Happy HolidaySs Giveaway - Last Sponsor Giveaway of the Year!

Come Enter the BrewDeals/FastFerment Giveaway!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Techniques > Oxygen Tank Usage
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 06-09-2009, 05:06 AM   #1
flaminpi3
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Dallas, TX
Posts: 126
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default Oxygen Tank Usage

I have been aerating with pure oxygen using the oxygenation wand from William's for the past four beer batches. In that time I have gone through two disposable O2 tanks. William's says one tank should last me 20-30 batches. What the hell am I doing wrong? I turn the valve until I start to hear the air flow, then I aerate for 60-90 seconds. I don't open the valve all the way, and I have never left the valve open. Am I just buying lousy tanks? I bought Worthington brand 1.4oz. cylinders from Home Depot.

__________________

“For art to exist, for any sort of aesthetic activity or perception to exist, a certain physiological precondition is indispensable: intoxication.” - Friedrich Nietzsche

flaminpi3 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-10-2009, 12:24 AM   #2
malkore
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
malkore's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Nebraska
Posts: 6,922
Liked 33 Times on 31 Posts
Likes Given: 9

Default

You need to remove the regulator after each use. most of them touch the pin enough for a slow leak. I just had one drain on me.

different brands of O2 tank seem to matter.

__________________
Malkore
Primary: English Mild
On tap: Pale Ale, Lancelot's Wheat, English Brown Ale, Steam Beer, HoovNuts IPA
Bottled: MOAM, Braggot, Raspberry Melomel, Merlot, Apfelwein, Pyment, Sweet mead, Cabernet
Gal in 2009: 27, Gal in 2010: 34, Gal in 2011: 13, Gal in 2012: 10
malkore is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-10-2009, 04:01 AM   #3
jp1316
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: new orleans, la
Posts: 142
Default

I have this same problem. I seem to go through 1 tank for every 2 batches(5 gallons). I do not leave the regulator on the tank when I am finished using it.

__________________
jp1316 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-10-2009, 05:36 AM   #4
flaminpi3
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Dallas, TX
Posts: 126
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jp1316 View Post
I have this same problem. I seem to go through 1 tank for every 2 batches(5 gallons). I do not leave the regulator on the tank when I am finished using it.
Misery loves company! What brand tanks do you use?
__________________

“For art to exist, for any sort of aesthetic activity or perception to exist, a certain physiological precondition is indispensable: intoxication.” - Friedrich Nietzsche

flaminpi3 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-10-2009, 12:34 PM   #5
Evets
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Evets's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Lancaster County, Pa.
Posts: 1,884
Liked 179 Times on 82 Posts
Likes Given: 111

Default

Huh! That sucks. I leave the regulator on and get at least 8-10 batches per tank. Same Worthington tanks from Home Depot.

__________________
If I'd known I was gonna live this long, I'd have taken better care of myself!
Evets is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-10-2009, 12:57 PM   #6
Stevorino
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Alpharetta, GA
Posts: 939
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default

I push the tip of the wand against the glass softly and watch it when turning it on to make sure it isn't just shooting out of the tip. There is a huge difference between it barely coming out, coming out a good amount, and it coming out a ton. I try to shoot for enough coming out that it is fizzing out of the tip and causing a foam at the top of the wort but not rolling the top of the wort like a boil would.

I also only go 60 seconds. My first tank didn't last 20-30 batches...probably only 6-10, but that's an improvement over 2, haha.

__________________

-Stevorino-_________________________________________
In Keezer:
1. BCS - Wet Hopped West Coast Blaster
2. CYBI - Gordon's IPA Clone
3. BCS - Scottish -80
4. BCS - Specialty Saison (Gold Medal at BMO)
In Process:
1. BCS - Janet's Brown Ale (Fermenting)

Stevorino is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-10-2009, 02:56 PM   #7
springer
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
springer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Wappingers falls NY
Posts: 4,990
Liked 20 Times on 19 Posts

Default

I get 3 out of mine .. But I do 10 gallon patches and I O2 them for about 2 minutes at full blast . Mine does nothing unless the valve is open all the way

__________________

'The taxpayer: That's someone who works for the federal government but doesn't have to take the civil service examination.'- Ronald Reagan

springer is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-10-2009, 03:11 PM   #8
GilaMinumBeer
In yo' garage, steelin' yo parts.
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
GilaMinumBeer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Oblivion
Posts: 48,468
Liked 4894 Times on 4478 Posts
Likes Given: 60

Default

I had this same issue. I'd get 2 batches out of a 1.4 Ounce tank even after "calibrating" (basically, I marked the knob and reg body) my regulator by guaging bubblage in a glass of clear water. Turns out, my reg creeped. I only learned of this after I bought a flowmeter.

Since thios discovery, I stored the reg away in a dusty box and replaced it with a dual stage welding reg (capable of holding a 1psi flow rate) for O2 and a RO tank. Pricey? Not after I sat down and figured out how much I was wasting through the previous method.

__________________
GilaMinumBeer is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-10-2009, 03:22 PM   #9
avaserfi
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: College Station, TX
Posts: 633
Likes Given: 5

Default

Do you have a link for the welding reg you got?

__________________

Andrew

avaserfi is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-10-2009, 04:17 PM   #10
GilaMinumBeer
In yo' garage, steelin' yo parts.
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
GilaMinumBeer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Oblivion
Posts: 48,468
Liked 4894 Times on 4478 Posts
Likes Given: 60

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by avaserfi View Post
Do you have a link for the welding reg you got?
I'll take a look at the reg when I get back home. I don;t actually know who makes it. Basically, I told the counter guy what I wanted and bought what he suggested. The regulator alone was around $80.

This one is similar in looks tho (not that, that matters) http://minority-one-inc.amazonwebsto...source=froogle

and here are some bidable offerings (not mine); http://shop.ebay.com/items/?_nkw=2+s...tors&_osacat=0
__________________

GilaMinumBeer 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
Umm, did I buy the right one; Oxygen tank? Willsellout Equipment/Sanitation 27 03-08-2012 10:43 PM
Oxygen tank won't put out! samc Equipment/Sanitation 6 06-15-2009 12:10 PM
Oxygen tank enohcs Equipment/Sanitation 6 02-27-2008 03:11 PM
Oxygen tank Question StankAle Equipment/Sanitation 11 01-04-2008 11:49 PM
Oxygen Tank dscott60 Equipment/Sanitation 14 09-21-2007 02:04 AM



Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS