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Old 02-03-2012, 03:33 PM   #11
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No. I plan on utilizing 2 or 3 as fermenters and just push with co2 to the serving kegs.

This will simplify cleaning. Its a bit easier to clean without removing and replacing the spears on the fermenters.


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Old 02-03-2012, 05:59 PM   #12
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Very similar ideas, nice. I plan on working out my ideas soon, will be great to compare notes.


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Old 02-03-2012, 06:50 PM   #13
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Looking great! I've been contemplating making a spear depressor tool myself, but I'm too lazy. I really like the 1/4bbl size for fermenting, and the 1/6bbl for serving, and IMO the sanke system offers a lot of advantages over cornies. I just wish the kegs didn't cost so much. Keep us updated.
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Old 02-04-2012, 02:46 PM   #14
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Fermenting setup will be documented when I get the parts. Plan to use 2" tri-clover and to modify some 2" caps by drilling and adding some 1/2" pickup tubes through them.
Here's mine, brass compression fitting, drilled to fit the 3/8 tube and a tire valve. the brass part is soldered to hold pressure, a lock nut alone wasn't good enough.
I've added a ball valve to the pickup tube from morebeer, highly recommended.




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Old 02-04-2012, 07:34 PM   #15
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Hey cheese, would it be possible to fit gass and liquid ball lock post on the 2 blank? Trying to set up presurized fermentation and carb with ball lock and being able to get rid of the sanke D and spear.
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Old 02-04-2012, 11:24 PM   #16
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I have thought about switching also... the cost holds me back... maybe one day when i decide to go public
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Old 02-06-2012, 01:53 PM   #17
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Default cleaning without removing the spear?

in your first post you mention pumping up the dip tube and draining out the gas side. with enough flow this should work to clean the inside of the keg but how do you know if you have the outside of the dip tube clean?
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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.
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Looking great! I've been contemplating making a spear depressor tool myself, but I'm too lazy. I really like the 1/4bbl size for fermenting, and the 1/6bbl for serving, and IMO the sanke system offers a lot of advantages over cornies. I just wish the kegs didn't cost so much. Keep us updated.
Initially, I also thought that you needed to depress the spear to reinstall the spiral ring. I used a large socket and a piece of wood, DIY type tool. I have since started using the method linked below and the retaining rings can be easily reinstalled w/ just a pair of pliers...with a little practice it takes seconds.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f35/inst...nke-keg-64128/
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I've been just using a small screw driver with a tip small enough to pry out the ring, and when it comes time to put it back in I use the same screw driver and a hammer to nudge it back in the fitting. Starting to get good at it and can put it back on under a minute.


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