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Title: Leaky keg lids...gaskets...lube
Post by: roguejim on April 01, 2010, 10:48:12 PM
I've never had problems with leaky keg lids until now.  It used to be if a lid was leaking, I would simply turn it around in the other direction, and the problem was solved.  But, this doesn't always work anymore.  Now, I find myself swapping out lids until I get one that won't leak.  I've even resorted to using keg lube, which I never had to do before.

How long before those black gaskets have to be replaced?

Visually, they look fine, but do they shrink over time?
Title: Re: Leaky keg lids...gaskets...lube
Post by: hamiltont on April 01, 2010, 11:58:52 PM
I always use keg lube on all the O-rings. If you replaced the O-rings when you got your kegs you should never have to replace them unless they get damaged somehow.
Title: Re: Leaky keg lids...gaskets...lube
Post by: roguejim on April 02, 2010, 12:26:56 AM
Okay, thanks.

Now, I clean my kegs and parts in Sun Oxygen Cleaner.  It doesn't seem to have any affect on keg lube.  

How do I remove the lube from the underneath side, of the keg's top, where the o-ring is seated?  

What do you soak your keg parts in that will remove the lube from the o-rings?

I actually use Harvey's Silicone Grease (waterproof) from a plumbing supply store.
Title: Re: Leaky keg lids...gaskets...lube
Post by: denny on April 02, 2010, 12:57:02 AM
Maybe it's the Harvey's.  I don't have any issues with Oxiclean removing Keg Lube.
Title: Re: Leaky keg lids...gaskets...lube
Post by: bluesman on April 02, 2010, 01:13:58 AM
Keg Lube can be removed by Wiping it down with a soft cloth soaked in rubbing alcohol.
Title: Re: Leaky keg lids...gaskets...lube
Post by: tom on April 02, 2010, 02:28:12 AM
I bend the lid or keg edge with a small crescent wrench to fix the leaks.

Williams Brewing sells a slightly thicker and softer lid O-ring that seals better, but is a little pricy. I wish I could find them at wholesale prices. Then I would buy them for every keg.
Title: Re: Leaky keg lids...gaskets...lube
Post by: roguejim on April 02, 2010, 06:55:26 PM
What about this outfit below:

http://www.mcmaster.com/#

If you're able to find the part, could you post it?  Thanks.
Title: Re: Leaky keg lids...gaskets...lube
Post by: tom on April 03, 2010, 01:46:42 AM
I have looked there and not found it. It needs to be a little thicker and softer than the usual.
Title: Re: Leaky keg lids...gaskets...lube
Post by: IHBHS on April 17, 2010, 06:14:40 PM
Brewcraft USA has the oversized Corny Closure O-Rings.