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Old 09-29-2012, 09:32 AM   #1
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Default First batch leaking barrel

Right I have put my first batch of beer in a barrel and I seem to be getting a leak from just behind the tap I removed the seal just before putting the beer in and priming it and lubricated it with Vaseline.

I had a pint yesterday and it was slightly carbonated I have just come back off holiday an just before I went I laid the barrel down so the tap was face up I am wondering if while I was away the pressure built and released the gas through the tap that's why it's only slightly carbonated after having some yesterday I did add more sugar to try and gas it up more and the tap is now starting to leak a little again I assume this is due to the pressure building again.

Can anybody suggest where I have done anything wrong or what I can do to correct it ? This is what it's looking like.

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Old 09-29-2012, 02:47 PM   #2
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Did you say you left a seal out?

Are you prepared to take it apart if need be? Could try just tightening the spigot from the outside.

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Old 09-29-2012, 02:55 PM   #3
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I took the deal out and lubricated it before barreling I have been told I should have lubricated the thread on the screw in tap so I have taken it back out and done this it seems to have done the trick for now I will see how it goes when the pressure rebuilds back up.

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Old 09-29-2012, 06:14 PM   #4
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You cetainly don't want to lubricate it with petroleum products. Petroleum will dissolve rubber. You should be usuing a special food grade lubricant, often silicone based. You should not even have to lube it to get it to seal. I'm sure it would have sealed fine dry.

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Old 09-29-2012, 06:35 PM   #5
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You cetainly don't want to lubricate it with petroleum products. Petroleum will dissolve rubber. You should be usuing a special food grade lubricant, often silicone based. You should not even have to lube it to get it to seal. I'm sure it would have sealed fine dry.
Ok I wont use it again I was told by multiple people on here vaseline was fine to use my LHBS told me the same.
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Old 09-29-2012, 06:38 PM   #6
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What kind of barrel are you using? Are you certain it can remain air tight at 10-12 psi?

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Old 09-29-2012, 07:03 PM   #7
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What kind of barrel are you using? Are you certain it can remain air tight at 10-12 psi?
It's a youngs you brew pressure barrel and I am assuming that it should

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That's it there and since i put the Vaseline on it seems to be fine.
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