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Old 03-22-2012, 01:59 AM   #1
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I recently purchased a Corny keg and was wondering If is necessary to take the whole thing apart for cleaning or could I just remove the lid and clean that way.

 
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Old 03-22-2012, 02:12 AM   #2
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New, just sanitize and fill.

Used, completely disassemble, replace the o-rings, lube, sanitize, and fill.

In a used keg you never know what is lodged where and the o-rings will hold onto soda flavors almost indefinately, especially root beer.
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Old 03-22-2012, 02:17 AM   #3
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If it's used, it's best to disassemble, clean, and sanitize everything as Greg said. It also lets you inspect all the o-rings and gaskets. It's usually a good bet to get a new gasket set whenever you get a used keg. Most of them saw soda beverage service at some point and the o-rings hold the flavor/aroma. It also gives you good practice of how to disassemble/ assemble your keg.
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Old 03-22-2012, 05:50 AM   #4
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I don't want to but if it must be done then I suppose I'll have to get down to it. I just hope I don't forget how to put it all back together.

 
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Old 03-22-2012, 07:51 AM   #5
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take photos as you go

 
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Old 03-22-2012, 08:58 AM   #6
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I just use two containers/jars and take it apart one side at a time.
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Old 03-22-2012, 09:44 AM   #7
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It's not as bad as you think. Also when re-tightening the posts you don't need brute force, just turn your wrench till it gives resistance, then just torgue a bit beyond that.

Here is a good link to how to disassemble and re-assemble kegs.

http://www.dresselbrew.com/Keg_Info.htm
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Old 03-22-2012, 11:37 AM   #8
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Take it apart and replace gaskets. Soak everything in oxyclean, rinse, and sanitize.

Not worth potential to ruin a batch of beer over.
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Old 03-25-2012, 12:33 AM   #9
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When i was a newbie. I only use pbw. No Sanitizer. Now i use starsan. Never had a bad batch of beer. We use cleaner and Sanitizer to reduce the chances

 
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