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Old 10-08-2012, 02:23 PM   #1
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Hey guys,
I have some what of an annoying predicament! Everytime I go get the first fresh beer from my kegerator it always spits out trub or junk from the bottom of the keg! How do I prevent this build-up of crud? I always cold crash my beers for 3 days before kegging and would assume if even a little bit of trub did get into my keg that it would disappear in the first pint of the keg. Not every time I go to get my first beer of the day.

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Old 10-08-2012, 02:37 PM   #2
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Hey guys,
I have some what of an annoying predicament! Everytime I go get the first fresh beer from my kegerator it always spits out trub or junk from the bottom of the keg! How do I prevent this build-up of crud? I always cold crash my beers for 3 days before kegging and would assume if even a little bit of trub did get into my keg that it would disappear in the first pint of the keg. Not every time I go to get my first beer of the day.

Regards,
Chris
A couple options... combine for effect...
More flocculant yeast.
Longer cold crash.
Move carboy to gravity feed position a day before you rack.
More careful racking.
Trim 1/4" off your keg diptube.
Use finings in a short secondary.
Use a filter between two kegs.
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Old 10-08-2012, 02:39 PM   #3
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A couple options... combine for effect...
More flocculant yeast.
Longer cold crash.
Move carboy to gravity feed position a day before you rack.
More careful racking.
Trim 1/4" off your keg diptube.
Use finings in a short secondary.
Use a filter between two kegs.
Don't forget to tip your brew faries.
I found that last one most helpful

 
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Old 10-08-2012, 09:36 PM   #4
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Sounds like an infection of some sort to me.
If it happens on the first beer of the day but not on subsequent beers then it sounds like something is growing in the beer, and given enough time, it makes a noticeable difference to the quality of the beer.
FWIW, I'm having the same problem. It happens in all of my kegs, although I have stripped them down, thoroughly cleaned and sanitized them, and replaced all the O rings. No difference.
I replaced the beer line, and connector. Again no difference. The next beer I keg, I will replace the CO2 cartridge, line, and connector.
If that doesn't work, then I will just start taking a pint every hour throughout the day and night so whatever it is doesn't have time to grow.

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Old 10-08-2012, 09:49 PM   #5
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Any chance the crud is coming from you faucet rather than the keg? Maybe you've got something growing in there.
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Old 10-08-2012, 10:17 PM   #6
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I've shortened all the dip tubes in my kegs since I almost always keg condition. I've also added dip tube filters to the ends of all in my kegs.

 
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In my case, I replaced the faucet with the line and the connector.

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Old 10-08-2012, 10:23 PM   #8
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Another thought- are you moving the keg around, or bumping it? That resuspends the sediment, and it comes out on the first pour after sitting again.
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It makes perfect sense that a portion of suspended solids settle near the diptube and gets sucked up on the first pour of the day. Wait another day and some more settles and you get the trub pour again.
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Old 10-09-2012, 02:12 AM   #10
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I will try stripping and cleaning everything tomorrow. Is there a good video or written tutorial on stripping and cleaning a keg? I've only ever ran StarSan through my kegs, although always clean with PBW after each batch (never run through lines). Luckily, the 3 cornies I have are empty right now,c old crashing 3 beers right now. I just don't see how that much trub can keep falling over the life of a keg! It's seriously the first pint of the day, whenever I go for a pour. It isn't just the first 2 or 3 days, it's up to two weeks later that it still produces this "trub"

 
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