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Old 04-26-2012, 05:53 PM   #21
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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.
I work at a local brewery and occasionally have to do the same kind of work this young man was doing. I'll be following this story for a while, because I want to know the exact circumstances behind it, to help protect my coworkers and myself from any similar event.

I've never read or seen evidence that sankey kegs have safety blow out points, but I could be wrong. The few kegs i've seen that had been blown out by internal pressure were ruptured on top. In one case the rip in the steel was not even along the weld. This is the first case I've seen of an American brewery worker being killed in this fashion. Now that OSHA is involved, I wouldn't doubt if we see some kind of poppet added into future keg designs. A change I would welcome.

All that said, and this is NOT to claim that stainless is exempt from causing this type of accident, I see that the offending keg was plastic. This jibes a little better with the reports that the keg broke into two parts, which I had a difficult time visualizing with a stainless keg.

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My prayers are with the family and loved ones who have been left behind. And with my fellow brewers and all touched by this at Red Hook.

 
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Old 04-27-2012, 02:25 PM   #22
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Old 04-27-2012, 03:42 PM   #23
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Looks like it was a plastic keg, and it wasn't one of theirs.
I've never heard of something like this happening before.

 
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Old 04-27-2012, 04:21 PM   #24
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Looks like it was a plastic keg, and it wasn't one of theirs.
I've never heard of something like this happening before.
It is indeed a very rare event, but it has happened. I did some digging a while back and was only able to find a couple of stories about keg related deaths. One was of a pub worker in the UK who had a keg explode in his face while unloading a truck. The other happened to a guy who brought his keg to the beach (1980's California IIRC). A fellow brewer and long time New Orleans native recalls a case in the 1970's. A man was killed by a keg on the Mardi Gras parade route. He rigged a way to connect a CO2 bottle to the keg without a regulator. Yikes!

 
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Old 04-27-2012, 04:36 PM   #25
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Looks like it was a plastic keg, and it wasn't one of theirs.
Yeah, I worked at a regional brewery for a summer and whenever we got the plastic kegs we would just put them in a stack until we had enough to palate and get the hell out of our warehouse.
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Old 04-27-2012, 06:07 PM   #26
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Yeah, I worked at a regional brewery for a summer and whenever we got the plastic kegs we would just put them in a stack until we had enough to palate and get the hell out of our warehouse.
That's been a big problem for breweries of any size. They all have a stack of other people's kegs, and there's as yet no cost effective way to sort and return them all to their rightful owners.
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Old 04-27-2012, 08:04 PM   #27
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Keg ownership is weird.... it's like Goblin made weapons.

He who hast commissionedeth the forging of a kegge,
Beist the rightful owner of said kegge.
Once the wielder hast drained the kegge of the containing life liquid,
The ownership of said kegge returneth to that of the forger.
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Old 04-27-2012, 09:05 PM   #28
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Keg ownership is weird.... it's like Goblin made weapons.

He who hast commissionedeth the forging of a kegge,
Beist the rightful owner of said kegge.
Once the wielder hast drained the kegge of the containing life liquid,
The ownership of said kegge returneth to that of the forger.
This is the greatest thing I've read all day.

 
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Old 04-27-2012, 09:17 PM   #29
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Wow, what shockingly bad news. My thoughts are with your community.
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Old 05-03-2012, 01:06 PM   #30
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Sad news. I really didn't think that those kegs had that much pressure to go off like that.

 
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