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Old 09-16-2012, 08:12 PM   #1
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So trying to a new set up. I have always had the co2 tank inside the fridge but would love to make more room with it being outside. Does the co2 tank need to be cold when serving off draft or can it be room temp?

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Old 09-16-2012, 08:14 PM   #2
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Room temperature is fine, it's just usually easier to have it inside the fridge for a cleaner look, and avoids the need to run a hose into the fridge.

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Old 09-17-2012, 02:38 AM   #3
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If your CO2 tank is cold the fill gauge (how much is left in the tank) will seem to be low even though there is plenty of CO2 in there. Thought I would mention this so you didn't assume your system had a leak (which I did the first time I hooked up my keeging system).

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Old 09-18-2012, 06:44 PM   #4
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How much could one expect the pressure to "drop off" when cold? I kegged my first batch on Sunday and it read 60 psi and by the time I got off work the next day it was just below 40. I can also hear a leak when I wiggle the co2 line but don't have any problems when I don't touch it
Just tryin to figure out if the apparent pressure drop is from the change of temp in the tank or if i need to attack the co2 input to fix a leak

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Old 09-18-2012, 06:52 PM   #5
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How much could one expect the pressure to "drop off" when cold? I kegged my first batch on Sunday and it read 60 psi and by the time I got off work the next day it was just below 40. I can also hear a leak when I wiggle the co2 line but don't have any problems when I don't touch it
Just tryin to figure out if the apparent pressure drop is from the change of temp in the tank or if i need to attack the co2 input to fix a leak
If you can hear a leak when you wiggle something its probably leaking some all the time. Tell us more. Do you have a dual gauge or single gauge regulator? What are the pressure on both(if you have a dual)? Was it 60psi out of the fridge and 40psi in the fridge? What do you have it turned up to 60psi for? Soda?
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Old 09-18-2012, 07:11 PM   #6
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If you suspect a leak, FLbuckeye, start looking for it. Otherwise, you'll have an empty tank is no time.

The temperature of the CO2 tank doesn't matter at all. The pressure being delivered to the beer is determined by the regulator. If you move a tank from a room into a fridge, you might have to adjust the regulator once or twice, but after that it should be stable.

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Old 09-18-2012, 08:09 PM   #7
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It's a dual. It reads 60 psi on one (which dropped down to aroun 40 after it cooled down to the temp of the kegerator set at 40 degrees) an I have it set at 12 psi to carb. It only leaks when I wiggle (for lack of a better term) but when I'm not touching it it's fine. I sprayed it with starsan to check go bubbling and it don't show anything.

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Correction: it's a single regulator with splitter. Has two gauges. My bad

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The gauge that reads 60 and is down to 40, are you sure it's PSI? Is it 60 Bar?

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It's this one. When I initially hooked it up the gauge on the left went to the middle of the green at 60 (full) then after getting to the temp of the fridge dropped to around the border of the green and white. I was just wondering if that's normal once it gets cold because I'm not finding any leaks

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