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Old 07-31-2012, 04:03 PM   #1
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I've been using the "standard" red and white spigots (some are blue) in my bottling buckets for both my wine and beer efforts. I've never really known how to effectively clean these things so I replace them periodically. Many (30 - 40%) of the new replacements leak at various places within the valve (not the seal to the bucket). This has been a point of frustration for obvious reasons. I will say however, when one doesn't leak, it never does.

Now back to my main concern. How do you guys clean these things?

I hear they can be disassembled but how? I'd like to continue to use the ones that don't leak but some of these have brew inside the rotating part of the valve (not the valve itself). This cannot be a good thing so how does one clean this?

 
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Old 07-31-2012, 04:06 PM   #2
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The only disassembly I know of is undoing the nut and removing it from the bucket. I do that, run hot water through it, and soak it in Star San before and after each use.

I expect to have to replace it someday, and I'm dismayed that nobody has a bottling spigot they actually like.
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Old 07-31-2012, 04:15 PM   #3
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I soak mine in oxyclean for a bit. A few minutes with the valve closed and a few with the valve open cleans it well. Then a soak in sanitizer and I've never had a problem with contamination

 
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Old 07-31-2012, 04:23 PM   #4
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I clean my FV's & bottling bucket with the spigots on. Clean with PBW,then run it out into the sink from the spigot to clean that out 1st. Then fill with rinse water,repeat.
I then remove the spigot,& put all the parts in a coffee mug of PBW to soak for a while. I went to petsmart & picked up a set of 3 aquarium lift tube brushes for a couple bucks. They're great for cleaning out the inside of the spigot & spout. Then rinse & soak in cup of starsan after cleaning/rinsing all the parts. Then re-istall on FV.
It gets sanitized again when I run starsan all over the inside of the FV right before use. Not one infection yet!
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Old 07-31-2012, 07:23 PM   #5
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I did find some folks that break theirs down.

Actually it's easy. Soak for a couple of minutes in hot water and push on the colored valve spigot tip against a hard surface and it pops out. You can do the same to separate the rotating body from the threaded end but you need to use a wooden dowel or something which fits through the body bore to push against the top half.

I was surprised to see the amount of crud which was actually on the inside of the body. I clean these like most of you by removing from the bucket but no way was I having any effect on the matter inside the body. Frankly I didn't know it was there.

I have been chasing an infection and this is the only thing I've found in my searching which could explain my problem.

The pieces do snap back together easily. I guess there is a question as to how long the valve will continue to function as it should if it is being disassembled frequently. Guess I'll find out since there's no way I'm moving forward without disassembling these things for cleaning.

 
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Old 07-31-2012, 07:38 PM   #6
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I did find some folks that break theirs down.

Actually it's easy. Soak for a couple of minutes in hot water and push on the colored valve spigot tip against a hard surface and it pops out. You can do the same to separate the rotating body from the threaded end but you need to use a wooden dowel or something which fits through the body bore to push against the top half.

I was surprised to see the amount of crud which was actually on the inside of the body. I clean these like most of you by removing from the bucket but no way was I having any effect on the matter inside the body. Frankly I didn't know it was there.

I have been chasing an infection and this is the only thing I've found in my searching which could explain my problem.
Yep, I had 2 infected batches in a row when I was still bottling. Sample tasted great on bottling day, but 3+ weeks in the bottle and the were awful. Finally narrowed it down to my bottling spigot, which at the time, I didn't know you could disassemble.
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Old 07-31-2012, 07:54 PM   #7
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Finally narrowed it down to my bottling spigot, which at the time, I didn't know you could disassemble.
Did you ever have any issues with taking these things apart and putting them back together? Did they hold up okay to the disassembling?

 
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Did you ever have any issues with taking these things apart and putting them back together? Did they hold up okay to the disassembling?
It's plastic, so they have a finite life, but the one I'm using now is probably close to 2 years old, and it gets taken apart at least a couple times a month. They're only ~$3, so I keep an extra on hand in case one decides to spring a leak on me.
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Sounds like a plan... Thanks for the feedback.

 
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Old 08-01-2012, 04:07 PM   #10
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Thanks for the info. I never could see how to dissassemble this one. I have another spigot that does easily come apart that I use for the most part but I'd like to be able to use the wine spout, as they call it

 
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