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Old 12-22-2012, 08:29 PM   #21
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So I got the tank refilled and got the nylon washer, very easy.

Sprayed down with soapy water, and two leaks of course.

The quick connect on the line from the regulator to the gas manifold splitter is leaking slightly. I tried tightening it as much as possible, but I can still see some bubbles.

The main problem is the pressure release valve leaking like a sieve. When I cranked it up to 30, it really started going. I haven't used my second keg yet, so I tried just swapping out the lids. No go, this one leaks too.

Now what?

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Old 12-22-2012, 09:21 PM   #22
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By quick connect you mean the swivel nut? you need to tighten these down with a wrench, they will definitely leak if you only hand tighten them.

As far as your pressure relief valve, I'm unsure which kind you have, if it's the smooth topped one, I'd remove it completely, make sure it actually has the gasket to form the seal on the plunger portion of the valve. If you have the valves with a grooved top, make sure the ring is situated so that it can slide into the recessed portion, if it's twisted so that it rests on the raised area, it is not sealing. Also make sure with these as well that there's a gasket on the end of the plunger to form the seal. If they're missing, or if you simply can't get these valves to seal, order some replacements.

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Old 12-22-2012, 09:50 PM   #23
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If the leaking line connection is metal to metal you have to use one of these in there, so that it won't leak. If the relief valve on the keg is leaking, and it's not just stuck in a partially open position (closeup picture could help) then you need a replacement lid. The place you got the kegs from should supply you a good lid without making you bring it to them (if local). They might want the bad ones back, but you shouldn't have a leaking lid, by any stretch.

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Old 12-22-2012, 09:56 PM   #24
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This is what I'm working with. I'm surprised that both kegs would have bad valves..

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That's a different style than I have on my kegs. I have the flip release as well as the pull ring that's like these, or these.

Where did you get the kegs from? I hope there's no beer in the keg that's now topless. Or that you covered the opening with a sanitized cloth or paper towel at least.

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Old 12-22-2012, 10:09 PM   #26
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Wait, when I look at those two links they look exactly the same as the picture I posted...?

And I have another lid on there first now, one with a flip release actually, and its leaking too

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will the pressure release valve release pressure if it gets too high in the keg? like when I did it at 30, it was leaking, but I didn't see it leaking at 10...or at 10 psi was it just too low and I didn't notice it?

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will the pressure release valve release pressure if it gets too high in the keg? like when I did it at 30, it was leaking, but I didn't see it leaking at 10...or at 10 psi was it just too low and I didn't notice it?
It's designed to trigger when the pressure in the keg reaches unsafe levels. Since they're rated for 130psi, it shouldn't do anything until close to that. I think I've hit mine with 30psi before, but it was usually just to seat a troublesome lid, so it didn't stay at that pressure for long.

If you got these from a local store, call them or bring one lid to them (if you have a spare you can use in the interim). If you got them via the web, contact the vendor and see what they want you to do. I've gotten most of my kegs from Rebel Brewer (brand new kegs) with a couple from a local person. None have had any issues. Something does seem a bit hickey for you to have three lids that have the same issue.
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Could it be the pressure release spring is old? Maybe not strong enough?

I'm just struggling to figure out what's going on. I put some sealant tape on the thread to see if that helped...nope.

I emailed the guy I got it from, see if he has any suggestions.

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Could it be the pressure release spring is old? Maybe not strong enough?

I'm just struggling to figure out what's going on. I put some sealant tape on the thread to see if that helped...nope.

I emailed the guy I got it from, see if he has any suggestions.
So these were a local purchase from someone that's not a store? Without knowing they were tested and determined to be 100% leak free, you could be trying to figure this out for a while. If the LHBS is open tomorrow pick up a replacement lid (new or used) and try it out. If you grab an used one, make sure it's 100% at least up to about 40psi. You'll probably never push that much CO2 to the keg, but it's easier to find leaks at higher pressures than lower ones. Check with the guys at the LHBS (if they also keg) to see what they think of the lids.
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