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Offline EThome

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Kegerator Build/Set-Up Question
« on: September 04, 2015, 03:29:18 PM »
I'm going to be diving in to my upright frig-to-kegerator conversion this weekend and I think I have all the pieces and parts and have done all the research and layout necessary (we'll see).

Over the next couple of months I will also be kegging my brews for the first time - first one likely around the 20th of this month. So I am sure I will be back as things come up and questions pop into my head. Like this one;

In all my reading of conversions and set-ups, I don't recall anyone discussing whether you should "clean" the brand new, never used lines/faucets or if sanitizing them is sufficient.

I know this seems like a basic/no-brainer kind of thing (why not just clean 'em - you never know where they've been) but wanted to get input from those who have been there done that.
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Re: Kegerator Build/Set-Up Question
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2015, 04:07:44 PM »
It's up to you, but I would clean the faucets (and the shanks, etc.) and just run sanitizer through the lines.
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Re: Kegerator Build/Set-Up Question
« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2015, 04:41:51 PM »

It's up to you, but I would clean the faucets (and the shanks, etc.) and just run sanitizer through the lines.
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Re: Kegerator Build/Set-Up Question
« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2015, 04:53:31 PM »
Since it doesn't really take long and lends piece of mind I just cleaned everything n then ran through some Star San solution.

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Re: Kegerator Build/Set-Up Question
« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2015, 04:56:14 PM »
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Re: Kegerator Build/Set-Up Question
« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2015, 09:21:21 PM »
Thanks and agreed.

Gravity ran some hot PBW-laced water through the connected shanks and faucets from the bottling bucket, opening and closing the faucet a couple of times. Let each combo sit in the PBW water for 10 - 15 minutes and rinsed all thoroughly, removing the faucets form the shanks.

Figure I'll run Star San through from each keg once they're installed and hooked up to gas.
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Re: Kegerator Build/Set-Up Question
« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2015, 01:00:07 PM »
You should be fine for now, but going forward you're going to want a beer line cleaner. This link has the one I use; easy to fabricate and works like a charm. I use it every time I switch kegs:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=226497

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Re: Kegerator Build/Set-Up Question
« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2015, 02:11:27 PM »
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I actually have that link/thread saved from researching through the forums several weeks ago. Plan on that every time a keg kicks as well.
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