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Old 01-24-2013, 03:43 AM   #1
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I am sure that this has been answered numerous times but my search didn't find anything.
I have 2 kegs carbing and my c02 Gauge is about 600, I know that cooling the tank resists in a pressure drop. I am having a party next week and want to know if that amount of gas will last with the 2 kegs or should I have it topped off before?

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Old 01-24-2013, 03:46 AM   #2
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If its in the red, replace it. Like the gauge says

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It's hard to tell exactly how much is in a tank, especially if the tank its inside your kegerator. The gauge is pretty worthless if that's the case. I always have a backup tank just in case, but you should get 7-10 cornys out of a 5lb tank.

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When I bought the tank and keg it was about half full. What's the psi on a full 5 pound tank?

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When I bought the tank and keg it was about half full. What's the psi on a full 5 pound tank?
depends on ambient temp. if it's 75 degrees, it can be 800+. if it's 35, it could be 600
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Take the tank and weigh it. Total weight minus the tare weight is the number of pounds of co2 left. The tare weight is stamped on the tank.

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Thanks for the info, I will pull the tank out tomorrow and check it out.

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The temperature in my garage is 28° and my 20# tank is showing around 400psi. It's in the red. I weighed it and I have 9.5# of co2 left. So the tank is about half full. What I do is put a sticker on the side of my tank with the tare weight and full weight on it. I even put the full weight with regulator and hose attached. At any time I can put it on the scale without removing the regulator and get an accurate reading. I use one of the hanging type scales that I use to check propane, and bulk grain measurements also.

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I pulled the tank and weighed it. The tare weight is 9-14 pounds. My scale said 13.5 pounds at 37 degrees.

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9-14 what the

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