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Old 04-24-2012, 06:11 PM   #11
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Yikes... I would have thought, like many pressure containers, they would have had a engineered weak spot which would allow a controlled blow out rather than an explosion...


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Old 04-24-2012, 06:18 PM   #12
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I've worked with pressurizing keg filling/cleaning equipment and they are serious machines. I can see how a minor malfunction or defect in the keg could make this happen.

My heart goes out to the man and his family. My heart also goes out to Redhook.... it must be awful to have that over your head. I'm hoping OSHA determines it was indeed a freak accident and not negligence. I also hope all parties deal with this tragedy with tact and dignity in order to honor the man properly.


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Terrible.
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Old 04-24-2012, 11:13 PM   #14
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Kegs are supposed to have a fail point, usually on the bottom, that will give before any sort of huge, dangerous explosion happens. This is terrible news, and I hope Redhook makes public what went wrong so that all the breweries out there can make sure this horrible event can't happen to them.
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Old 04-24-2012, 11:24 PM   #15
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Very sad news. A painful reminder to be careful when brewing. Propane, fire, hot wort, glass carboys, heavy equipment, pressure, etc are all real and potential hazards.
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Old 04-25-2012, 02:08 AM   #16
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I wonder if the spear came flying out, it was reported as face and head trauma. Maybe after it was pressurized and the tap removed the spear shot out when he was leaning over the keg. That seems most probable to me
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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.
Stories say it was cleaning beer out, so I would guess it wasn't new.
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I also hope all parties deal with this tragedy with tact and dignity in order to honor the man properly.
Well said.
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The news reportings coming out today are saying that the keg that failed was a plastic keg, not owned by Red Hook. I'm guessing they get the ocassional mis-packed used keg that comes in.

The tragic news includes the fact that he leaves behind a pregnant wife. They've setup a fund for the family here:

http://www.jvwoodfuneralhome.com/fh/...wMiMW.facebook
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The news reportings coming out today are saying that the keg that failed was a plastic keg, not owned by Red Hook.
I have always been concerned about plastic kegs for this reason.


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