Originally Posted by DAlexander
I wouldn't go that far. CO2 is quite harsh on the nose. Your natural instincts will have you jumping back like a rabbit if you take a deep breath. Try taking a wiff from a co2 line sometime, of from your fermenter.
Now if you're fiddling around with something on the bottom (wiping up a mess) and your nose is around a lower concentration zone for an extended time, you could run into a problem. You'll feel light headed and if you don't get you're head out of there quick enough you could pass out and end up in a bad place.
If you take a deep enough of a breath and your body doesn't react quick enough you can pass out. It doesn't take much depending on the person, some react differently than others. I have smelled the CO2 before from my chest freezer as I had a co2 leak in my kegerator. And I wouldn't recommend deliberately breathing the CO2 from a CO2 line either.
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