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Old 06-28-2010, 11:45 PM   #1
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How far do all of you disassemble your cornie kegs when you clean them? I have been fully disassembling every little part, cleaning them, sanitizing them, and then reassemble them. But it seems like I am continually fighting leaks after I reassemble everything. The reason I ask is it seems like some of the used kegs I purchased may have NEVER been disassembled. So, how far do all you go?
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Old 06-28-2010, 11:51 PM   #2
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I take them all the way naked clean and sanitize just like you. Pain in the ass yes, but I sleep well at night.
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Old 06-29-2010, 12:28 AM   #3
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I take all the posts off, poppets out, lid off, and put them all along with the gas in and liquid out tubes in a sanitized bucket. That's as far as I go, doesn't take to long.
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Old 06-29-2010, 12:50 AM   #4
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If it ain't broke, don't fix it... IOW, I'm lazy.

I don't bother to break down the kegs very often; I use a pump to recirculate PBW through the in/out tubes, as well as spraying down the inside, for about 20 minutes, then rinse and sanitize. No problems yet.

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Old 06-29-2010, 01:16 AM   #5
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I fill my kegs about 2/3 full with hot water and BLC then replace the lid and give it a good shake. Turn the keg on its side and push open each poppet until liquid comes out. This fills the dip tube and gas in tube. I always let the keg sit 10 minutes upside down and right side up before dumping or pumping to the next keg. While upside down I also open the pressure relief valve till liquid comes out. I then open, rinse copiously then repeat using iodophor. I rarely do a complete rebuild unless I have a leak. When I do tear my kegs down they are always spotless. No build up and the poppets are spotless as well. I always clean and sterilize my ball lock connectors, lines and taps between every keg. I've never had a problem.

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Old 06-29-2010, 01:26 AM   #6
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I've had my out tube stuck with pellet hops so I always take off both posts and give them a quick soak with StarSan, can't take more than 2 minutes.

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Old 06-29-2010, 01:45 AM   #7
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I just built one of these keg/carboy washers, so I do not plan to disassemble them very frequently at this point.

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Old 06-29-2010, 03:14 AM   #8
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I just rinse, scrub if needed, and re-sanitize. I'll scrub if there's yeast gunk inside around the bottom or on the sides. I also spray water down the out tube to clear it of any debris. Then sanitize and fill.

I keep thinking one day I'll take them all apart again and clean them again, but for now I only do that when I first get a keg.

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Old 06-29-2010, 03:51 AM   #9
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I take them apart once in a while.

Otherwise I use the Corny/Sanke/Carboy washer mentioned earlier

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What does the primary pressure gauge on the tank tell us? That's right, the temperature. Put it on a scale if you want to know how much is in it...
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Old 06-29-2010, 03:23 PM   #10
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where did you guys find a cheap sump pump? I need to make one of these, i have a pile of dirty kegs

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