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Old 11-08-2012, 07:45 PM   #1
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I just tapped my first keg with a new kegerator. I feel like I followed the instructions precisely, but with the pressure screw all the way open (counter clockwise) for minimal pressure, it still shows 18 psi. If I release the pressure it just immediately climbs back up. If I pour a beer it lowers down to 10 psi and then climbs again, though more slowly. Is this normal? Did I do something wrong? Am I in danger of blowing up the keg and kegerator?

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Old 11-08-2012, 07:53 PM   #2
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You need to adjust the regulator to lower the PSI.

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Old 11-08-2012, 07:54 PM   #3
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And no....at 18 psi it shouldn't blow up...just possibly over carb your beer.

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Old 11-08-2012, 08:10 PM   #4
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Thanks, but isn't the pressure screw thing the way to lower the psi? It's all the way open/lowered and its still high.

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Old 11-08-2012, 08:13 PM   #5
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Does it have the lock nut? Make sure thats not stopping you from adjusting it lower. It is a new regulator, might be damaged internally or something?

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Old 11-08-2012, 08:18 PM   #6
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Is this a store-bought keg, or maybe one that you naturally carbonated?

It sounds to me like the pressure in the keg is 18psi. The gauge is just reading that pressure. If it's a purchased keg, it could be that either you don't have it cold enough, or it's carbonated higher than you think.

Give us some more info!

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I got it from Avery Brewing from their tap room. There is a red lever that instructions said to keep closed while adjusting the pressure. I'm assuming that prevented the keg from influencing the gauge.

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Not if he is releasing the pressure and it is coming back to 18psi like he described.

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I'm wondering the same thing as Kt...does it have a lock nut? If so you will want to loosen it.

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Not if he is releasing the pressure and it is coming back to 18psi like he described.
CO2 will come out of the headspace to equilibrate things. Though it won't be instant, so you may be correct.

When you say you're venting it, are you venting with the relief ring on the regulator itself?
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