Totally new to kegging and nobody local to help me out so excuse me if these are dumb questions....
I bought 2 cornies and everything i needed to start kegging except for a co2 tank from my not so local homebrew shop. I didn't buy the tank because they only had 20lber and i had to fly everything back here. After a lot of calling around the only place i could find a 5 lb tank was the fire prevention shop. Over the phone I was quoted an extortionately high $175 for a 5lb tank.
Well i went down there today, ready to shell out and the guy was totally confused about what i wanted. I said I just need a 5lb tank, filled with co2 to carbonate beer. After a lot of back and forth and me making a trip home to get my regulator so he could attach the right fitting I was told I would only be charged for the $15 fill.
I was stoked, then I realized that he was giving me a 5lb tank with a fire extinguisher squeeze handle on it. I asked if he had a twist dial to put on it and he said no. I figured for $15 I would give it a shot.
My question to the board after all that is can i use this thing to carb my beer? He suggested using a wood clamp or zap strap to keep the handle depressed. What have i gotten myself into?