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Postby thebuddrik » Sun Dec 14, 2008 4:00 pm

The keg from my last post, the snow one, was my first all grain and my first experience in kegging. I got it chilled an then shook the hell out of it to force carb it. Tried a glass... not ready yet (at least I hope that is the problem), I will let it condition for another couple of weeks.
I had the keg in the fridge outside. I left all of the hoses hooked up overnight, i figured everything was fine. I woke up this morning and went out to put the keg and bottle in the car and there was a stream of brown ale from the fridge to the edge of the carport. I know that wasnt good. After opening the fridge and seeing the mess I was disgusted. I hosed out the fridge and cleaned off everything. I vented off the keg and opened it up to see half of it still there (I am trying to be the optimist).
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Postby yeastmeister » Sun Dec 14, 2008 5:26 pm

Ummmm....thats odd. Make sure all your fittings are tight. That keg has been used multiple times, and never leaked. Make sure that the out post is tight. I remove them for cleaning, I seem to remember we put it on hand tight prior to you taking it. Sounds like if you still have gas, then its the out thats somehow leaking. They can be tricky, if you don't look real careful on them, a thin sheen of beer can leak down the side and be almost invisible.
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Postby aleguy » Mon Dec 15, 2008 1:27 pm

If it is a leak on the out fitting, you're lucky to have any beer left at all. It could also be a worn poppet. I had to replace about half of mine when I bought my first set of kegs. The little rubber o-ring around the poppet head gets worn down and won't seal completely.
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Postby yeastmeister » Mon Dec 15, 2008 1:37 pm

I should also say "Welcome to the wonderful world of kegging!" It was bound to happen to you eventually. At least you got it out of the way quickly. Your next misadventure will almost surely be a co2 leak that vents a tank for you.
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