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Old 12-17-2012, 08:47 PM   #21
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If you don't have one of these, you should get one. It turns both sizes of posts that you will run into. Sears. See the link.

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Old 12-17-2012, 10:07 PM   #22
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I thought everyone did, that makes mine look really old

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Old 12-17-2012, 10:07 PM   #23
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If you don't like to disassemble the kegs, just make a keg washer using a large submersible pump. By running tuping from the pump to dedicated QD's, you can run solution through the diptubes and also into the main keg body. SEE HERE

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I like to check my o-rings and poppets run a brush through the tubes just makes me feel better knowing everything is clean and functional had to clean up after I forced and cracked a QD

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Old 12-18-2012, 02:27 AM   #25
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I like to check my o-rings and poppets run a brush through the tubes just makes me feel better knowing everything is clean and functional had to clean up after I forced and cracked a QD
That reminds me - I don't currently lube up the O-rings ... is this something folks typically do or do you skip it? After going through 4 sets of o-rings in the last 2 10 gallon batches, i'm thinking i should start.
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Old 12-18-2012, 02:34 AM   #26
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That reminds me - I don't currently lube up the O-rings ... is this something folks typically do or do you skip it? After going through 4 sets of o-rings in the last 2 10 gallon batches, i'm thinking i should start.
I've started lubing all orings, including the posts. I'm tired of leaks.
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I take everything apart and clean. Why spend all that money, time and energy for a Maybe problem.

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When I'm too lazy to disassemble and clean the parts, I'll dump a pot of boiling water into the cleaned keg, pressurize to about 50 psi and use a picnic tap to flush the tube and poppet with hot water and steam.

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so for the past 2-3 years I have just slipped the end of my beer QD inside the tubing on the auto siphon, and pumped away with my PBW mixture in the keg. On a whim, i pulled one apart. I had not had off flavors with the beer, just wanted to see if this practice was good. As stated, the amount of crap trapped up in the poppet was amazing. Even more amazing was not having issues with the beer! For the 2 min it takes to pull it apart and clean correctly, I"ll do that from now on.

re: the pin locks. I bought three of these that I converted to ball locks. But i never bought a special tool to get them off. I think you can get enough of a socket on the post before it his the pin to turn it. Either that or I used a spanner wrench. I do not recall.

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That reminds me - I don't currently lube up the O-rings ... is this something folks typically do or do you skip it? After going through 4 sets of o-rings in the last 2 10 gallon batches, i'm thinking i should start.
I don't lube anything that comes in contact with my beer, I found that if you lube the locking pins on the QD's they slip right over the o-rings.
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