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Old 09-20-2007, 02:25 PM   #1
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Is there anything I can use instead of Keg Lube? I've got everything ready to go and realized I forgot to order keg lube. It takes about 3 days to get an order in and being this is thursday, it will now be monday or tuesday before I could get any. I wanted to start kegging today. Anyone have any suggestions. By the way, this is my first post. I've been reading and everything I've learned about kegging I got from here. Thanks for all the help.


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Old 09-20-2007, 02:50 PM   #2
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vaselene (sp?) we use technical peterlium at work which is just an industrial grade vaseline for our O rings. we also use, oil, hydraulic fluid and jet fuel to soften the O rings LOL


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Old 09-20-2007, 05:51 PM   #3
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My first suggestion would be to, quite simply, not use any lube on the o-rings, and just use keg lube whenever you can get your hands on some. I didn't have keg lube for the first few kegs I filled and it didn't cause any major issues - and I've only been moderately proactive in applying it since then.

blefferd, if you are putting oil, hydraulic fluid, and jet fuel on your o-rings, it doesn't sound like you are working with food. I've never heard anyone say whether or not vaseline is actually safe for beer o-rings, but I wouldn't use it unless I was sure.
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Old 09-20-2007, 06:00 PM   #4
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I'd be afraid of any petroleum-based lubricant (like Vasoline) eating away the rubber.

Don't laugh (OK, laugh, it's funny) but if I were in a desperate bind - keg is filled, but gas is leaking without the o-rings being lubed - I'd probably go with some plain KY Jelly. It won't hurt the rubber (huh, huh), and it's not going to kill you if you consume a little.
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Old 09-20-2007, 06:24 PM   #5
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Don't laugh (OK, laugh, it's funny) but if I were in a desperate bind - keg is filled, but gas is leaking without the o-rings being lubed - I'd probably go with some plain KY Jelly. It won't hurt the rubber (huh, huh), and it's not going to kill you if you consume a little.

You wouldn't use the KY warming lube to keep the o-rings soft and flexible?
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Old 09-20-2007, 06:33 PM   #6
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Default Use high pressure

I have yet to buy any keg lube (one of these days). Occasionally I will not get a perfect seal. When this happens, I crank the pressure up to 40 or 50 lbs and wiggle the lid with the clasp if necessary. The extra pressure gets every thing seated and then I have no problems at serving pressure.
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Old 09-20-2007, 06:34 PM   #7
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Silicone spray? (avalable at most hardware stores).
Pool supply store nearby?-Oring lubricant.

Vaseline should probably work (I'll check when I get home, but I thought that Keg Lube was also a petrolium distilate-I thought I read that on the label).

Anyways, none of the above is "food grade", but the small quantity you'll use should be OK (and also not impart off flavors).
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Old 09-20-2007, 07:20 PM   #8
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I swear my tube of keg lube basically says that it's petroleum jelly.
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Old 09-20-2007, 07:45 PM   #9
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plain KY Jelly
I was going to suggest that as well.
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Old 09-20-2007, 07:51 PM   #10
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...I'd go with some plain KY Jelly...it's not going to kill you if you consume a little.
And...er...uh...how much have you consumed there ma friend?

Go to your drug store or grocery store and buy a bottle of mineral oil. It is the predominant ingredient in keg lube.


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