Crusader kegs

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Crusader kegs

Unread postby grooves » Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:49 am

Is anyone using Crusader kegs?

I'm tired of leaky cornies and am thinking of making the switch to sankey - plus this means I could use bigger kegs for double mash brews.
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Re: Crusader kegs

Unread postby BrauTim » Tue Dec 05, 2017 11:14 am

I use them, nice and robust, only downside is cleaning as you can’t get your arm in there but oxy seems to get them clean enough. You may need to source a tool for spear removal and I’ve removed the safety off mine which is easy to do.
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Re: Crusader kegs

Unread postby grooves » Tue Dec 05, 2017 11:58 am

Ok - my muscular/fat arms don't reach the bottom of cornies anyway.

Yep, I'll grind off the safety lugs - the tools are hard to come by and ridiculously expensive, and anyway I know better than to stick my face over a "spear" when opening a pressurised container!

I'll put them in my letter to Father Christmas...
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Re: Crusader kegs

Unread postby BrauTim » Tue Dec 05, 2017 1:03 pm

grooves wrote:Ok - my muscular/fat arms don't reach the bottom of cornies anyway.

Yep, I'll grind off the safety lugs - the tools are hard to come by and ridiculously expensive, and anyway I know better than to stick my face over a "spear" when opening a pressurised container!

I'll put them in my letter to Father Christmas...


I’ll see if I can find the name of the bloke that custom made the tool, if you’ve got the tools and skills then I think its just a modified socket. No need to grind off lugs, the safety is just a metal bar that can be pulled off by hand, you need a 5p piece to push down the springy thing whilst doing it (or I think you can use a sankey connector also). I’ll see if I can find the procedure later, I think it was posted on either the Brewing forum or JBK.

Well worth the expense of switching.
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Re: Crusader kegs

Unread postby Everhopfull » Tue Dec 05, 2017 4:34 pm

It was Barneey on JBK who was making the custom Speer removal tools. He made me one up back in 2015. Not sure if he is making them any more. A basin spanner works just as well as a spear removal tool.
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Re: Crusader kegs

Unread postby BrauTim » Tue Dec 05, 2017 5:27 pm

Everhopfull wrote:It was Barneey on JBK who was making the custom Speer removal tools. He made me one up back in 2015. Not sure if he is making them any more. A basin spanner works just as well as a spear removal tool.


Yes it was Barneey, the username doesn't appear to exist anymore.

Also try here: http://www.jimsbeerkit.co.uk/forum/view ... key+safety

and here: http://www.jimsbeerkit.co.uk/forum/view ... key+safety
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Re: Crusader kegs

Unread postby big_o » Thu Jan 04, 2018 10:48 am

All you need is one of these to open shut: https://www.themaltmiller.co.uk/product ... l-spanner/

To circumvent the safety catches, pop a 5p piece in the spear opening and then use engage your coupler on the keg. The extra height of the 5p will open the safety catches and you can remove the spear.
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Re: Crusader kegs

Unread postby BrauTim » Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:57 am

Just an update, the safety can be removed by pliers not by hand as I suggested earlier
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Re: Crusader kegs

Unread postby grooves » Tue Oct 23, 2018 10:46 am

Well I'm finally drinking lager from a crusader keg.

BrewUK supplied them with the spear in place.

I got one of these: https://www.brouwland.com/en/our-produc ... r-type-d-s

However, I still needed to stack 5x20p and 1x50p coins underneath the spanner to retract the safety lugs and remove the spear... But I'm happy with this, and I'll keep the lugs in place, and just replace the stack of coins with a stack of washers that I'll glue together.

now I've got my eye on a 30l keg to take a double mash for volume brew.
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