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Old 02-22-2009, 09:12 PM   #1
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If one had a b3 or similar 20 gallon conical how would one go about filling 4 1/6 bbl sanke kegs (not cornies)? I have seen the thread on HBT about removing the check valves in a standard sanke tap but is there a standard 'filler' sanke valve or something?

Similarly, how would one then carbonate these sankes - similar to a manifold/co2 tank set up?

Last, how about cleaning?

I'm interested in sankes over cornies just to see. It's so easy to do cornies cuz you can open the top

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Old 02-23-2009, 04:28 AM   #2
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It's pretty easy to open a sanke once you have done it a few times. Cleaning a sanke is about the same as cleaning a carboy. Carbing a sanke is exactly like carbing a corny keg. They work very well once you learn the simple nuances like pulling and reinstalling the stem. I'm sure you could devise a method to clean in place and fill w/out removing the stem like the big boys, but I think most homebrew guys just remove the stem, clean and refill.

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Old 02-23-2009, 05:09 AM   #3
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You can fill them by their (kegs) weight if you have a accurate enough floor scale. BeerSmith has a calculator on it and I it worked for me. It took a bit of tinkering to set everything right with water first but it works good enough for my 2+ 1/6 bbl kegs from my primary. It is easy to remove the check valves in Sanke taps and they work great for transfers.
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