Hello all, new member here.
About 18 years ago I got into homebrewing while living in Portland, OR, and went at it for about a year or so. A few months into it someone gave me a few soda pop kegs and a CO2 bottle and I kegged up a couple of batches, shortly before I left the city and moved out to the woods for a few years. Over the past 15 years or so, I've only brewed a couple of batches, and bottled them all. I recently dragged out all my kit, washed everything up and started brewing again. I have a pale ale that is ready to be bottled or kegged, and so I pulled out the kegs, and disassembled the valves to clean them. What I found of course was cracked and deformed o-rings everywhere from sitting for so many years, so I went by my semi-local brewshop to get parts.
The guy told me though, that I could not get parts for these valves anymore. He had a universal type of valve part that he said I should try to see if it would work, but he said that if it did not work, I should just recycle these kegs and move on. I bought a set and tried it out today, but it does not fit these valves. I'm one of those guys who has a hard time taking a piece of equipment like this to the recycling pile, so I'm trying to figure out if there is any way to replace or refit these valves with something that I can buy parts for, or if I really do need to give it up and move on.
The valves say Hansen on the side. The bit in the middle is the part that I need to replace, and what I took to the brewshop. the bit on the right is the universal replacement part that he suggested I try. When I search online for Hansen keg valves, I see a lot of different hits and links but all for the connectors, not the valves themselves. Thanks in advance for any advice that anyone can give.