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Old 10-22-2009, 03:27 AM   #1
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Default Guinness keg disassembly?

Alright, so I screwed up and ended up with THREE Guinness kegs. I know how to take apart an American SanKey keg, but how the heck do you pull the tops off the Guinness kegs? I would really appreciate some insight on this, or a link to a tool, or better yet buy (or borrow) a used tool from someone.

If anyone is not familiar with the difference between the two, the sankey (coors, budweiser, etc) are very easy to take apart. Try to get these if you can!

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Old 10-22-2009, 03:48 AM   #2
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post a pic, ive never seen a guinness keg it should be possible!

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Old 10-22-2009, 04:30 AM   #3
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The only pic I could find using google. Terrible picture and crappy site but it almost looks like the entire thing is threaded and therefore a threaded spear.

http://images.google.com/imgres?imgu...a%3DN%26um%3D1

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Old 10-22-2009, 05:16 AM   #4
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eh bfh!man

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Old 10-22-2009, 06:12 AM   #5
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From the pic it looks very similar to a Miller keg (see http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f35/how-...al-ring-76393/). I had no luck with the safety catch (and I didn't care about a perfectly round hole in the lid) so I ended up drilling a starter hole with a bi-metal hole saw and using a reciprocating saw with a metal cutting bit (18-teeth-per-inch) to cut the top off.

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Old 10-22-2009, 07:30 AM   #6
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On my miller kegs i popped out the ball valve with a screw driver. Then I put some electrical conduit in the stem. Then I went nuts rotating the conduit around in every direction. Eventually the spring or plastic on the safety clasp broke. After this happened you need to tilt the keg in a direction such that the clasp is at the top of the stem, so gravity pushes it into the stem, freeing the stem from the clasp.

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Old 10-22-2009, 02:17 PM   #7
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Are you cutting the tops off anyway? bleed the keg, cut the top, then tell us how the spear comes apart. Or are you using them for fermenters/serving?

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Old 10-22-2009, 05:27 PM   #8
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http://www.beer-recipe.org/EuroSanke.html
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Old 10-22-2009, 05:40 PM   #9
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I have a guinness keg as well. Don't worry, you did not screw up.

Heres how I did mine:
1. Bleed the pressure off. I did this by pushing a screw driver in the middle and had a rag over top to prevent spray. (My keg was 1/3rd full of old guinness)
2. There is a brass nut with little ramps on it almost like massive threads. This is what the keg coupler would lock onto.
3. Drill a 1/8 or 3/16 hole (drill as deep as the bit is wide) right on the top of on of the threads. Not straight down on the top surface of the nut but 90 deg to the surface of the thread near where it meets the top surface of the nut.
4. Take cold chisel or old screwdriver or whathaveyou and using the little hole you just drilled tap the brass nut counterclockwise until unthreads and then the spear can be lifted out.

Drilling the hole is just to give you a place to put your chisel.

Sorry, I forgot to say that I did this to make a BK not to reuse the keg as intended.
Dan

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Guinness uses a different coupler/valve than the euro sankey, it's for guinness/harp and maybe 2 other somewhat obscure beers.

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