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Old 02-12-2013, 10:34 PM   #1
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I own 4 ball lock corny kegs and I have in the past just poured sanitizer in through the ball lock valves to clean/sanitize them. I am wondering if it is possible and perhaps a better idea to remove the valves temporarily from the kegs to sanitize them. Thanks

 
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Old 02-12-2013, 10:46 PM   #2
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Yes, you should be removing them to clean and sanitize unless you build a pump type CIP system as some have built on the forum.

 
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Old 02-12-2013, 10:47 PM   #3
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I remove the valves every other beer and give them a good cleaning and then sanitize and lube. When I don't do that I just fill the keg with hot water and run it through the lines followed by oxy and then finally starsan. Never had a problem doing it this way.

 
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Old 02-12-2013, 10:51 PM   #4
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I remove the valves every other beer and give them a good cleaning and then sanitize and lube. When I don't do that I just fill the keg with hot water and run it through the lines followed by oxy and then finally starsan. Never had a problem doing it this way.
I generally do this as well. If you have a few kegs to clean you can setup an assembly line and run cleaner/water/sanitizer through them one at a time from keg to keg.
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Old 02-12-2013, 10:51 PM   #5
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I remove the posts and dip tubes for every second beer. You can clean everything and then replace/relube all the washers that way.

I often find little bits of hops and other stuff trapped in the valves.

 
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Old 02-13-2013, 12:46 PM   #6
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Thanks for the input. I tried to remove the valves with a wrench but I couldnt budge them. Can anybody recommend a good way to get those loose? Also, what is it exactly in these valves that need lube? Thanks

 
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Thanks for the input. I tried to remove the valves with a wrench but I couldnt budge them. Can anybody recommend a good way to get those loose? Also, what is it exactly in these valves that need lube? Thanks
Are you using a 7/8" deep socket wrench? If they get really stuck on there, sometimes you need a longer ratchet bar for more torque.
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Old 02-13-2013, 01:02 PM   #8
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Try putting the wrench over the post and hitting the end of the open end with a hammer. Or probably a rubber mallet might be better if you have one.
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Try putting the wrench over the post and hitting the end of the open end with a hammer. Or probably a rubber mallet might be better if you have one.

Yep. Do this. I squeeze my kegs between my legs and tap a 7/8" box wrench to loosen them.

 
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Old 02-13-2013, 03:42 PM   #10
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Thanks guys, I will try it with a socket instead of a wrench. What exactly needs lubrication inside these valves once I have them apart?

 
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