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Old 03-26-2014, 01:29 AM   #1
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Has anyone seen this problem or know what might cause it?

I made a small keggerator and when I don't drink a glass for 3 or 4 days, the faucet gets stuck. I thought maybe it froze up, but that is not it.

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Old 03-26-2014, 01:34 AM   #2
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That's typical of rear sealing faucets. I had that happen once with my old faucets and I bleed off the pressure on the keg, unhooked the liquid post line of the stuck faucet, then ran hot water followed by sanitizer from an extra keg. Reattach and re-pressurize the keg of beer.


Then I bought some Perlicks.

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You can also disconnect the keg (beer side is all that is necessary to disconnect) and then use your tap wrench to remove the tap from the shank. Disassemble the tap and soaking the parts in hot PBW or Oxy, followed by a rinse and some sanitizer. Should after ressembly behave for a while afterwards. To keep this from happening as much you can try using some of the tap condoms like these http://www.amazon.com/The-Soother-Dr.../dp/B000KLYV0E. This will keep the beer in the faucet from drying out as much. You can also use the tap plugs too if you want.

It is all due to the beer drying out in the tap. Clean it off or keep it from drying and you should be good to go.

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Awesome, thanks guys. I have a better solution, drink more!

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Awesome, thanks guys. I have a better solution, drink more!
that's really the only way to fix it
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You can also disconnect the keg (beer side is all that is necessary to disconnect) and then use your tap wrench to remove the tap from the shank. Disassemble the tap and soaking the parts in hot PBW or Oxy, followed by a rinse and some sanitizer. Should after ressembly behave for a while afterwards. To keep this from happening as much you can try using some of the tap condoms like these http://www.amazon.com/The-Soother-Dr.../dp/B000KLYV0E. This will keep the beer in the faucet from drying out as much. You can also use the tap plugs too if you want.

It is all due to the beer drying out in the tap. Clean it off or keep it from drying and you should be good to go.


If you are talking about these





Then I wouldn't bother. I have these and, from my experience, my old taps would still stick. I would get the tap condoms between the two. If I'm right, I think you can fill the condoms with Star san and then just squeeze them to "flush" the insides of the tap.


But I don't think nothing is going to top drinking more beer.
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I just spray a bit of star San up into the faucets...lubes it up perfectly

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Faucets that stick are also prone to leakage.

Get front sealing Perlicks. Problem solved.

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Then I wouldn't bother. I have these and, from my experience, my old taps would still stick. I would get the tap condoms between the two. If I'm right, I think you can fill the condoms with Star san and then just squeeze them to "flush" the insides of the tap.


But I don't think nothing is going to top drinking more beer.
I agree, the condom ones are better. I bought a couple after the plastic disc with a tap filling pool noodle style plug got funky smelling. Then I realized that my Perliks do not need them.
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I agree, the condom ones are better. I bought a couple after the plastic disc with a tap filling pool noodle style plug got funky smelling. Then I realized that my Perliks do not need them.



Funky smelling eh? Now you got me worried. I still use mine with my Perlicks, just to keep the ends closed off. I may use the tap condoms so they are fully covered if they are that much better.
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