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Old 01-27-2009, 06:50 PM   #1
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Default CO2 Pressure Reduction a Leak or Just Carbing

*edit* bolded actual question in case someone doesnt want to read it all*

I posted this thread a little bit ago wondering about having a gas tube that is a little larger than the quick disconnect and since then I have been scared to leave my tank on and loose all of my co2 from a leak:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f35/quck...ference-99294/

I went through the system yesterday putting soapy water on the connections and found a small leak that I think I was able to resolve. I am still scared to leave it on so I have been opening it to fill the tank, letting it sit for a several hours (possibly 12 or more) and then opening the tank again to get back up to pressure, etc.

My concern is that the last night i set it to 12 PSI and turned the tank off. I then came down this morning on the way to work ant it was at about 10-11 PSI. Is this a leak of just the beer using the co2 for carbonation?

Should I just get ballsy and let the tank stay open or is there more I need to look at before I do?

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Old 01-27-2009, 06:51 PM   #2
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ohh and the beer has only been carbing for 3 days at 11 - 12 psi.

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Old 01-27-2009, 07:23 PM   #3
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I would say the beer could be carbonating still. most leaks would have leaked more.

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I do the same thing and Chicken is right at only 3 days and 11-12 psi the beer is still absorbing CO2 so your pressure will continue to drop

I'd say jack the pressure up to 20-30 psi for a week (I use 30 psi) there's very little co2 in a cornie full of beer and also just turn it on and back off once or twice a day to make it a little easier on yourself

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I set the tank to just a hair below 30 about an hour and a half ago ... possibly more like 2 hours ago.

The gauge is now showing 28 PSI. Could that also be from the carbonation of the beer? I will also report back in the AM what the pressure is reading.

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Old 01-28-2009, 01:42 AM   #6
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I just spent 45min checking and fixing a few small leaks.

Spray soap and water on each joint 1 at a time and just listen for 10-20 seconds, stick your ear right up to the joint if you have to. I found 1 leak tonight that I couldn't see any bubbles but could hear it. If you take the time to make sure there's no leaks then you'll feel better about leaving it on. I have 2 hose clamps on some of my fitting just for extra security.
Sometimes checking for leaks is easier at higher pressures aswell!

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So this morning when I went to check the pressure it had dropped from just a hair below 30 when i first did it (it was 28 when i went to bed) to just a little above 20.

Whatcha think... leak or just absorbing CO2?

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Absorbing.

Disconnect the line from the keg, pressurize it and shut the tank off. If the pressure is down in the morning, you still have a leak.

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why the HELL cant i think of that. I have bent over backwards trying to determine the best way to tell.. of course.. pull the freaking keg out of it...

thanks David.

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I dropped the regulator from 30 to 10, purged the keg, refilled it and then disconnected the quick disconnect. In about 3 hours it dropped a hair. Maybe 1/2 psi tops if i had to guess.

I will look at it again in the morning and hopefully it wont go any further. I would really love to be able to hook this up and stop worrying about it

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