Ss Brewing Technologies Giveaway!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Bottling/Kegging > Co2 Keg charger. How do I use it?
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 05-14-2010, 03:18 AM   #1
HalfPint
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Houston
Posts: 1,823
Liked 13 Times on 12 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default Co2 Keg charger. How do I use it?

http://www.northernbrewer.com/defaul...2-charger.html

I'm thinking about buying that for an upcoming vacation, but I was wondering about the Co2 cartridges. Can I just buy some at walmart, or do they have to be a special food grade type?

Thanks,
J
__________________
HalfPint is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-14-2010, 03:25 AM   #2
Gregscsu
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: St. Paul
Posts: 449
Liked 12 Times on 11 Posts

Default

I bought the Copperhead Brand from walmart, something like $9 for 15 cartridges. They seem to work fine for me, they are filled with CO2 and no oil or anything.

__________________
Gregscsu is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-14-2010, 03:40 AM   #3
Scut_Monkey
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Posts: 2,684
Liked 13 Times on 13 Posts

Default

I have one of the chargers and it works great. I've only had it for a little while and I use the specific co2 carts. that come with it. If the Copperhead brand ones work and don't contain oil I would get these.

__________________
Scut_Monkey is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-14-2010, 04:05 PM   #4
Cpt_Kirks
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Lakeland TN
Posts: 3,738
Liked 44 Times on 39 Posts

Default

Read the directions. Seems silly, but read them.

DO NOT attach the injector to a gas connection UNLESS the gas connection is actually on the keg. Otherwise, if you bump the trigger, the gas connection will EXPLODE.

I got a black fingernail and a nasty bruise on my leg finding that out. And, it is in the instructions.

Attach it to the keg, and just bump the trigger. Otherwise, it will raise the head pressure too high.

I would suggest taking it off the keg (and unscrewing it from the connector) after each CO2 injection. That trigger is simply too tempting, somebody will play with it.

I still use mine as a backup to the paintball bottle.

__________________
Cpt_Kirks is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-14-2010, 04:35 PM   #5
FromZwolle
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: beecher, il
Posts: 8,546
Liked 50 Times on 40 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Cpt_Kirks View Post
Read the directions. Seems silly, but read them.

DO NOT attach the injector to a gas connection UNLESS the gas connection is actually on the keg. Otherwise, if you bump the trigger, the gas connection will EXPLODE.

I got a black fingernail and a nasty bruise on my leg finding that out. And, it is in the instructions.

Attach it to the keg, and just bump the trigger. Otherwise, it will raise the head pressure too high.

I would suggest taking it off the keg (and unscrewing it from the connector) after each CO2 injection. That trigger is simply too tempting, somebody will play with it.

I still use mine as a backup to the paintball bottle.

How do you keep the keg under pressure without having the gas connector attatched to the charger? i've been ignoring the instructions to save a few pennies.
__________________
FromZwolle is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-14-2010, 06:49 PM   #6
Cpt_Kirks
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Lakeland TN
Posts: 3,738
Liked 44 Times on 39 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by FromZwolle View Post
How do you keep the keg under pressure without having the gas connector attatched to the charger? i've been ignoring the instructions to save a few pennies.
Once you remove the ball lock gas connector from the keg, the poppet value keeps the pressure in the keg.



"From Zwolle"? I lived in Steenwijk for a few years back in the 80's.
__________________
Cpt_Kirks is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-14-2010, 06:54 PM   #7
FromZwolle
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: beecher, il
Posts: 8,546
Liked 50 Times on 40 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Cpt_Kirks View Post
Once you remove the ball lock gas connector from the keg, the poppet value keeps the pressure in the keg.



"From Zwolle"? I lived in Steenwijk for a few years back in the 80's.
the directions as i understood them: attatch the gas in to the poppet valve, then hook the charger up to that. Did i misread it. the gas valve would just bleed out all the gas in the keg before you hook the charger up.

And the "from" isn't direct(ancestry). Thats just what my last name means.
__________________
FromZwolle is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-14-2010, 07:25 PM   #8
Cpt_Kirks
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Lakeland TN
Posts: 3,738
Liked 44 Times on 39 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by FromZwolle View Post
the directions as i understood them: attatch the gas in to the poppet valve, then hook the charger up to that. Did i misread it. the gas valve would just bleed out all the gas in the keg before you hook the charger up.

And the "from" isn't direct(ancestry). Thats just what my last name means.
You read correctly, if there is any pressure left, it will bleed off. Then you use the charger to repressurize. You have to be quick removing it.
__________________
Cpt_Kirks is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-15-2010, 02:45 AM   #9
HalfPint
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Houston
Posts: 1,823
Liked 13 Times on 12 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Cpt_Kirks View Post
You read correctly, if there is any pressure left, it will bleed off. Then you use the charger to repressurize. You have to be quick removing it.
Ok, let me get this straight,
1) Attach the gas QD to the gas in post
2) Screw the charger onto the 1/4" gas in post
3) Tap the trigger
4) release the entire QD with the charger still attached
5) Unscrew the charger from the QD
6) Rinse, lather, and repeat



Does that sound about right? If not, which steps do I have wrong?

Thanks a lot,
J
__________________
HalfPint is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-17-2010, 01:52 PM   #10
Cpt_Kirks
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Lakeland TN
Posts: 3,738
Liked 44 Times on 39 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by HalfPint View Post
Ok, let me get this straight,
1) Attach the gas QD to the gas in post
2) Screw the charger onto the 1/4" gas in post
3) Tap the trigger
4) release the entire QD with the charger still attached
5) Unscrew the charger from the QD
6) Rinse, lather, and repeat



Does that sound about right? If not, which steps do I have wrong?

Thanks a lot,
J
Sounds right to me.
__________________
Cpt_Kirks is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
CO2 charger? Tilldeath Bottling/Kegging 8 01-09-2010 05:38 PM
12g cartridges in 16g charger? hexmonkey Bottling/Kegging 14 06-26-2009 08:02 AM
co2 charger dataz722 Bottling/Kegging 8 07-31-2008 02:29 PM
Portable CO2 charger nyer Bottling/Kegging 11 07-30-2008 10:50 PM
CO2 charger Biermann Equipment/Sanitation 18 04-16-2007 02:35 AM