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Old 01-09-2009, 11:34 PM   #1
Jun 2006
Oahu, HI
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I purchased a 3 tier gravity fed system a few months back, but so far I have only had on success, an oatmeal stout. The five other beers I have made have all the same sort of off taste, yet they are still consumable. I am moving and forced to give up the brew stand, but hate to part with 3 keggels because they are hard to come by in Hawaii. The keggels however all have rust around their valves. Is this may be affecting the taste of my beer. I know the possiblities are endless, but are the Keggles worth retaining?

I still plan on brewing, but may start extract brewing again. Will I regret moving backwards in the brew game? Has anyone had a similar experience?

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Old 01-09-2009, 11:47 PM   #2
Dec 2008
Denver, CO
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If it is just surface rust you can clean it of with a paste of barkeepers friend/water and a rotary tool with a wire wheel. I wouldn't pitch them - I used to have 6 half barrels when I was in college but I left them behind when I moved from Michigan to Colorado and I regret not shipping a couple of them out here.

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Old 01-10-2009, 02:48 AM   #3
Dec 2008
Lakewood, WA
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I had my kegs welded with regular steel ( not stainless). Every time I get ready to brew I take my $3 wire brush and clean it up with my drill. Plus, I like metal, so to know that I'm drinking a little doesn't bother me.

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Old 01-10-2009, 06:22 AM   #4
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May 2007
, DC
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Absolutely keep the kegs. You can just replace the valves, can't you? You may want to get rid of the stand, but the vessels are hard to come by. I bet your problem has more to do with fermaentation. You live in Hawaii.....are you sure you're keeping your stuff cool enough? Like around 65F?

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