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Destroyer
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Username: Destroyer

Post Number: 146
Registered: 07-2007
Posted From: 68.38.183.92
Posted on Saturday, February 07, 2009 - 11:30 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

After a nice beer shower due to a faulty poppet in one of my kegs, I went online to order a couple of replacements. Here's my issue: I can't id what kind of keg I actually have. My kegs came from RCB about 7 years ago, and were the 'standard' Pepsi kegs. The poppets look like Type A in the link below, but NB says that is for Firestone and Challenger kegs. I always thought those were different kinds of kegs. But I don't know much about keg types. Any help?

http://www.northernbrewer.com/keg-repair-parts.html
 

Connie
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Username: Connie

Post Number: 1335
Registered: 10-2000
Posted From: 76.17.52.96
Posted on Sunday, February 08, 2009 - 12:10 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

why not go back to RCB?

http://rcbequip.com/productCat15956.ctlg
 

michael atkins
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Username: Mga

Post Number: 703
Registered: 11-2003
Posted From: 209.181.157.99
Posted on Sunday, February 08, 2009 - 01:48 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

From that same site at NB - I think the poppets can be identified by the posts as follows - From L to R - A,B,C.

http://www.northernbrewer.com/pics/fullsize/keg-posts.jpg

Also sometimes the type is etched in the ss keg, many times next to the psi rating.
 

Rob Farrell
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Username: Robf

Post Number: 529
Registered: 02-2003
Posted From: 173.66.9.133
Posted on Sunday, February 08, 2009 - 04:23 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I went through the same confusion. The name etched on the keg said one thing and the post type in the NB picture disagreed. I ordered the poppet that matched the post type; haven't tried to install it yet. It could be that posts on kegs were switched by the previous owner for uniformity of parts. All of the posts on my 8 kegs are the same type, but the kegs are not all from the same manufacturer.
 

Destroyer
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Username: Destroyer

Post Number: 147
Registered: 07-2007
Posted From: 68.38.183.92
Posted on Sunday, February 08, 2009 - 07:31 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Actually, I did end up at RCB because I decided to order a couple of new kegs anyway. But the problem at RCB is the same, Connie. I'm unsure of what type of post I 'really' have. I think that Rob's right and that the posts were switched at some point. No matter, though. For $2.50 each at RCB I just ordered a couple of both types. I'll figure it out once the actual poppets arrive. At worst it's a $5 learning experience...
 

Hophead
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Username: Hophead

Post Number: 2817
Registered: 03-2002
Posted From: 167.4.1.41
Posted on Monday, February 09, 2009 - 07:03 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have over a dozen soda kegs, and less than 1/2 of them have the original posts. Best way is to take them apart and see whatcha got, and match to pics on the website, or bring to LHBS.

"most" take the standard cornelius poppet. I have some firestone ones too. Would be nice to be able to buy a bunch of poppet gaskets only...
 

Dan Listermann
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Username: Listermann

Post Number: 6525
Registered: 03-2004
Posted From: 65.29.223.32
Posted on Tuesday, February 10, 2009 - 11:26 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Never force a post on to a keg. If you can't start it easily with your fingers, there is a reason and you should stop. The threads are similar enough that they can seem to fit, but using a wrench to push the issue will ruin the keg and the post.
 

Hophead
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Username: Hophead

Post Number: 2818
Registered: 03-2002
Posted From: 167.4.1.41
Posted on Tuesday, February 10, 2009 - 04:47 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Good advice, sure enough, but when it comes that way when you buy them used... doh.

It seems a little odd to me that the most common poppet in use, the cornelius poppet, seems to be 2-3 times more expensive than the others. Guess it's a supply/demand issue.
 

danno
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Username: Danno

Post Number: 759
Registered: 03-2002
Posted From: 75.164.136.49
Posted on Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 03:53 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

COnsidering the price of some of the various parts I need to fix my two kegs that are missing some parts, it's cheaper to just buy more kegs.