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Old 11-30-2008, 03:34 PM   #1
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Default Beer backup into regulator

Ok, I thought these shutoffs had check valves but I was apparently wrong. I'm sure some beer got up into the regulator. Can I clean this mess out?





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Old 11-30-2008, 04:00 PM   #2
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I had once the same problem with my portable keg-o. Not was bad as on your picture, but enough... I ended up dumping the co2 line since I first didn't notice and then couldn't clean it out anymore. Not sure how I managed to do that since it had never happened before and never after but it is a mess!
Don't know how to clean a regulator (if that's even possible) but rins your lines and let them dry. Possibly blow the lines to get the water out to dry faster.

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The lines went straight into the trash bin. I'm really only concerned about the regulator. Beer came out of the hole on the side of the regulator screw, so I know it's a mess in there. I'm so angry. I wouldn't have bought these valves if I didn't believe they were check valves, but the description on the website doesn't say they are. I don't know what happened.

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As far a I know, you need a new regulator

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No way.

You can take it apart and clean it. There should be a screw or something on the back side.

I've taken my cornelious regulators apart before, and they also sell repair kits for them.

I had the same thing happen to me with root beer. Had the regulator set at 12lbs for my beer, but put it on my root beer, where the keg was pressurized to 30psi.

This is what is in the cornelious regulator:

http://www.midwestsupplies.com/produ...px?ProdID=6107
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That's what I was hoping, but I can't figure out how to get this unit apart :/ The main knob doesn't unscrew all the way - I can see a circlip at the bottom of it. There are no other screws on the body of the regulator.

I guess I'll have to call Beverage Factory tomorrow.

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Those look like Micromatic regs. send them an email and they may sell the rebuilds and have instructions with it.

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Those look like Micromatic regs. send them an email and they may sell the rebuilds and have instructions with it.

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+1 You can definitely take them apart yourself, not incredibly hard, but you have to pay attention to what you are doing so put it back together right (What's this spare piece for?).
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No way.

You can take it apart and clean it. There should be a screw or something on the back side.

I've taken my cornelious regulators apart before, and they also sell repair kits for them.

I had the same thing happen to me with root beer. Had the regulator set at 12lbs for my beer, but put it on my root beer, where the keg was pressurized to 30psi.

This is what is in the cornelious regulator:

Cornelius Regulator Repair Kit :: Midwest Supplies Homebrewing and Winemaking Supplies

Thanks for setting me straight kirscp. See that, ya learn something new every day.
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Ok, got it figured out. The whole face unscrews. Man did a lot of beer pour out.





The fiber washer was saturated, but on the upside it looks like it's the only component that could have been damaged.





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