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ElevenBrewCo 09-29-2011 01:40 PM

800psi to 600psi overnight???
So i hooked up 3 corney kegs at 30psi lastnight. I had my 20lb tank filled yesterday so this is my first hook up with this tank. When i hooked up my regulator it had 800psi. i just checked it and now its below 600psi.....

my question is. Do i have a leak or is that just the 3 kegs sucking up all that co2?

fyi:i checked for leaks with a spray bottle and soap and didnt see any bubbles . Just thought that was a lot of c02 just in 16 hours.

derte 09-29-2011 01:44 PM

was the co2 tank in the fridge or outside?

if inside the fridge there is your answer and you are good to go as cold makes the pressure gauge go down dramatically. I freaked out the first time this happened to me took.

ElevenBrewCo 09-29-2011 01:49 PM

put it in the fridge.....Where does your high side gauge typically sit at? mines getting ready to hit the red line that says order new gas....

broadbill 09-29-2011 02:00 PM

what derte said...you cooled your tank down and it caused the pressure to drop. That gauge is pretty useless as you can't watch the needle guage go down as you empty the tank.

My full tank typically drops to the "red zone" as soon as I put it in the fridge.

mredge73 09-29-2011 02:01 PM

Mine drops nearly 200psi as well.
I just got mine filled, 1000psi at room temp. In the fridge it shows 800psi.

ElevenBrewCo 09-29-2011 02:02 PM

ok good. i was getting worried for a minute because i had a leak my last tank so i didnt want it to happen again. Cheers fellas

chemman14 09-29-2011 03:35 PM

Dont rely on the high pressure gauge. get a second tank

FirefightingBrewer 09-29-2011 05:09 PM

Wow...I am glad I found this. I kegged my first beer on Tuesday night and like you all I was sailing with a full bottle. Hit it with the co2 a few times to clear out the headspace, took the keg off gas and placed keg in the refrigerator to cool so I couldb carbonate the following morning. Next morning I got up, did the accelerated carbing technique and put the keg and co2 in the fridge. Got home from work last night and the tank was reading right above the red area.

Now I thoroughly checked for leaks prior to placing it in the fridge and none were discovered, so I was shocked to see that when I got home. Good to see that the cold impacts that. Do I need to drill a hole and run the gas line through the side, or is it ok to leave it in the fridge?

LKABrewer 09-29-2011 05:27 PM

You are fine leaving it in the fridge, as long as you know that the high pressure gauge is worthless.

BBBF 09-29-2011 05:49 PM

I remember freaking out the first time I put my CO2 in the fridge. Memories....

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