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Old 12-08-2011, 08:49 PM   #1
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Default How to empty a keg?

I put an add on craigslist looking for kegs and got a response from a lady with a 15-20 year old keg of Miller. I would like to be able to show up at her place and just pick up an empty keg. What would be the easiest way to have her empty the keg?

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Old 12-08-2011, 08:53 PM   #2
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How thirsty is she?!!?

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Old 12-08-2011, 08:55 PM   #3
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Probably something you're going to have to take care of yourself. Bring friends to help pick it up if you're concerned... don't necessarily mention that the beer keg they're picking up is 15+ years old.

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Old 12-08-2011, 08:57 PM   #4
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Remove the spear and turn it upside down.

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Old 12-08-2011, 08:57 PM   #5
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1. Set the keg on it's side
2. Position your body out of the way and depress the stainless ball in the valve to release any pressure inside (beer will come shooting out).
3. Once there is no more pressure being released, follow the standard steps to disassemble the valve/spear assembly in a sanke keg.
4. once the keg is open, turn it upside to pour out the nasty beer.

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Old 12-08-2011, 09:26 PM   #6
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Why wouldn't you keep the keg upright, connect a tap (with a picnic tap or the liquid line blanked off), and pull the blow off valve to release the pressure before removing the spar? Seems like you'd get a whole lot less beer spraying out.

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Dude, don't make the old lady depressurize the keg. Just go get it and take care of that part yourself. I imagine you're already getting a sweet deal on the $$.

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Yes. Pull the blow off valve. It's hidden on the bottom. You have to pull really hard.

You'll be better off trying this though.

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Old 12-08-2011, 10:03 PM   #9
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Dude, don't make the old lady depressurize the keg. Just go get it and take care of that part yourself. I imagine you're already getting a sweet deal on the $$.
You may be right...I am just a little worried about hauling around a full keg in a work vehicle...and its heavy.
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You may be right...I am just a little worried about hauling around a full keg in a work vehicle...and its heavy.
I'm a brewer, and a pretty tough little lady. But if I was selling an old keg on craigslist, the LAST thing I would do is depressurize and empty the keg for a young guy. The beer will stink, and spray all over everything, plus the keg is heavy! I'm sure she's selling it because she doesn't want to empty it and sell it for scrap, as she doesn't want to mess around with it.

The keg might weigh 80 pounds or so if it's half full. If you can carry a bag of dogfood, you can pick up the darn keg. If she doesn't care if you spray the beer onto her yard, depress the valve and spray it out before you lift it if it's too heavy for you.
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