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Storing an empty keg
« on: October 24, 2013, 07:14:45 AM »
I know, I know.  Why is it empty?

While it sits empty is there a rec'd way to store it.  Options:

1.) Clean and dry, open on the top
2.) Clean and dry, closed lid
3.) Clean and dry, closed lid and CO2'd w/ 7-10 lbs (to make sure there is pressure when you goto use it again)
* 4.) Clean and dry keep Sani'd 1/4% filled
5.) Stack em up, rinsed, till several are
6.) Other options?
Please fill in X and Y with your posts :tup:

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*Most popular, but all are ok.  Just make sure they are cleaned and sani'd before the next use
« Last Edit: October 29, 2013, 05:59:11 AM by ppbrewclub »
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Re: Storing an empty keg
« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2013, 07:21:48 AM »
I usually clean, sanitize, charge with co2 and leave them like that. although one often just stays full of sanitizer.
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Re: Storing an empty keg
« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2013, 07:24:06 AM »
I usually do (1) with the keg upside down.
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Re: Storing an empty keg
« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2013, 07:35:24 AM »
I also do #1 but not upside down.  I just rest the lid over the opening.
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Re: Storing an empty keg
« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2013, 08:08:38 AM »
I do #1 with the keg upside down to keep dust out.  I have also done #3 with 12 psi on (because that is what the regulator is set to).  I always sanitize right before filling.
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Re: Storing an empty keg
« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2013, 08:27:15 AM »
After my kegs are clean and dry, I hit them with about 10 psi.  If they're not still pressurized when I go to use them, I know they're leaky and need attention before use.
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Re: Storing an empty keg
« Reply #6 on: October 24, 2013, 08:52:13 AM »
#3, for the reasons Denny stated. If it's still pressurized when I go to fill it, I know there are no leaks. I also sanitize right before filling.
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Re: Storing an empty keg
« Reply #7 on: October 24, 2013, 09:16:11 AM »
I store my kegs sanitized and pressurized. I rinse with a bit more sanitizer right before filling as well.

Now bottles, I store those upside down.
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Re: Storing an empty keg
« Reply #8 on: October 24, 2013, 09:20:32 AM »
#3 for me.
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Re: Storing an empty keg
« Reply #9 on: October 24, 2013, 09:27:20 AM »
Is it bad to leave StarSan in the keg for long periods of time?  Say 2 weeks or a month?

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Re: Storing an empty keg
« Reply #10 on: October 24, 2013, 09:28:25 AM »
I do what Mort does.  There's always a little bit of sanitizer left in them, so they're not dry.

I agree with Denny on charging them with some CO2 so you know if they're leaky when you go to fill them.

Even though they're stored sanitized they get fresh batch of sanitizer and a flush of CO2 before filling.

To be completely honest, though, sometimes they are "stored" just as they are when the keg kicks.  I tend to get lazy and will clean them when I need them or clean them in batches.
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Re: Storing an empty keg
« Reply #11 on: October 24, 2013, 09:37:56 AM »
I typically rinse, PBW or Oxy soak, hot rinse, sanitize, purge/pressurize CO2 and store. As Denny stated, if the keg will hold pressure while in storage, it should maintain pressure during kegging/serving. I keep my kegs pressurized while in storage.
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Re: Storing an empty keg
« Reply #12 on: October 24, 2013, 09:56:31 AM »
My routine is to clean, sanitize, fill with beer, drink beer, repeat. I only care about the time between step two and three.

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Re: Storing an empty keg
« Reply #13 on: October 24, 2013, 09:57:13 AM »

To be completely honest, though, sometimes they are "stored" just as they are when the keg kicks.  I tend to get lazy and will clean them when I need them or clean them in batches.

Ha, now I don't feel so bad!  I don't normally clean mine until I need to refill.  Once they kick I just let them sit till I need to refill and then clean.
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Re: Storing an empty keg
« Reply #14 on: October 24, 2013, 09:59:12 AM »
Yeah, I clean them in batches too, so a lot of times some of them are sitting around dirty.  I definitely store the dirty ones pressurized, it makes them easier to clean if everything stays a bit damp.
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