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Old 05-29-2008, 01:43 AM   #1
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So I went to pour a pint after an 11 hour work day - nothing. I open up the kegerator and my CO2 is empty. And I just filled it up Saturday. Now I have to drive 30 minutes each way and spend another $25 to fill it up this weekend. This sucks.

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Old 05-29-2008, 01:44 AM   #2
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Sorry man...

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Well, that sucks. Sorry to hear about the trouble. This is one of those reasons (despite the fact that bottling is a major pain in the ass) that I'm hesitant to get into kegging. Too many things to go wrong. Hope you get it sorted out soon.

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If your system was tight before, the most likely problem is not getting the tank nut tight enough. I've been kegging a long time & I still leak test every time I connect a fresh tank.

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Dittto what David said. After swapping a tank once, I put thread tape on the regulator to tank threads--big mistake.


I purchased some one of those 16gram Co2 dispensers for my portable kegerator and it works in a pinch for dispensing a keg when the bottle runs out.

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If your system was tight before, the most likely problem is not getting the tank nut tight enough. I've been kegging a long time & I still leak test every time I connect a fresh tank.

I was just going to ask about this. I stick my ear up *real* close to the fittings after I replace my cylinder, but I don't do a soap check at all. I feel like I'd be able to hear the smallest of leaks, but that's based on nothing so I could be completely wrong. How many folks out there do a soapy leak test every time they install a cylinder or make a gas plumbing change?

Anyway, that's a bummer, dude.
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Keg lube!!

Most HBS's will carry it. It's a small black, mini-hockey-puck lookin' containter with what is basically a food-safe silicon sealer. Just put a tiny bit around the o-rings on your posts and then make your gas/beer connections. It'll keep your o-rings from deteriorating and if you have any tiny gas leaks, it'll seal them. I replace all of my rings and poppets whenever I buy a new corny keg and then use keg lube and I haven't had a leak in a long long time.

Like I was saying, you should be able to get it anywhere but here's what it looks like....

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Sounds like a good reason to have a keg charger and some spare co2 cartridges around. Bummer about the co2 dude

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So I went to get my tank filled up this morning, checked all the lines, the kegs, hook it up, and it's leaking - the regulator. I put a new tank volume guage on recently, and it's leaking. I've unscrewed it multiple times, and no matter how tight or loose I put it on, it leaks. Now I have to go back to the homebrew store and get a new regulator (another 35 minutes both way). And to boot, I hooked up the tank, and came back into the room and most of my keg of belgian ale had emptied onto the floor, and when I pulled the drip tray off, my bracket came right of the kegerator with it. This is not my weekend

EDIT: I'm thinking of buying one through Micromatic, does anyone know how fast the turnaround time is for them? I need to have a beer carbed for a party in 2 weeks.

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EDIT: I'm thinking of buying one through Micromatic, does anyone know how fast the turnaround time is for them? I need to have a beer carbed for a party in 2 weeks.
I've ordered from them in the past, and if your item is in stock they are quick. I live in Tennessee and I was getting my stuff in 2 to 3 days.
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