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Old 04-28-2010, 01:47 PM   #1
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Default Blue Rhino CO2 Tanks from Lowes...

I have a corny keg or two of homebrew I'm hoping to bring up to a wedding next weekend. Ideally, I'd like to skip bringing along my heavy CO2 tank and would prefer to bring something smaller. I saw that Lowes and Blue Rhino are now doing CO2 swaps and am wondering how easy it would be to just pick one of those up. I would consider putting together a more elaborate, portable system, but lack the time or cash at this point to put it all together.

Can I just pick one up and screw my normal regulator on to it?

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Old 04-28-2010, 03:13 PM   #2
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I think they would work fine. I have seen them too. Seem a little pricey, but from what I understand, the exchange gives you about $20 back.

I have also heard you may have an issue with the threads not working exactly with your regulator. I know keg connections sells a regulator adapter for about $14, that will make it fit better. It would be nice if you could do without the adapter.



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Old 04-28-2010, 03:51 PM   #3
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Blue Rhino makes CO2 tanks? I thought they only dealt with propane tanks. I'll have to check these CO2 tanks out.

edit: oh yeah, $35 for a 20oz tank. That is pretty steep.

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Old 04-28-2010, 03:54 PM   #4
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The Blue Rhino’s are just paintball tanks.
I bought a paintball tank at dicks sporting goods. They fill them for $5.
If you use plan to use one with your regulator you will need an adapter.

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Always this option too: http://www.amazon.com/Genuine-Innovations-Cornelius-Keg-Charger/dp/B000NV9CE6

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how do you use that?
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how do you use that?
It looks to me like you hook it up to the gas line and squeeze. The device itself looks like it uses those little CO2 bottles you find in paintball guns or similar.
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Thanks for the tips about the adapter - I had no idea I'd need one.

I ordered an adapter and one of those handheld chargers. I'm super paranoid about my CO2 levels, mainly because I always seem to be at work when the shops that could refill my tank are open. I figure the Lowes tank would be a good, rarely used emergency option.

The small charger is just because I don't know when to stop clicking 'Add to Cart'.

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+1 on the Genuine Innovations thingy Gremlyn mentioned. I have one and it works great for pushing already carbed beer. It uses the 16gm CO2 cartridges and screws on to a gas ball lock coupling. About three 16gm cartridges will push a 5 gallon corny. Very portable! Considering I pay about $1.50 per cartridge, it's not too bad.

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The CO2 injector posted by Gremlyn is great. I've used one a few times and it allows me to transport kegs to parties and not have to haul around some huge co2 tank. It's also a good little show piece that sparks interest at parties.



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