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Old 02-12-2013, 09:05 PM   #1
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I have used sankes to fermenting. I have a homemade keg washer I used to clean them with. When I first started I tried to use a flashlight and mirror to inspect them. It was hard to peer in but what I could see looked clean, so I just ran the washer and assumed they were clean. I just cut one of them open to make a second keggle. There was some nasty krausen built up in there. Now i am concerned about the cleanliness of them and have ordered a lighted inspection mirror. Photos attached of the nastiness.

I have picked up some older style bellied kegs I was planning on using as my new fermenter. Ran them through the cleaner then inspected. They looked gross. I saw streaks down the side after cleaning as opposed to a small bit of krausen. So I soaked one overnight in Oxyclean solution and still have the streaks now. I am thinking this is some kind of staining not dirt. Should I be concerned? How should I go about cleaning these or prepare them to act as a fermenter?


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Old 02-12-2013, 09:43 PM   #2
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This is why I'm really starting to not trust contact cleaners and I'm leaning towards more open vessels for fermentation... so I can see if it's clean, and have better access to manual cleaning.


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Sounds like beer stone. You'd need something like CLR or other acid cleaner to get that off.
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:35 PM   #4
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This is why I'm really starting to not trust contact cleaners and I'm leaning towards more open vessels for fermentation... so I can see if it's clean, and have better access to manual cleaning.
I really like the sankes. Only because I can't afford a conical. I am looking into adding a 4" triclover to the top of a sanke or two to act as my primary ferementers, once i figure out all my plumbing options on it.
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Here are photos is this beer stone?
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Old 02-14-2013, 07:40 PM   #6
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I generally do an overnight oxi-clean soak and a brewday length star san soak (yes, the full 15.5 gallons of star san). I would be curious to see what mine looks like.
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That's a lot of star san!


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