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Old 08-30-2012, 12:45 AM   #1
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Default 2 aerations, 2 empty tanks...this is getting pricey...

So I got the Williams Brewing aeration setup, purchased a Worthington oxygen tank and successfully aerated a batch a few months back on the first attempt. Removed the fitting and stored the tank. Next time I went to use it, tank appeared empty. Screwed in the fitting, no gas. So I went out and bought another tank. Aerated great the first time, removed the Williams fitting. Now I've pulled the second tank down to do another batch, and no go. What's going on here? The tanks say to remove the torch when done. I'm thinking the Williams fitting might be buggering up the tank schraeder and making it leak. Any ideas?

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Old 08-30-2012, 02:07 AM   #2
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Close the valve and just leave it connected to the tank?

Or you could spring for one of these.


That's a regulator/flow meter on a 20 cubic foot tank (nearly identical size to a 5 pound CO2 tank). Got it all an a local Airgas outlet. I last had it filled nearly two years ago and have brewed nearly 400 gallons of beer with it since. That would be a lot of little red O2 bottles. The needle is well down in the "refill" zone now but it still has a few more batches left in it...

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Old 08-30-2012, 02:14 AM   #3
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I know this seems overly simple but I also have the Williams O2 system and have found the regulator needs to be turned 4-5 times before flow starts. Perhaps you just need to open it all the way?

If you remove the apparatus from the tank, I see no reason why the tank would leak O2 unless it was a horribly faulty tank.

I know its overly simple but that is the only thing I can think of having the same system.

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Old 08-30-2012, 04:04 AM   #4
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Close the valve and just leave it connected to the tank?

Or you could spring for one of these.


That's a regulator/flow meter on a 20 cubic foot tank (nearly identical size to a 5 pound CO2 tank). Got it all an a local Airgas outlet. I last had it filled nearly two years ago and have brewed nearly 400 gallons of beer with it since. That would be a lot of little red O2 bottles. The needle is well down in the "refill" zone now but it still has a few more batches left in it...

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What did that set you back roughly?
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Old 08-30-2012, 04:29 AM   #5
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What did that set you back roughly?
~$100 total for the regulator and the full tank.

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The fitting and operation is quite simple, this system is just not working for me. At least I got the wand out of it which is quite nice. I'll either not bother oxygenating or get me a setup similar to the one above.

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Old 08-30-2012, 03:36 PM   #7
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I have the same system from Williams and have aerated at least 30 batches with one tank and it is still going. I would say you either have a leak somewhere or your regulator isn't working properly.

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you are taking the valve/regulator off of the bottle each time? i don't think the tanks will seal themselves once the regulator is removed, im surprised you haven't heard the gas escaping as soon as you unscrew it

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I always remove mine from the valve. The tank should self seal; it even says so on tank instructions.
On the regulator, I have to turn it all the way on every time to get the flow started. I got close to 15 brews out of my last tank.

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I keep mine connected to the tank. I have the Williams kit as well. Works great and have gone a good 30+ batches on a single tank.

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