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Y'all are freakin' out over nothing. RDWHAHB.

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  If storing a hose in star-san causes you concern then the simplest solution (pun intended) is not to do it. CLEAN it with running water after use and hang it up to dry. Run some star-san through it before the next use and you're set. Same with a keg or any other equipment.

 Youngun's these days...<sigh>

  Tubercle is only here to help.
 

Ha! Thanks Tubercle! That made me laugh.

I don't think any of us were freaking out though; we were just trying to learn the best practice from our wise elders!

That said, I only stored star-san in my beer lines because it was easier than trying to get them empty and dry. I could be wrong, but at the moment I think I can only fully empty my beer lines by dissembling them which I'd rather not do as it is just one more task to do (and later undo)... Again, I can't be the first one with such a problem.

For the record, most of my beer lines consist of:
Picnic Tap (force fit)::::: tubing::::Ball-Lock disconnect (hose clamp, some needing a special tool that I don't have)

I suppose I just need to learn how to allow flow through the Ball-Lock disconnect when not attached to a keg post. One idea: a spare ball-lock keg post that is not attached to a keg.

Thanks.






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Ok, a related question...

Suppose you are lucky enough to have a full kegerator AND freshly fermented beer that could go into a keg and into the kegerator (if there were only space in the fridge). What do you do in the meantime? I was thinking I would move the newly fermented beer to a keg with priming solution and let it naturally carbonate while I wait to finish the other kegs. Then, all I would have to do is chill and serve the new beer.

Obviously that is not the only way to handle beer waiting to be enjoyed. How do you do it?

Thanks.

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Can you replace it?

I was wondering the same thing! It is a pre-assembled tower set-up. Never dug around in it, but I had been wondering how to detach/attach beer lines to the faucet way up in the top of the tower. There has got to be a way (of course).

Anyway, I can wait two weeks or so for hardening. I'm behind on my brewing!

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I'm worried about my beer line now though! I need to get home and dump that star-san out of it.

Any ideas on how to tell if the inside of the line is damaged (assuming I'd rather not have to take it apart)?


By the way, the star-san has been in the beer line for a week now! Is it a lost cause?

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Thanks for all the replies.

Ok, so it sounds like am fine storing star-san in a keg.

I'm worried about my beer line now though! I need to get home and dump that star-san out of it.

Any ideas on how to tell if the inside of the line is damaged (assuming I'd rather not have to take it apart)?

Thanks!

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So, after I finished off a keg, I cleaned it out and filled it will about two gallons of star-san sanitizer (made with distilled water). I put about 5psi of CO2 pressure in it, and then I decided to leave it like that until I have another batch to put into it.

So....

Question #1: Are there any problems storing star-san in a corny keg for a few months?

Question #2: Any other recommendations for storing a cleaned and sanitized keg?

Also, to clear/clean/sanitize my beer lines, I ran fresh water from a pressurized keg through the lines and out the faucet. Next, I ran some PBW solution out of the keg I was cleaning. Then some more fresh water. Last, I ran some  of the star-san solution through to sanitize. I decided to leave the star-san in the beer line until it was going to be needed again.

So...

Question #3: Is there a problem with storing a beer line with star-san in it?

Question #4: Any other recommendations for storing a cleaned and sanitized beer line?

Thanks in advance for any input!

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Kegging and Bottling / race-track keg lids
« on: July 21, 2010, 11:31:18 AM »
So, what is the story with race-track lids? Some internet searching indicates that they are rare, and can be a pain to work with.

I managed to acquire a few recently, and I am trying to decide if they are worth continuing to use.

So, some questions:

1) Why do people consider them to be a pain? They seem simple enough to me.

2) I imagine they use the same post o-rings as standard lid kegs, but what about the lid? Wishful thinking has me thinking that the circumference of the race-track lids is the same as the round lids, and therefore the lid o-ring will be the same. Anyone know anything about this? (I don't have any round-lid kegs to personally try this out.)

Thanks.

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