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Old 07-16-2008, 05:03 PM   #11
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I have the keg but haven't been able to drive that retaining ring thing around yet to get the spear out. I've read the "anatomy of a keg" page, etc, but I still can't get it.

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I don't mean to hijack. Just wanted to whine a little.

maybe this will help http://www.physics.arizona.edu/~work...rew/Sanke.html.
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Old 07-16-2008, 05:58 PM   #12
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yeah, it's about that easy
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Old 07-16-2008, 06:55 PM   #13
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That's the webpage I meant when I said "anatomy of a keg" above. I didn't remember the name of it.

I am failing at the very first step: "To remove the tube, you first must remove the retaining "spring". I did this by pushing it around with a flat screwdriver until the end was visible through one of the holes in the fitting built onto the keg. "

The pushing around part hasn't worked for me yet. I'll try again tonight.
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Some of my brew partners ferment in 15.5gal Sanke's and here is how we get them clean.

Remove the spear
Add 8gallons of water and bring to a boil
Add PBW and insert rubber stopper
Shake the living hell out of it and let sit for 30minutes
With rubber stopper still in turn the keg upside down and let the hot pbw water clean the "other" half of the keg.

Since we ferment using two of these at a time we just use the hot pbw water from the first one to clean the second one.

Then we rinse/repeat with Star San.

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Old 07-16-2008, 07:19 PM   #15
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Some of my brew partners ferment in 15.5gal Sanke's and here is how we get them clean.

Remove the spear
Add 8gallons of water and bring to a boil
Add PBW and insert rubber stopper
Shake the living hell out of it and let sit for 30minutes
With rubber stopper still in turn the keg upside down and let the hot pbw water clean the "other" half of the keg.

Since we ferment using two of these at a time we just use the hot pbw water from the first one to clean the second one.

Then we rinse/repeat with Star San.
oh wow, that's cool! How do you put an airlock in it?
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Old 07-16-2008, 08:06 PM   #16
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I'd imagine just another one of those rubber stoppers, but with a hole drilled in it then the airlock shoved in. What size stopper goes into one of those?

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Old 07-17-2008, 03:31 AM   #17
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I am failing at the very first step: "To remove the tube, you first must remove the retaining "spring". I did this by pushing it around with a flat screwdriver until the end was visible through one of the holes in the fitting built onto the keg. "
Ok, I see now.

Based on my misreading of this picture:


I thought he was drifting the upper collar around so that it met up with the ends of the retaining ring. The way the shadow falls under the screwdriver makes it look kinda like he's got the screwdriver resting on a tab in the collar.

I finally got enough light on the thing to see that what I thought was a rotating collar is in fact a unmovable welded/rolled/whatever part of the neck of the filler hole. In the pic I think he is drifting the retaining ring by applying force on the "raised" end of the ring. The ring is drifted around _under_ the collar. Note: that's not how I got the ring out...

Duh.

I have been beating the living crap out of this thing, using a torch, mallet, hammer, block of wood, steel pipes. I am sure the neighbors hate me because hammering on a keg is LOUD. I had earplugs in the whole time.

Anyhow, I had butchered the neck bad enought that I had to fight to get the spear out. But it's out, the keg is cleaned and ready to have the lid cut off.

I am some kind of hardware moron. Just thought I'd share. I am going to take a shower now because I am dripping with sweat and angst.
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well at least you got it done! Was it stinky inside?

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No, just smelled like old beer (like it did when bleeding the pressure out). The spear and what I could see of the inside with the flashlight looked fine. Will be easier to see and scrub out once the top is liberated.

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No, just smelled like old beer (like it did when bleeding the pressure out). The spear and what I could see of the inside with the flashlight looked fine. Will be easier to see and scrub out once the top is liberated.
I think the worse smell so fr of old beer was out of the Guinness keg...peee-you! (I dunno how to spell that)
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