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Old 02-07-2013, 12:23 AM   #1
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How essential are CO2 cartridges?

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Old 02-07-2013, 12:42 AM   #2
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Wow what am ambiguous question...

You may want to elaborate a bit on what you're asking here, and for what purpose, especially in the Wine Making forum. Do wine makers use a lot of co2 cartridges? Probably not...

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Old 02-07-2013, 12:53 PM   #3
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They are required if you want to push a BB out of a barrel.

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Old 02-07-2013, 04:00 PM   #4
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Lol. I've seen information on using CO2 cartridges to load a carboy before you fill it with your must to avoid oxygenation, and I've seen the equipment for it for sale in my local bee supply store. I haven't purchased or used any yet, and was wondering if I needed to. I take it it isn't a common thing? Sorry for the ambiguity, I assumed it was common.

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Old 02-07-2013, 04:00 PM   #5
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Brew supply store, not bee. Sorry, Swype fail!

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Old 02-07-2013, 08:45 PM   #6
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Lol. I've seen information on using CO2 cartridges to load a carboy before you fill it with your must to avoid oxygenation, and I've seen the equipment for it for sale in my local bee supply store. I haven't purchased or used any yet, and was wondering if I needed to. I take it it isn't a common thing? Sorry for the ambiguity, I assumed it was common.
Ahhh, now I'm not hard core wine brewer, just kits, but I doubt they're required in any way. Once fermentation starts you'd be pushing up enough co2 to blanket everything in the carboy. And the time before that, for fruit wine brewers, I don't think is too long is it?

That'd be the only time you'd maybe consider it, while your campden'izing your fruit must, I'd wager.

But again, I only do wine kits from juices so I could be out to lunch.
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Old 02-07-2013, 10:56 PM   #7
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Thanks. I've done a couple batches without them, but they are still aging so the jury is still out on if it worked or not. ;-)

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