAR while I clean the keg the same way - 1/2 hour soak as I'm cleaning up
7 - rinse/brush everything in HOT water again 2-3 times
8 - air dry everything 2-3 days until TOTALLY dry in and out
9 - lube all o-rings and reassemble and hit with a few PSI of CO2/purge/CO2
10 - you have pressure when your ready down the road - the keg is holding psi & ready
11 - hit with a gallon of sanstar and shaken allowing it to run out of all connects
12 - blow it all out though my line
13 - then the system is all ready to go and sanitized for the fresh filled keg

all this takes 1/2 hour total - I'd rather store dry and sanitize just before use. tearing down after each batch makes me fell like nothing is old and clogged. again why chance anything at this point after 1-2 months of time for 1/2 hour.

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Sounds like a pretty good plan to me.
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Old 01-08-2014, 05:53 PM   #13
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I researched this a little bit....

This is what John Palmer says:

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... any impurities, particularly chloride and sulfate, will accelerate pitting and crevice corrosion.

So, I will bet that those of you who have had pitting problems at the water line, or other etching, have high chlorides or sulfate in your water.

I never recommend storing anything wet. Don't care whether it's water, or Starsan or PBW or Onestep or vinegar. When you store metal items wet, you allow all the time necessary for oxygen deprivation of a local area to occur and then you have an activity difference and galvanic corrosion can start. Pitting at the water line is a prime example. Pitting at a dent or ding is another. Weldments are particularly vulnerable because the metal chemistry/structure is generally different.
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Bit of a necro post but it just occurred to me that "store metal items wet" is not that different to having beer in the corny keg? So that some pitting of kegs in an unavoidable outcome of storing beer in kegs?
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Bit of a necro post but it just occurred to me that "store metal items wet" is not that different to having beer in the corny keg? So that some pitting of kegs in an unavoidable outcome of storing beer in kegs?
I could be wrong but when you have beer in the keg it is pretty much an oxygen free environment so the effects of the beer on the keg would be minimal.
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Ah yes, good point.

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