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Cracked my LBK

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Not sure when I did it, but I cracked one of my little brown kegs. My best guess would be after I was washed it out and replaced the spigot. I found the crack after filling it with water for the Helles Bock I was about to add in. Luckily I had two LBKs on stand by. Turned the heat down on the water that was boiling, sanitized a second keg (Had a 5 gallon bucket filled with Star San also on stand by) After the sanitizing was done, I brought the water back to a boil opened the Helles Bock HME and continued on. I'm upset about losing an LBK, but I think I'm pretty well covered with 2 extras, a 5 gallon Primary fermenter and a 2 - 5 gallon carboys all waiting to be put to use.

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Yea, it'd suck to loose a LBK due to it cracking, but I'd say you're still doing pretty good with the extra fermentors you've got. Brew on! ;-)

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I have two, keep one empty and have used it for batch-priming, but I'd like to get a batch of apfelwein going in my empty LBK, and I worry that something will happen to the other one as soon as I start in with using the second LBK - apfelwein needing to sit on the yeast for a good 2-3 months.

 

 *bites nails*

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never had any issues with any of my lbk's, and never had I removed the spignot, just clean it thoroughly inside and out and drain the no rinse cleaner thru it. never had I had any sanitizing issues bcuz of that either.

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Spigot should be removed AND disassembled each time, cleaned carefully, and sanitized in pieces. The top and bottom of the spigot does come apart.

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I use a small bottle brush to GENTLY clean the two pieces, the bottom piece ALWAYS has trub in it.  ALWAYS.

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I use a small bottle brush to GENTLY clean the two pieces, the bottom piece ALWAYS has trub in it.  ALWAYS.

 

I did try taking it apart, but worried I was going to break it so gave up. But since I haven't taken it apart I clean m LBK well with mild soap and water and a soft disk cloth. Then soak the whole LBK with the spigot open in a bucket of no rinse cleaner generally overnight or longer. Seems to work OK.

 

But how do you take the spigot apart, do you use tools? 

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Yes, I use tools.  Hold it in your hands, turn it half way.  Wiggle back and forth and exert an upward pull.  If it doesn't separate, take a screwdriver and turn it in the crack where the two parts both have edges on the side.  You'll hear a "pop", and a "click" when you reassemble.

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Spigot should be removed AND disassembled each time, cleaned carefully, and sanitized in pieces. The top and bottom of the spigot does come apart.

 

One of the LBKs that I picked up used, had a very nasty stench. A whole day in water and unscented dish soap didn't help. I even filled a glass with sanitizer and water, left it over night, nope still stunk, I wound up replacing it. I'm looking for a third LBK. I might just buy a new one off the Mr. Beer Site, $10 plus $7.95 shipping is not much more than what I paid for a used one.

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