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gothambrewer (12.88.173.32)
Posted on Friday, October 24, 2003 - 02:39 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hi folks!

As all of you who keg know, some kegs are more difficult to seal than others. The majority of my leaks occur either at the lid or the poppets. In the past I've used keg lube to seal up lid problems and want to use the same approach for the poppets however I've started considering the issues concerning sanitation.

Basically my procedure is to spray down the lid o-ring with a Star San solution after having applied a shmear of keglube to an otherwise clean o-ring. Then I spray down the lid and o-ring together a second time just to make sure. Should I consider wearing latex gloves to apply the keg lube. The anal retentive side of me screams yes. After all, I am lubing the o-ring and setting it on the lid by hand.

Also, I always break down my kegs after each use and soak the keg and parts in a PBW solution according to the directions. I have nothing but praise for both PBW and Star San but I've noticed that it is real difficult to clean off the keg lube from the lid o-ring. Even after several cleanings the o-ring is slippery. A good thing for sealing the keg but would you consider the o-ring clean in that slippery state. The AR side of me screams no.

Is there something about keglube that prevents bacterial growth? I am curious how the rest of the group handles this. Especially those of you who have an AR complex.

Cheers,


Rich
 

big earl (209.222.26.27)
Posted on Friday, October 24, 2003 - 03:13 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I don't even take my kegs apart, between beers,

I shoot PBW and sanitizer thru the valves..

put a glob of keg lube (with clean hands)on top of the popit then pust it into the popit

finished beer is harder to contaminate
 

chumley (199.92.192.126)
Posted on Friday, October 24, 2003 - 03:41 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Ya learn something new every day here. I did not know that one could cure a leaky poppet simply by stuffing a glob of keg lube into it. Here I've been taking the dang things apart, soaking them to clean, then cussing as I put them back together. Thanks.
 

Bill Pierce (24.141.63.119)
Posted on Friday, October 24, 2003 - 05:09 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Keg lube cures a number of ills such as leaky and sticky poppets. I wouldn't be quite so anal about the rubber gloves, Rich. Merely wash your hands. Keg lube is rated as safe for contact with food. The alcohol content and relatively low pH of beer make it resistant to most infections.
 

gothambrewer (12.88.200.49)
Posted on Saturday, October 25, 2003 - 02:31 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

My thanks to Bill and Big Earl for your comments. I suppose that I may be overcautious about this. Cheers!
 

Jared Cook (12.237.202.50)
Posted on Saturday, October 25, 2003 - 03:06 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hey, thanks for the keg lube idea! I have been scratching my head for months trying to figure out why my gas in poppets have been leaking. It's kind of weird, they only leak when the gas is connected. I got a new gas QD and still had problems with it leaking when it was connected. I'll try the lube.
 

Joe Rovito (68.81.236.26)
Posted on Saturday, October 25, 2003 - 05:43 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Jared: Gas leaks are o-ring probs ...

If the gas only leaks w/ a QD connected, its the outer O-ring that is damaged, not the poppet.
Keg lube may help, but replace those outer o-rings - they're only a quarter or so.

Joe R>
 

robert rulmyr (63.156.116.17)
Posted on Saturday, October 25, 2003 - 11:26 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Ditto Joe Rovito. Where do you buy your 25 cent O-rings?
 

Jared Cook (12.237.202.50)
Posted on Saturday, October 25, 2003 - 01:07 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thanks Joe.
 

Tom Gardner (198.81.26.40)
Posted on Saturday, October 25, 2003 - 03:46 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Or try the spray silicone for the poppets. Works for me.

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