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Old 12-12-2011, 05:19 AM   #1
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I pulled one of my kegs apart tonight just out of curiosity and HOLY CRAP there was some nasty stuff in there. I usually just spray them out real good with a hose and hit them with my carboy brush, but from now on rest assured I will be pulling the fittings and tubes and cleaning them after every fill.


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Old 12-12-2011, 05:20 AM   #2
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I break 'em down and clean 'em every time. I know it's "overkill" to some -- but my system is clean as a whistle.


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Old 12-13-2011, 02:02 AM   #3
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It's also just not all that hard. Considering the amount of time I spend on the rest of the beermaking process, it's probably one of the easiest things I do.
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Old 12-13-2011, 02:04 AM   #4
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I clean every time as well. Takes all of 5 minutes to ensure the beer will taste great.
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Old 12-13-2011, 02:07 AM   #5
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What else is there to do during a 60 minute mash or a 60-90 minute boil? I drink and clean things and somtimes break things and sometimes hurt myself....
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Old 12-13-2011, 02:49 AM   #6
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Seriously, it just makes sense, a quick twist of a ratchet and let the poppets and tubes soak overnight when you kill the keg, no big deal right? I just assumed that was the way everyone did it.
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Old 12-13-2011, 03:19 AM   #7
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Is so easy and quick, there's no reason not to clean your kegs after every use.
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Old 12-13-2011, 03:35 AM   #8
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I clean and replace o-rings every time (except lid)--After spending the time to brew, monitor fermentation, etc. it's totally worth it to spend the extra time and 10 cents to ensure a clean keg. Same goes with beer line--flush with BLC between every beer.
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Old 12-13-2011, 03:49 AM   #9
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I rinse and sanitize after each keg blows. I completely pull it apart every 3 or 4 beers. I haven't had an issue yet. I do flush the lines with BLC after every keg though. I also disassemble the tap and soak it in BLC for 15 mins every couple kegs as well.
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Old 12-13-2011, 03:52 AM   #10
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I don't replace the o-rings every time but I do fully break down my keg soak everything in oxi clean and rinse well. So far so good.


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