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Old 07-01-2008, 06:44 PM   #1
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Default Goodbye Ventmatics

Sad news, some crazy legal situation in shirrons HQ has resulted in the production of ventmatics to cease.

I am worried that I will no longer be able to find parts for them.

Is anyone else worried that when a ventmatic or 2 on your kegerator craps out in 5 years you wont be able to source the rebuild kit to replace a crapped up gasket? I am trying to get 2 rebuild kits per each ventmatic I have, to squirrel them away. the rest of the faucet would survive a nuclear holocaust (they are built like tanks) but the contact points ( the 2 rubber o rings, 2 cup seals, few other o rings scattered about) will definatly crap out eventually.

anyone know where i can get some parts for these beauties? until then no one but ME is pulling pints, i cant risk it!

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Old 07-01-2008, 06:49 PM   #2
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I guess Iwill be getting Perlicks when I expand my kegerator.

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Old 07-01-2008, 06:51 PM   #3
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Search for ventmatic online and you will see these things disappear and then come back all the time. There are lots of legal issues with the design.

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Old 07-01-2008, 06:55 PM   #4
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Maybe give this place a call.

http://kegman.net/washers.htm

It doesn't specifically say ventmatic but he might have a kit for it.

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Old 07-02-2008, 11:11 AM   #5
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You have a link for that stevecaaster? I can't find any news blurbs on it.

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Old 07-02-2008, 03:26 PM   #6
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They will most likely cease production until they agree on an amount to pay for royalties for whatever patent they're infringing on, then push the Big Green button on the production line again.
Worst case, just because it's not in an official Ventmatic parts kit, I'm sure you could still find the proper o rings. Most o rings are standard. A company isn't going to occur the cost of using a basic o ring that is specifically made for them if they can get a standard size. The exception would be a gasket made to a particular shape.

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Old 07-02-2008, 03:32 PM   #7
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I haven't used a Ventmatic but, IIUC, the Perlick forward seal and the Ventmatics are essentially the same. Right?

So wouldn't the gaskets be interchangeable?

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I haven't used a Ventmatic but, IIUC, the Perlick forward seal and the Ventmatics are essentially the same. Right?

So wouldn't the gaskets be interchangeable?
Same idea, but the internals are not the same size. http://forum.northernbrewer.com/view...hlight=perlick
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I have about 50 Ventmatics left but they are going fast. Buy some facets for parts.

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I wouldn't worry too much. The ventmatics are so popular and yet kinda pricey that even if the company went under completely, somebody on this site would quickly find a mcmaster part that works as a suitable seal replacement and post the link right here!

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