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Old 02-06-2012, 02:48 PM   #21
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Very nice, maybe ferment in larger sanke kegs (I use 1/2 and 1/4 BBL kegs) and serve in the 1/6 BBL's? I haven't done any pressurized fermentation yet but have been thinking about modifying 2" Tri-Clover caps as you have mentioned above. I look forward to seeing what you come up with!

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Old 02-06-2012, 03:37 PM   #22
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I will test my cleaning regimen and pull some spears to be sure.

I'm emulating the cleaning cycle they use to wash kegs. Of course they have a custom connector that clamps the keg and then shoots the water at higher velocities. I'm sure their flow is higher so I'll use more time pumping to get the kegs clean.
Interesting... I always assumed they were taken apart to clean. That could explain the large amount of hard to clean off crap on the outside of one of the spears I got.
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Old 02-06-2012, 03:38 PM   #23
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I'm not brewing like I did so slightly smaller batches is not an issue.

Triclover blanks and clamps came in so as soon as I get an hour free I'll make some pickups and post pictures.

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Old 02-06-2012, 03:39 PM   #24
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Interesting... I always assumed they were taken apart to clean. That could explain the large amount of hard to clean off crap on the outside of one of the spears I got.
The automated keg cleaners typically steam sanitize and if they don't have their cleaning regimen done properly, the insides can have a ton of crap baked on the interior surface.

It might be sanitary but it still is gross.
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Old 02-06-2012, 04:45 PM   #25
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that sounds about right... 3 days soaking in pbw and scrubbing and its still not great. i polished the rest off with 2000 grit

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I find that a caustic wash, rinse, then soak in acid sanitizer usually will loosen up most everything but there is no substitute for hand cleaning sometimes.

Beer stone and baked on carbonates are a pain.

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I find that a caustic wash, rinse, then soak in acid sanitizer usually will loosen up most everything but there is no substitute for hand cleaning sometimes.

Beer stone and baked on carbonates are a pain.
I have heard of going for an acid pre-wash can help break up beer stone / carbonates. Just a thought.
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Updated with pictures on the second post.

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Cleaned the kegs. I kegged beer and mead today.
Still waiting for a new manifold and regulator to redo my setup.

Kegged 10 gallons of mead, 10 gallons of braggot, 5 gallons of APA, 4.5 gallons of Belgian Strong Dark

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It's hard to tell from your picture.
Are you inverting the sanke with a coupler installed and simply pumping the solvent in reverse through the beer-out and then draining out the gas-in?

Do you think the sump would suffer if you ran caustic in this manner?

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