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What is the difference between manual, semi-automatic, and automatic keg washers?

I'm looking for a keg machine where I can just press a button and not worry about manually switching over to each cleaning method (compressed air, rin

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Back in January, I broke down a few of my corny kegs and noticed a good deal of build-up inside of the dip tube. I'm afraid that might be why my lines pour a bit foamy despite the fact that the system seems to be fairly well-balanced. My process for cleaning my kegs is, generally, always the same: once I've run empty on beer, I'll depressurize the keg, take off the lid, rinse it out, fill it about halfway with water and add a half scoop of OxiClean before soaking it. Afterwards, I put the lid back on before turning the keg upside down and allowing it to soak again. Add another thorough rinse-out before I dump about a gallon of Star San into the keg. Finally, I'll pressurize it and let the keg sit until filling it up again one last time. If the o-rings aren't damaged, I keep them on, and I never do anything with the posts. My question is this: how often should I be completely breaking-down my corny kegs?

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We recently purchased a Premier 2-head manual keg washer for our brewery, which has a water flow rate of around 7 GPM (gallons per minute). I'm planning on using a diluted solution with a 5% PAA sanitizer to set-up a venturi-based system for the washer and would ideally like to avoid employing a reduction nipple. Since I've never assembled one of these dosing systems before, how do these venutri-style dosers work exactly? What's the best way to go about setting one up for a 2-Head Premier manual washer?

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I'm about to purchase a new Premier Stainless Systems 2-station keg washer and would like to know how the washer can be drained? Does it need to have a permanent connection or can I drain the washer into the floor drain and wheel it out of the way when not in use?

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I'm currently in the market for a single-head, automatic keg washer that's not BYO (I already have one of those). I have the budget for a new washer. At 20 kegs/week (with anticipated growth to do more), does anyone have any advice/recommendations?

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For manually cleaning kegs, what's the best method to use without wasting too much time and CO2? I'm currently purging with CO2 for a certain period before filling during my manual clean(s). I think I might be purging too much and/or for too long tho - any thoughts?

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After running a bunch of my "clean" kegs through our semi-auto Premier keg washer, I opened one up only to discover a bunch of build-up on the upper-part of the spear. Opened a few more and discovered the same thing in all of them. What's creating this gunk and how do I get rid of it?!

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We're currently in the process of installing our new keg washer and heard there are two ways to clean the kegs with this machine: using steam or caustic. What's the difference between the two?

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For those of you using stainless-steel keg washers, what are some of the reasons you decided to purchase the semi-automatic version over the manual one? I'm currently trying to justify the extra cost of the semi-auto washer, and could definitely use some help....

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