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Old 02-11-2010, 11:21 PM   #1
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Hey guys. I was wondering if anyone knew of a way to seal a corny keg without using a CO2 tank and regulator? I've tried carbing a keg before using priming sugar. However, this being my first time kegging, after 2 weeks I discovered that the beer was not carbonated at all. So I had to succumb to letting my friend force carb my keg. I believe this happened because the lid didn't seal properly... I've heard of boiling the O-ring in order to soften it up and provide a better seal as well as using keg lube on the O-ring. Do you think the combination of these will be enough to seal the keg this time? Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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Old 02-11-2010, 11:45 PM   #2
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add priming sugar. pressurize the keg to 20- 30 psi to set the seals. pull the relief valve until near all the gas escapes... leave a little to keep the seal.

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Old 02-12-2010, 12:11 AM   #3
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Thanks for your help. I understand that after adding priming sugar solution and siphoning, you need to pressurize the keg to set the seals (what I did wrong last time). However, I do not have a CO2 tank and regulator. Is there a way to seal the keg without using a CO2 tank?

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Old 02-12-2010, 12:13 AM   #4
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I pull up on the pressure relief valve and suck real hard on the valve for a few seconds and then close it back up.

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I just ran into the same problem myself and am interested in the answer. I brewed up a 10G batch, force carbed a keg, and sugar primed the other. Like you, the primed one was flat after 2+ weeks, so I hooked it to my CO2.

I've got to ask, what do you do with a keg without CO2? At the very least, I suppose you could buy a CO2 cartridge, just to seal it, carb it by sugar for three weeks, then use that 16gram cartridge to push the beer out.

http://stores.kegconnection.com/Cate...table+Keg+Kits

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Old 02-12-2010, 12:24 AM   #6
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I pull up on the pressure relief valve and suck real hard on the valve for a few seconds and then close it back up.
Suck on the valve? Wouldn't that create a vacuum in the keg, making it less likely to seal?
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I have the Genuine Innovations portable CO2 charger and I used that to dispense the beer. Do you think it would work to attach that to the keg and press on the trigger in order to dispense CO2 from the 16 gram cartridge and effectively sealing the keg?

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Old 02-12-2010, 12:42 AM   #8
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I have the Genuine Innovations portable CO2 charger and I used that to dispense the beer. Do you think it would work to attach that to the keg and press on the trigger in order to dispense CO2 from the 16 gram cartridge and effectively sealing the keg?
That's what I used on 2 kegs before I got my regulator and co2 bottle. Worked great!
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So it is possible to seal a keg using a portable CO2 charger? Should I just connect the charger to the in - port (while having nothing connected to the out - port) and start pressing the trigger? Would this release CO2 out of the cartridge into the keg of beer?

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Suck on the valve? Wouldn't that create a vacuum in the keg, making it less likely to seal?
Blow...suck...my wife gets those mixed up too.
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