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Old 07-01-2012, 03:47 PM   #1
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Default How to hack a commercial beer keg

Ok folks Iíve been working on something for a few days and now itís time to share it with you all. I have wanted to start kegging my beer and have found a way to hack a commercial beer keg. This will save you big money. Hereís what I did, I took the empty keg from my kegerator and with a dish towel and a flat head screwdriver over the steel compression ball and gently released the remaining C02. Now that itís empty take a smaller flat head screwdriver and remove the flat spring/compression snap ring, itís very easy. Now with a bigger flat head screwdriver and a hammer, gently tape on the locking tabs youíre your keg head fits. Now simply remove the components and sanitize, fill with your beer and reverse the process to reinstall everything, replacing the steel ring can be a little trickyer than getting it out but with a little patients youíll get it. Now to carbonate the beer, simply set your kegerator Co2 tank regulator to 35-40 psi when it stops filling bleed the tank to remove the Oxygen and wait 36-48 hours lower Co2 back to your working psi about 8-10 and enjoy your beer. Below is a video I found on how to hack a beer keg the quality is not great but, it works as a great visual of what I just described. I saved myself about $225 in new kegging equipment doing this and it works great!!!


http://youtu.be/EMHS-Uz9bEM


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Old 07-01-2012, 04:11 PM   #2
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People have been doing that for years. The thing to remember though is that sankey kegs are not able to handle the high pressures that a corny keg can handle. I would not recommend carbing much over 30 psi. They have been known to blow up around 60 psi.


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Old 07-01-2012, 05:34 PM   #3
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It only saves you money if you already have sankey keg couplers and sanke kegs. And it sounds to me like you only saved yourself the cost of one corny keg and a set of QD's (~$50). To buy sankey equipment is actually much more expensive than cornies, which is why most people use cornies. Sankeys are a much better system IMO though.

And FWIW, the safer and less messy way to release the pressure from the keg is using the keg coupler.

Next time try pressing the spiral ring back in place with pliers, it's super easy that way. And it's also a good idea to pay attention to the ring orientation when installing it, so that the notch is at the right spot to make removing it easier next time.
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People have been doing that for years. The thing to remember though is that sankey kegs are not able to handle the high pressures that a corny keg can handle. I would not recommend carbing much over 30 psi. They have been known to blow up around 60 psi.
Thats not true at all... we keep our sankey half barrels between 35-45psi and it is perfectly safe (turbotaps).
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Hi

If you are going to do this on a regular basis - get yourself a proper set of o-ring pliers.

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If you are going to do this on a regular basis - get yourself a proper set of o-ring pliers.

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I think you mean snap ring pliers, and they are useless unless you also replace the spiral retaining rings with snap rings. I wouldn't suggest a switch to snap rings either. Been there, done that, now I'm back to using the spiral rings.
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I think you mean snap ring pliers, and they are useless unless you also replace the spiral retaining rings with snap rings. I wouldn't suggest a switch to snap rings either. Been there, done that, now I'm back to using the spiral rings.
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Yup, snap rign pliers.

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How do you get the O2 out? The dip tube drops to the bottom of the keg, How do you purge?
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Thats not true at all... we keep our sankey half barrels between 35-45psi and it is perfectly safe (turbotaps).
Agreed, the pressure limit (stamped on a Sankey) is 60 psi, and they've stated that this is a factor of 10 better than actual burst pressures (measured > 600 psi)
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There is NO Way you can put 600 psi in a sankey. They will burst around 300 psi. All the data is done on a NEW keg. If they have dents and are damaged in anyway, they may burst before 300 psi.


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