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Old 11-29-2012, 01:44 PM   #21
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OK, here's an update. It turns out, it's a European Sanke keg from Scottish & Newcastle. Last night, I tried (unsuccessfully) to take the spear out. I was able to vent the pressure, getting a nice face full of stale, 4-year old Beamish Stout (at least it was cold!).

However, I was unable to get the spear to rotate and begin unscrewing. There is no retaining ring (as in North American Sanke kegs). Instead, it's a thread-in spear, with 2 metal tabs at the top. I took a screwdriver and hammered at the tabs for 30 minutes, trying to get it to turn, but it's seized frozen solid. I tried pouring some hot water over the top in the hopes that some expansion/contraction might break things loose, but no luck.

So my next plan is to simply take this to a local brewery and see if they want it. Maybe they'll exchange it for a North American Sanke keg (heck, I'd even take a Corny).

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Old 11-29-2012, 03:27 PM   #22
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Try taking a largish pair of channel locks (pliers), opening them up so that they'll catch on the tabs, have someone hold the keg (or lock it in place) and try turning it. Chances are they just put the valves/spears in REALLY good. Like with an air powered tool. You just need to get enough leverage against it to get it to turn.

Or just ship the mother to me and let me deal with it.

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You can always cut it open with a hand saw and modify it for your needs that way. I use mine as a HLT so I cut a big hole in the top and use a spare SS lid I had lying around from another pot (when needed).

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OK, here's an update. It turns out, it's a European Sanke keg from Scottish & Newcastle. Last night, I tried (unsuccessfully) to take the spear out. I was able to vent the pressure, getting a nice face full of stale, 4-year old Beamish Stout (at least it was cold!).

However, I was unable to get the spear to rotate and begin unscrewing. There is no retaining ring (as in North American Sanke kegs). Instead, it's a thread-in spear, with 2 metal tabs at the top. I took a screwdriver and hammered at the tabs for 30 minutes, trying to get it to turn, but it's seized frozen solid. I tried pouring some hot water over the top in the hopes that some expansion/contraction might break things loose, but no luck.

So my next plan is to simply take this to a local brewery and see if they want it. Maybe they'll exchange it for a North American Sanke keg (heck, I'd even take a Corny).
Do u have a propane torch? Would work better than the water. I just converted one of the euro kegs last month. Was a bitch to get the spear out.
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Old 11-30-2012, 02:11 AM   #25
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I think you need to go to the next level and build a reflux column as the keg would be a super boiler...

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I think you need to go to the next level and build a reflux column as the keg would be a super boiler...
If I'm reading you right, and you're in the US, or Canada (I believe) that's not legal... It's that "D" word that causes so many issues in these parts.
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