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Should I buy a new lid?

My kegs are pin locks so they do not have the release valve like the ball locks. Is it worth the $ money to buy new lids? I am new to kegging and all the instructions (video and reading alike) seem to revolve around kegs with the pull type release valves. What should I be aware of if I don’t replace the lids with pull type release valves?

If you need to release the pressure, depress the poppet on the GAS side.

Other than that, the likely hood of your regulator failing and dumping more than 130psi into the keg is so remote you are more likely to win the lottery.

[quote=“Nighthawk”]If you need to release the pressure, depress the poppet on the GAS side.
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Or just for fun, depress the poppet on the liquid side, but be sure to film the event and post to Youtube so we laugh at (um, I mean “with”) you. Teasing of course. If you depress the liquid side poppet on a pressurized keg, you’ll get a face full of beer :slight_smile:

…must be a K-State fan!

Thanks for the affirmation! I thought I could just depress the gas poppet and get the same result but when reading and researching information on kegging pin-locks seem to get a bad rap and I could never understand why…or maybe that’s just my interpretation!

Thanks again…Boomer Sooner!

Well for me that would be a giant PIA. Fill keg, add gas to purge, take off gas supply, find something small to depress poppet, rinse and repeat 3 times.

I would buy a lid.

For $25-$35 per lid, I can tie a small screwdriver to my CO2 tanks so it’s always handy.

http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/corn ... g-lid.html

If you "only"have one keg, maybe. But if you are replacing 4+, I can find better things to spend $100+ on.

For $15 you could drill a hole in the lid and install this PRV. Still more than I would spend, and I have only have 2 Coke style kegs.

http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/keg- ... style.html

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$25 to $35 for a lid I’m rich I think I have at least 30 or 40 I use to get them for free when I was buying kegs from a supplier. I think I have bought around 900 kegs starting at $4.50 ea man has inflation taken over wish I still had a 100 or so of them.
Those were the good old days :wink:

…must be a K-State fan!
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Only when they’re playing not playing KU (yes, I know KU sucks at football, but hope springs eternal)

[quote=“Nighthawk”]For $25-$35 per lid, I can tie a small screwdriver to my CO2 tanks so it’s always handy.

http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/corn ... g-lid.html

If you "only"have one keg, maybe. But if you are replacing 4+, I can find better things to spend $100+ on.

For $15 you could drill a hole in the lid and install this PRV. Still more than I would spend, and I have only have 2 Coke style kegs.

http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/keg- ... style.html

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I normally try to mind my manners and promote our host on this site, but those prices are ridiculous. I bought a replacement lid from these guys not that long ago for $16:

http://www.homebrewing.org/New-Corneliu ... _1415.html

When I got my pin lock keg, it came with an attachment that fit on the gas side post and allows the discharge of gas just by depressing the button. I originally had a ball lock keg that I much preferred, but it was about 2" taller than the pin lock and would not fit in my mini-fridge.

[quote=“Nighthawk”]For $25-$35 per lid, I can tie a small screwdriver to my CO2 tanks so it’s always handy.

http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/corn ... g-lid.html

If you "only"have one keg, maybe. But if you are replacing 4+, I can find better things to spend $100+ on.

For $15 you could drill a hole in the lid and install this PRV. Still more than I would spend, and I have only have 2 Coke style kegs.

http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/keg- ... style.html

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I guess this makes me really thankful that I gat a great deal on ball lock kegs when I did

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