New Giveaway - Wort Monster Conical Fermenter!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Help




Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-04-2012, 02:51 AM   #1
lazarus0530
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Roseto, Pa
Posts: 387
Liked 7 Times on 7 Posts

Default Help

Hey guys and gals
Im having a problem holding co2 in my kegs.
I have changed all gaskets and checked all my connections on my hoses over and over with soap solution.
My beer is getting carbed but my co2 tank seems like its losing a lot.



__________________
lazarus0530 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-04-2012, 03:03 AM   #2
drawdy10
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: brookings, sd
Posts: 362
Liked 18 Times on 16 Posts
Likes Given: 9

Default

carbing beer uses a decent amount of CO2. Are you using a small 5 lb tank? Have you had to fill it a few times? The 5 lb tanks can go somewhat quickly from what i hear, i have a 20 lb tank. Also you may consider pulling the gas line after you carb, the beer will stay carbbed enough to serve from, no need to keep the gas hooked up, you will want to burst it a few times though out the life of the keg if the pour slows but other than that you should be good, i have had good luck with this method.



__________________
drawdy10 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-04-2012, 03:36 AM   #3
lazarus0530
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Roseto, Pa
Posts: 387
Liked 7 Times on 7 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by drawdy10
carbing beer uses a decent amount of CO2. Are you using a small 5 lb tank? Have you had to fill it a few times? The 5 lb tanks can go somewhat quickly from what i hear, i have a 20 lb tank. Also you may consider pulling the gas line after you carb, the beer will stay carbbed enough to serve from, no need to keep the gas hooked up, you will want to burst it a few times though out the life of the keg if the pour slows but other than that you should be good, i have had good luck with this method.
I have a 10lb ...I'll turn it off after it carbs up...Thanx!
__________________
lazarus0530 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-04-2012, 06:19 AM   #4
veritas524
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Adana, Turkey, Turkey
Posts: 332
Liked 10 Times on 10 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

Are you going off of a gauge reading? If you are, that things fairly useless especially if your tank is in your keezer/kegorator. The co2 bottle itself will have a lower pressure when it's cold compared to room temp.

__________________
veritas524 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-04-2012, 06:35 AM   #5
BryceL
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Yorba Linda, CA
Posts: 867
Liked 29 Times on 24 Posts

Default

I have a 5# tank serving both of my kegs. I get at least 5 kegs out of one tank, and that is setting it at 12 psi continuously. I have mine inside the kegerator and even a full tank reads nearly in the red zone....if you are just going off the gauge that could be it

__________________
BryceL is online now
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-04-2012, 12:34 PM   #6
RuffRider
Master Chief's Brewery
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
RuffRider's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Fort Worth, TX
Posts: 159
Liked 29 Times on 25 Posts
Likes Given: 5

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by BryceL View Post
I have a 5# tank serving both of my kegs. I get at least 5 kegs out of one tank, and that is setting it at 12 psi continuously. I have mine inside the kegerator and even a full tank reads nearly in the red zone....if you are just going off the gauge that could be it
+1
I have a 4# tank that's the same way.
__________________
RuffRider is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-04-2012, 12:50 PM   #7
Balto
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Corinth, Vermont
Posts: 152
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts
Likes Given: 20

Default

Did you check where it comes out of the tank? Might need one of these.


http://www.midwestsupplies.com/co2-leak-stopper.html

__________________
May Your Cup Ne'er Run Dry

Primary: Vanilla Cream Ale
Primary: English Bitter Ale
Keg 1 American Cream Ale
Keg 2 CO2
Future Brews
Balto is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-04-2012, 02:43 PM   #8
bad67z
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
bad67z's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Posts: 1,884
Liked 104 Times on 73 Posts
Likes Given: 26

Default

My first thought is, are you pressurizing your kegs to 30 psi to seat the lid? Sometimes they don't seal at 12 psi.

I would suggest you find the leak and fix it, so you can keep positive pressure on your system if you use it regularly. I use Star San in a spray bottle to leak check, it bubbles well and I find it to be less of a PIA to clean up.

I would pressurize your system minus the keg, note the outlet pressure (your low side pressure 30-45 psi is good) then turn the cylinder off. Check the gauge in a few hours, if it has dropped you have a leak in your supply circuit.

If your supply checks out, take an empty keg attach to the system and replete the same process as above. If your pressure drops its is a keg or keg connection problem

__________________
bad67z is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-04-2012, 09:03 PM   #9
lazarus0530
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Roseto, Pa
Posts: 387
Liked 7 Times on 7 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by bad67z
My first thought is, are you pressurizing your kegs to 30 psi to seat the lid? Sometimes they don't seal at 12 psi.

I would suggest you find the leak and fix it, so you can keep positive pressure on your system if you use it regularly. I use Star San in a spray bottle to leak check, it bubbles well and I find it to be less of a PIA to clean up.

I would pressurize your system minus the keg, note the outlet pressure (your low side pressure 30-45 psi is good) then turn the cylinder off. Check the gauge in a few hours, if it has dropped you have a leak in your supply circuit.

If your supply checks out, take an empty keg attach to the system and replete the same process as above. If your pressure drops its is a keg or keg connection problem
I'm doing that now. Thank you so much.
__________________
lazarus0530 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-04-2012, 10:40 PM   #10
bad67z
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
bad67z's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Posts: 1,884
Liked 104 Times on 73 Posts
Likes Given: 26

Default

Let us know how it turns out.



__________________
bad67z is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools
Display Modes