Coldbreak Brewing HERMS Giveaway!

HomeBrewSupply AMCYL Brew Kettle Giveaway!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Bottling/Kegging > Leaking Keg
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 08-07-2012, 12:19 AM   #1
dante42
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Kansas City
Posts: 18
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default Leaking Keg

So,I went to seal up my keg, and the top is leaking. This is only the second time I have used this one, so I am a little upset. I replaced the gasket, but no luck. It is leaking around the edges and the pressure release valve. What is there that I can do to save this keg? Anything?


dante42 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2012, 12:33 AM   #2
terrapinj
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Santa Monica, CA
Posts: 2,412
Liked 168 Times on 125 Posts
Likes Given: 533

Default

you can try twisting the pressure release valve and make sure it's screwed in all the way

keg lube may help the seal better or you can try the thicker keg gaskets from williams brewing
http://www.williamsbrewing.com/KEG-L...-RING-P58.aspx
i don't even need to seal with kegs with 30psi anymore with these rings

a lot of kegs need to be sealed with 30psi or so to really secure the lid, esp if they have any deformities etc. if the relief valve is leaking it may not be letting you get a good seal under pressure


terrapinj is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2012, 07:41 AM   #3
JuanMoore
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
JuanMoore's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: The Old Pueblo
Posts: 18,487
Liked 3372 Times on 3254 Posts
Likes Given: 20

Default

For the pressure relief valve, make sure it's properly tightened as suggested above. For the lid, you might need to fiddle with it a bit. Try turning it 180 and see if it seals that way. Keg lube should be used on all of your o-rings, and often makes a big difference in how easy it is to get the lid to seal. You can also use pliers/vice grips to bend the feet on the bail slightly so that they provide more pressure. The somewhat larger and softer "keg sealing" o-rings seem to work pretty well also.
__________________
Keezer Soze

Yuri rubs it out with 60 grit... wouldn't even feel a tenga egg. -Randar

, place entry ox dixla to suck. Fcxk fwnpoo and passed. Hel an my spupid ass. OK. - TXCrash
JuanMoore is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2012, 02:40 PM   #4
CadillacAndy
Senior Member
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
CadillacAndy's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 1,078
Liked 110 Times on 91 Posts
Likes Given: 44

Default

I've had pressure relief valves that only leak at higher psi. If the spring gets worn out, you can buy the whole assembly. They're a little expensive - $11 - but it's worth the piece of mind that you're not draining a whole co2 tank while you're sleeping.
__________________
Looking for a way to give and receive beer feedback using online BJCP score sheets?
Check out - http://onlinebeerscores.com/ and my blog at http://onlinebeerscores.com/blog
CadillacAndy is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2012, 02:48 PM   #5
dante42
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Kansas City
Posts: 18
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

I think the first problem is that as soon as I start turning the PSI up to get a good seal, the pressure valve starts leaking. I looked at from teh bottom, and I don't think it is getting all the way down to seal. Of course I cannot get the thing off. Where is beer so good and yet seem so hard?
dante42 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2012, 03:21 PM   #6
CadillacAndy
Senior Member
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
CadillacAndy's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 1,078
Liked 110 Times on 91 Posts
Likes Given: 44

Default

They can be kind of tricky to get off. I haven't found a good way, other than using vice grips, which usually ruins the plastic on the outside. You can also buy a new lid with a new valve for about $15-$25.

Is your valve the kind with the metal key ring on it or the plastic kind with the popup switch thingy?
__________________
Looking for a way to give and receive beer feedback using online BJCP score sheets?
Check out - http://onlinebeerscores.com/ and my blog at http://onlinebeerscores.com/blog
CadillacAndy is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2012, 03:26 PM   #7
dante42
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Kansas City
Posts: 18
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Its a metal pop up thingy. Like you move it left or right to blow off the pressure. At the top of it's rotation the spring is pulled and air is released.
dante42 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2012, 03:54 PM   #8
CadillacAndy
Senior Member
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
CadillacAndy's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 1,078
Liked 110 Times on 91 Posts
Likes Given: 44

Default

Sounds like a worn out spring. I've burned thru at least 2 full co2 bottles in the past 2 years because of the exact same thing. If you can't get the valve off the lid, I'd probably just order up a new lid.


__________________
Looking for a way to give and receive beer feedback using online BJCP score sheets?
Check out - http://onlinebeerscores.com/ and my blog at http://onlinebeerscores.com/blog
CadillacAndy is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools



Forum Jump

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS