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Old 03-10-2011, 01:08 PM   #1
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I have a freezer with a keg, chudnow regulator, lines, fittings, hoses, and tap from Kegconnection and a 20lb CO2 keg.

everything was hooked up and there was no leakage, but I thought there was a CO2 leak, so I turned the CO2 off. Well, the beer in the out hose froze. I turned the CO2 on later that day and found the leak to be at the knob on the tank that the CO2 place exchanged for me. After I fixed that, the beer in the out hose liquified and I turned the freezer off.

This morning when I came downstairs to check on it, there's about 2 inches or so of beer flooding the bottom of the freezer.

Any ideas on how it got there and where I should start checking?

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Old 03-10-2011, 01:32 PM   #2
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I have a freezer with a keg, chudnow regulator, lines, fittings, hoses, and tap from Kegconnection and a 20lb CO2 keg.

everything was hooked up and there was no leakage, but I thought there was a CO2 leak, so I turned the CO2 off. Well, the beer in the out hose froze. I turned the CO2 on later that day and found the leak to be at the knob on the tank that the CO2 place exchanged for me. After I fixed that, the beer in the out hose liquified and I turned the freezer off.

This morning when I came downstairs to check on it, there's about 2 inches or so of beer flooding the bottom of the freezer.

Any ideas on how it got there and where I should start checking?
Had to come off the liquid side of the keg, inspect lines and fittings for beer residue which should point you to the leak. If that doesn't help, hook up an empty keg and turn the gas on. Once pressure equalizes, spray every thing with starsan and look for bubbles forming.

My money is on your liquid post disconnect, as your beer was frozen, I bet you cracked it.
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Is there a way to check for cracks? After a visual inspection, it looked ok. They're cheap enough where I can go buy one, but I won't be able to do it for another week.

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you could have damaged the inner o-ring or other inner workings of the disconnect. I would replace or rebuild the disconnect. Can you feel beer stickiness (a very technical term) around the bottom of the disconnect or the post?

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make sure you don't have a leak where the beer line connects to the QD. thats' where my keg leaked and drained its last few pints (thankfully it was a nearly empty keg that time!)

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Is there a way to check for cracks? After a visual inspection, it looked ok. They're cheap enough where I can go buy one, but I won't be able to do it for another week.
Pressurize it hooked to an empty keg and spray with starsan or 10% soap/water solution. That is going to be your best leak checking method. Beer stickiness and a visual will get you in the neighborhoodbut bubbles take the guesswork out completly.

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