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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Anyone share this issue with pin lock QDs?
« on: November 23, 2015, 09:46:06 PM »
Thanks Steve and jeffy. In doing a bit more research, it certainly appears that the o rings for pin locks are different - slightly larger and fatter. Several forum stories telling tragic similar tales of woe to my own.

The replacement rings I put on the posts during my re-furb were just ordered "blind" as replacement kits. I'm assuming that they are more specifically for ball locks.

Looks like I'm picking up "pin lock o rings" and being careful until traded out.

Thanks again.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Anyone share this issue with pin lock QDs?
« on: November 23, 2015, 09:28:38 PM »

I'm going to go ahead and change out the o rings - even though they were/are relatively newly replaced. I did replace them when I re-furbed the kegs back in August or September. And then use more lube than I have been.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Anyone share this issue with pin lock QDs?
« on: November 23, 2015, 09:10:45 PM »
I'm assuming you're both talking about the o rings on the posts, and not the ones in the QDs?

Kegging and Bottling / Anyone share this issue with pin lock QDs?
« on: November 23, 2015, 06:43:04 PM »
Relatively new to kegging (4th keg in the 4 tap kegerator) I have been working through "issues" as they have come up. One that has come up that has been slightly worrisome is that the quick disconnects seem to have (every one in awhile) a rather tenuous seal to the posts.

I have all pin lock connections and did the requisite refurb of the posts, etc. when I first set everything up. I did not replace the poppets or the o rings on them, but they all seem to be in good shape and tight when they are inserted in the posts.

I have noted that on occasion the gas posts are rather "sensitive" to being moved as lines were moved around the inside of the kegerator. Moved slightly, you can hear the gas escaping. With a little fidgeting, I can always get the "flow" to stop.

The slightly more troublesome issue I have been having is that the QD for the liquid post on a recent keg seems even more "sensitive". On occasion, it has allowed a flow of beer out from under the QD. Again, a little fidgeting and I can usually get it to stop. I noticed the other day that a flow had occurred when the kegerator was closed over the course of a couple days as dried beer was evident on the side of the keg and around the bottom - sticking it to the floor.

I cleaned that up, took apart the QD, checked, cleaned and sanitized all the parts, and replaced it - being extra careful when I redistributed the lines and closed the door.  I made sure the cap plug was well tightened down. Every so often I just crack the door to be sure all is in good order.

My main question/concern is has anyone else experienced the same "sensitivity" with pin lock QDs? And is there anything I should be doing different? Is this something inherent with pin locks?

A lot of beer has not been wasted to this point - nor gas (as far as I can tell). But it is worrisome that I can't just close the door and forget about it. It doesn't seem like the QDs should be that sensitive.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: How Big a Problem?
« on: November 17, 2015, 06:37:49 PM »
Thanks for the responses.

As it turns out it was as Jeffy and Poterhaus suggested - the posts were installed on the wrong sides. The gas post was threaded over the liquid (out) dip tube. Depressing the poppet on the other post relieved all the head space pressure and I switched the posts back to their rightful positions and hooked up the cleaned gas line/disconnect/etc. with no issues.

I probably should have (and likely would have eventually) figured it out - but it is awesome to know there's a place to go for almost instant suggestions.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: How Big a Problem?
« on: November 15, 2015, 07:35:13 PM »
Good call both of you. They are pin lock kegs and this one is the only one without the pressure relief in the lid. Depressing what should be the liquid post (3 pins) relieved the pressure. I must have mixed up the posts after cleaning the keg.

Talk about a noob!

Kegging and Bottling / How Big a Problem?
« on: November 15, 2015, 06:59:46 PM »
Being new to kegging, I am working through issues. My latest mistake/problem is that I just kegged an IPA last night. Without checking the pressure set at the regulator, I mistakenly put 30 lb of pressure on the newly kegged beer, took off the gas disconnect and worse yet, compounding the mistake, I put the disconnect back on.

Took some liquid in the gas line. Luckily it did not make it all the way the manifold. I have since removed the fouled line and cleaned it and the disconnect.

However, I then tried to relieve the pressure in the keg by depressing the poppit on the gas post and proceeded to spew beer out through the gas post. Trying again today to relieve pressure - the same thing - beer spewing out of the post.

Do I just let it all sit for a day? days?

As is, obviously if I try and connect the gas disconnect again I'll wind up with the same fouled gas line - correct?

What are my options?

At least I know the keg holds pressure well.

Kind of all what I figured and other than the constant temp not at all that much different to the way I've been at it till now - i.e., steeping.

Thanks all.

All my brews thus far over the few years I've been homebrewing have been extract with specialty grains. So, all I have ever done is to steep the specialty grains as the base malt is replaced with dry or liquid extract.

I'm going to brew a clone of Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA this weekend. The recipe calls for 11 lb of 2 row, 1.75 lb of 10L Munich and 0.75 lb of 75L crystal. The extract option has me replacing the 2 row with 8.25 lb of pale LME. No issue thus far.

It then mentions "mashing" the Munich and crystal at 155F for 40 minutes then draining and rinsing. Normally I would simply steep the specialty grains at the temp suggested (or there abouts) in 1 - 2 gallons of water.

So my questions:

- Will actually mashing the specialty grains make enough of a difference?
- Assuming I should mash as directed, would using grain bags make a difference, or should I treat it as an actual mash and add the grains loose?
- Again, assuming mashing, and since it's such a small quantity of grains, anyone have suggestions on the ratio of water to grain?

My plan, if mashing, is to get the water to temp, add the grains (loose or bagged depending on answers to the above), and then stick the pot in the oven set at 155F for the 40 minutes. 

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Line Length PSI for first time.
« on: October 20, 2015, 09:23:24 PM »
Just set up a 4 tap kegerator (upright fridge/freezer) last month. I'm running 6' of 3/16". Carb'd and serve at the same pressure of 12 psi and 40 degrees F. Took about 2 weeks to get carbonation of an IPA about right and have been pleased with the results. A Dark Cherry Stout appears to be taking a bit longer than 2 weeks to get the carbonation right - but I'm in no rush.

Equipment and Software / Re: Best Chiller Option
« on: October 05, 2015, 01:35:32 AM »
My last two batches I used a cooler with ice water and a submersible utility pump connected to my IC. Used two 20 lb bags of ice (it helps having a Lang Ice House nearby) and got the wort from boiling down to 70F within 20 - 25 minutes. Wastes sooooo much less water.

I'm currently freezing gallon jugs of water in the freezer compartment of the kegerator to use next time in lieu of having to buy bags of ice. I'm hoping 4 or 5 should do the trick.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Kegerator Build/Set-Up Question
« on: September 05, 2015, 02:11:27 PM »

I actually have that link/thread saved from researching through the forums several weeks ago. Plan on that every time a keg kicks as well.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Kegerator Build/Set-Up Question
« on: September 04, 2015, 09:21:21 PM »
Thanks and agreed.

Gravity ran some hot PBW-laced water through the connected shanks and faucets from the bottling bucket, opening and closing the faucet a couple of times. Let each combo sit in the PBW water for 10 - 15 minutes and rinsed all thoroughly, removing the faucets form the shanks.

Figure I'll run Star San through from each keg once they're installed and hooked up to gas.

Kegging and Bottling / Kegerator Build/Set-Up Question
« on: September 04, 2015, 03:29:18 PM »
I'm going to be diving in to my upright frig-to-kegerator conversion this weekend and I think I have all the pieces and parts and have done all the research and layout necessary (we'll see).

Over the next couple of months I will also be kegging my brews for the first time - first one likely around the 20th of this month. So I am sure I will be back as things come up and questions pop into my head. Like this one;

In all my reading of conversions and set-ups, I don't recall anyone discussing whether you should "clean" the brand new, never used lines/faucets or if sanitizing them is sufficient.

I know this seems like a basic/no-brainer kind of thing (why not just clean 'em - you never know where they've been) but wanted to get input from those who have been there done that.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Leaking Keg Lid(s) / Newbie Kegger Question
« on: September 04, 2015, 03:18:16 PM »
+1. Already do that as well.

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