Originally Posted by onthekeg
My latest pressure ferment turned into a disaster... It's my own fault, I put a picnic tap on the 10 gallon keg I ferment in to take a gravity sample as the phone was ringing. Of course I forgot about it overnight. The next day I left on a business trip and came home 2 days later to 8 gallons of beer on the floor.
Apparently the picnic tap couldn't handle the pressure and it blew the tap off the hose emptying the keg on the floor.
I have a ball valve
on the top of my sankey coupler to have better control.
What was the pressure in your keg? Was there a hose clamp on the picnic tap?
I've wondered what the pressure gets to in the beer line to the picnic tap if you take a gravity sample early in the ferment. There's unfermented wort and yeast in the line, they continue to ferment and there's no where for the CO2 to go. I suspect it would take a ton of pressure to rupture the tubing or knock the tap off. Probably not enough sugar in the line to let that happen.
But an entire keg of wort leading to that beer line...that's another story.
I'm sorry that happened to you.
Have a Merry Christmas all