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Old 12-18-2008, 01:28 AM   #1
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How crucial is this? I have to keg my porter before I go on vacation in two days. I have no local homebrew store, so the only way i can get more is to order it, and it will not get here in time for me to use it. Will my keg leak if I don't use it?

I bought a tube but I've been searching for two hours and can't find it.

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Old 12-18-2008, 01:38 AM   #2
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Mineral oil will work in a pinch. Its food grade and in every product known to man like lipstick, lotion, used to lubricate food processing machinery.

I personally use water proof grease or silicon grease available in the plumbing section at home depot / lowes in the faucet repair bay.

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Old 12-18-2008, 03:31 AM   #3
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KY. its used for more then um well you get my meaning ;-)

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Just give it a good lick before you put the pressure on.

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I don't use the stuff. I had one keg that would not seal so I used it and what a PITA to clean it off after the keg is empty. It should not be needed if the kegs are in good shape.

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Old 12-18-2008, 02:29 PM   #6
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how about if i had to choose between mineral oil and vaseline in a pinch, which do you guys think would work better? both are petroleum based.

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Old 12-18-2008, 02:43 PM   #7
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how about if i had to choose between mineral oil and vaseline in a pinch, which do you guys think would work better? both are petroleum based.
Frankly, Keg Lube looks JUST like vaseline. If you do use vaseline, be sure it's not one of the "scented" types. Make sure it is pure petroleum jelly.
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Old 12-18-2008, 02:51 PM   #8
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If you have a Co2 tank, Just give the keg a quick hit with like 30/35#'s of gas it should seal up fine. Then you can order some lube for next time. I use (sprayon) food grade silicone lube.

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Old 12-18-2008, 07:47 PM   #9
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do yall think it is necessary to lube the post and dip-tube o-rings as well or just the lid?

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Old 12-18-2008, 08:16 PM   #10
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All I do is the posts, and just so the disconnect slips nicely over the o-ring.

I used to use just a spray of StarSan (always have a spray bottle of that in my brewery) but sometimes the disconnect would come off really hard. Now I sparingly lube the o-rings, but still hit them with StarSan to sanitize.

I had the spray lube in the past, and I think I like the spray stuff better, it gives you the thin film you're after by default.

I don't feel that it helps it seal better myself, so I'd say skip it til nextime.

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