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Skins_Brew 03-21-2008 05:22 PM

CO2 bottle refill
When you guys get your bottles refilled, do you usually get them exchanged? I contacted one company in my area and they just give you a full bottle in exchange for your empty. The reason i ask is i just bought a new 5 lb bottle and dont want to exchange it for some bottle that is about to have its hydro test expire.

NWernBrewer 03-21-2008 06:24 PM

Redskin, your best bet for a fill would be a fire extinguisher supply/fire equipment sales place. They fill the existing container. Good luck.

tbulger 03-21-2008 06:42 PM

PAintball stores as well might fill without exchange.

MikeInCtown 03-21-2008 09:41 PM

If you call around or stop in to places when they are not busy they may fill while you wait. I also would not take a freshly tested/new bottle in and then get an exchange.

Dave the Brewer 03-21-2008 09:45 PM

I bring my to a local weld shop, they exchange it, but I always get a good bottle. I also had a brand new bottle, I usually can't even tell a difference besides having there company sticker on it.

homebrewer_99 03-22-2008 01:37 AM

I get mine refilled at a welding shop.

If they do not get your canister chilled first then they are shorting you of CO2...which equals to overcharging. A cold one accepts more CO2.

The guy, Dan, at the local welding shop will not fill my canister unless it's chilled.

GIusedtoBe 03-22-2008 02:57 AM

I called around and found a welding supply shop out in the country that would fill my tank (It's part of my sales territory so no big deal). I have a brand new 10# tank as well and did not want a beater. I ended up getting one of their 5# tanks anyway because it fits my kegerator better. I use the 10 to carb beer in my garage fridge.


Tonedef131 03-22-2008 10:53 AM

I just do a swap on my 20# and it only costs 16 dollars. The nice thing is the tank I originally had was beat up but on the swap out they gave me a nice painted tank that looks much better next to my fridge. Now I just need to replace my tank gauge that doesn't seem to want to move so I know how much they filled it.

duker 03-24-2008 02:06 AM

A local supplier here will do it either way, I will opt to get my 20# refilled since the cyl is aluminum, $30

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