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Old 04-28-2008, 02:39 AM   #1
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Default Installing retaining ring on Sanke Keg

So after getting a bunch of sanke/sankey/sanky-modified soda kegs, I set out cleaning diligently.
Reassembling them, I chose to use the spiral rings that were on the kegs.

For the o-ring on the spear to compress completely, either a industry standard spiral retaining ring needs to be installed or a snap ring can be installed. Without either of these, the spear will not compress and the gas below the oring will leak out.

I like the spiral rings the most since they do not protrude out with ears like the snap rings do. Plus, the spiral rings require no extra tools (snap rings require special pliers). To install the internal snap ring, just insert it into the groove and use the wrench to compress it in.

Since I have YET to see a place online that shows you how to do it, step by step with photos, my roomate and I documented how to do it. Enjoy fellow Sanke users!


Photos by my roommate GreatWhiteSlark
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Channel-Lock Wrench (Vise-Grip would also work)

Materials:

1x O-ring: 1 7/8" OD & 5/8" ID(making it 1/8" thick...) I used a Silicone o-ring for mine(McMaster 9396K215)

1 x SS-316 Internal Spiral Retaining Ring (McMaster #92370A251)
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1x 2" bore SS Internal Snap Retaining Ring (Mcmaster #91580A246)

1. Make sure the tabs are aligned properly.


2. Feed 1/2 of ring into the bore (1/2 way is where the slight "bend" in the ring is). It should go all the way in, not restricting the tabs. Notice the end is right after the slot, allowing for quick removal




3. Using your right hand to keep the ring from turning, pull the loose side of the ring with your left hand tight. Use your thumb on the right hand to push the ring into the ring bore. It should "bend out" while inside the bore. Keep holding the end of the retaining ring, not allowing the part that is "bending out" to pop out.

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4. Grab the wrench with your right hand. Put it right at where the bend in the ring is. With one jaw on the outside and one on the ring on the inside, squeeze. The ring should pop into the bore, compressing the o-ring.



5. Move the wrench around, "biting" the ring into the resting place.


6. The last bite is a bit tricky. Press the end of the ring and bite it quickly.

7. Congratulations! The ring is now compressing the o-ring and has a very tight seal on the spear.

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Awesome. Found this via search, and I'm surprised no one has commented on it. I'm going to try to use sankes for parties to have a blonde ale in or something everyone will like. I'm sure these tricks will come in handy when I try to put the ring back in. Thanks.

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Yes...great method, I link clutchdude's post all the time.

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What are the advantages of using a sanke connector on a soda keg?

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What are the advantages of using a sanke connector on a soda keg?
One connector instead of 2, ability to use "hand pump" style taps.. thats all I can think of off hand.
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If you use a hand pump you better be prepared to drink all that beer - you are just pumping air. But cool thread for those with kegerators and Sanke fittings!

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I don't use kegs like this.. but yeah, thats always the downside to hand pumps =)

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The biggest plus is that you can bring your keg with you anywhere and can almost guarantee you will find some way to serve it. My keezer can also use any commercial keg due to the notorious "beer nut" threads.

If perchance someone were to show up with a soda keg, it's a lot easier for me to throw my conversion part on than try to get their soda QD's to attach to my sanke kegs.

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Got myself one of these kegs tonight, I'm about to open it up and clean it out. Exciting!

I'm using this keg as a party keg and filling it with cheap beer from a canned kit, so drinking the whole thing in a night between my two roommates and I will cost about $10 each ha ha. You can't even buy an 8-pack for $10 here in Nova Scotia...

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