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Old 09-29-2010, 11:09 PM   #1
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Default Can't get snap ring of sanke

I've watched Bobby's video on the subject. Pressure has been released, but I can't seem to get the snap ring to move and pop out.

Any tips? I used several sizes of flat head screwdrivers, trying to get the ring up a bit or out at the keyhole. Not sure what else to try.

Appreciate the help.


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Old 09-29-2010, 11:14 PM   #2
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First things first,

You are SURE you have a snap ring Sanke and not a Miller sanke that screws in?

Picture will help us identify the sanke you have.


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Old 09-29-2010, 11:52 PM   #3
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Thanks for responding. I managed to get the snap ring off. I'm not sure what kind of keg it is since it has no ball as a valve.

Now I'm trying to see if I can put it back together. Trying to get a fermenter with a spund valve going. Here's a pic of the valve in case anyone can say what kind of keg it is. My type "D" coupler fit on it, though.

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Old 09-30-2010, 12:10 AM   #4
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with a pair of pliers in the X position you might give it at turn to brake it loose (or unscrew if it is threaded)
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That is a "standard" sanke snap ring keg. Congrats on getting the ring out. I know you say that you have it De-Pressurized but beware. IF it is a fairly fresh keg then the Carbonated beer will re-pressurize it enough to give you a bath.

Lay it on its side, shove a flat screw driver in the valve and get what pressure you shook up released. THEN use the pliares and maybe a large open face wrench, I think a 7/8" will wedge in between the locking lugs and turn to the index points and pull out the Sanke "Spear"
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Yuri posted the McMaster replacement snap ring part number here:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f35/sank...tml#post467297



That will make dis-assembly much easier.
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Yuri posted the McMaster replacement snap ring part number here:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f35/sank...tml#post467297



That will make dis-assembly much easier.

Yes, if this is something you're going to do on a regular basis, get that style snap ring and get a pair of snap ring pliers. It couldn't be easier at that point.
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Thanks for the advice, guys. I was able to remove the dip tube. Now I've filled it with some water and reassembled to see if I can push the water out with gas.

I have the keg pressurized, but no water is coming out. Not sure what is going on. I'm wondering if the snap ring is incorrectly installed. It's back in the same groove. If I push on the ball, water sprays out.

Any ideas would be appreciated.
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You are using the correct sanke coupler correct?
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Type "D" standard coupler. I'm not sure if it's the correct one or not. It seems to fit it correctly. This keg has no "ball" though. The valve seems to be flat and I'm wondering if it does not push on the valve properly.

Here's a pic of the keg valve. The snap ring is off in the pic. Note there is no "ball" valve. Is this possibly a non-standard keg? I believe it was some kind of scottish ale. Got the keg for free from a liquor store back in June.



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