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Old 05-01-2012, 08:30 PM   #1
Crypticx666
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Hi,

I want to re-use this keg for homebrew but I don't know how to open it. It's a Guinness keg so there's not a lot of info on how to open it. I will Include some pictures below.
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Old 05-02-2012, 01:51 AM   #2
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its threaded in I bet. alot of newer ones are. and if I remember they are revers threaded.

 
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Old 05-02-2012, 04:43 AM   #3
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I'm pretty sure it's regular thread. There is probably some kind of latch as well that needs to be depressed after it's unscrewed.

 
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Old 05-04-2012, 05:12 PM   #4
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If i can't get it open it's going to be converted to a mash tun! haha

 
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Old 05-04-2012, 05:33 PM   #5
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If you have relieved all the pressure just cut the top off without removing the spear.

 
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Old 05-05-2012, 02:19 AM   #6
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Did you try holding keg coupler with downward pressure and turning the spear with the coupler?

 
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Old 05-05-2012, 03:03 AM   #7
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They're a PITA to remove the spear without the special tool. This might help-

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/guin...sembly-142880/
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Old 06-04-2012, 06:44 AM   #8
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Thanks for the replies. I really wanna use it as a keg but haven't really tried to get it open yet. I think the thread part is the hardest, especially since I don't know for sure if it's reverse threads or not.

 
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Old 07-01-2012, 10:38 PM   #9
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I done 3 of them today.Took me about 5 minutes.
Make sure you release the pressure.Put the keg on it's side and push a screwdriver into the valve.
After you remove the lock nut,pull up on the spear and rotate slowly until both catches release.
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Old 07-01-2012, 11:53 PM   #10
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Nice Pics ratsathome. I had one like this that I opened with the with a screwdriver like you did, but didn't drill a hole. It is a regular thread.
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