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General Category => Kegging and Bottling => Topic started by: jbutterw on July 21, 2010, 06:31:18 PM

Title: race-track keg lids
Post by: jbutterw on July 21, 2010, 06:31:18 PM
So, what is the story with race-track lids? Some internet searching indicates that they are rare, and can be a pain to work with.

I managed to acquire a few recently, and I am trying to decide if they are worth continuing to use.

So, some questions:

1) Why do people consider them to be a pain? They seem simple enough to me.

2) I imagine they use the same post o-rings as standard lid kegs, but what about the lid? Wishful thinking has me thinking that the circumference of the race-track lids is the same as the round lids, and therefore the lid o-ring will be the same. Anyone know anything about this? (I don't have any round-lid kegs to personally try this out.)

Thanks.
Title: Re: race-track keg lids
Post by: denny on July 21, 2010, 06:45:09 PM
I have both race track and round keg lids and interchange the o rings freely.
Title: Re: race-track keg lids
Post by: beerocd on July 21, 2010, 06:56:02 PM
OK, help me out. Looked at pictures online of oval and racetrack - I unfortunately see no difference...
Title: Re: race-track keg lids
Post by: tom on July 21, 2010, 07:07:23 PM
Racetrack lids have straight sides and round ends. Oval lids are, well oval.  ;)
Title: Re: race-track keg lids
Post by: bluesman on July 21, 2010, 08:55:45 PM
This is a racetrack lid.

(http://www.chicompany.net/images/Keg%20Lid%20-%20Large%20RaceTrack%20-%20%20Gray%20PRValve%20type.jpg)

...and this is an oval lid.

(http://www.chicompany.net/images/Keg%20Lid%20-%20Oval%20Metal%20Nut%20Style.jpg)
Title: Re: race-track keg lids
Post by: narcout on July 21, 2010, 09:03:02 PM
My racetrack lid looks quite a bit different than the one posted above. I'll try to post a picture when I get home if I have time.

Also, mine came with an o-ring that is flatter and thinner than the standard lid o-ring, but the standard o-ring works just fine.

As far as some people considering them a pain, I think that just has to do with the difficulty of finding a replacement should you have the need.