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Old 05-05-2010, 12:14 AM   #1
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Default 5lb co2 tank drained - not halfway through one keg

so obviously i have a leak. this is my first keg. When i got the 5lb co2 tank home, i hooked up the regulator. On the gauge that measures the amount of co2 in the tank, it measured just above the big red area. thought that was weird but i continued anyways. I hooked up the keg to 20psi, let it sit for 48 hours, and it has been at 11psi for about 2 weeks. when i first hooked everything up, i sprayed the regulator and keg to make sure there were no leaks, everything looked fine. I did not spray the tank itself as i figured it would have been test before it was sold to me (i traded my tank for an already filled tank). has anyone ever got a bad tank? or did i probably miss something on the keg/regulator?

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I find that variations in ambient temperature can make the pressure in my 20 lb tanks vary quite a bit. I'd be interested in the recipe for that SS Oatmeal Stout Clone.

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I've had a bad tank. Bring it back and they should exchange it for a better one.

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the tank was kept in the fridge, so it should have been at a steady temp after it cooled down.

Recipe that i am using is here:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f68/samu...l-stout-78126/

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I've had a bad tank. Bring it back and they should exchange it for a better one.
im going to talk to them tomorrow and see what they say. hopefully i can get a free one
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Is the take actually empty, or just reading near the red line. Even fresh C02 tanks will read lower than actual pressure when cold. If you have no gas left then you definitely have a leak some where.

First place to check is where the regulator attaches to the tank. There should be a plastic washer in there.

Next check all the lines, connections, fittings etc... Even a slightly loose connection will cause a slow leak.

Last place is the keg itself. The lid is a common area (you should be able to hear air if there is a leak). Sometimes the posts aren't screwed on tight or you could be missing a washer on the gas in tube or dip tube.

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First place to check is where the regulator attaches to the tank. There should be a plastic washer in there.
Good advice, but depending on the regulator, there isn't a plastic washer there. My Taprite from kegconnection, for instance, doesn't have one.
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the kit i got is this:

http://stores.kegconnection.com/Detail.bok?no=336

not sure about the plastic washer, but ill check tomorrow.

The gauge shows no pressure, and the gauge attached to the 1 keg i have now showed only about 5 psi.

i was about to fill my keg with my porter, but was going to pressure test the keg first. I went to put pressure on the tank and nothing happened. good thing i didnt fill it up first!

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hmm, thinking back, i cant remember if i had to open the valve on the regulator when i was going to pressure test my keg. If the valve was open, but the connector wasnt connected to anything, could that be a cause of a slow leak?

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well i got a new tank today. i dont think the guy believed a word i said. I got home, and when i hooked it up to my regulator, it read 1400PSI. When i first hooked up the last tank, it was just barely above the ORDER MORE GAS red area. Do you think the last tank was actually just about empty? The guy said they are filled and weighed so its impossible that it was almost empty. i wonder if they gave me a tank someone had already traded in

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