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NickN 11-18-2012 04:11 AM

Keg disaster
 
I kegged yesterday. Found out I have a co2 leak tonight. Tank is empty. Negative effects onto my beer? I switched to another tank, pumped up the psi to 30 and unhooked the air and turned it off.

chickypad 11-18-2012 04:21 AM

Won't be any harm to your beer. But you should find that leak so you don't have to keep turning the gas off. It needs to stay on at least during carbonation, and if the leak is in the keg it may not carbonate at all.

Golddiggie 11-18-2012 04:27 AM

Did you make any changes in your gas side between the last time used (without leak) and when you discovered you had a leak?? Anytime I make a change to the CO2 side of my kegging setup, I check those changes for leaks.

I actually cut the length on my gas lines down today (didn't need them as long anymore). Before I open up the manifold lines, I'm testing each of the lines I altered. Ended up needing to replace the plastic/nylon flare items that are used when you have metal on metal contact. The old ones were REALLY compressed and were not doing much at all. Just have the second body testing the line coming off of it (turned off the shutoff valve on the other one after confirming it's good). If that one is holding, I'll be able to open up all the valves in the system again.

Yes, the testing takes time. BUT, would you rather take some more time to confirm things are good (or correct them when you find they are not) or dump the CO2 out of your tank due to a leak you could have found and eliminated?

GilSwillBasementBrews 11-18-2012 04:29 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by chickypad
Won't be any harm to your beer. But you should find that leak so you don't have to keep turning the gas off. It should stay on at least during carbonation, and if the leak is in the keg it may not carbonate at all.

Yes this.
Use a spray bottle with sanitizer(preferred) or soapy water and spray down your connections and seals on the keg. It will bubble where it leaks.
I went through a 5lb bottle because of a slow leak due to a loose pressure release valve in the lid.

NickN 11-18-2012 04:32 AM

Ya I had to make changes to connect to the Cornelius. I know where the leak is. Just need time to fix.


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