Originally Posted by MrsBDX
Thanks for all of the replies! I'm glad to know its not a junker. There is a bad smell coming from the stem and I tried searching on here to get a "how to" on cleaning but it seems that there is no definitive answer on what to use to de-funk brass. I have tried a natural based dish soap that has grapefruit oil in it + warm water + brush but it is still funky =(. Any suggestions?
I'd suggest baking soda. My friend cleans his with pure lemon juice or some pure citrus juice/concentrate- I'll use this method for my washable hoses when i got some bad ghosting and let it air out- always does the trick for me.