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Old 05-03-2012, 11:44 PM   #1
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I have 2 kegs force carbing in my kegerator. I put a fresh 5 gallon tank in there yesterday, and after 24 hours of 30 PSI (on 2 Kegs) the gas level has dipped out of the green "full" area on my regulator. Could it be that force carbing eats so much gas, or could it just be that my regulator is IN my fridge?

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Old 05-03-2012, 11:49 PM   #2
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Regulator in fridge = regulator useless.

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Old 05-03-2012, 11:50 PM   #3
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I'll go with tank in the fridge. Same thing happens with mine.

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Old 05-03-2012, 11:51 PM   #4
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Not useless, but the high pressure reading will drop a lot with lower temperature. Check the wiki for details.

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Old 05-03-2012, 11:51 PM   #5
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The high pressure gauge is temp sensitive. Liquid co2 is always at a constant pressure for a given temp regardless of how much co2 is left in the bottle. Putting the bottle in the fridge dropped the pressure.

Force carbing does use lots of co2. But that is not what you are seeing on the gauge.

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Old 05-03-2012, 11:55 PM   #6
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Even if you didn't force carb, just stuck the tank in the frigde the CO2 gauge will drop drastically in about a day. After that it stabilizes.

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nice, thanks! Does the same go for the PSI reading? IE: are both the "level" and "PSI output" useless in the fridge?

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The regulator pressure output gauge will work just fine.

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Both gauges work in the fridge. It is just that the information you can get from the high side gauge (tank pressure) is limited. The high side pressure will drop rapidly when empty. It will stay the same until then.

The low side pressure (regulator output) is useful to you to select how much co2 you want in your beer.

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Yes, force carbing uses lots of co2.

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