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Racetrack keg lids are straight on the long sides, whereas standard keg lids are curved all the way around. Images help. This is a standard keg lid. This is a racetrack keg lid. If there are any straight lines on your keg lid opening then it's probably a racetrack.


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Get a gas connector that has a built in check valve. I.e get this: http://www.williamsbrewing.com/GAS-BALL-LOCK-FITTING-WITH-CHECK-VALVE-P3358.aspx


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On many pin lock kegs that I own I have discovered these garbage poppets. The only difference is that mine were white instead of yellow, but they are still number "2"s matching those in your picture. Personally I threw them all out because after taking them out of the posts I was not able to fit them back in. I was able to do this with the longer number ...


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Carbonation can be used in the same way as temperature is used to mask flavours. Just as the colder a beer is the less flavour is noticeable, the more carbonation the less mouth feel, texture, and flavour you will detect. To test this out, try a can of warm flat Coke. Very sweet, much smoother. Franklin has already answered the degassing part. Also I'm not ...


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The diptube touches the bottom maybe becoming taller than it would be? Things like this could happen when disassembling a lot of kegs and then mismatching parts. If it don't touch the bottom offering resistance and you have problems like this, maybe the poppets are too old and the springs are weak. Putting 2 o-rings will let them more pressurized and prevent ...


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Double O-rings seems to be a common thing. One of my cornies has them where a square ring should be (square cross section, but still a circle). A taller poppet could help, if it fits inside the post. ---additional answer: Keep in mind that these O-rings are making two seals: tube to keg, and tube to post. If the threads in the post are much deeper than ...


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The release of CO2 can take certain volatile aroma compounds with it. Sometimes this is a good thing (it can strip sulfur notes out of beers) but can also take hop aroma compounds, less than ideal if it's dry-hopped or heavy on late-addition hops. In this case you might notice a slight loss of hop aroma. Any foaming caused by degassing will also affect the ...


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I've tried doing exactly what you describe, without using counter-pressure to fill the growlers. While you can carbonate the beer just fine, at room temperature you'll get so much foaming during transfer (no matter how long your lines are) that it'll probably end up as flat as it was before carbonation by the time you're drinking it. You could try it with ...



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