Last days to enter the BrewHardware Giveaway!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Equipment/Sanitation > CO2 leak from you know what
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 10-22-2010, 11:22 PM   #1
90sShooter
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: RSM
Posts: 2
Default CO2 leak from you know what

I am having the worst luck with this system I picked up used from a local guy of Craigslist. First keg filled and hooked up emptied a tank in under a week. Turns out I forgot the gasket. 2nd tank lasted 2 weeks. Turned out the regulator was not on tight enough. So this time the guys at the shop put the gasket in and tightened the regulator like his life depended on it. To make sure there were no leaks, I submersed the top of the tank including regulator in water for several minutes and no bubbles. This time the tank lasted maybe 3 weeks and approximately a 5g keg and part of a half barrel. What is going on here?! Do I have a leak in the line? It is the standard vinyl or rubber tubing and looks good. Also secured at both ends by clamps. Is it possible my couplings have a leak? This is really wearing me down and now I'm $40 in to CO2 and have only gone thru 2 5g kegs and maybe a quarter of a half barrel. Please help before I waste more money. Thanks guys!

__________________
90sShooter is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-23-2010, 12:10 AM   #2
j1laskey
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Boston
Posts: 1,870
Liked 192 Times on 154 Posts
Likes Given: 10

Default

When I first set up my system I thought I was air tight at all hose connections...but are you quick disconnects tight??? I found my leaks there....good luck, it can be a real hassle

__________________
Primary: Hornpout Stout
Secondary:
Kegged: Monsta Pumpkin Mash, Saint Stephens' Eleven Ale, Pirate Strong Ale, Cascadian Dark Ale
The Secretion Brewery

Let's think it over and stop making sense
j1laskey is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-23-2010, 12:21 AM   #3
buzzkill
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Green Country Oklahoma
Posts: 987
Liked 20 Times on 20 Posts
Likes Given: 15

Default

take a deep breath,drink a good brew, and soap that **** down to find the leak(leaks). one day soon you will LOL about this. dont dunk your reg. hit it with a spray bottle filled with soapy water.

__________________
buzzkill is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-23-2010, 12:33 AM   #4
Shooter
Almaigan Brewing Co.
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Shooter's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Dublin (No, not that Dublin)
Posts: 4,468
Liked 237 Times on 183 Posts
Likes Given: 38

Default

Also, if you don't see bubbles with the soapy water, put your ear next to the connection. Once the liquid is on there, you can actually hear the leak sometimes.

__________________

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. - C. S. Lewis, English essayist & juvenile novelist (1898 - 1963)

Shooter is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-23-2010, 12:49 AM   #5
strat_thru_marshall
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Oklahoma City
Posts: 1,679
Liked 28 Times on 24 Posts
Likes Given: 32

Default

+1 to spray bottle and soapy water/starsan. You'll find the leak if you soak every connection point and seal point.

__________________
strat_thru_marshall is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-23-2010, 06:01 AM   #6
90sShooter
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: RSM
Posts: 2
Default

Thanks guys. I will get the tank filled tomorrow and get out the chewing gum.

__________________
90sShooter is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-23-2010, 02:19 PM   #7
Thirteen
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Thirteen's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Bowmanville ON
Posts: 132
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default

Assuming you get the bottle filled at a welding supply pick up a bottle of leak detect compound, such as that made by Contesco, while you're there. It will do a much better job at finding leaks than soapy water.

__________________
Thirteen is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Gas Leak and other Questions defroach Equipment/Sanitation 5 02-20-2009 02:27 PM
co2 leak bryankienke Equipment/Sanitation 3 02-11-2009 03:52 AM
It appears I might have a CO2 leak Gonefishing Equipment/Sanitation 12 11-16-2008 08:19 PM
CO2 leak phooka Equipment/Sanitation 6 06-17-2008 03:02 AM
Help - Leak!!!! BeerSlinger Equipment/Sanitation 13 11-16-2006 04:32 PM



Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS