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Method for cleaning inside of kegs

Postby Sudsman1 » Tue Jul 31, 2007 10:23 pm

[color=red]Getting ready to clean out a keg that had been nearly empty for a long while, I see there seems ro be a heavy accumulation of crud along the insides of the keg. What is the best way to clean this off without damaging the keg?
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Postby ColoradoBrewer » Wed Aug 01, 2007 8:04 am

The way I clean my kegs is to rinse them out with cold water to get as much of the loose gunk out as I can, then I soak them in a solution of hot water and OxyClean for a few hours. It works very well and I never have to use a brush.
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Cleaning Kegs

Postby mrocco » Wed Aug 01, 2007 12:31 pm

If you do need a brush, a new toilet brush works well. My personal preference is for the kind that's formed in a loop.
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Postby brewmeisterintng » Tue Sep 25, 2007 10:33 pm

I agree that it the way to go. I do have a small toilet brush that I use to get the stuff in the divit at the bottom. It doesn't take long at all. Just thinking about how long it took me to clean and sanitize bottles makes me wonder why I didn't keg sooner. I really dreaded bottling day.
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Postby Push Eject » Thu Sep 27, 2007 2:39 am

Hot water and 5 Star's PBW + 3 days.

Just let it sit and rinse it out -- done.
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RE:Cleaning Kegs...

Postby wottaguy » Fri Oct 05, 2007 6:47 pm

A toilet brush??
No wonder my brews are tasting kinda off....i've been using my "used" toilet brush!!!


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Postby TimmyR » Sat Dec 15, 2007 7:59 pm

What Push said...

5 Star Products rock.

Sidenote - started kegging in my new house and they multiply like rabbits.

I now have 4, 3 full and the the 4th will be filled next weekend to carb by Christmas. Less time packagin = more time brewing.
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Postby thebirdman » Thu Feb 07, 2008 8:43 pm

Got ya all beat.....
Threw together an adapter tha attaches to the shower hose, added an "out" coupler....when keg is empty off too the tub "click" turn upside down, run water :)))))))
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Ingenious idea

Postby billvelek » Sun Feb 10, 2008 3:53 pm

I haven't heard of that idea before, and it sounds great. I'll need to remember that for when I finally get into kegging.

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Re: Ingenious idea

Postby thebirdman » Sun Feb 10, 2008 5:16 pm

billvelek wrote:I haven't heard of that idea before, and it sounds great. I'll need to remember that for when I finally get into kegging.

Cheers.

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Works mint.....in more than 1 way......
when keg empty..remove lid..attach hose....turn upside down ...rinse out..
Than i turn it over, add sterilizer, and fill up through the out tube...again also rinsing...let it sit for 30.min ....turn over to drain out...than on with water....for a final rinse.....Cap/pressurize/tag "cleaned"

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Postby adder31 » Sat Mar 15, 2008 8:16 pm

I'm in the same boat and was wondering of which produces better results, Oxy or PBW?

I tried PBW, let it soak in warm water for a half an hour, didnt do much. Longer soak next time or go with Oxy clean???
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Postby thebirdman » Sat Mar 15, 2008 8:26 pm

if u have left them too the point of growth... SLAP>>>SLAP
Fully dissaseble... soak in hot water, soak in baking soda, rinse again, soak in a strong pbw.. rince and have a look....
DO NOT USE BLEACH.....
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Postby adder31 » Sun Mar 16, 2008 12:26 am

not sure about the growth, got it in a deal for a kegerator so who knows what it has been through. I am converting it into a kettle and have the top off. will try the oxy clean method and let u know.
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Postby slothrob » Sun Mar 16, 2008 10:06 am

adder31 wrote:I'm in the same boat and was wondering of which produces better results, Oxy or PBW?

Oxyclean is made of one of the 2 ingredients of PBW, so I guess PBW is the stronger cleaner. It has a detergent as well as the percarbonate in Oxyclean.

You may want to try a more concentrated solution if it's not doing it for you. Oxyclean will be cheaper to use at higher concentrations.
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Postby adder31 » Sun Mar 16, 2008 11:11 pm

i gave it a good scrub with an SOS pad and that took off the dried stuck on layer. I have it soaking in a strong oxy clean solution, will let it sit for a few days and see where we are then. thanks for the input.
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