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Old 06-15-2013, 03:59 PM   #1
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I found beer in my co2 tank and gas lines and assuming the regulator. I burst carbed for the first time. Set the regulator to 30 psi for 24 hrs then purged and dropped it to 10. Later that night i had no pressure and beer in all my gear. How did this happen? Is my tank, reg, and line screwed? How can i prevent this. Thanks for all your help.

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Sounds like your 1 way valve (if you have one) was bad. Did you carb through the beer out post? If not then you may have filled up your keg too full and when you dropped pressure you sucked back beer into the Reg. Yes if you got beer in the tank and Reg then the regulator will need to be taken apart and cleaned for sure. If I knew for sure I got beer in my tank then I would take the tank to a welding supply house and let them know what happened and ask what should be done. I am guessing they are just going to take it in as an exchange and send it out for cleaning and hydro. But PLEASE don't pass it on without saying anything, you will be screwing the next guy!

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Sounds like your 1 way valve (if you have one) was bad. Did you carb through the beer out post? If not then you may have filled up your keg too full and when you dropped pressure you sucked back beer into the Reg. Yes if you got beer in the tank and Reg then the regulator will need to be taken apart and cleaned for sure. If I knew for sure I got beer in my tank then I would take the tank to a welding supply house and let them know what happened and ask what should be done. I am guessing they are just going to take it in as an exchange and send it out for cleaning and hydro. But PLEASE don't pass it on without saying anything, you will be screwing the next guy!

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It's my personal brand new tank. I don't want to pass it on if i dont have too. So this means my tank is screwed? Also i carbed through the in post.
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Sounds like you need a check valve on the line from the CO2 tank, the regulator does not serve this function at all and will allow beer to flood back in the line and possibly to the tank.

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I did this once. In the future don't fill your kegs past the bottom of the gas dip tube.

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It's my personal brand new tank. I don't want to pass it on if i dont have too. So this means my tank is screwed? Also i carbed through the in post.
Even being your personal tank you can "exchange" it. No your not screwed at all. Like I said I would talk to a welding supply house and see how they would handle it. If you don't want to exchange your tank then just turn your tank over (up side down) without the regulator and open the valve and drain it. Then take it in and tell them what happened and see how you should go about fixing it. I am willing to bet a simple purge is all it will take.

I carb through my beer out post. But I have a good working 1 way valve on my system, so there is never a chance of back flooding my valve.
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It's my personal brand new tank. I don't want to pass it on if i dont have too. So this means my tank is screwed? Also i carbed through the in post.
Take your regulator apart before beer dries in there and ruins it. You still may have ruined it, but it's worth a shot.

And, make sure you a. install a check valve in the beer line below the regulator! and b. don't carb through the in post!
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Take your regulator apart before beer dries in there and ruins it. You still may have ruined it, but it's worth a shot.

And, make sure you a. install a check valve in the beer line below the regulator! and b. don't carb through the in post!
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Most people carb through the gas in post, its the safest way to do it really. I am willing to bet he filled his keg up to full and got his beer into the gas in tube without a check valve. Recipe for disaster if that's the case.

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Most people carb through the gas in post, its the safest way to do it really. I am willing to bet he filled his keg up to full and got his beer into the gas in tube without a check valve. Recipe for disaster if that's the case.

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I think i did over fill it. I left an inch or two from the very top.
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Most people carb through the gas in post, its the safest way to do it really. I am willing to bet he filled his keg up to full and got his beer into the gas in tube without a check valve. Recipe for disaster if that's the case.

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You're right! I read that as "in the "out" post". Carbing in the "in" post is right, and I'm sorry for the error on my part.

Filling above the bottom of the "in" diptube is probably what caused this problem.
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