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Joakim Ruud
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Username: Joques

Post Number: 510
Registered: 10-2005
Posted From: 84.209.10.232
Posted on Sunday, January 07, 2007 - 02:19 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Well, one of my kegs leaked all its contents into my chest freezer.

THANKFULLY, there was only about 2 liters left in it, but still it was a hassle getting the freezer washed out.

Anyway, I started hunting for the leak, and I could not find it. I pressurized the keg and started spraying it to find bubbles. None were forthcoming, not on the posts and not the lid.

I was getting freaked out.

Finally I found the culprit: The cobra tap. I screwed off the top of the tap, and there was this black, tarry, slimy deposit that had been building up in there! I couldn't believe that stuff hadn't imparted any off-flavours to the beer! Anyway, it had finally built up enough that it didn't close all the way, and the rest is history.

I immediately disconnected my other cobra taps and opened them, and in one other there was this slimy moldy (but not black) stuff. It really creeped me out. I will definitely start cleaning my taps more regularly!!
For to accuse requires less eloquence, such is man's nature, than to
excuse; and condemnation, than absolution, more resembles justice.
-Hobbes, Leviathan
 

Dave Coppes
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Username: Pale_dave

Post Number: 41
Registered: 07-2006
Posted From: 24.91.216.6
Posted on Sunday, January 07, 2007 - 03:50 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hearing that, I think I might go check mine. Sounds nasty.

How long since you cleaned them (or how many batches of beer)?
 

Travis Adams
Intermediate Member
Username: Travis

Post Number: 398
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 67.160.166.211
Posted on Sunday, January 07, 2007 - 05:41 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I clean mine every change in beer. i have experienced the same thing every time - tap filled with squid slime... I have been considering setting up a cleaning schedule and maybe just cleaning them every 3 weeks. My thouhgt is to use a carbonator cap with cleaner and save some co2 that way. Definately needs to be done...
 

Joakim Ruud
Advanced Member
Username: Joques

Post Number: 511
Registered: 10-2005
Posted From: 84.209.10.232
Posted on Monday, January 08, 2007 - 09:34 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

"How long since you cleaned them (or how many batches of beer)?"

That's the thing, I have no way of knowing, since I haven't had a regimented cleaning scheme for the taps. For all I know, these two taps have gone uncleaned since I started kegging 8 months ago...

As of now, whenever a tap line is removed from a keg, for whatever reason, the tap gets opened and cleaned!
For to accuse requires less eloquence, such is man's nature, than to
excuse; and condemnation, than absolution, more resembles justice.
-Hobbes, Leviathan
 

ELK
Senior Member
Username: Elkski

Post Number: 1751
Registered: 01-2003
Posted From: 71.195.244.40
Posted on Monday, January 08, 2007 - 04:09 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I take my cobras and ball locks apart every keg flavor change if not keg change. I have a nut where I can take the hose off the lock and use a camel back scrub brush to clean out the line best that I can using oxiclean and then starsan and I store them in the fridge or freezer or at a minimum the cellar till use.
Rip them lips!
 

Bob Wall
Advanced Member
Username: Brewdudebob

Post Number: 641
Registered: 11-2004
Posted From: 71.204.15.75
Posted on Monday, January 08, 2007 - 05:06 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have had my cobra taps for years and had never taken them apart until a few months ago when there was another thread regarding this very issue. I was relieved to find my cobra taps slime free.

I attribute the clean cobra innards to the fact that I only use them when I take my kegs to a party or a club meeting. I also rinse them with hot water after each use, let them drip dry and store them until needed again. I suppose if I were using them on a daily basis, I would have encountered the dreaded slime.

But hey, my stainless faucets get the same slime too, so it just goes to show you. A good cleaning regimen is necessary no matter what you are using to dispense your beer with.
Give a man a beer and he'll waste an hour. Teach a man to brew and he'll waste a lifetime.
 

Geoff Buschur
Senior Member
Username: Avmech

Post Number: 1378
Registered: 06-2004
Posted From: 208.8.57.2
Posted on Monday, January 08, 2007 - 05:27 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

This is why I just spent big $$$ on 6 new Shirron forward seal faucets. Man are they worth every penny!
"I've been drunk for 14 years...my judgment isn't what it used to be."