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I would advise popping it out and cleaning it every time, cleanliness is next to godliness or at least next to not having contaminated beer.


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Yes, if it can be taken apart and reassembled without damaging it. I would disassemble clean and store. Then sanitize and reassemble the valve and sanitize the bucket as a whole before use. A clean sanitary fermenter and it's parts is critical. This is where your wort is most vulnerable to infection. Line brushes are useful if the valve doesn't come ...



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