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Old 04-06-2007, 09:30 PM   #1
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Alright, friends, I have 5 gallons of pale ale in a corny. I have it chilled. I have a 5lb CO2 canister, also chilled. I have lines and a dual gauge regulator. . .

Hook it up, put it at 15 and let it carb for a few days? Hook it up and put it at 40 and shake it for 10 minutes, put it at 5 and dispense to drink?

So much confusion. . .so much beer. . .so many questions.

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any particular trick to attaching the dual gauge reg? I am screwing it on but it is still leaking from the connection. Just put it on harder? Hmmm

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Old 04-06-2007, 09:44 PM   #3
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Ah, found it in previous posts. I see the white plastic washer that was attached to it. I will use that and see what happens.

OK, now on there. Hooked it up to keg. Noticed that the dual gauge is already at 600 so I lost a lot of it while being an idiot. I put it at 20 psi and put them back in the frig. Whatcha think?

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Old 04-06-2007, 09:48 PM   #4
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I say shake it for a little while. I just devirginized myself in this manner and it worked great.

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Old 04-06-2007, 10:03 PM   #5
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Gottcha. How long did you shake it at what psi? Then have fun and drink after that? I have it sitting 20 right now. Very sexy.

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If you keep the CO2 in the fridge with the keg, Your volume will register lower on the guage. If you set at 15 psi and let sit, it will be carbed in about a week. You could set at 30 psi, shake for about 15 min or so and let settle for a day. Come back, bleed pressure off of the keg and dispense at about 10 psi.

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why are you chilling your co2?

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Did you use any teflon tape on the threads?

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Thanks for the "love your avatar" statement. Yep, trying different things out.

Put it at 30 psi and been shaking it a little bit every once in awhile. Been on there for about 5 hours now and guess I will leave it there overnight. Shake it more tomorrow and see what I have tomorrow night. I will keep playing with it, reading all of y'all's various techniques and see what might become mine.

Interesting about the volume reading seeming lower when chilled. I did not know that, thanks for that tip. I was a bit surprised when I finally got the regulator on there that I had lost so much. Now it appears that I did not lose as much.

No, did not use teflon tape. Heard mixed results about that and since all of these connections are brand new, i.e., new tank, new regulator, the plastic washer seemed to do the trick like it should.

I am chilling the CO2 because I have read that chilled tank going into a chilled keg carbonates faster and with more ease. I actually have read that in several places so if that is not necessarily true, let me know. This is only a 5lb tank and I have a spare frig so this is not a hardship. When I get a 20 lb or so that might be more problematic.

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i keep my co2 chilled simply because i like having it all at the same temp. probably makes no difference in the long run but i figure my psi reading is accurate when everything is equal.

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