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About 2 years ago, I ordered a set of universal poppets on Amazon for my kegs. They are the generic open spring type. They've mostly worked ok, other than being a bit too stiff. However, in the past few weeks I've had 2 of them utterly fail on me. In both cases, I pulled off the ball lock QD, and the o-ring mushed its way out of the post, losing all pressure. See pic.

Looking online, almost all of the universal poppets look exactly the same as the ones I have now (Morebeer has some fancier looking ones for $7 each). Is there any difference in quality between what the homebrew stores are selling and the imports from Amazon? Are the fancy ones with the little feet worth getting? Or should I just stock up on o-rings and plan on replacing them once a year?
 

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That picture sums up exactly why I don't use universal poppets on my kegs. I use them in other places like my beer line cleaning manifold, the keg in my keezer holding water for the glass rinser, and other similar, none-beer-holding applications, but that's it.

Anyway, chicompany.net carries the two most commonly used oem poppet types...

Cheers!


 

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That picture sums up exactly why I don't use universal poppets on my kegs. I use them in other places like my beer line cleaning manifold, the keg in my keezer holding water for the glass rinser, and other similar, none-beer-holding applications, but that's it.

Anyway, chicompany.net carries the two most commonly used oem poppet types...

Cheers!


I agree. OEM styles are best.
 

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That picture sums up exactly why I don't use universal poppets on my kegs. I use them in other places like my beer line cleaning manifold, the keg in my keezer holding water for the glass rinser, and other similar, none-beer-holding applications, but that's it.

Anyway, chicompany.net carries the two most commonly used oem poppet types...

Cheers!


The websites don't seem to want to load on my phone.
 

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Yeah, it's loading weird on my tablet, too. Sorry 'bout that.
Just go to chicompany.net and use the search tool in the upper right corner to look for poppets...

Cheers!
 
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Ahh... thanks! I thought there had to be something better out there. They have the best price I can find, even with the shipping charges. My order is in!
 

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About 2 years ago, I ordered a set of universal poppets on Amazon for my kegs. They are the generic open spring type. They've mostly worked ok, other than being a bit too stiff.
To reduce stiffness (when compressing) and extraneous pressure on the o-ring, it's generally recommended to clip one to one-and-a-half turn off the bottom of the pyramidal spring. If you have a Dremel type tool you can also cut it off with an abrasive disc. You'll need to clamp it securely into something though.

But yeah, I would go for the OEM replacements at those prices. Make sure you'll order the right ones.
 

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I have to apologize as chicompany.net actually carries five poppet types - which I believe covers the gamut of ball and pin lock kegs ever fabricated. I had searched the site using "poppets" which only showed two styles, but searching with the singular "poppet" revealed all five types carried.

So, go here: Poppet Valves : The Chi-Company, a home brewing company since 1996, New and used beverage equipment for Homebrewing, Home winemaking, Soda systems and used Pepsi vending equipment

And you should find all of these:

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