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Old 11-15-2008, 03:24 PM   #1
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I have a CO2 tank about 2 foot high and about 8-10 inches in diameter with 5 kegs attached. I originally bought the gauges for a foot long tank and the needle is half-way in the red. The only local gas place is closed. The needle doesn't move very fast and the kegs have been under pressure for about 2 months at about 10 psi at 37 degrees.

I know I should have had it filled yesterday. I thought I was good.

My instincts are telling me that it will last through the party tonight. The gauge says 250. When I had it filled, it was barely over 500 and that was about 2 years ago.

I know oxygen is bad, but I have the little O2 tank that I use for yeast. How bad will it affect my beer until Monday in case I need something to push it out of the five kegs?

Any other suggestions besides siphoning it out would great.

I am running to Lowe's and Home Depot to see if they have any other little cannisters maybe I can rig something up.

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Old 11-15-2008, 03:28 PM   #2
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I'd call around and see if there's a paintball place open or something that will fill it.

I wouldn't dispense with a tank of O2... if you've ever tried hand-pumped keg beer after a few days you'll know that i can ruin a keg quick.

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Old 11-15-2008, 03:43 PM   #3
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The guages don't really tell you anything useful, until your on your last tiny bit of gas.

What you need to do is weigh your tank and locate the tare weight that is stamped on the tank to figure out how much is left

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Old 11-15-2008, 05:00 PM   #4
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Thanks.

The only thing I can find is: 20# CO2 stamped on the tank with lots of inspection dates.

The tank weighs 30.4 lbs.

I went to Lowe's and they want $82 for the Cobalt regulator and $35 for the large CO2 cannister or $23 for the smaller cannister.

I think I will be OK. If it runs out, I'll turn off my valves and rock the kegs a little to build pressure OR siphion into a pitcher. I have 14 people coming over.

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I expect with a 20# tank @ 250 psi and pre-carbonated beer, you'll be good for the night. You are running on "fumes" though and should refill soon.

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Thanks. I am kicking myself in the butt for this one. I have been hyping this party for 3-4 weeks. It's a late Florida Oktoberfest with brats/green peppers/saurkraut/onions, Sauerbraten, German potato salad. and whatever else comes in a side dish.

Out of the 14 who are coming, I might have 5-6 hardcore beer drinkers.

I will post a follow up tomorrow or late tonight.

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Thanks.

The only thing I can find is: 20# CO2 stamped on the tank with lots of inspection dates.

The tank weighs 30.4 lbs.
If you still want to check on this look for a TW and some numbers stamped on the tank. I think it should be close to the first inspection date.
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It was first inspected 04/88, but no TW. thanks for your help. I think I should be fine.

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So did it work out?

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Three kegs were emptied and the needle never moved.

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