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Removing keg lube?
« on: January 01, 2013, 12:25:49 AM »
How do you remove keg lube from the cornie o-ring?  Also, from the inside top of the keg where the oring sits?

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Re: Removing keg lube?
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2013, 04:26:00 PM »
A paper towel works.  You can safely leave it there, but if you have a huge amount on it then a quick wipe will take off enough.  You want there to be a little left on the o-rings.
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Re: Removing keg lube?
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2013, 07:43:54 PM »
Very interesting to me...So, the guys who like the "rocking" method of carbing fear not they their brew will be sloshing against keg lube.

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Re: Removing keg lube?
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2013, 08:52:01 PM »
Keg lube is food grade and not really soluble in water or beer anyway, so I don't worry about it.
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Re: Removing keg lube?
« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2013, 06:58:35 AM »
I swapped from LubriFilm (keg lube) to CIP-Film due to the lower melting temperature. Its melting point is 120F and I don't feel like I've handled a sappy Griswold Christmas Tree after using it.
https://haynesmfg.com/files/Tech/Technical%20Data%20Sheet_Haynes%20CIP-Film.pdf

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Re: Removing keg lube?
« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2013, 08:02:57 PM »
I use olive oil in very small amounts. Works fabulous.
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Removing keg lube?
« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2013, 08:40:19 PM »
Mineral oil.  That's all keg lubes, just pastified.
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Re: Removing keg lube?
« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2013, 10:33:44 AM »
Very interesting to me...So, the guys who like the "rocking" method of carbing fear not they their brew will be sloshing against keg lube.

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Re: Removing keg lube?
« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2013, 11:32:06 AM »
I use olive oil in very small amounts. Works fabulous.

I like this and may steal it if my tiny stash of keg lube ever runs out. (It was a hand-me-down from another brewer and hasn't run out in 8 years. Ridiculous!)
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Re: Removing keg lube?
« Reply #9 on: January 19, 2013, 12:22:18 PM »
A lifetime supply of lube will cost you about $5.99. And by "lifetime" I mean a 6 oz tube. I'm pretty sure it's just vaseline.
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Removing keg lube?
« Reply #10 on: January 19, 2013, 09:24:45 PM »
I have a tube of keg lube that I've had for 5 years and its still going strong. A lifetime is a strong word but may be true for me.
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Re: Removing keg lube?
« Reply #11 on: January 20, 2013, 12:42:50 AM »
Keg Lube = spit, right?

Just like all other lube, or am I missing something?

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Re: Removing keg lube?
« Reply #12 on: January 24, 2013, 12:01:33 PM »
I’ve also wondered about lube removal.  Not so much because it might touch the beer.   But over time couldn’t it become a potential source of contamination?
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Re: Removing keg lube?
« Reply #13 on: January 24, 2013, 12:16:45 PM »
I’ve also wondered about lube removal.  Not so much because it might touch the beer.   But over time couldn’t it become a potential source of contamination?
I suppose it could.  I still don't worry about it, but if it is a big concern I just wouldn't use it at all.  Replace o-rings when they get old and you don't really need it.
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Re: Removing keg lube?
« Reply #14 on: January 24, 2013, 03:35:41 PM »
Mostly I don’t worry either.  But I have one fussy keg with a slight dent in its lip.  Sometimes it takes a liberal application of lube, a little magic, and more than a few swear words to get the lid to seal.  Afterwards it’s a bugger to clean.
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