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Old 07-26-2007, 05:12 PM   #1
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So I am going to keg my batch of APA. It's ready to move from secondary to the keg... I have all the parts and built my kegerator. Now I just need gas.

The local gas supplier says they exchange tanks...they do not fill the specific tank that I bought/bring in. Do I care? A tank is a tank, right?

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Old 07-26-2007, 05:16 PM   #2
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The local gas supplier says they exchange tanks...they do not fill the specific tank that I bought/bring in. Do I care? A tank is a tank, right?
It's really up to you. Some people have bought brand new tanks that are cosmetically perfect, and don't want to swap them for some old beater. Others don't care what their tanks look like, so long as they are functionally equivalent.


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Old 07-26-2007, 05:16 PM   #3
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A tank is a tank. Too bad they won't fill the one you already own, but the real question is whether you want to rent or buy. I own my 5 pounder but I have no choice but to rent my 50 pounder.

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Old 07-26-2007, 07:19 PM   #4
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i always recommend people to buy an old tank that doesn' t look good to begin with. it is just as functional, and is significantly cheaper, and easier to swap when you need gas again.

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When I moved here, I had two steel tanks. The local welding stop asked if I cared about getting aluminum in exchange. I should care? He actually charges extra for steel tanks, because he can. Plus, if you exchange you never have to pay for a hydro test.

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Go for whatever is closest and easiest to replenish. I do the old rental/swap routine cuz the place I use I can go and exchange in less than 45 minutes.

Some places that fill, will make you leave it and come back "later".

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Actually a great Q: I never thought about it, but I swap my CO2 w/o a thought, but I never swap my propane tanks.

The only difference I can think of is that my propane tanks were new and usually look far better than the swaps. The CO2's, however, are just average looking and swapping is a 50/50 as to whether it will improve or reduce appearance.

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Go for whatever is closest and easiest to replenish. I do the old rental/swap routine cuz the place I use I can go and exchange in less than 45 minutes.

Some places that fill, will make you leave it and come back "later".
This is one advantage. The guy said it takes as long as it takes him to write the reciept. Price seems reasonable at $22

And good point above...no hydrotest.

I think for the convience of it, swapping is my answer.

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Go for whatever is closest and easiest to replenish. I do the old rental/swap routine cuz the place I use I can go and exchange in less than 45 minutes.

Some places that fill, will make you leave it and come back "later".
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My CO2 tank is on the way and should be here by next week. Being that we are both in St louie, where would you recommend I fill my tank?
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My CO2 tank is on the way and should be here by next week. Being that we are both in St louie, where would you recommend I fill my tank?
There's a place off of Manchester a friend goes to but I'm not sure of the exact location. Place called M&K or somehting. I'll check with him on Monday.


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