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Bottling bucket spigot contamination!
« on: March 20, 2012, 07:09:14 AM »
Is contamination in the spigot a problem for anyone else? There's definitely some nasty black stuff in mine, which is this model.

I bypassed the problem when I bottled last night by simply racking into a clean fermenter and then bottled using an autosiphon, but I'd really like to figure out how to get the gunk out of the spigot. Otherwise, I've just got a useless bucket with a hole in it, since I clearly don't want to replace the thing after each use.
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Re: Bottling bucket spigot contamination!
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2012, 07:20:54 AM »
Yeah I see that on occaion. I do just what you did. rack to a different bucket or just use the syphon to bottle directly. You can use a little keg post brush to get down in there. also you can pull it apart and soak it in PBW or Oxiclean to get the gunk out. kinda hard though when the bucket is full of beer ;D
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Re: Bottling bucket spigot contamination!
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2012, 07:27:56 AM »
Pop out the orange spigot and brush it all very well. Soak the parts in Oxiclean as previously mentioned and then soak in a bleach solution. Rinse well.


I always take mine apart when cleaning, but I don't always use bleach. Usually just Starsan.

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Re: Bottling bucket spigot contamination!
« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2012, 07:32:21 AM »
Mine doesn't seem to come apart, and the gunk is between two layers of white plastic, which allow the spigot to be turned so it's vertical or not. Likely it's because I'm not using enough force (I broke many little mechanical contraptions and stripped many screws in my childhood to learn not to force things). Just yank it apart?  If I do, I suspect it'll never be water-tight again.
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Re: Bottling bucket spigot contamination!
« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2012, 07:35:48 AM »
You can buy just the spigot part. Keep the bucket and through the old spigot away.
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Re: Bottling bucket spigot contamination!
« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2012, 07:52:11 AM »
Wrap your hand around the white part and push the spigot down on a table top. Twisting the spigot back and forth with your right hand helps. It should snap out.


I have the same type as far as the spigot itself is concerned, but mine is held into the buckets with a large grommet. No threads or nut.  I can't comment on how you can separate the white nylon parts, but I'll bet they come apart.

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Re: Bottling bucket spigot contamination!
« Reply #6 on: March 20, 2012, 08:29:57 AM »
Here you go:  Bottling spigot from Northern Brewer

They're cheap and VERY easy to install.  If you have a hard time cleaning that thing out, don't waste your time over what would cost about $4.00 to replace (plus shipping).
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Re: Bottling bucket spigot contamination!
« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2012, 09:08:22 AM »
This is even better and what I use exclusively:


Only one moving part. http://www.rebelbrewer.com/shoppingcart/products/Vintage-Shop-Bottling-Spigot.html
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Re: Bottling bucket spigot contamination!
« Reply #8 on: March 20, 2012, 10:10:39 AM »
Here you go:  Bottling spigot from Northern Brewer

They're cheap and VERY easy to install.  If you have a hard time cleaning that thing out, don't waste your time over what would cost about $4.00 to replace (plus shipping).
I'm really not interested in having to replace it every time I bottle, though. I'd rather just siphon out of a fermenter if it comes to that, though the spigot seems to introduce a bit less air than my siphon.
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Re: Bottling bucket spigot contamination!
« Reply #9 on: March 20, 2012, 10:18:51 AM »
I use mine^^^ till they wear out. The OP's traditional bottling spigot is prone to fail catastrophically and has some nooks and crannies that are difficult to clean. Don't ferment with them.
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Re: Bottling bucket spigot contamination!
« Reply #10 on: March 20, 2012, 10:23:20 AM »
Here you go:  Bottling spigot from Northern Brewer

They're cheap and VERY easy to install.  If you have a hard time cleaning that thing out, don't waste your time over what would cost about $4.00 to replace (plus shipping).
I'm really not interested in having to replace it every time I bottle, though. I'd rather just siphon out of a fermenter if it comes to that, though the spigot seems to introduce a bit less air than my siphon.

I don't know anybody that has to replace it every time they bottle. If yours gets contamination that you can't remove from one use, it is defective.
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Re: Bottling bucket spigot contamination!
« Reply #11 on: March 20, 2012, 11:17:33 AM »
This is even better and what I use exclusively:


Only one moving part. http://www.rebelbrewer.com/shoppingcart/products/Vintage-Shop-Bottling-Spigot.html

I have and use those (cheap!), but I disassemble them every time to give them a thorough cleaning.  Yeast tends to cake up inside the bulkhead portion unless you take it off the bucket and clean the spigot well.  The plastic is cheap and I have personally experienced cracked bulkheads (probably from overtightening and or setting the bucket down at a slight angle and having the ground hitting the spigot before the bottom of the bucket) as well as broken off the spigot handle--it still functions, but it is hard to twist open and closed.


These are the  most durable spigots I've ever used--they're great but must be used with a bottling wand or a small segment of rigid tubing (PVC, Acrylic, etc) in order to hook up a flexible transfer hose.

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Re: Bottling bucket spigot contamination!
« Reply #12 on: April 10, 2012, 11:52:40 AM »
I just pulled my spigot apart after not using it for a long time because it was dirty between the white plastic layers. It's difficult to get apart but can be done. Pop the orange part out like bo says and then use tools to pull the two pieces apart while staying away from anything internal that may scratch. I slid a small screwdriver through the part where the orange piece goes. It warped when I pulled it apart but once clean it all went back together liquid tight.

After tearing it down I think I will definitely buy a better single piece spigot. It smelled terrible and was very slimy between the layers of plastic.
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Re: Bottling bucket spigot contamination!
« Reply #13 on: April 10, 2012, 04:31:13 PM »
I use mine^^^ till they wear out. The OP's traditional bottling spigot is prone to fail catastrophically and has some nooks and crannies that are difficult to clean. Don't ferment with them.
I hate to differ with you but I've used those spigots on my fermenting buckets since I started brewing 20 years ago.  I've cleaned them well and only replaced them maybe 6 or 8 times over the years, and I've never had a single infection from my buckets(I have 4 that i use regularly).
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Re: Bottling bucket spigot contamination!
« Reply #14 on: April 10, 2012, 06:21:27 PM »
Agree.  Any spigot should work.  Just disassemble and clean well--soak, flush, wipe, chemically clean and sanitize, etc.  Then dry and reassemble.  Shortcuts like just filling up the bucket with some hot water and running it through the spigot will not clean it adequately at all.