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Old 02-26-2011, 12:18 PM   #1
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I was wondering if anyone has replaced this style of poppet



With a "universal" poppet:

http://www.midwestsupplies.com/unive...most-kegs.html

I was all ready to keg, but my keg leaks!
Will these work as replacements, or should I stick with kind that is in there?

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Old 02-26-2011, 12:23 PM   #2
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Never used one, but why not just get the proper poppet valve? They all seem to be similarly priced. Just check what kind of keg you have and order the right poppet valve.

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I wouldn't take a chance. Keg connection has 5 or 6 different kinds and are type specific.

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Thats the problem, im not sure of the specific type I have. I dont know if I can trust the photos. The one I posted is my best guess, but Im not positive.

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This could help. It helped me pick the correct poppet to get my "racetrack" keg working again. Now it's one of my best kegs.
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Thats the problem, im not sure of the specific type I have. I dont know if I can trust the photos. The one I posted is my best guess, but Im not positive.
What type of keg is it (the type is stamped on the outside)? The poppet type is based off the keg type, so you don't have to match photos. Just find the type of keg that you have, and order the poppet for that type of keg.

If it looks different, it may be that you have the wrong type to begin with. I know I've received kegs in the past with the wrong type of post for that particular keg.
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I plan to buy some of the universal poppets from Midwest and give them a try. The advantage I see immediately is that they appear to use a common and replaceable O-ring to make the seal. The rubber seal on a standard poppet is not replaceable AFAIK. This is a major improvement IMO. The universal poppets are not expensive, so there is little risk in giving them a try.

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I plan to buy some of the universal poppets from Midwest and give them a try. The advantage I see immediately is that they appear to use a common and replaceable O-ring to make the seal. The rubber seal on a standard poppet is not replaceable AFAIK. This is a major improvement IMO. The universal poppets are not expensive, so there is little risk in giving them a try.
Well, post back with your results and experience. I didn't even notice that the o-ring may be replaceable. I'd be very interested if they end up working.
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Thanks for the help guys.

The only marks I can find anywhere on the keg are "1978" stamped on the bottom (dang thats old!) and "CORCO" on the lid.

phrogpilot, according to that pdf, I have the "Older style challenger (no V or VI) or John Wood 85". That helps a little bit, but what is still confusing is that document, and many websites show 3 styles of posts, and 4 styles of poppets. ??? So I assume there is an overlap somewhere....

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Well, post back with your results and experience. I didn't even notice that the o-ring may be replaceable. I'd be very interested if they end up working.
Will do. I'm sure they will work OK. Midwest is a reputable outfit and I don't think they would be selling these if there was a problem of any kind. We shall soon find out.
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