Looking for a fix for tough cam locks - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > DIY Projects > Kettles, Mash Tuns & Hot Liquor Tanks > Looking for a fix for tough cam locks

Thread Tools
Old 05-05-2012, 11:29 PM   #1
kegtoe's Avatar
Sep 2009
Stevens Point, Wisconsin
Posts: 1,200
Liked 18 Times on 17 Posts

I have a few camlocks that i bought a year or two ago. I'm just now getting my brew stand together. As im checking all the connections i find that the cam ears on the femal pieces are reall tough to close. There is an orange/red o-ring in the female connection. Is there a good way to help break these cam fittings in? Should i look at replacing o-ring with gasket that might be thinner or softer? I saw some replacement gaskets bargain fittings and was thinking of trying them but though I'd ask you guys first.

Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2012, 11:41 PM   #2
Apr 2011
Posts: 543
Liked 5 Times on 4 Posts

Mine ended up going smoothly after I used them a few times

Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2012, 11:43 PM   #3
Golddiggie's Avatar
Dec 2010
Posts: 11,995
Liked 497 Times on 431 Posts

You could change the gaskets in them for these... It's what's in all of the cam lock QD's I have. Getting them to close isn't that difficult. Sure, it's not always as easy as the ball lock style QD's I was using, but those had their own issues too.
Hopping Tango Brewery

跟猴子比丟屎 ・ Gun HOE-tze bee DIO-se

On Tap: Caramel Ale, Mocha Porter II, MO SMaSH IPA
Waiting/Carbonating: 12.5% Wee Honey II, 8.9% Old Ale, English Brown Ale, Lickah ESB, Mocha Porter II
K2: Epic mead
K3: TripSix
On Deck: Caramel Ale
Mead [bottled]:Oaked Wildflower Traditional, Mocha Madness, Blackberry Melomel, maple wine

Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2012, 11:57 AM   #4
BargainFittings's Avatar
Nov 2008
Allen TX
Posts: 2,055
Liked 96 Times on 85 Posts

Run the system with hot water and work the cams and practice moving hot water around.
They should loosen up after use.

The silicone o-rings compress easier than the silicone gaskets in my experience but whatever seal you use, they get easier when you have used them a few times.

Reply With Quote
Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Cam locks vs quick disconnects sorefingers23 Brew Stands 3 03-07-2012 02:52 AM
Is anybody using pin locks with the Frigidaire 7.2? drummermattie02 Kegerators & Keezers 1 08-04-2011 05:36 PM

Forum Jump