Cleaning dirty ball valve/connections

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Cleaning dirty ball valve/connections

Post by Squared » 6 years ago

Hey gang,

I have inherited 3 stainless keggles with ball lock valve welds and thermometers inserted. Lucky me!

I have taken on the challenge of cleaning them through well before they are used. They were pretty dirty, have old spent grains in them, dark stains, etc. They are basically a mess and I "tisk tisk" the previous owner for not cleaning post brew.

I've so far pulled apart the ball lock and fitting components.

What sorts of cleaners should I use? There are stainless fittings and brass fittings in the mix.

What should I use for the keggle?




EDIT: So after much internet research "Bar Keepers Friend" seems to be the best choice and I've sourced out a local store that stocks it. However, any other advice would be good since this is my first set up that has these welded additions, and a converted keg as a kettle too. Now I just have to find the evaporation rate of it.


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Post by stux » 6 years ago

I would soak the stainless in a strong PBW solution for a long time

Except the brass, you can't extended soak that I think

The pbw will do the work for you
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Post by hashie » 6 years ago

PBW as stux said, it will get it all clean. You can then use bar keepers friend to give a great shine to everything.
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Post by PistolPatch » 6 years ago

Remember to finish the cleaning process by sanitising the equipment with some sort of acid wash (eg Starsan). Cleaning gets rid of the organic stuff. The acid gets rid of the inorganic (mineral) layer in which some bugs can hide.
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Post by stux » 6 years ago

And it also neutralizes the alkaline cleanser if you didn't rinse it thoroughly enough
Fermenting: -
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