Interesting survey. Megan, I forwarded the link on to my coworkers. Hopefully a few of them will help you out.
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I would replace them with new beer and gas lines. Then you can just clean the connectors. Trying to get what ever 10 year gunk is dried in them cleaned is more work than it's worth. Plastic tubing is cheaper than cleaning solvents.
I would replace all the o-rings too, if it were me.
Congratulations on getting the kegs!!
I dry hop in a secondary if I plan on harvesting the yeast from the primary. This avoids having hop debris to worry about. Other than that, no secondary for meHere's part of what John Palmer said in the Ask the Experts section of the AHa website...(full text at http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/pages/lets-brew/ask-the-experts/john-palmer?cid=wr6B8CL9lj0q%2bJT6ImywRQ%3d%3d&redirect=http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/pages/lets-brew/ask-the-experts/john-palmer if you're a member)
"Therefore I, and Jamil and White Labs and Wyeast Labs, do not recommend racking to a secondary fermenter for ANY ale, except when conducting an actual second fermentation, such as adding fruit or souring. Racking to prevent autolysis is not necessary, and therefore the risk of oxidation is completely avoidable. Even lagers do not require racking to a second fermenter before lagering"
I almost never use a secondary. I decide on a batch by batch basis if I need it and I alost never do. I have found no negative impact on beer quality by not using a secondary and it's a heck of a lot easier! Since you have a conical and can dump yeast and trub, I can't see why you'd even consider it.
What about dry hopping? Can you do that in primary or is that a qualifier for secondary?
I don't rack to secondary just to dry hop. If I decide to use a secondary, I dry hop there. Otherwise, I dry hop in primary after the fermentation ends, or dry hop in the keg.
You just acid-washed your alveoli.
LOL...I must have some clean alveoli.
Done that one too many times drying up water condensation inside because I didnt have any damp-rid.
So I brewed a APA on thanks giving and after it fermented out I transferred it to a secondary and it's been sitting in my temp controlled fridge since then at 61 degrees. Sad to say life got in the way.
Will my beer be shot?
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Depending on the faucet, you can get adapters that would allow you to hook on a typical hose-bib threading. If not the kitchen (I know I can't do it with our current kitchen facuet) maybe the bathroom?
I think a chiller is a very good next step. If not, what about aeration? You could get one of the aquarium pumps or go with disposable oxygen bottles.
Stir plates are so easy to make I wouldn't buy one.