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Old 07-15-2008, 01:15 AM   #1
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Hey guys: My keg cutter and welder is ready for the keg. He asked that I remove the center ring and tube and clean the keg out. I got only 1 ring off broke the tip of a screwdriver and failed on both tubes. There has to be a trick. What is it?? He said to line up the notches but I can't get the center tube to turn at all. I assume it turns to the left. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks, Charlie

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Old 07-15-2008, 12:47 PM   #4
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Thanks Bobby. I gave up on the keg last night. I can't watch the video at work but will when I get home. Charlie

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Old 07-18-2008, 03:50 AM   #5
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Well finally got to watch it. Nicely done Bobby, as usual. This is exactly what I was doing, got the ring out but the rest didn't want to budge. I started with a screwdriver and tapped it with a hammer. I finally gave up after progressing to a cement chisel and 2 lb maul. I was tapping it counterclockwise (lefty loosie). I am off for vacation and will resume smacking that SOB when I return. I might wet the top with really hot water to loosen dried beer and crap. Maybe the keg doesn't want to be a keggle Charlie

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use PB Blaster if you have it, that works great. (like WD-40 but way better at getting stuck things loose) Also did you purge the keg or pressure? That could be holding it in place.

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Remove the pressure first then the snap ring, tap the check ball assembly app 20 degrees CCW. Just until the tangs line up with the slots then lift out. Did a keg tonight that sat outside in the sun for 5 years. A AB keg with 6 gallons of rather stale bier, my hands still smell from it after many soap and water washings. This has been my 9th keg including a couple 7.75 gallon kegs holding stale wine, all have been easy to open.

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mine doesnt have the slot. =( anyone know how to get it out with one that doesnt have the slot? if anything ill use the gas wrench

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oh how to remove from a Guinness keg....they seem different than sankey kegs

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mine doesnt have the slot. =( anyone know how to get it out with one that doesnt have the slot? if anything ill use the gas wrench
If you're talking about the European kind, I recently figured it out and described the process over here...

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=71558
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