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dhacker
Intermediate Member
Username: Dhacker

Post Number: 401
Registered: 11-2002
Posted From: 72.155.216.152
Posted on Friday, September 01, 2006 - 01:20 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I'm cleaning my kegs and replacing the gaskets for the first time in awhile. I got the new gaskets from McMaster as spec'd on this forum. It seems as though the lid gaskets have an extreme new rubber smell I don't recall the last time I replaced them. Is there a method to condition these to reduce the odor? The last thing I want is for my beer to taste like a Goodyear Eagle. I know it's virtually impossible to get the absorbed soda odor/ flavor out, but didn't know if anyone had a method to season the newness outta these things.
 

Dan Listermann
Senior Member
Username: Listermann

Post Number: 3299
Registered: 03-2004
Posted From: 216.23.59.245
Posted on Friday, September 01, 2006 - 01:37 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

We sell a lot of those gaskets and I can not remember anybody ever even mentioning a problem with rubber smells. Unless you happened to have stumbled on to some odd compound, I really doubt that you will have a problem.

Dan

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Drew Pattison
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Username: Droopy

Post Number: 146
Registered: 06-2003
Posted From: 143.115.159.54
Posted on Friday, September 01, 2006 - 02:09 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I recommend an overnight soak in Coors Light. That's what that stuff is for, right?

I have nothing truly constructive to add. Happy Friday and have a great weekend.
 

Bill Pierce
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Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 5869
Registered: 01-2002
Posted From: 24.57.224.66
Posted on Friday, September 01, 2006 - 02:20 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I've never found the rubber smell to be a problem, but if you want you could soak the o-rings overnight in a baking soda solution.
 

Bob Wall
Member
Username: Brewdudebob

Post Number: 204
Registered: 11-2004
Posted From: 24.99.80.253
Posted on Sunday, September 03, 2006 - 03:59 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I would have to wonder if the rubber you got is food grade? I am no expert on ordering from McMaster, and frankly, I find their website can be a bit confusing.

Anyway, I don't want to sound like a backseat driver, but I would think the price assurance of ordering your rubber from a homebrew supplier would offset any money saved by getting it from McMaster. A homebrew supplier is not going to sell you something unsafe or unfit for contact with your beer. McMaster ain't in the beer business.
Give a man a beer and he'll waste and hour. Teach a man to brew and he'll waste a lifetime.
 

Richard Nye
Senior Member
Username: Yeasty_boy

Post Number: 1547
Registered: 01-2004
Posted From: 68.4.202.69
Posted on Sunday, September 03, 2006 - 05:16 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

And never put your rubber in your wallet. It might disintegrate on you and leak.
 

robert rulmyr
Advanced Member
Username: Wacobob

Post Number: 808
Registered: 02-2003
Posted From: 24.155.7.102
Posted on Sunday, September 03, 2006 - 11:00 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Good one Richard!
 

dhacker
Intermediate Member
Username: Dhacker

Post Number: 405
Registered: 11-2002
Posted From: 72.155.215.224
Posted on Sunday, September 03, 2006 - 12:21 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

That was good!

Bob,

Don't know about the food grade thing, but the material is Buna-N. Maybe there is a difference in these and what you get from home brew sites, I have gotten lid rings in the past fom HB stores, but this is the first from McMaster . . and I got them there mainly because I was getting some other stainless parts, shafts, casters and u-bolts for the brew rig, and just included the rings in the order as mentioned on this board. I soaked them in a baking soda solution as Bill suggested, and it seems to have diminished the odor somewhat.
 

Kevin Davis
Intermediate Member
Username: Ktdavis98

Post Number: 419
Registered: 12-2003
Posted From: 207.200.116.71
Posted on Monday, September 04, 2006 - 03:35 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have found a good (sparingly used) coat of keg lube will cover most any flavor even root beer. A few cleanings, and keg lube applications, and previous smells are hardly evident.
Kevin