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Old 09-15-2008, 03:02 PM   #1
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Default Can't get top off of Sanke Keg

I saw a video with a C clip that holds the dip tube in but this one doesn't appear to have a C clip yet I cant get the Brass part in the center to unscrew.

I was able to press on the inside and release the residual pressure.

Also I looked and there are two holes each in the bottom and top curled edges so I should need to drill any more. Or should it have more than 2?

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Old 09-15-2008, 06:02 PM   #2
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I have no idea what you are talking about, but I would love to help. First, I know of no brass "anything" on a Sanke keg. Second, they don't unscrew so much as they are just turned a little into a key-way. If you could get a picture of what you are talking about or explain it a little better I think I can help you out.

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There should be a retaining ring (clip) right on the lip. You have to pull this out (Pain in the a$$), then the spear just twists and pulls out.

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Exactly! I use a small screwdriver (like a sewing machine screwdriver or those little clip screwdrivers businesses hand out). It fits perfectly in the key way/ways (some have two) and if you stick in into the first layer of the ring and push out the ring will expose itself. Then you slip the driver behind and it slides under and around the ring removing it. Then turn the spear assembly and lift out like Special Hops said. However, there are different types of Sanke connections (the most common being "D"). If you have another type (Bass, some import brands) they do screw out and release in other ways. I am curious as by what you described planenut, so I need a picture or better description to tell you for sure.

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Sorry I'm so slow to respond. Out on a trip. I'll take a pic when I get back home tonight and post tonight or tomorrow am.

For what it's worth, It's a Guiness Stout Keg.

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It is probably not a type D then. You may consider turning it in for a type D so you can use a standard commercial Sanke tap on it. Unless you have a Guinness tap the keg will be useless as a serving container.

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I have had kegs before that didn't have retaining ring. I had to build a special tool and put a big cheater bar on a pipe wrench to unscrew the thing. Even then I had one that had a secondary holding clip inside and the only way I've figured out that I could have gotten it apart was by drilling through the neck of the collar. I cut the lid off the old way (by hand) instead of using my spiffy jig.

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On a American Sanke keg once you get that retaining ring out you can replace it with a standard type of retaining ring, easy to get in and out with a tool.
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Well, my pax are going to be late so I won't get home til around midnight...
Pics probably won't come til tomorrow late morning.

For what it's worth, Was going to cut off the top anyway with a side grinder and use as a keggle but it will be easier to get it off while attached as opposed to after it is removed. I thought I would weld a couple washers on and have it as a lid.

Might use it w/out a ball valve and just siphon for the first few batches. Is there any reason not to do that?

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Ok, here are some pics..





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