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Old 04-05-2008, 01:36 AM   #1
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Im just started kegging. Is there any reason my tank would already be in the red zone (order gas) after only 1 and 1/4 kegs. I thought a 5 lb tank would last for 5 or 6 kegs at least. I force carbed them both, and checked for leaks at the start. Does force carbing use up alot of CO2? or do you think I've got a leak?

Ive got a dual output regulator, but only one keg hooked up right now. The 2nd gas hose has been connected the whole time. It has only been about 3 weeks. What's up?

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Old 04-05-2008, 01:40 AM   #2
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You have a leak somewhere.

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Old 04-05-2008, 02:18 AM   #3
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Yeah, that's what I suspected. Is there a troubleshooting process or any threads on the subject of leak detection? I'll probably just have to use my noggin I guess.

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Yeah, that's what I suspected. Is there a troubleshooting process or any threads on the subject of leak detection? I'll probably just have to use my noggin I guess.
Soapy water. Bubbles=leak.
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Old 04-05-2008, 02:37 AM   #5
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yeah I know the soapy water thing, thats how I tested it before. The keg held pressure. Could the leak be from the regulator? I'll check it all again.

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Old 04-05-2008, 04:18 AM   #6
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Is the tank in the fridge with the kegs? If so, weigh the tank. If it's still 4 pounds over the tare weight stamped on the tank, you're still full and the tank pressure was just lowered by the temp.

This is seriously one of the most frequent questions.

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Old 04-05-2008, 03:03 PM   #7
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And the most common leak point is the connection to the tank. I still run a check every time I connect a fresh tank because the difference between a leak and sealed is only 1/8 of a turn, but I galled the connector once over-tightening.

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Old 04-05-2008, 05:20 PM   #8
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The gage will read lower when it's cold.

Move it to room temp and you'll see a big difference on the gage...

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Be sure to check the regulator...especially the gauges attched to it. I slowly lost 2 x 20lbs tanks of CO2 before realizing that my brand new regulator had a leak where the high pressure gauge screws in.

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Old 04-05-2008, 06:42 PM   #10
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Right on, I checked the whole system for leaks with soapy water last night. No bubbles/leaks visible, unless they were so small I missed them. I wondered if the "leak detector" solution that ive seen for sale is worth it, does anyone use this stuff?

But ultimately I was thinking that it might have something to do with the temperature. I noticed that it went down immediately when I first put it in the fridge. So hopefully that is the culprit. Should I pull it out to recalibrate it, then put it back in before turning the gas back on? If anyone knows of the links to other threads, i'd be grateful. But Id me most grateful to know that there are no leaks! Thanks

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