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Old 06-28-2005, 02:09 AM   #1
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How does everyone clean/sanitize their corny kegs? What kind of sanitizer and equipment is needed? I would appreciate it if someone could guide me in the right direction.



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Old 06-28-2005, 07:26 AM   #2
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I follow a simple 3-step method because, well I'm lazy. I use lye to eliminate organics, acid to eliminate stone then sanitize. First, line a garbage can with a heavy-duty bag and put in everything you want cleaned including kegs, parts, equipment, and bottles. Fill with water and mix in lye. (This must be done in a well ventilated area). Wait 24 hours. Empty solution into drains to keep them clean or reuse. Rinse off kegs, parts, etc. Second, line a garbage can with a heavy-duty bag and put in everything you want cleaned including kegs, parts, equipment, and bottles. Fill with water and mix in acid. I use phosphoric acid. (This must be done in a well ventilated area and be careful because it will etch your concrete). Wait 24 hours. Empty solution into drains to keep them clean or reuse. Rinse off kegs, parts, etc. Third, soak in Iodaphor solution for 20 minutes then use. Now everything looks brand new, shiny and clean without one brush stroke. Hope that helps. Good luck.

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When I first got the keg I soaked it overnight in a water/PBW solution....disassembled of course. I also replaced the O-rings. After that I rinsed thoroughly and then used Star San to sanitize. Now, for every subsequent use I jut rinse thoroughly with warm warm, give a quick scrub with a toilet brush and sanitize. I really could care less about how the outside looks, so I don't ever mess with that. Im not into pretty....just functional. No one ever sees the kegs anyway as they are in the fridge.

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I really could care less about how the outside looks, so I don't ever mess with that. Im not into pretty....just functional. No one ever sees the kegs anyway as they are in the fridge.
I don't have it so lucky. My kegs are seen by the public and what's worse, club members. I donate beer to all of our festivals throughout the state and also bring a keg or two to each of the meetings. So pretty ends up being a great benefit from no scrubbing and the ease of knowledge that I'll never get an infection from that equipment.

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How does everyone clean/sanitize their corny kegs? What kind of sanitizer and equipment is needed? I would appreciate it if someone could guide me in the right direction.

try www.defalcos.com. they have a draft beer primer on their web page, left column, that goes through their process for kegging (includes cleaning/sanitizing). that's local my HBS, and the way i've always done it.

i just wash real good w/ my carboy brush, rinse well, pressure up to get the p-u tube filled and let it soak a bit. then release pressure, rinse well, pressure up, drain. then i fill it up with iodaphor/water solution, pressure up to fill the p-u tube, and let sit for 15-20 minutes. release pressure, drain it, let it dry, then add my brew. i change the gaskets about every other batch. i usually wash and sanitize them while i wash/sanitize.


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