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Old 02-12-2012, 06:43 PM   #1
Aug 2010
Mayfield, KY
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Just acquired three kegs that the previous owner said he held weed killer in. I'm cleaning them today and it smells like glyphosate. My thought is to clean the hell out of them and replace all the plastic and rubber parts and they will be ok. Does anybody have any knowledge on the issue. Bad idea? FYI, they were free and I cannot afford to buy others right now.

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Old 02-12-2012, 06:51 PM   #2
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I work in landscaping spraying various pesticides and use glysophate all the time, this is a bad idea. While it may be possible to totally clean out the kegs any mistake will leave some herbicide behind. Since this is a keg that will have beer in it for some time the risk is just to great in my opinion. You have no idea what herbicides have been in those kegs, while Glyphosate may not be that bad other herbicides are very dangerous.

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Old 02-12-2012, 06:53 PM   #3
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Personally I think its bad juju. did it get slopped onto/under the rubber cap on top? will you ever really be able to get them completely clean??
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Old 02-12-2012, 07:00 PM   #4
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To risky, not worth it. You can still use them to advance your home brewing equipment inventory. Sell them on Ebay advertised as Weed Killer vessels. Might get enough from the sale to buy a beer corny.

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Old 02-12-2012, 07:04 PM   #5
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yeah...I wouldn't drink anything from a keg that once held that kind of poison - yes stainless should be able to be cleaned completely but i think this is too big a risk.
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Old 02-12-2012, 07:13 PM   #6
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I would not use them.
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Old 02-12-2012, 07:17 PM   #7
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What is the risk of using them?
What is the reward of using them?
What is the risk of not using them?
What is the reward of not using them?

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Old 02-12-2012, 07:29 PM   #8
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Nice call Butcher

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Old 02-12-2012, 07:46 PM   #9
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yeah don't use it.. pretty sure it would be technically illegal for your friend to knowingly let you use these containers for brewing
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Old 02-12-2012, 08:43 PM   #10
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Is Butcher Agnostic?

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