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Sanke Kegs; How do you clean and fill them?
« on: April 11, 2012, 07:35:44 AM »
Are they practical for the homebrewer? A friend of mine is moving and is giving me a straight pony and a slim sixth commercial type kegs. Just wondering how to service them or if I should just use them if i want them filled at a brewery.
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Re: Sanke Kegs; How do you clean and fill them?
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2012, 08:20:48 AM »
I use this sanke valve removal tool. It allows you to compress the valve so that the spiral lock ring can be removed.

http://morebeer.com/search/103439/beerwinecoffee/coffeewinebeer/Sanke_Keg_Accessories

I have 5 pony kegs, but I primarily use them for bulk aging, because I prefer to use corny kegs for everyday use.
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Re: Sanke Kegs; How do you clean and fill them?
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2012, 10:30:38 AM »
Ouch, $80 for that valve tool.  I guess the kegs are free though.  OK, so now I know how to get the thing open, any tips on effective cleaning?
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Re: Sanke Kegs; How do you clean and fill them?
« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2012, 10:32:03 AM »
Is the danger of the "spear" lessened with this tool?
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Re: Sanke Kegs; How do you clean and fill them?
« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2012, 11:10:15 AM »
You could spend $80 for that tool and have to deal with swapping fittings, or you could buy a couple of cornies that work with what you already have.

Are you 100% sure that your friend owned those kegs and didn't just fail to return them?
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Re: Sanke Kegs; How do you clean and fill them?
« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2012, 11:21:03 AM »
Is the danger of the "spear" lessened with this tool?

What danger?
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Re: Sanke Kegs; How do you clean and fill them?
« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2012, 11:34:07 AM »
Ouch, $80 for that valve tool.  I guess the kegs are free though.  OK, so now I know how to get the thing open, any tips on effective cleaning?

If you didn't want to open the sanke keg you could fill a corny keg with a hot solution of pbw or oxyclean, and use CO2 to push the solution via a transfer hose into the sanke keg, soaking it for sometime.  But then you would have to rinse it that way and sanitize it that way. Which requires a lot of disconecting and reconecting of hoses (a lot of work). I don't do it this way beasue I want a complete srub down of the inside.

If you can open the sanke keg up with the sanke keg tool and soak it like you would a corny keg, you can scub the inside of the sanke keg using a carboy brush.

These sanke kegs are useful when you have the tool to take them apart, but if you don't have the tool it can be a pain.  I would much rather have a corny keg becasue they are easier to work with.  Although, these sanke kegs are great for storing and bulk aging beer.

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Re: Sanke Kegs; How do you clean and fill them?
« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2012, 11:56:20 AM »
You could spend $80 for that tool and have to deal with swapping fittings, or you could buy a couple of cornies that work with what you already have.

Are you 100% sure that your friend owned those kegs and didn't just fail to return them?

Well, I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt.  He's a stand up guy moving his family, live-in Grandma and four dogs to San Antonio from Portland. He's also giving me a 5 lb. CO2 tank (full).
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Re: Sanke Kegs; How do you clean and fill them?
« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2012, 12:01:06 PM »
You could spend $80 for that tool and have to deal with swapping fittings, or you could buy a couple of cornies that work with what you already have.

Are you 100% sure that your friend owned those kegs and didn't just fail to return them?

Well, I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt.  He's a stand up guy moving his family, live-in Grandma and four dogs to San Antonio from Portland. He's also giving me a 5 lb. CO2 tank (full).
No benefit of the doubt - anyone who leaves Beervana for TX is immediately suspect. ;)

There are places you can return kegs for the deposit, even if you didn't pay the deposit.  The breweries want their kegs back.  Take that cash and buy yourself a corny or two, fewer headaches.
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« Reply #9 on: April 11, 2012, 12:12:09 PM »
Ha! Yeah, he's pretty bummed. His wife's family is there and they have a baby too so it's a family thing. 
Good suggestion on the trade in. I'd rather have a couple more Cornies.  I'm pretty pumped about the CO2 tank.
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Re: Sanke Kegs; How do you clean and fill them?
« Reply #10 on: April 13, 2012, 01:35:48 PM »
You could spend $80 for that tool and have to deal with swapping fittings, or you could buy a couple of cornies that work with what you already have.

Are you 100% sure that your friend owned those kegs and didn't just fail to return them?

Well, I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt.  He's a stand up guy moving his family, live-in Grandma and four dogs to San Antonio from Portland. He's also giving me a 5 lb. CO2 tank (full).
No benefit of the doubt - anyone who leaves Beervana for TX is immediately suspect. ;)

There are places you can return kegs for the deposit, even if you didn't pay the deposit.  The breweries want their kegs back.  Take that cash and buy yourself a corny or two, fewer headaches.
Good advice Tom. I went to a LHBS this morning and traded the ponies for a Corny a 5000ml flask a stainless racking cane and some lactic acid.
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Re: Sanke Kegs; How do you clean and fill them?
« Reply #11 on: April 13, 2012, 01:56:43 PM »
You could spend $80 for that tool and have to deal with swapping fittings, or you could buy a couple of cornies that work with what you already have.

Are you 100% sure that your friend owned those kegs and didn't just fail to return them?

Well, I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt.  He's a stand up guy moving his family, live-in Grandma and four dogs to San Antonio from Portland. He's also giving me a 5 lb. CO2 tank (full).
No benefit of the doubt - anyone who leaves Beervana for TX is immediately suspect. ;)

There are places you can return kegs for the deposit, even if you didn't pay the deposit.  The breweries want their kegs back.  Take that cash and buy yourself a corny or two, fewer headaches.
Good advice Tom. I went to a LHBS this morning and traded the ponies for a Corny a 5000ml flask a stainless racking cane and some lactic acid.
That wasn't really my advice, but ok. ;)
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Re: Sanke Kegs; How do you clean and fill them?
« Reply #12 on: April 15, 2012, 06:34:18 PM »
Just to clarify, the LHBS is also a bottle shop that does keg fills on a large selection of commercial and craft beers.  They gave me their standard $30 deposit credit for returning the kegs and I assume they will in turn return the kegs to the appropriate distributor.
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Re: Sanke Kegs; How do you clean and fill them?
« Reply #13 on: April 15, 2012, 07:23:45 PM »
Hmmm, I bought my last keg off of Craigslist for 15. At 30 bucks I could double my money. Not bad! ;)

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Re: Sanke Kegs; How do you clean and fill them?
« Reply #14 on: April 15, 2012, 10:49:42 PM »
Just to clarify, the LHBS is also a bottle shop that does keg fills on a large selection of commercial and craft beers.  They gave me their standard $30 deposit credit for returning the kegs and I assume they will in turn return the kegs to the appropriate distributor.
Ah yes, that makes a big difference :)
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