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Offline JC258

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Re: Looking to get into kegging, where to start?
« Reply #40 on: June 03, 2018, 04:22:32 PM »
Put the shifter on vertically, so the handle sticks up from the keg, works for me.

Gave that a crack but it's only bloody tight. Might try and get a ring spanner from work in the right size and see if that works.

Cheers for the advice guys!

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Re: Looking to get into kegging, where to start?
« Reply #41 on: June 03, 2018, 05:49:45 PM »
The multigrip locking pliers work well too.

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Re: Looking to get into kegging, where to start?
« Reply #42 on: June 03, 2018, 06:16:47 PM »
You guys are hacks!
22mm, 7/8" spanner. Under 10 bucks from your local tool shop.
I pull my tubes every clean. With either a 22 or an 18.
Buy it,  put it near your kegs and never lose it. Easy.
My 2c and all ffs. Been at left barrel pretty inebriated.
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Re: Looking to get into kegging, where to start?
« Reply #43 on: June 03, 2018, 10:06:35 PM »
Yes, get what you need to pull your kegs apart. I don't every clean, too many kegs for that. Though every couple of cleans each keg will get pulled apart.

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Re: Looking to get into kegging, where to start?
« Reply #44 on: June 04, 2018, 05:28:04 AM »
Right tools for the job , I have long series sockets and even keep a simple spreadsheet as to when and when each numbered keg was filled with and what maintenance was done .
I usually give each keg a full strip every third fill or if i put a heavily hopped beer through since blocked outposts are a real prick
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Re: Looking to get into kegging, where to start?
« Reply #45 on: June 04, 2018, 02:02:22 PM »
You guys are hacks!
22mm, 7/8" spanner. Under 10 bucks from your local tool shop.
I pull my tubes every clean. With either a 22 or an 18.
Buy it,  put it near your kegs and never lose it. Easy.
My 2c and all ffs. Been at left barrel pretty inebriated.

At the other end of the scale, I don't remember ever pulling my posts apart except for when I first bought the kegs. A lot of my memories from when I had kegs are quite vague, but I think I'd remember if I was pulling my kegs apart.
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Re: Looking to get into kegging, where to start?
« Reply #46 on: June 04, 2018, 02:31:58 PM »
 
You guys are hacks!
22mm, 7/8" spanner. Under 10 bucks from your local tool shop.
I pull my tubes every clean. With either a 22 or an 18.
Buy it,  put it near your kegs and never lose it. Easy.
My 2c and all ffs. Been at left barrel pretty inebriated.

At the other end of the scale, I don't remember ever pulling my posts apart except for when I first bought the kegs. A lot of my memories from when I had kegs are quite vague, but I think I'd remember if I was pulling my kegs apart.
Sorry for calling anyone a hack. Was a bit drunk last night, whatever gets the job done.
I'm aware that it's probably a little bit over the top removing the posts every fill. But I also don't understand why you wouldn't.  Its takes all of 10 seconds.
I think if you push sanitiser through the out post, that would be ok.
At the end of the day, if your beer is kept cold and drank fresh, you would be very unlikely to even notice an infection. On the other hand, if you bottle from your keg. I feel it's worth it, for piece of mind if nothing else.

Here's a pic of how I fill my kegs. C02 purged keg, fill through the out post, filtered. Fill to 19kg.

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Re: Looking to get into kegging, where to start?
« Reply #47 on: June 04, 2018, 02:53:19 PM »
You guys are hacks!
22mm, 7/8" spanner. Under 10 bucks from your local tool shop.
I pull my tubes every clean. With either a 22 or an 18.
Buy it,  put it near your kegs and never lose it. Easy.
My 2c and all ffs. Been at left barrel pretty inebriated.

At the other end of the scale, I don't remember ever pulling my posts apart except for when I first bought the kegs. A lot of my memories from when I had kegs are quite vague, but I think I'd remember if I was pulling my kegs apart.
Sorry for calling anyone a hack. Was a bit drunk last night, whatever gets the job done.
I'm aware that it's probably a little bit over the top removing the posts every fill. But I also don't understand why you wouldn't.  Its takes all of 10 seconds.
I think if you push sanitiser through the out post, that would be ok.
At the end of the day, if your beer is kept cold and drank fresh, you would be very unlikely to even notice an infection. On the other hand, if you bottle from your keg. I feel it's worth it, for piece of mind if nothing else.

Here's a pic of how I fill my kegs. C02 purged keg, fill through the out post, filtered. Fill to 19kg.

No offence taken here! All good. I like your filling method, two questions, how does the gas vent and what did you make the line with?

My posts tend to get pulled apart when they get blocked with hops. I do run PBW and sanitiser (Separately) through them before kegging.

On the shifter idea, I did it initially as I couldn't get to the shops to buy a spanner and have just kept doing it. If you put another shifter on the first one you can get more rotational force. Or just go buy a ring spanner! Haha!

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Re: Looking to get into kegging, where to start?
« Reply #48 on: June 04, 2018, 07:56:32 PM »
No offence taken here either. It's unlikely that I'd ever get upset by someone suggesting that my brewing practices were less than ideal.
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Re: Looking to get into kegging, where to start?
« Reply #49 on: June 04, 2018, 08:09:41 PM »
I have a pretty simple way of cleaning and sanitising kegs, I seldom pull them apart unless I have a crook poppet valve or poppet seal.

Simply give the keg a quick rinse and add about 3-4 litres of water and one tablespoon of sodium perc, refit lid and pressurise. after 1-2 days swish the fluid, invert keg etc and empty it through the out dissconnect with a ball lock and tube. Open keg, and rinse. Add Star San mixed solution, about 3-4 litres and pressurise. Invert, shake etc and empty through the out disconnect into the next keg and repeat. Store kegs under pressue until you need them. No need to re-sanitise.
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Re: Looking to get into kegging, where to start?
« Reply #50 on: June 04, 2018, 09:26:16 PM »
Gas vents out the pressure relief valve. But some of my kegs don't have one so I just crack off the gas post half a turn.
The line is made of 8mm tubing and I step it down to 6mm to attach on to the disconnect.

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Re: Looking to get into kegging, where to start?
« Reply #51 on: June 06, 2018, 09:27:23 PM »
Just so turns out that 7/8 spanners are only $2 at supercheap, planning to get one this weekend. Also have my STC now so will be wiring that up tomorrow night potentially. Got my CO2 bottle last thursday thanks to Nige. Now just need to sort my regulator, disconnects, hosing etc. Getting close!

Thinking of brewing a red ale on Monday, anyone have any recommendations? Otherwise I'll be doing some research tomorrow night.

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Re: Looking to get into kegging, where to start?
« Reply #52 on: June 07, 2018, 05:07:55 AM »
This ones my favourite. It's a no chill so you may have to tweak the hops if you want to chill.
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