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Old 09-16-2009, 04:04 PM   #1
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Default Kegerator - hard to pour first pint.

I have a generic Sanyo 4912m kegerator which I made a couple of months back. I have a tough time pouring the first pint each day/ few days. The handle is very stiff (that's what she said!) and hard to pull on and turn off. I presume this is from the co2 in the system. I have my kegs set to a steady 12 psi the whole time. Once I pull that first pint, the rest are fine and the handle moves easily.

Is this normal and is there something which I can do to correct this? i.e. loosen faucet or something?


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Old 09-16-2009, 04:17 PM   #2
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I have a generic Sanyo 4912m kegerator which I made a couple of months back. I have a tough time pouring the first pint each day/ few days. The handle is very stiff (that's what she said!) and hard to pull on and turn off. I presume this is from the co2 in the system. I have my kegs set to a steady 12 psi the whole time. Once I pull that first pint, the rest are fine and the handle moves easily.

Is this normal and is there something which I can do to correct this? i.e. loosen faucet or something?
It's because beer is gumming up in the faucet. An easy fix is buying a forward sealing faucet(perlick). It keeps the beer where it should be and is much more sanitary.

Here's a better explanation-In an ordinary, rear-sealing, faucet the entire faucet must drain out of beer. There is actual pin hole in the back of an ordinary faucet that allows beer to drain out. Because beer drains from the entire faucet the faucet remains sticky and is prone to contamination from the left over residue. The Perlick faucet, with its forward sealing design, only has beer drain from the short 1" nozzle section. This allows it to always operate smoothly (even when it was not cleaned between uses) and greatly reduces contamination.



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ah I see... so it is just a case of unscrewing my old faucet and screw on the perlicks? no messing with hoses etc?

I think I might pick up a couple at Keg Connection.

Thanks for your help. I always wondered what the big deal with Perlicks was.
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ah I see... so it is just a case of unscrewing my old faucet and screw on the perlicks? no messing with hoses etc?

I think I might pick up a couple at Keg Connection.

Thanks for your help. I always wondered what the big deal with Perlicks was.
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Old 09-16-2009, 05:28 PM   #5
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Be sure to shut off the gas and purge the kegs of pressure before removing the old faucets or you'll be cleaning beer from the walls. I'm sure that's obvious, just want to make sure though.
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Be sure to shut off the gas and purge the kegs of pressure before removing the old faucets or you'll be cleaning beer from the walls. I'm sure that's obvious, just want to make sure though.
Ha! +1, that would be great. You will not regret the perlicks, great faucets and easy to clean.

Here's a nice deal on ebay. I don't recognize that model but it's definitely a forward sealing perlick, and their cheap!

http://cgi.ebay.com/Perlick-Faucet-B...d=p3286.c0.m14

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Be sure to shut off the gas and purge the kegs of pressure before removing the old faucets or you'll be cleaning beer from the walls. I'm sure that's obvious, just want to make sure though.
lol as obvious as it is, it's very easy to forget to do so as you're troubleshooting your system. Just ask my face and walls. I felt like the dog in the wharrrgarbbllll pic.
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lol as obvious as it is, it's very easy to forget to do so as you're troubleshooting your system. Just ask my face and walls. I felt like the dog in the wharrrgarbbllll pic.


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or... you could go to Lowes/Home Depot and get a couple rubber stoppers to plug up the faucet when you're not pouring. I have 4 taps and have never had an issue since i started plugging them up, even after weeks of not using them. Keeps any curious bugs from wandering into your faucet as well.
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Ha! +1, that would be great. You will not regret the perlicks, great faucets and easy to clean.

Here's a nice deal on ebay. I don't recognize that model but it's definitely a forward sealing perlick, and their cheap!

Perlick Faucet Beer Keg Tower Faucet NEW! - eBay (item 250496227820 end time Sep-16-09 18:57:46 PDT)
Definitely NOT a forward sealing perlick. That's the flow control Perlick, (410 model). It will have the exact same problems the OP was mentioning.

Forerst has the best deal on 525SS (forward sealing) Perlicks at AHS. There's rumors a group buy will be happening soon for 23.99 + shipping.....stay tuned


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