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Old 06-02-2008, 07:22 PM   #11
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Jul 2006
Greater Cincinnati area
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I've got a couple of kegs that require a bit of ritual to get them to seal. I have to pressurize them while holding the lid in place (but not clamped down), then grab the clamp and pull and torque it around a bit until it fully seats in a way that doesn't leak. Then I clamp it down.

I've learned to be somewhat weary of the "guaranteed to hold pressure" claim some sellers give. Mine came well pressurized, but I think a lot of the reason it sealed easily was due to the coke syrup still caked to the o-rings. It became more difficult to seal them once I cleaned them up.

Primary 1: Oktoberfest Lager
Primary 2: Apricot Wit
Primary 3: Christmas Warmer MkII
Primary 4: Apfelwein
Bottle conditioning: Vanilla Caramel Creme Ale
Bottle conditioning: Brain Spawn Saison
Bottle conditioning: Hot Shot Rye Red
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Old 06-02-2008, 07:34 PM   #12
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Sierra Vista, AZ
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I usually start replacing things after 6 fills. Poppets last a bit longer
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Sierra Vista, AZ

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Old 06-02-2008, 07:59 PM   #13
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Gainesville, Virginia
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Also... in addition to using keg lube on the actual o-ring, also run a thin layer on the inside lip of the keg where it will meet the o-ring. Works like a charm.

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Old 06-02-2008, 10:50 PM   #14
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I have had great luck with the extra thick, softer lid o-rings you can buy from Williams Brewing.
Primary: English Mild
On tap: Pale Ale, Lancelot's Wheat, English Brown Ale, Steam Beer, HoovNuts IPA
Bottled: MOAM, Braggot, Raspberry Melomel, Merlot, Apfelwein, Pyment, Sweet mead, Cabernet
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