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Old 09-13-2011, 07:22 PM   #1
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It would be helpful if I could get some of you experienced guys/gals subscribed to this thread. I'm a complete keg n00b and have been reading through as much as I possibly can, but my conversion kit arrived from keg connection yesterday and I want to start putting it together. I plan on doing this with pictures (you know, the teach a man to fish type thing). I'm a bit overwhelmed, but am one of those people who must understand how the system works inside and out before loading it into a fridge and putting my precious gold into it

Question number 1:

The ball lock kegs arrived under pressure, I pulled on the relief valve and PSHHHHHHHHHH. Clearly, they have a good seal and are holding pressure. Should I let all of this pressure off so I can begin getting to work on the O-rings etc.?

P.S. DAMN, I'm excited for kegging
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Old 09-13-2011, 08:13 PM   #2
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Yes you need to relieve the pressure in the kegs to begin replacing the o-rings. Without releasing the pressure you won't even be able to open the kegs. The reason they showed up this way is because when they were in service co2 was used to push the soda syrup out of the corny kegs, hence the pressure in the kegs. If they all have good pressure you might wait on replacing the o-rings and just clean them thoroughly with HOT water and PBW. Let them soak like this for a few days and then rinse and sanitize. Now you've got kegs ready for use.
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Old 09-13-2011, 11:13 PM   #3
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What he said. Yes. You have to release the pressure to open them.

They generally clean the kegs before they ship them. I would still give them a quick clean and sanitize, but it may be easier than you think. I didn't change the o-rings when I got mine, but that's your call.

They put gas in them before shipping to show you that they seal properly.

 
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Old 09-13-2011, 11:40 PM   #4
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Home late from work, but at least got them opened up today....How do I go about taking apart the posts and cleaning valves? Do you guys just use a standard wrench?
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Old 09-13-2011, 11:47 PM   #5
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Circled in red...have to figure out how to clean/sanitize the posts next....
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Old 09-13-2011, 11:58 PM   #6
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I think it's a 7/8ths wrench. They just screw off (pardon the pun), the gas side will have a very short tube on it maybe an inch or so and the liquid side will have a tube that runs all the way to the bottom. Some kegs have an indexed dip tube on the liquid side so that it goes to the bottom center of the keg.
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Old 09-14-2011, 01:27 AM   #7
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Also you have the dreaded root beer keg. I would highly recommend throwing away ALL the old o rings or you will never be able to get the root beer smell out. I have found it's the hardest flavor of soda to get the smell and flavor removed.

 
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Old 09-14-2011, 01:56 AM   #8
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Home late from work, but at least got them opened up today....How do I go about taking apart the posts and cleaning valves? Do you guys just use a standard wrench?
7 of my 8 ball lock kegs use an 11/16" deep socket for the posts, the one outlier uses a 7/8" deep socket. I've never tried using a wrench but I s'pose that could work, too, but for sure the deep sockets are the easiest way.

Just unscrew the posts - and be careful not to lose the poppets inside 'em! With the posts off you'll find the dip tubes, and when you pull the tubes you'll find their O-rings.

I always replace all the O-rings on a new-to-me keg because I'm OC about sanitation, and I definitely recommend replacing them for anything that might have held Root Beer!

And when you reassemble, be sure to put the long dip tube back on the OUT port!

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Old 09-14-2011, 02:10 PM   #9
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This thread has some good videos for cleaning out kegs/lines:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/new-keezer-268258/

 
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Old 09-14-2011, 02:13 PM   #10
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This thread has some good videos for cleaning out kegs/lines:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/new-keezer-268258/
Absolutely. Just watched them yesterday and they are great at showing how to take apart/clean/etc ... the kegs.
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