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Coney Keg Smells After Cleaning
« on: March 23, 2016, 06:00:01 PM »
I used a coney keg to "brew" some homemade rootbeer, and now it smells like rootbeer inside. I am hesitant to use it for beer again because i fear that the rootbeer flavor will get into the beer. Can this happen? How can i get the smell out? Will the smell affect the beer? Thanks guys.

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Re: Coney Keg Smells After Cleaning
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2016, 06:10:40 PM »
Do a good soak with oxyclean or PBW. You might have to soak the posts as well. I have a small keg that needs this very same attention. Already threw out the line and soaked the QD's and tap.

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Re: Coney Keg Smells After Cleaning
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2016, 06:12:00 PM »
Replacing the rings wouldn't hurt either.

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Re: Coney Keg Smells After Cleaning
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2016, 07:58:06 PM »
Good luck. Root beer is like pickle juice - damn hard to eradicate. That's why most poeple that serve root beer do it in a dedicated keg on a dedicated serving line & tap.
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Re: Coney Keg Smells After Cleaning
« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2016, 09:43:09 PM »
Good luck. Root beer is like pickle juice - damn hard to eradicate. That's why most poeple that serve root beer do it in a dedicated keg on a dedicated serving line & tap.

Yes.  But most of our used kegs have held syrups before and some of them had to have held root beer.

I would give it a long soak with oxyclean and a detergent.  Start with hot water.  Disassemble everything and soak the posts and dip tubes.  Throw out the rubber.  After soaking, scrub everything with something like a clean toilet brush.  I would use a diptube brush, too.

Leave it open to dry out.  I've found that sealing the kegs before they dry can help capture some of the lingering odors.  Leave it open for a while.  Smell it and repeat as needed.
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Re: Coney Keg Smells After Cleaning
« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2016, 09:54:40 PM »
Root beer and Dr Pepper. By far the worst.

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Re: Coney Keg Smells After Cleaning
« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2016, 12:37:32 AM »
Replacing the rings wouldn't hurt either.
This, oh yeah. I have rebuilt more than a few kegs that had residual soda syrup in them. The worst was one that had contained Mountain Dew.
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Re: Coney Keg Smells After Cleaning
« Reply #7 on: March 24, 2016, 12:47:12 AM »
+2.  I've bought a lot of used kegs. I also had one with Mountain Dew that was a mother to clean and deodorize. Always have to change all the o-rings.
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