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How Often Should You Replace Keg O-Rings? + Limited Time Deal

Generally Speaking, I think you should replace all keg o-rings when you refurbish or obtain a used keg.


Limited Time Deal, Article Continues Below:

Valuebrew offers a lineup of food grade keg replacement o-rings in bulk quantities.  Most offerings are silicone with one Buna-N option.  Everything they carry is food grade, more info below.  They have some unique offerings like bulk pin lock size post o-rings, replacement universal poppet o-rings, bulk internal QD o-rings and color coded Blue and Green post o-rings

Some of these offerings are featured in our Keg Rebuild How-To

For a short time, Valuebrew is offering free shipping when you buy four or more packs of 50 o-rings. Choose from custom blue and green, dip tube, ball and pin lock posts, universal poppet and internal QD. You can also add on lid orings and their exclusive ball lock jumpers.

SPECIAL! Four Fifties = Free Shipping


What about after that? Of course, you could just keep using them until they break, they smell or look horrible or… until you lose a tank of CO2 due to an o-ring related leak.

How Often Should You Replace Keg O-Rings?

If you’re looking to be more proactive, I would suggest using Daylight Savings dates as a reminder.  Something like this…

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Mark II Keg and Carboy Washer – $74.67 Shipped + Hands on Review & Mods

mark ii mark's keg and carboy washer

Mark’s Keg and Carboy Washer via Adventures in Homebrewing

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From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

Make Better Beer!

Hand crafting beer is a fun and rewarding hobby. The first rule of making better beer is to keep everything that touches the beer clean and sanitized. The Mark II Keg Washer helps to accomplish this task in an easy, efficient, and effective manner.

Save Time, Labor, Space and have fun!

The most labor-intensive and time-consuming task in brewing is cleanup. The Mark II Keg Washer allows you have all your containers and hoses clean by the time your brewing task is done.

Many home brewers set aside containers ?to be cleaned later.? This discourages getting started on the next batch.

The Mark II Keg Washer should be the first piece of equipment you set up and the last thing you put away on brew day or when you transfer your beer from one container to then next.

When transferring beer from one container to the next, we first use the Mark II Keg Washer to sanitize the container that the beer will be transferred to. Then we clean the container that the beer was transferred from.

 

This is awesome!  I have this and like it very much.  It’s one of my favorite pieces of brewing gear.  It’s saved me a lot of time and hassle.  Check out my Hands on Review – beyond the in depth review that includes some mods and hacks.

  • This is selling for $82.95.
  • Save Another 10%: Adventures in Homebrewing is taking 10% off most orders of $55 or more when you use coupon code FALL.
  • Stacks With Free Shipping!  Adventures in Homebrewing is offering free shipping on most orders of $55 or more with a few exclusions.

Mark’s Keg and Carboy Washer – $74.67 when you use coupon code FALL

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6 Faucet Caps + 3 Brush Plugs – $7.89 + free prime ship

CM 6 Pcs Beer Tap Cover Draft Faucet Keg Caps Tap Cap Tap Soother and 3 Pcs Beer Tap Plugs Brush Draft Faucet Keg Brush Plugs

CM 6 Pcs Beer Tap Cover Draft Faucet Keg Caps Tap Cap Tap Soother and 3 Pcs Beer Tap Plugs Brush Draft Faucet Keg Brush Plugs

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From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • Beer Draft Faucet Keg Tap Cover Cap: Keep your tap sealed. Keep faucets clean and sanitary.
  • Beer Tap Plugs Brush: Clean faucet taps and remove sediment for better beer tasting.
  • Great combo set with two different products to keep faucet keg taps.
  • Durable material and easy to clean.
  • Each pack with Tap Cover Cap x 6 Pcs and Beer Tap Plugs Brush x 3 Pcs

 

9/7/21 2 PM Central: This combo is on sale for just $7.89. Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying order. Prices and availability can change quickly.  Check product page for current info – More About Prices

CM 6 Pcs Beer Tap Cover Draft Faucet Keg Caps Tap Cap Tap Soother and 3 Pcs Beer Tap Plugs Brush Draft Faucet Keg Brush Plugs – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

Also: Kegerator Tips & Gear | Keg Repair Part #s | Recent Keg Finds

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Introducing: SAFECID Beer Line Cleaners

Introducing SAFECID Draft Line Cleaners

From the Distributor, Kegtron: “SAFECID delivers industrial-strength cleaning products used by the pros yet are safe enough for you and the environment. Only SAFECID delivers both power and safety for commercial and home draft systems. ”

SAFECID Alkaline Beer Cleaner – Recommended Every Two Weeks

  • High pH, low-foaming caustic line cleaner
  • Powerful, professional-grade strength
  • Removes soil, deposits, hop resins and biofilms
  • Replaces dangerous sodium hydroxide
  • Safe: Will not harm skin or eyes
  • Biodegrades in 10 days or less
  • Blue trace color
  • 0-0-0 hazmat rating

SAFECID Acid Line Cleaner – Recommended Every Three Months

  • Low pH, low-foaming acid replacement line cleaner
  • Dissolves minerals not removed by caustic cleaners
  • Removes beer stone, lime, scale and other minerals
  • Replaces dangerous conventional acids
  • Safe: Will not harm skin or eyes
  • Biodegrades in 10 days or less
  • Pink trace color
  • 0-0-0 hazmat rating

Check Current Price, Specs & Availability via Amazon

More Info: SAFECID Beer Line Cleaning System

Also Consider:

ball lock jumperStainless Steel Ball Lock Jumper with Food Grade Silicone O-Rings: Allows you to connect multiple ball lock runs to clean multiple lines and taps at the same time. Works with both liquid and gas QDs.  Stainless Steel Ball Lock Jumper – via Valuebrew – An easy add-on… food grade o-rings, featured in our Keg Rebuild Post

Make sure the components you use are compatible and rated for your intended application.  Contact manufacturer with questions about suitability or a specific application.  Always read and follow manufacturer directions.

Ball Lock Keg QD Jumper – $12.99

304SS homebrew keg ball lock Quick Disconnect Jumper Post-Double Ended Corny ball lock Post

304SS homebrew keg ball lock Quick Disconnect Jumper Post-Double Ended Corny ball lock Post

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From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • Easily clean multiple tap ball lock kegerators or keezers with our ball lock jumper post.
  • Jumper between all your beer lines and without removing your ball lock disconnects to clean all your lines and disconnects at once without needing to take anything apart!
  • We suggestt it works with liquid disconnects only. It also works for connecting to gas fro very short terms uses, but don’t trust it for long term usage.
  • It can also be used for your beer tube connection for a long time if your tube is not long enough.
  • Please note it is a single piece that cannot be undone from the middle.

 

Important Note:

This jumper only works with LIQUID QDsIf you’re looking for something that works with GAS AND LIQUID QDs Consider: Stainless Steel Ball Lock Jumper – via Valuebrew

DIY!  Related Projects:

9/17/21 1 AM Central: These are selling for $12.99. Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying orderPrices and availability can change quickly.  Check product page for current info – More About Prices


304SS homebrew keg ball lock Quick Disconnect Jumper Post-Double Ended Corny ball lock Post – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

Also Consider:

ball lock jumperStainless Steel Ball Lock Jumper with Food Grade Silicone O-Rings: Allows you to connect multiple ball lock runs to clean multiple lines and taps at the same time. Works with both liquid and gas QDs.  Stainless Steel Ball Lock Jumper – via Valuebrew – An easy add-on… food grade o-rings, featured in our Keg Rebuild Post

Also: Kegerator Tips & Gear | Keg Repair Part #s | Recent Keg Finds

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100 x Nitrile Gloves – Brew Day Cleanup, BBQ & More – $15.99 with Coupon, Better Than Lightning Deal

 Roll over image to zoom in KOMI 100Pcs Disposable Nitrile Gloves for Exam Gloves Powder Free Kitchen Food Safety Cleaning(Black, M-100PCS)

KOMI 100Pcs Disposable Nitrile Gloves for Exam Gloves Powder Free Kitchen Food Safety Cleaning(Black, M-100PCS)

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From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • High Material
  • Degradable, eco-friendly
  • Easy to Wear and Remove
  • sizes: Small, Medium, Large
  • 100 pcs ( 50 pairs) in box

From HBF: Make sure the components you use are compatible and rated for your intended application.  Contact manufacturer with questions about suitability or a specific application.  Always read and follow manufacturer directions.

 

Potential Uses:  Help with cleanup on brew day, make your kegs shine like new (see photo below) and use around the kitchen and for BBQ.  I use similar gloves when I apply rub for smoking meats.  It helps to prevent against cross contamination and I also like that it helps keep my hands from smelling like… bbq rub.  If you’re a BBQ-er like my homebrewers, check out our BBQ deals page.

I use protective gloves when dealing with harsh chemicals  The photo above is from my post on rebuilding kegs.  Here I’m using Bar Keepers Friend – Jump To: Section on Bar Keeper’s Friend – to clean a keg.  I used protective gloves several times during this process.

Note from HBF: These are not appropriate for use with high temps. If you’re looking for something like that, search Amazon for “waterproof heat resistant gloves” to shop around

9/15/21 1 PM Central: These are selling for $19.99.  Click on “Save extra 20% when you apply this coupon” and the price drops to $15.99 at checkout.  Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying order. Prices and availability can change quickly.  Check product page for current info – More About Prices

For some pricing clarity, this is less that a recent Lighting Deal on this same offering. These sold for $16.99 as a Lightning Deal on 9/14.

KOMI 100Pcs Disposable Nitrile Gloves for Exam Gloves Powder Free Kitchen Food Safety Cleaning(Black, M-100PCS) – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

Buy Mark II Keg and Carboy Washer + 4 lbs PBW – Get Free $20 Gift Card + Hands on Review & Mods

mark ii mark's keg and carboy washer

Mark’s Keg and Carboy Washer via Adventures in Homebrewing

More Info

From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

Make Better Beer!

Hand crafting beer is a fun and rewarding hobby. The first rule of making better beer is to keep everything that touches the beer clean and sanitized. The Mark II Keg Washer helps to accomplish this task in an easy, efficient, and effective manner.

Save Time, Labor, Space and have fun!

The most labor-intensive and time-consuming task in brewing is cleanup. The Mark II Keg Washer allows you have all your containers and hoses clean by the time your brewing task is done.

Many home brewers set aside containers ?to be cleaned later.? This discourages getting started on the next batch.

The Mark II Keg Washer should be the first piece of equipment you set up and the last thing you put away on brew day or when you transfer your beer from one container to then next.

When transferring beer from one container to the next, we first use the Mark II Keg Washer to sanitize the container that the beer will be transferred to. Then we clean the container that the beer was transferred from.

 

This is awesome!  I have this and like it very much.  It’s one of my favorite pieces of brewing gear.  It’s saved me a lot of time and hassle.  Check out my Hands on Review – beyond the in depth review that includes some mods and hacks.

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8 lbs Five Star PBW Homebrew Cleanser… $46.99 + free shipping

Five Star PBW - 8 lbs - Non-Caustic Alkaline Cleaner

8 lbs Five Star PBW Powdered Brewery Wash


From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • PBW is an alkaline, non-caustic, environmentally and user friendly cleaner
  • Cleaner is very effective in removing thick, difficult, and caked-on organic soils.
  • Effective substitute for caustic soda cleaners and household cleaners
  • Can clean items that cannot be reached with a brush or sponge by simply soaking and rinsing
  • Safe on skin as well as stainless steel, rubber, soft metals, and on plastics

PBW is my go to homebrewing cleanser!

9/14/21 11 AM Central: The 8 lbs size is selling for just $46.99. Shipping is also free to many US addressesPrices and availability can change quickly.  Check product page for current info – More About Prices

PBW by Five Star- 8 lbs


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Lyqily 740GPH Submersible Water Pump, Draft Line Cleaning, Potential Mark II Replacement & More

Lyqily 740GPH Water Pump Ultra Quiet 55W Submersible Fountain Aquarium Fish Pond Hydroponic Pump with 8.5ft High Lift, 5.9ft Three-pin Plug Power Cord, 3 Nozzles(0.51"/0.63"/0.75")

Lyqily 740GPH Submersible Water Pump Ultra Quiet 55W

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From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

Product Name: Submersible Pump

Ultra-quiet Mini Submersible Pump Compact Multifunctional Detachable

SPECIFICATION
Max Flow Rate: 2800L/H
Max Lift Height: 2.6m
Power: 55W
Voltage: 110-120V/60Hz
Length of Power Cord: 1.8m
Dimension: 105mm x 66mm x 88mm

OPERATE
Neither clog up the entrance of the pump nor suck any dirty liquids.
Should the pump be used on a dirty surface, lift it a bit so that a contact with debris is avoided.
To lower the flood of water, use the control lever located on the side of the pump.
Immerse the pump into the water before connecting it to the plug.
At the very beginning, the pump may not work out properly as it might have some air inside,
So just take it off the water and immerse it again: it will surely work out.

PRECAUTIONS
Always disconnect the plug before handling the pump.
Do not use it without water.
Do not grab it using its cable.
Use only cold water.
Use the pump only if completely immersed.

UPKEEP
Remove the frontal part of the pump and the fan and wash them under flowing water.
Do not remove the drum of the pump.
Remove the frontal part and check that the fan runs the proper way.
Check the pump monthly and make sure the pump and its exit are free of obstruction.


 

Potential Uses:

  • I use a similar pump (different manufacturer, features and specifications) for a recirculating draft line cleaning setup.  Note that fittings sizes are different on this pump vs the one I use in that build.  Adjust accordingly
  • As part of a recirculating wort chiller setup (on the chilled water side).

This looks very similar to the pump featured in Sourcing a Replacement Pump for Mark’s Keg and Carboy Washer – the only thing I’m seeing that’s different is a 3 prong cord vs 2 prong

Lyqily 740GPH Water Pump Ultra Quiet 55W Submersible Fountain Aquarium Fish Pond Hydroponic Pump with 8.5ft High Lift, 5.9ft Three-pin Plug Power Cord, 3 Nozzles(0.51″/0.63″/0.75″) – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


Make sure the components you use are compatible and rated for your intended application.  Contact manufacturer with questions about suitability or a specific application.  Always read and follow manufacturer directions.

MoreBeer Draft Line Cleaning Kit – on sale for $39.95 + free ship eligible + Building a Recirculating Draft Line Cleaner

Beer Line Cleaning Kit D1600

Beer Line Cleaning Kit from MoreBeer

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From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

Life is too short to drink bad beer! Beer flavor gets funky when your tap, line and faucet are filled with beer stone–a left over gift from pints long since poured. You do NOT want to share that with your friends!

Ideally you want to clean your lines after every keg, but at the very least cleaning them a few times a year (we like quarterly) will keep your brew pouring fresh and your friends asking for more! Our Draft Cleaning Kit comes with a 1 qt hand pump that pushes Beer Line Cleaner (4 oz size included) through your whole draft system. The faucet gets removed and cleaned with the included faucet wrench and brush. Perfect for cleaning home kegerators as well.


 

  • As of this posting, this is is on sale for $39.95.
  • Get Free Shipping: Shipping is also free to most US addresses with a qualifying $59 order.
  • Easy Filler Item….  If you’re looking for a filler item to help you qualify for free shipping, consider grabbing some PBW

Beer Line Cleaning Kit D1600

Also Consider:

ball lock jumperStainless Steel Ball Lock Jumper with Food Grade Silicone O-Rings: Allows you to connect multiple ball lock runs to clean multiple lines and taps at the same time. Works with both liquid and gas QDs.  Stainless Steel Ball Lock Jumper – via Valuebrew – An easy add-on… food grade o-rings, featured in our Keg Rebuild Post

Convert Your Mark II Keg & Carboy Washer to a Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump!

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