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Old 11-30-2011, 05:16 PM   #1
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Default Beergas is Expensive in Tampa...any Suggestions?

I just got off the phone with Airgas and they quoted me $198 for a cylinder of Beergas (this includes purchasing the cylinder). Does this seem right? Are there any Tampa bay brewers that know of a cheaper place? I want to add a stout faucet but the endevour seems pretty pricey thus far. Thanks.



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Old 11-30-2011, 06:16 PM   #2
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What size? The tank itself is pretty expensive, especially if you buy a new one



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He hit me with the cubic foot after which I was immediately confused. I do recall knee high though. Sounded like a 20 lb (in CO2 speak) to me.

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He hit me with the cubic foot after which I was immediately confused. I do recall knee high though. Sounded like a 20 lb (in CO2 speak) to me.
20 lb tank new is over $150
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The tank is a huge part of that, you should call them back and ask about refills. Here the 20lb size refill is $44.00 which is still more than I wanted to pay considering I could get both a CO2 tank and a nitrogen tank filled for $26 total, and it lasts 3-4x as long.

I found a used gas blender on ebay traded my beergas tank for a nitrogen tank and now I make my own blended gas. Start-up costs were about 2x what you were quoted but most of what I have will retain most of it's purchase value should I ever choose to resell it.

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Beergas is expensive everywhere.

Why do you want to use beergas? It's only needed to run long lines under pressures like 35 PSI and pushing stout through a stout faucet. If you are running it in a home kegerator you are wasting your money.

Beergas is a mix of CO2 and nitrogen and it's mixed specifically for higher pressures - the mix keeps the beer from over-carbonating.

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Old 12-01-2011, 11:35 AM   #7
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Beergas is expensive everywhere.

Why do you want to use beergas? It's only needed to run long lines under pressures like 35 PSI and pushing stout through a stout faucet. If you are running it in a home kegerator you are wasting your money.

Beergas is a mix of CO2 and nitrogen and it's mixed specifically for higher pressures - the mix keeps the beer from over-carbonating.

Yes I know. I am planning to hook up a stout faucet.
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Is it possible to just have both co2 and nitrogen tanks hooked up, via separate regulators per tank and have them t'd together in the tubing running to the keg?

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You would need a gas blender to accurately control the mix ratios.

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I get my gas from my local welding supply company. I went in to get a specific beer gas tank and regulator when i received my new stout faucet. The guy filling the tank was also a homebrewer. He set me up a different way. The amount of beergas you'll go through to push stouts (unless that's all you brew) is pretty small. At that point, he sold me a small 5# CO2 bottle. He said for the size of the bottle, its rated for the same pressure needed for the beergas mixture. This way, I also get to use my CO2 regulator on it, and do not need to go get a separate, "one trick pony" regulator. Works out well, since I already had a second regulator. This is my backup, and I used it for other things as well, such as tailgates, etc.



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