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Old 04-24-2012, 05:29 PM   #1
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Default Redhook Employee Dies After Keg Explodes

Very sad news at our local brewery. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends and Redhook community.

http://www.wmur.com/news/30946163/detail.html
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Old 04-24-2012, 05:32 PM   #2
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OMG -- horrible news.....

What PSI do Sanke kegs blow?
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Old 04-24-2012, 05:40 PM   #3
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I think it would have to be a pretty significant pressure. I have a feeling this is going to come down to some sort of catastrophic failure due to unnoticed damage to the keg. I can't see any reason for them to put as much pressure as I would expect you would need to explode a keg.
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Old 04-24-2012, 05:43 PM   #4
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Quote:
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OMG -- horrible news.....

What PSI do Sanke kegs blow?
Standard Sanke Kegs are typically rated to 60 PSI max working pressure.

Cornelious kegs are typically rated to 130 PSI max working pressure.



I assume that the keg was damaged in some way or the pressurizing system failed to cut out at the specified PSI, which lead to the keg failure.
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Old 04-24-2012, 05:47 PM   #5
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That is terrible news, prayers will be said for the employee and their family.
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Old 04-24-2012, 05:48 PM   #6
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I heard a story as a kid of a guy who died by throwing an old sanke keg on a bonfire. Thing blew up and the shrapnel killed him.
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Scary.
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Ever throw a can of beer in the bonfire? I've heard they are pretty impressive. I can't imagine what a whole keg would go off like...
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That is tragic.

Kegs are pressure vessels and as such are usually rated to withstand 5X max safe pressure before rupturing. Hence I doubt it was due to excess pressure. Typical air systems run around 110psi. It had to either be a fault in construction or damage to the inner pressure vessel wall. My guess is it was a faulty new keg with poor welds.
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terribly sad news. Man, rough one that.
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