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Offline Laminarman

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Cleaning corny keg pickup tube
« on: March 03, 2017, 05:57:06 PM »
How are you supposed to clean that long tube in the keg efficiently?  I was going to pick up one of these in the appropriate "caliber" and think it might work.  For my guns they are just awesome.  The bristles are brass so softer than steel so shouldn't scratch. Drop the weighted end down then pull. Can be soaked in PBW then rinsed, even washed in the washing machine.  The front part has scrubbing ability, the bristles loosen crud, and the oversized body dries and pulls material out.  Just thought of this so will go home and look at the diameter of the tube.  Thoughts? 

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Re: Cleaning corny keg pickup tube
« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2017, 06:24:49 PM »
That might work. I use one of these.

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Re: Cleaning corny keg pickup tube
« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2017, 06:26:04 PM »
I bought a nice brush, just for this purpose at Adventures In Homebrewing.

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Re: Cleaning corny keg pickup tube
« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2017, 06:29:05 PM »
Thanks for the replies.  Not sure how many on here have used a Boresnake, but they basically wipe the bore dry and clean with one swipe because that large fluffly body compresses and while they pull though tightly really work front to back to scrub and loosen and remove/dry.  I am going to find the correct size and give it a try I think.  But thanks, didn't know those brushes were even made. 

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Re: Cleaning corny keg pickup tube
« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2017, 06:31:52 PM »
Recirc PBW with my keg washer. I break kegs down every year or so and use a brush.

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Re: Cleaning corny keg pickup tube
« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2017, 06:42:20 PM »
Definitely soak it good before scrubbing.  The dip tube brush has worked well for me.
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Re: Cleaning corny keg pickup tube
« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2017, 09:22:08 PM »
I use a dip tube brush too.  I never even thought about using a bore cleaner.  The one for a .22 or a .38 might work okay but most of my keg dip tubes have a bend in them which would rule out my cleaning rods.

The brush works very well and is pretty cheap.

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Re: Cleaning corny keg pickup tube
« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2017, 04:51:17 AM »
I disassemble and soak everything (PBW, StarSan) usually for every batch, but sometimes I'll skip one.  I never go 3 batches in the same keg without a complete disassembly.
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Re: Cleaning corny keg pickup tube
« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2017, 12:54:15 AM »
I'm not sure if all caliber boresnakes have them, but the ones I've got have brass bristles. IDK if these would be an issue, but I wouldn't use them because of this.

And don't use them with any cleaners containing copper solvent...
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Re: Cleaning corny keg pickup tube
« Reply #9 on: March 07, 2017, 03:57:57 AM »
No kegging yet, but I love using the boresnake on my 10/22

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Re: Cleaning corny keg pickup tube
« Reply #10 on: March 07, 2017, 12:12:22 PM »
I should also add that I use the long handled brush from the CamelBack cleaning kit on dip tubes. Works great for my backpacking gear, why not keg parts too?
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Re: Cleaning corny keg pickup tube
« Reply #11 on: March 13, 2017, 01:37:15 PM »
I'm not sure if all caliber boresnakes have them, but the ones I've got have brass bristles. IDK if these would be an issue, but I wouldn't use them because of this.

I was thinking the same thing. Great product, though. Which reminds me, I've been meaning to pick one up for my pellet rifle...
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Re: Cleaning corny keg pickup tube
« Reply #12 on: March 13, 2017, 04:22:26 PM »
I should also add that I use the long handled brush from the CamelBack cleaning kit on dip tubes. Works great for my backpacking gear, why not keg parts too?

Same here.  Have a long, flexible tube brush with plastic bristles that I think came out of a branded CamelBack cleaning kit.  Would work well if you felt the need to scrub inside the dip tube.

So far, I've been happy to just recirc PBW with my keg washer.

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Re: Cleaning corny keg pickup tube
« Reply #13 on: March 13, 2017, 04:40:17 PM »
I always just used to circulate a hot Ozyclean solution through mine.
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Re: Cleaning corny keg pickup tube
« Reply #14 on: March 13, 2017, 05:06:38 PM »
AS SOON as a keg kicks, I run hot water through the keg and tap to rinse out yeast and tap deposits, then run star san through. When I take the kegs apart to change the seals the dip tubes are always clean. Now wait a day or two to clean out the keg like I did in my younger years, different story.
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