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Old 08-09-2010, 08:54 PM   #1
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Default Refilling/exchanging CO2 tank in San Francisco?

Can anyone share where to take my CO2 tank to be refilled or exchanged? I called Airgas, but they want $22 for my 5lb tank, so I'm wondering if there is welding supply shop or something like that..

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Old 08-09-2010, 11:33 PM   #2
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Airgas in Augusta, GA wanted $15. Might just be cost of living differences.

I'd try calling fire extinguisher service places, that's where I got mine filled for $18.

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Old 08-10-2010, 01:37 AM   #3
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Brewcraft does it for $20/5lb (http://www.sanfranciscobrewcraft.com/). I don't keg, but thinking of getting into it. Not sure if this is a decent price or not though.

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Old 08-10-2010, 06:25 AM   #4
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For comparison purposes just exchanged tanks in Portland last week, $10.50 for 5lb. And now notice that my LHBS (brewbrothers.biz) is doing them for $10.

If sf brewcraft is doing them for $20, they are probably getting it done for $10 somewhere.

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Old 08-10-2010, 06:49 AM   #5
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Jeez yeah, I've been convinced that their prices are a bit steep, but they have a great selection of grains. Andreiz, do you use Brewcraft as well?

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Old 08-10-2010, 11:40 AM   #6
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I have two small tanks and I exchange them at a welder gas supply house when they are exhausted.

There is a big profit margin on all gas types. For example, natural gas has declined in value drastically but my grill tanks still cost $18 to fill.

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Old 08-10-2010, 04:54 PM   #7
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So far Brewcraft seems to be the cheapest (and they fill your tank, instead of exchanging it). Airgas will exchange your tank for $22, and Praxis –*for $23. I might look into the fire extinguisher places next, but for now I just had Brewcraft do it. Should last at least 10 kegs, I hope (after reading some threads that calculated it out).

JNish, I do use Brewcraft for almost all my grains. Too bad there is only one shop in SF.

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Old 08-12-2010, 09:55 PM   #8
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if you are in the south bay, Carbonic Service will fill tanks, and is really homebrewer friendly. I don't remember what they charge to refill a 5lb tank but it was pretty reasonable (less than $20).

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Old 01-18-2012, 08:42 PM   #9
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SF Brewcraft winds up being the cheapest. Imagine how much time and energy you'd spend going all the way down to San Jose or to Hayward or somewhere, the cost of gas and bridge toll. It totally makes sense. Plus you can't compare prices from other states. Everything in California is more expensive. We probably have a bunch of hazardous materials charges and taxes that they don't have in Oregon or Georgia

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Old 01-18-2012, 09:50 PM   #10
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Actually, they charged me $20 for 5lb and I had to wait 3-4 days. Praxis in Bayview exchanged my cylinder for a full new cylinder for $22, no wait.

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