From the HBD Archive
From: Darryl Richman <>
Subject: re: kegging problem
Date: 1990-01-18 14:40:41 GMT

"The talk recently about kegging encouraged me to ask this question about
"a kegging problem I'm having. I recently started kegging after a present
"of a Cornelius system for Christmas. The first time I tried it, the keg
"wouldn't seal. I tried initial overpressure, drying the seal, wetting the
"seal with water or glycerine, but nothing worked. I took the keg back to
"the dealer where my wife bought it, and spent about an hour trying various
"kegs. Finally we came up with a combination of keg+lid which didn't leak.
"Even then, it leaked when the direction of the lid was reversed.

Hmmm. Most of my kegs leak when the lid is closed; it takes 20psi or
more on a couple to prevent them from leaking. My O-rings are always
wet when I close it up because they've just come out of a bleach
solution and been rinsed. I believe that the lids are only intended to
go on one way--with the bail closing away from the taps on a pin-lock
keg (don't know about ball-lock style kegs, I don't use them).

One thought: there is as little tab welded onto the lid, on the side
that the bail closes towards. You *are* making sure that that tab goes
over the lip of the keg while the O-ring stays beneath it, aren't you?
I try to center the lid in the hole by twisting the bail before I close
it. It would be so much easier to find your problem if I could see it!

I did buy new O-rings for all my kegs because the small O-rings that go
around the CO2 inlet tube and the liquid draw tube began leaking. I
thought the first one was a fluke, but when I cam out to my
refrigerator after being gone a week and found 1/3 of my keg of steam
beer on the bottom of the fridge and a slow leak out of the outlet
tube--well, that was enough! The old ones had a rectangular cross
section, the new ones are round; they seal sooner and require less
torque on the wrench.

Well, I hope I've given you some ideas, although I'm not sure about any
of them. Oh, yes, you can find leaks more easily by making a soap
solution from dishwashing liquid and painting it over the lid and the
in/outlet fittings to find your leak. Don't do this with beer in the
keg. This is the same trick one might use to find a gas leak (instead
of a match ;-).

--Darryl Richman

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