Originally Posted by bk0
I just bought my first kegging setup from LHBS. Ball-lock with regulator and hoses and a set of new O-rings.
I broke the keg down, replaced all the O-rings like it said to.
Put a batch of beer in it, pressurized to 10psi. Tried to shake it a bit and noticed some liquid coming out of the IN valve. When I stopped shaking it didn't seem to leak anymore. I'm no expert but it seemed like the hose didn't have very tight connection with the valve?
I took a pair of vice grips and tightened both valves as tight as I could.
Then I pressurized and let it sit 24 hours in my kegerator. Next day I try some and it's totally flat and my tank is mostly empty!
What the hell! Did I buy a bad keg or what? Do I need to replace the poppets?
I think it would help if you were a little more specific. There aren't any parts called "valves" on a ball lock keg. There are dip tubes, posts, poppets, quick disconnects, barbs, swivel nuts/MFL fittings, etc. and there are numerous o-rings and washers. So it would help to know exactly what you're talking about, and feel free to post some pictures. Is your quick disconnect threaded or does it have a barb?This should help to start things off.
In the meantime, a couple questions:
1) Did you use keg lube on the o-rings?
2) When you said you tightened the "valves" with vice grips, what exactly are you talking about? You tightened the post? You tightened MFL fittings? You tightened worm-drive screw clamps?
3) Exactly where was the beer leaking around the "in" side? Under the post? Around the poppet? Around a tube on a barb? Through a swivel nut/MFL connection? Was this with the quick disconnect attached or not? A picture might help.
4) As posted above, how are you determining that your CO2 tank is almost empty?