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Old 06-09-2010, 07:04 PM   #1
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Default keg lube?

can one use vasaline instead? I figure if vasaline can go on a therometer to go up the um.. well you know, then it should be sanitary to use as a lube for kegs?
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Old 06-09-2010, 07:08 PM   #2
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The unscented variety works.
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Old 06-09-2010, 07:13 PM   #3
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a lifetime supply of lube can be had for $4.5, and hot water will rinse it off.

https://morebeer.com/view_product/16030

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Old 06-09-2010, 08:43 PM   #4
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I use a food grade grease. And one cheap tube will last a life time.
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Old 06-09-2010, 08:53 PM   #5
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a lifetime supply of lube can be had for $4.5, and hot water will rinse it off.

https://morebeer.com/view_product/16030

Thats the stuff I use as well, had the tube for 8 years now, havent even put a dent in it yet!
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Old 06-09-2010, 10:54 PM   #6
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Got a tube of keg lube which i could not find and bought some vaseline, works great.
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Old 06-09-2010, 11:03 PM   #7
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A poster in another thread stated that vaseline dissolves/breaks down rubber over time. Can anyone confirm or deny that from personal experience?

Also, is there any risk that if keg lube were to come into contact with your beer that it would kill head retention?
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Old 06-09-2010, 11:15 PM   #8
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A poster in another thread stated that vaseline dissolves/breaks down rubber over time. Can anyone confirm or deny that from personal experience?
Yes, petroleum based lubricants (like vaseline) will eat away at rubber.

Use a silicone based libricant.

This is not based on personal experience, just common knowledge.

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Also, is there any risk that if keg lube were to come into contact with your beer that it would kill head retention?
I don't think so. I am 100% positive that keg lube comes in contact with all of my beer because I have the stuff smeared all over the posts on my kegs, including the liquid out post.
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Old 06-09-2010, 11:29 PM   #9
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Or depending on what you want to do to your keg...

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Old 06-09-2010, 11:39 PM   #10
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Of all the brewing-related things you could save money on, I don't think keg lube is really a good one. As some others have said, given the amount you use a $3-$5 tube of keg lube will be enough to last for years.

Why you'd want to cheap out and use vaseline or KY or anything else is beyond my comprehension. You probably spend more on toothpaste, for crying out loud.
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