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Old 06-23-2008, 05:45 PM   #1
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Hey there!

I just bought a 5 gallon keg on craigslist. It has a weird weird pressure relief valve on top. It's not the traditional pull ring type, but is kind of a dome with holes drilled on the sides. No ring to pull. The keg itself is wider and shorter than my other LHBS kegs.

Anyone know how to use this valve? Is it a valve? Is it really a keg?

I'll try to post a picture later on tonight.

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You probably bought a pinlock keg. The pressure relief is an automatic thing. If you want to vent it, you have to poke at the gas in poppet.


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Does it look like the one here?



If so, that's an old Firestone relief valve. I had one fail on me, and I'll be damned if I can find a replacement anywhere. As long as it's working - great!
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Does it look like the one here?



If so, that's an old Firestone relief valve. I had one fail on me, and I'll be damned if I can find a replacement anywhere. As long as it's working - great!
Thanks Bird, but that's not it. I'll post a photo later!
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You probably bought a pinlock keg. The pressure relief is an automatic thing. If you want to vent it, you have to poke at the gas in poppet.
Ah, the gas-in poppet - attack with tip of screwdriver. Gotcha. Should have figured that one out! Many thanks Bobby!!
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hey, while I'm at it pestering you all...

anyone know how to get the o-rings off the gas-in and booze-out posts? I've tried a screwdriver and pocketknife, and have skinned a few knuckles so far. There must be a simple way to do this!

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anyone know how to get the o-rings off the gas-in and booze-out posts? I've tried a screwdriver and pocketknife, and have skinned a few knuckles so far. There must be a simple way to do this!
I just pinch the post & o-ring between my thumb and finger, and squeeze towards one side. Usually a little loop will form, which is enough to grip with a fingernail.

Barring that, I have a set of dental picks that will easily slip under stubborn o-rings. I'd avoid the pocketknife, it's real easy to cut yourself that way.
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Thanks BLL. I'll give that a shot tonight!
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It could just be that the pull ring is missing. I've come across several like this. If there is a little post sticking out with a hole in it, just attach something to it and you're good to go
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Anything like these. The bottom left has a metal dome with a few holes in the top. It's an overpressure relief but no manual pull. Notice the one to rhe right of that one, it has no relief in the lid at all.


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