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Offline spowlison

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Tight Corny Keg Connection
« on: August 29, 2011, 09:54:42 AM »
I have a corny keg with at tap that uses the ball-bearing type connection and it's really hard to snap my tap hose onto the keg, after I took it all apart and cleaned it. Is there some sort of lubricant that should be in there that is now gone due to my fastidiousness? I am afraid of breaking it, since it's such a tight fit. Maybe something got broken or out of place when I reassembled it all? I also took apart the keg post as well...

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Re: Tight Corny Keg Connection
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2011, 10:05:28 AM »
Did you mix up the liquid and the gas posts?  They are different sizes.  The gas has horizontal notches around the base.
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Re: Tight Corny Keg Connection
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2011, 10:26:41 AM »
Yes, what narvin said is most likely the cause.  Yours may look slightly different, but here is a pic.  Note the one on the right (the gas post) has notches in the points around the base.  The one on the left (the liquid post) does not.



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Re: Tight Corny Keg Connection
« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2011, 12:39:05 PM »
You might want to put a dab of Keg Lube on there. (Vaseline would probably work too if you don't have any around.) It'll make it easier to get the QDs onto the posts and it also helps keep the connection airtight.

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Re: Tight Corny Keg Connection
« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2011, 06:31:04 PM »
I keg lube mine every time they are filled.... it makes a HUGE difference.

(Keg lube is basically a food grade vaseline type goop.)
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Re: Tight Corny Keg Connection
« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2011, 11:34:57 PM »
You might want to put a dab of Keg Lube on there. (Vaseline would probably work too if you don't have any around.) It'll make it easier to get the QDs onto the posts and it also helps keep the connection airtight.
I keg lube mine every time they are filled.... it makes a HUGE difference.

(Keg lube is basically a food grade vaseline type goop.)

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Re: Tight Corny Keg Connection
« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2012, 08:10:45 PM »
HI,

sorry to steal a thread but my posts look like the ones pictured here and I'm having a hard time getting them off the keg for cleaning. This is my first time kegging and the cornie keg is refurbished and looks like new. How do I get those posts off for sanitizing before adding my brew? My wrenches and channel locks don't seem fit. I assume I'm trying to find something that fits the hex nut and star nut, right?

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Re: Tight Corny Keg Connection
« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2012, 09:35:37 PM »
A deep well socket works.  For the gas use a 12 point socket.

If you cant get them off with the socket wrench, a rubber mallet to impact the wrench may help.  You also may have some residual sugar build up on the sockets.  Fill the keg with some hot PBW (a gallon or 2 will do), let it sit upside down for a while, then try it again.  This has helped me on some tough ones.
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Re: Tight Corny Keg Connection
« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2012, 11:33:58 PM »
I use something that looks like this, but it's the same principle as what Jeff mentions - a rubber mallet can help, if not a soak in some pbw should loosen things up.

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Re: Tight Corny Keg Connection
« Reply #9 on: January 21, 2012, 11:42:03 PM »
mostly a 7/8 end wrench is what i use set it sideways on a chair and kneel on it if it's really stuck tight
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Re: Tight Corny Keg Connection
« Reply #10 on: January 24, 2012, 03:15:11 PM »
Thank you. the 7/8 wrench worked but I did need to take it into my local brewery supply store for some help. They said the posts were on tighter than usual but I should be all set now. Appreciate your help.