I've been making mead and cider for a few years now, but this is my first real attempt at brewing beer. I have made two extract batches, an AHS Evil Brown Ale and AHS Belgian Half Wit. Now, I am ready to rack the brown ale into my converted pin-lock keg.
1. The kegs I have were sitting in a garage for 30 years before being rescued by me. Three kegs still have quite a bit of soda in them (Sprite and Collins mix). One had sparkling water, and the last two were empty (dried Coke). Should I have any worries about using the kegs? I have replaced all seals and cleaned them with PBW. Do I need to scrub the inside with anything? Would a SS scrub pad do any damage? I am a little worried about the age of the kegs and didn't know if the soda would do any damage sitting in them for so long.
2. Is there anything else I should do or be worried about with my kegs?
I appreciate any and all input.
I took apart all my kegs and soaked and cleaned them with Oxiclean. Some of them were 15+ years old with old nasty soda still in them. A few of them still stunk so I soaked them over night with oxiclean and that took out the smell.
I replaced all the Orings and lubed them all with keg lube. You can pick a set up quite easily and cheaply.
Sanitized them and they were ready to use.
There are a whole bunch of videos on Youtube showing how to do it so you might start there.
One tip is take one keg apart at a time and don't mix up the parts lol
As long as they look clean inside and do not have any soda smell to them I would not hesitate to use them:mug:
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