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Old 08-21-2012, 05:47 PM   #11
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I have this problem with one of my kegs especially. The lid just doesnt sit very tight (i can depress the lid about 1/4 inch when it is closed and not under pressure). I have found that Keg lube and wiggling the lid around while applying pressure allows you to make a better seal. It is my back up, backup keg now.

 
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Old 08-21-2012, 10:42 PM   #12
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If one can actually push a keg lid down a quarter inch, either the bail is missing its feet or its legs are wicked splayed, or both.

Honest, a keg in good condition with good o-rings and just a film of keg lube will actually seal without gas pressure. It shouldn't take much effort to figure out what's keeping any keg from latching up nice and tight, and fix same...

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Old 08-22-2012, 01:48 AM   #13
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If one can actually push a keg lid down a quarter inch, either the bail is missing its feet or its legs are wicked splayed, or both.

Honest, a keg in good condition with good o-rings and just a film of keg lube will actually seal without gas pressure. It shouldn't take much effort to figure out what's keeping any keg from latching up nice and tight, and fix same...

Cheers!
This.

I've had to bend the feet/bails on a lot of my kegs to get them to seal well. I used to naturally carb kegs in my wood shop, where I didn't have any CO2 to seat the lid. I replaced all the lid o-rings, adjusted all of the feet/bails, and used a little keg lube, and I never had an issue with a keg not sealing even with no pressure.
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Old 08-22-2012, 01:20 PM   #14
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This.

I've had to bend the feet/bails on a lot of my kegs to get them to seal well. I used to naturally carb kegs in my wood shop, where I didn't have any CO2 to seat the lid. I replaced all the lid o-rings, adjusted all of the feet/bails, and used a little keg lube, and I never had an issue with a keg not sealing even with no pressure.
Yeah, I am fairly sure it is the feet. It is a lot better with pennies, but since I have other kegs and dont have the tools to bend the feet back without bending the brackets that hold it to the lid, and two pairs of needle nose pliers and elbow grease just arent cutting it, I am just going to let it sit as a last resort backup until I get my pipeline flowing enough to require its use.

 
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Old 08-23-2012, 06:57 PM   #15
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OK...sanke kegs FTW I will say that cornies are nice and lightweight...I picked up a Long Trail IPA 1/6 keg over the weekend that was in a converted corny to sanke, like ductwork w/ endcaps.

 
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OK...sanke kegs FTW
True. If I could fit 4 sanke sixtels in my keezer, I wouldn't own any cornies.
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It occurred to me that since I started this I should note that once I learned how to properly seal the lids I was still having problems with leaks. I then took all my poppets and replaced them with universal poppets and it's been smooth sailing ever since. So if you're having trouble I'd recommend you try them out, they worked wonders for me. Thanks to everyone for the tips as well. I was this close to giving up kegging, now I'll never go back.

 
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