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Old 07-07-2009, 03:22 PM   #1
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Default Damn CO2 Leaks!

Come back from Vacation to find my CO2 bottle is empty. WTF? It had plenty of pressure before I left! Now granted, I've had the bottle for a bit, but There should have been no loss since I was not there to drink it!

I think this is the same keg that drained the bottle last time. I've checked several times for leaks and can't find any. It has been fine most of the time...

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blame the keg... replace every oring on it, and use extra keglube next time... I am in the habbit now of putting a galon of starsan solution in my kegs and adding some pressure. if the keg is flat when i check it, i know i have a leak before i fill it.

be glad you didn't find it the way i found my last leaky keg... with 2 inches of beer on the bottom of my keezer

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Wrap the outside of top chime with masking or duct tape to seal a bowl around it. Pressurize the keg and fill the ring with water. If there is a leak, it will show.

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blame the keg... replace every oring on it, and use extra keglube next time... I am in the habbit now of putting a galon of starsan solution in my kegs and adding some pressure. if the keg is flat when i check it, i know i have a leak before i fill it.

be glad you didn't find it the way i found my last leaky keg... with 2 inches of beer on the bottom of my keezer
I've been there, and have gotten into the habit of closing the manifolds to the already carbed beers and then hitting them with gas when the pour gets too slow.
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I've been there, and have gotten into the habit of closing the manifolds to the already carbed beers and then hitting them with gas when the pour gets too slow.
mine was a popet valve. the fix was to hook up a beverage line to it after cleaning up the mess. Popets aren't cheap, and adding another beverage line simply gave me more selection.
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Wrap the outside of top chime with masking or duct tape to seal a bowl around it. Pressurize the keg and fill the ring with water. If there is a leak, it will show.
I'll try that.
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I've been there, and have gotten into the habit of closing the manifolds to the already carbed beers and then hitting them with gas when the pour gets too slow.
+1...burned through too many tanks to not take this precaution.

I have (had) all my leaks fixed but then a couple weeks ago I was on vacation and closed the valve on the tank before I left. When I came home and opened it there was gas blowing out of the nut that connects the regulator to the tank! All from just closing and opening the tanks valve. I have had some serious bad luck with leaks!
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+1...burned through too many tanks to not take this precaution.

I have (had) all my leaks fixed but then a couple weeks ago I was on vacation and closed the valve on the tank before I left. When I came home and opened it there was gas blowing out of the nut that connects the regulator to the tank! All from just closing and opening the tanks valve. I have had some serious bad luck with leaks!
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Thats funny that we had the same experience. I just posted the same exact thing the other day.

I am still wondering, however, if a fully on CO2/keg setup will inevtiably leak. I am guessing most people consume a keg before they can even realize this. My homebrew consumption is extremely slow - usually limited to bottling everyone in a while, and an occasional pint for myself.

In other words, if everyone filled a keg, carbed it, and then left it there for 2 months with the manifold open, does everyone really think that there would be no CO2 loss? The other question would be does everyone think that there should be no CO2 loss?

Although, on the other hand, most people say a 5# CO2 tank should last 4-5 kegs. If mine doesnt even last 2 months about 1/2 keg usage, then maybe most people are really leak free?

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I've been there, and have gotten into the habit of closing the manifolds to the already carbed beers and then hitting them with gas when the pour gets too slow.
I did this for a while after my first leak, but the beer would drop carbonation too much in some styles. I finally decided to keep it open and I wanted to carb up a new batch anyway.

Maybe it was just time for the bottle to empty, but I doubt it. I think I need to try a different method of leak detection. Maybe tonight I'll give it a go.

I should be able to leave the gas on all the time.
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