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Old 07-13-2012, 11:56 PM   #1
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I just kegged up two batches of beer, changed all the orings and used keg lube. I tossed them in the fridge and set the pressure to about 30 psi, the tank pressure was at about 800 when I put them in and after about an hour it has gone down roughly 100 psi so I disconnected everything and went around and tightened all the fittings again, snugged down the regulator a little more then I would have liked actually since it's brass. Does it sound like a leak or is the beer just absorbing that much? I am going to let them chill for a few hours and do the rocking bit then turn off the gas overnight.

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Old 07-14-2012, 12:05 AM   #2
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temp of tank will show lower psi.ur good

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Old 07-14-2012, 12:09 AM   #3
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the cold fridge lowers the overall pressure inside the tank.. still the same amount of co2 in there.. if you warmed it up you would see it go back up

i wouldn't rock them.. if you have a couple days turn ure psi up to 35 and just leave it 2 days then turn it back to serving pressure.. never fails me.. i've only over carbed 1 beer using that method.. make sure you release the pressure in the keg before dialing back you regulator or you could get backflow if you dont have check valves installed

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Old 07-14-2012, 12:13 AM   #4
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Sweet, it makes sense remembering chemistry class It's just nice to be re-assured.

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Old 07-14-2012, 02:26 AM   #5
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The pressure is still dropping, it's down to 600 now :P Mind you the fridge hasn't shut off since I put the kegs in and they are only mildly cooling off so far, I turned the keg pressure down to 15 for the night.

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Old 07-14-2012, 03:24 AM   #6
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You can't trust the tank gauge, my freshly filled tank (5#) redlines when it is in the fridge. It sits at 600 forever (many kegs worth) until it is close to empty, then it drops rapidly.

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Old 07-14-2012, 03:06 PM   #7
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I agree with the other posts...CO2 gauges for determining full/empty are worthless...if you are still worried about a leak...mix up some water and dish soap and dab it on all your fittings to check for leaks. I use a small pump spray bottle.

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Old 07-16-2012, 02:45 AM   #8
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Yeah it seems fine now, just like the first time I brewed I was worried, I am currently getting smashed on what is in the kegs and an very happy with the results, so much better then bottles

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