How to Remove a Beer Keg Spear

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How to Remove a Beer Keg Spear
Once you remove a beer keg's retaining spring, you can gain access to the spear. (Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Beer kegs come in a variety of types and sizes and are often symbolic of good times and parties. While there may be no practical use for taking apart a beer keg, your sense of curiosity may drive you to want to do it anyway. In order to remove a beer keg spear, you must remove several additional pieces of the keg's hardware before gaining access to the spear.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Pliers

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  1. 1

    Set the keg on its end so that the nozzle and ring are facing up.

  2. 2

    Rotate the retainer spring until the end or notch of the retainer is visible. The retainer spring is the outermost and uppermost spring on the keg. By using a flathead screwdriver, you can rotate the retainer spring in a circle until a small metal notch is visible. If you do not see a notch on the ring, keep rotating it around until it appears.

  3. 3

    Grab the notch with pliers and pull the first ring of the spring out from the keg. Once the first ring is out, you can grab it with your fingers and unwind the rest up and out of the retainer.

  4. 4

    Align the spear tabs with the keg slot by tapping the tabs on the spear with a flathead screwdriver and hammering until the tabs are aligned. You will not be able to remove the spear until the tabs are aligned.

  5. 5

    Pull the spear up and out of the keg.

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