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Thread: Tips for replacing sanke keg spear lock ring

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    Tips for replacing sanke keg spear lock ring

    Hi. I am helping a new brewery start up who happened to purchase USED old nasty kegs. I dont want to put my great beer in a sewer so I need to remove a few spears and inspect how well our brand new keg washer is performing. We have the depressurizing tool which makes removal easy but i am having a hard time replacing the locking snap ring. Are there any tips, tricks or secrets? Is it easier to replace with the keg depressurization tool over the hole or without? I keep bending the rings and cant get them back in.

    Any help is greatly appreciated.

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    Last edited by nonagoninfinity; 04-20-2019 at 08:30 AM.

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    Wow....lets try this again...


    If your talking about this as your depressurize tool, yes it needs to be used to unload the spring to first remove the ring and then to put it back in place.

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    Also do the next person who has to remove the ring a favor and try to position the end of the snap ring in the space were the two ears from the keg spear/valve fit it in for easier removal. Also make sure the ears are in position on the over the lower space for them to be pressed down, otherwise you will bend them up and the ring wont fit once you get it repositioned.
    Last edited by Sauce; 04-20-2019 at 08:51 AM.

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    You really should have the proper training on how to maintain and rebuild kegs and spear before ripping into them. Micromatic offers free classes in some areas. You might want to contact them and see if any are offered that you could attend. Improperly installed or damaged circlips can be a safety issue for you and your customers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sauce View Post
    Wow....lets try this again...


    If your talking about this as your depressurize tool, yes it needs to be used to unload the spring to first remove the ring and then to put it back in place.

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    Also do the next person who has to remove the ring a favor and try to position the end of the snap ring in the space were the two ears from the keg spear/valve fit it in for easier removal. Also make sure the ears are in position on the over the lower space for them to be pressed down, otherwise you will bend them up and the ring wont fit once you get it repositioned.
    Thank you very much. The tool seems to get in the way but i understand it helps depress the spear to allow enough room for the clip.
    also great tip on replacing them. Every one I am replacing has the end of the snap ring as far away from the two ears as possible.

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    I don't have the tool. I just use a screwdriver to remove ring after depressurizing. Then put it back in by working around ring with a set of pliers.

    Cheers,

    Rich DeLano

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    Sent you a pm.
    Steve Bradt
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    When using the tool shown above, be very careful! It's possible--even easy--to over-tighten that tool to the point where it deforms the outside of the keg valve, closing that little slot the retainer/safety ring goes into. Once this happens, you'll never get that ring back in.

    But some new safety rings. Using a new ring is much easier than trying to re-use an old one. I use the old rings for key rings, etc.

    While you have the spear out, replace all the rubber, too. You can buy new seals and o-rings from Micromatic.

    Search around the forum here. There have been some excellent tutorials on rebuilding Sanke valves posted here in the past.
    Timm Turrentine

    Brewerywright,
    Terminal Gravity Brewing,
    Enterprise. Oregon.

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