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Old 04-23-2013, 07:48 PM   #1
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Default Tracking keg maintenance

I'm starting to amass corny kegs and am interested in tracking the maintenance that I do to them (so I don't replace things too frequently).
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The first two I bought I replaced the gaskets.
The next one I'm buying is going to be a refurb...gaskets, poppets, pressure relief valve, etc.

Do I just write on the side with a sharpie?
I thought about a paper tag hanging off the handle, but that wouldn't survive getting wet.
Or...I could assign each one a number and track in a paper notebook.

What does everyone else do?

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Old 04-23-2013, 07:50 PM   #2
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I'm starting to amass corny kegs and am interested in tracking the maintenance that I do to them (so I don't replace things too frequently).
Example:
The first two I bought I replaced the gaskets.
The next one I'm buying is going to be a refurb...gaskets, poppets, pressure relief valve, etc.

Do I just write on the side with a sharpie?
I thought about a paper tag hanging off the handle, but that wouldn't survive getting wet.
Or...I could assign each one a number and track in a paper notebook.

What does everyone else do?
I fix/replace things when needed. When the gaskets get too loose, or something doesn't look like it should, I replace them.

I break down and clean kegs and eyeball everything between beers going in them, and I use keg lube on the gaskets and o-rings routinely to keep them supple. Otherwise, I don't do anything to them.
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Old 04-23-2013, 07:55 PM   #3
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Get a stencil kit and number your kegs. Spray paint a number on each. Then you can keep a separate spreadsheet/log tracking the maintenance.

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I've started writing notes on mine with a sharpie. It isn't for general maintenance, as much as pressure issues. I trust some kegs/lids more than others. A few have the thicker gaskets. I have a couple kegs that need their poppets replaced. They'll work if I keep the disconnects attached, but I don't want to store anything in them and eventually I'll get the fixed.

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Old 04-23-2013, 08:53 PM   #5
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Sharpies aren't 100% permanent btw, so if you want to keep a running history, they do wear from rubbing or scrubbing... just something to keep in mind

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try using keg post caps, you can write on them. Keeps the keg posts clean too.
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Paper tags don't work because they get wet and can get caught under the lid unless positioned just so. I periodically replace the *complete* set of gaskets, then print the date on a p-touch label to the keg. So far so good.

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Just keep spares of everything. Replace anything that looks worn or damaged. I don't use any of the keg lubes I have never needed them, and don't want it in contact with my beer. I put a little olive oil on the post o-rings for the QD's. I star-san kegs after setting the seal with 30psi then I spray them down again after there empty as the keg warms up the it's easier to look for poppet leaks. O-rings in bulk keeps costs down then a half dozen poppets, and a spare relief valve and you will take care of most maintenance. Break everything down for cleaning and inspection and if it leaks replace it and your good to go.

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