Exploding kegs

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beers 2675 º places 111 º 15:07 Sun 10/21/2012
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beers 2444 º places 19 º 16:24 Sun 10/21/2012

This is what we received from PKA:

"I wanted to send you a note to personally address some questions or concerns about our products that have been circulating in the brewing community. In an abundance of caution, I also want to encourage you and your staff to review safety procedures and to regularly inspect our kegs to ensure they have been handled correctly and are working properly.

The devoted team at Plastic Kegs America (PKA) wants to be sure that we are doing our part to maintain the highest quality and safety standards. With more than 100,000 of our kegs in use – from the small home brewer to brewers producing millions of gallons of beer – we are part of the tight-knit community and welcome any questions or feedback about our products.

At PKA, we see customers as our partners, and we continually hear that “without PKA kegs, we would not have grown our business to what it is today.” In the spirit of our partnership with you, we value the input and assistance we have received and we are redoubling our safety efforts.

As the largest manufacturer of reusable plastic kegs in the world, PKA maintains strict safety standards and we undergo continual improvements to ensure that our products are safe and reliable. In addition, we have hired an independent keg evaluation firm to further review the safety of our products. Their preliminary findings show that our products meet and exceed all safety and manufacturing guidelines.

To further ensure proper and safe use of our products, we suggest the following:

· Check your PKA kegs regularly: Inspect kegs that come back from distribution before putting kegs on the filling/cleaning line. This will ensure there has been no damage and safe performance. If the keg has been compressed in a way that changes the basic geometry, it will not perform according to safety standards.
· Use dry compressed air: Check that pressure regulators have a maximum setting of 45 psi. This will help avoid corrosion in the supply lines.
· Check supply line valves: Make sure supply lines have working pressure release valves set to a maximum of 45psi.
· Check couplers: Couplers connected to kegs should have pressurized release valves built in and set at 45 psi.
· Check pressure gauges: Confirm pressure gauges are showing the correct pressure. If the glass has been broken, the needle may not be working properly.
· Review safety protocols: This will ensure safe working practices of personnel and equipment.
· Pressure test kegs: To test a keg, add between 10-12 psi in the keg, and put water on the top of the keg and around the seams. If air is escaping, please contact PKA and we will test the keg at our facility free of charge.

If you have any concerns about your kegs please do contact us to arrange for testing, any warranty related issues will be repaired or replaced. We value each one of our customers and our established relationship in the brewing community to provide quality products. And, we always welcome your feedback and comments on ways we can better serve you."

PKA also stated in an e-mail to me 6/1 that they did not know who the manufacturer of the keg at Red Hook was. Not sure if that has changed.