Re: Need Help – Mystery Infection

Sat Aug 10, 2013 7:55 am

Is it a bad thing when I take the check valve off my regulator, and the regulator itself smells like stale beer?

Not sure how to clean a regulator.

On a completely unrelated topic. Anyone want to buy a regulator?

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Re: Need Help – Mystery Infection

Sat Aug 10, 2013 8:17 am

Brew Engineer wrote:Is it a bad thing when I take the check valve off my regulator, and the regulator itself smells like stale beer?

Not sure how to clean a regulator.

On a completely unrelated topic. Anyone want to buy a regulator?

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Re: Need Help – Mystery Infection

Sat Aug 10, 2013 8:19 am

You can buy kits to rebuild the regulator for fairly cheap. Glad to know you found 1 (& hopefully the only) source of the problem.
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Re: Need Help – Mystery Infection

Sat Aug 10, 2013 12:05 pm

But since its basically the source of the CO2, I need to replace all my gas lines. I took apart my manifold and boiled the pieces, except the safety release. I'll soak it in star San.

I tore everything apart. Now I need time to rebuild it. Ugh

I may just replace the regulator. Come on more beer deal of the day...
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Re: Need Help – Mystery Infection

Sat Aug 10, 2013 5:17 pm

Brew Engineer wrote: Sorry for the length!


Never apologize for your length.
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Re: Need Help – Mystery Infection

Mon Aug 12, 2013 10:32 am

spiderwrangler wrote:
Brew Engineer wrote: Sorry for the length!


Never apologize for your length.


I'm a GROWER, not a "show-er"... :lol:
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Wed Aug 14, 2013 4:26 pm

I read that as 'growLer'... Which would be quite intimidating.
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Re: Need Help – Mystery Infection

Wed Aug 14, 2013 5:46 pm

Every 6 months, I flush my 7 corny system's gas manifold and gas lines with PBW, water, Star San, then co2. The lines and regulators do get beer in them even with the check valves. The system doesn't like pressure changes from adding cornys that were force carbonated. Even after you bleed the excess pressure off, the beer continues to give up its co2 and the beer will slowly move backwards. And to compound this by pulling the regulator pressure relief ring will move beer backward quickly. The check valves are eventually useless after beer has gone through them. Beer is sticky.

Life is simple if you are set up with MFL fittings on your system. Just stick your corny with cleaning agent between the regulator and distribution block, disconnect all the gas quick connects from the corny. Push the cleaning agent through the lines with co2, bleeding the agent through the lines by loosening the MFL gas quick connects. Let set overnight. You can flush the lines individually by removing the quick disconnects one at a time, running the agent into a bucket. Follow with a water, then sanitizer flush. Finally, follow by co2 flush to remove moisture.

I now force carbonate and filter from a separate tank and regulator.
If you use PBW make sure it is totally dissolved into solution.
Most regulators disassemble easily to clean the diaphragm.

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