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redneckbeagle

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Does everyone break down their Corney's and clean and sanitize them each time?

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Do you just run cleaner and sanitizer thru them and reuse?
 

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It's probably not advised,but I've been kegging for a year now (although I've only had most of my kegs for around 6 months), and I've only broken down one keg and that was because it needed some new o-rings.

After I empty a keg, I typically rinse it out with hot water, and then run about a gallon of BLC through my taps and then rinse with hot water followed by starsan and I leave the keg under pressure until I'm ready to fill it and then I give it another rinse with starsan.
 

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For me it depends on how long they have sat empty.

If I have just kicked the keg and am ready to fill it again I will usually give it a 10-15 minute hot soak with Oxi or PBW, pull the post to rinse it out, re-attach, fill. and move on.

Otherwise I tear it down, throw everything inside the keg and soak overnight. After that I will rinse, assemble, and air pressure test before I sanitize and fill.

I don't usually replace any rings unless it's a new-to-my-collection used keg or I have leaks.
 
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I use HOT water and starsan through the lines...then I usually take the faucet apart and scrub it in some hot water with a brush.

IF I take a post apart...it's cause I'm rebuilding the whole thing...not just to clean.
 

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Once I have the keg assembled and leak checked, I don't like to take it apart if I don't have to. Then I only have to worry about checking for leaks in the parts I move (the lid/pressure release for example).

If I ever repurpose my soda keg for homebrew, then I WOULD take it apart to clean it.
 

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I prefer to disassemble completely after each use, but I'm just obsessive compulsive like that. :) I also take a part the quick disconnects and picnic taps for good measure.
 

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I disassemble after each beer as well. Just remove the posts and tubes and clean out all the o-rings. I put it all in some boiling water and then some idophor solution while i scrub the inside of the keg. Its not that much more work really.
 

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I take it apart as far as it can possibly go every time. Everything gets washed in Iodophor, lubed, and reassembled. The keg lube will keep your o-rings in good shape and you won't have any nasties hiding anywhere.
 

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I clean and sanitize. Tear-downs are done only when I rebuild or if something gets plugged.
 

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I break mine down each time, it's just not all that difficult and I am a stickler for cleanliness around my brews. I'm sure you could get away with just running cleaner and sanitizer through though.
 

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