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Old 07-15-2008, 01:22 AM   #1
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How do you clean a 15 gallon Sankey keg? What tools?
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Old 07-15-2008, 01:26 AM   #2
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Since this is in the Bottling/Kegging forum, you mean without the top cut off, right?

 
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Old 07-15-2008, 01:27 AM   #3
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Yes, without the top cut off. Thanks.
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Old 07-15-2008, 04:46 AM   #4
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  1. Relieve pressure
  2. Remove spear
  3. Empty keg
  4. Rinse with water
  5. Put 3 gallons water in the keg
  6. Place the keg on your patio burner and bring to a boil for 15 minutes
  7. Turn off burner
  8. Add dishwasher detergent
  9. Use an extended carboy brush to scrub interior
  10. Cool keg
  11. Use gloves to remove keg from burner
  12. Lay the keg on it's side and rock to splash water around the inside
  13. Scrub again with the carboy brush
  14. Rinse inverted keg with hot water
  15. Inspect interior with a strong light and an inspection mirror
  16. Repeat if necessary
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Old 07-15-2008, 09:02 PM   #5
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[*]Remove spear
I have the keg but haven't been able to drive that retaining ring thing around yet to get the spear out. I've read the "anatomy of a keg" page, etc, but I still can't get it.

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I don't mean to hijack. Just wanted to whine a little.

 
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Old 07-15-2008, 09:05 PM   #6
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I've had trouble with it as well, eventually used a screwdriver and a hammer to pound it around, screwed up the ring a little but if you are using the sanke regularly you probably want to get a snap ring for it anyway
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Old 07-15-2008, 10:04 PM   #7
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Relieve pressure first. Pour hot water on it, repeat if necessary. You don't have to beat it up to get the spear out.
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Old 07-15-2008, 10:38 PM   #8
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Relieve pressure first. Pour hot water on it, repeat if necessary. You don't have to beat it up to get the spear out.
Hmmm.

I pushed the ball in to relieve pressured, and did the "tap/beat it around the circle" motion but the ring only moved a 1/4" or so.

I made a few gentle passes with a propane torch with no improvement. Maybe I'll soak in break-free or something for a few days then try to tap around again.

I am going to have the top cut off anyhow for keggly purposes, but I wanted the spear out before that to facilitate cleaning and filling with water for the plasma cut.

 
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Old 07-16-2008, 12:20 AM   #9
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Is there a tool made specifically for removing the spear?
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Old 07-16-2008, 02:28 AM   #10
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I have taken out many a spear. The tool costs 100 dollars and you only need it to put it back in. Use 2 mini screwdrivers to remove the ring. It has an angle on the end of the spiral that the end of the screwdriver can get under and pry out. Use the other screwdriver to get under a good portion of the ring and gentlly work your way around 2.5 revolutions and the ring comes free from the groove. Rotate the spear tab to line up with the notch and the spear lifts right out.
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