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Old 03-31-2012, 06:53 PM   #1
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Default Keg carbing problems --

So quick question (hopefully), I acquired a 20# CO2 tank, and it was filled with gas. I would say the tank was filled about 10-15 yrs ago, but I did a bath tub test, and there were no air bubbles that came out, so it has a good seal.

However, recently I am trying to carbonate my 3 home brews, this problem also could be because I recently added a slitter to the CO2 line, so that I could fill both tanks. The beers are a Weizen IPA and a Strawberry Blonde.

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Currently I have 4 things hooked up, 3 corning kegs, and 1 1/6 barrel sanke tap.

Its set to about 13 psi. I have left it at that pressure for the last 2 weeks, and still the ones I'm trying to keg carb are pretty flat.

I don't know if it would be better if I add DME to them to get them going or what... Any ideas of why, could it be for the 4 tanks 13 psi is to little? Or is it because its old CO2.

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Old 03-31-2012, 07:03 PM   #2
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What temperature is the beer? If it's at 40 degrees or so, it should be getting carbed up.

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I have my analog controller set to 38 degrees, so around there +/- 2 degrees

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I'm at a loss. When you vent the kegs, do you hear gas coming out?
And then, do you hear gas going in?

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You sure its c02 in that tank?

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Correct me but wouldnt it take. 3 times longer to carb 3 kegs at the standard 13 lbs of gas?

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Yeah, I hear the gas coming out and going in, and yes im sure its CO2 because last time when I opened them after they were empty the CO2 was in there poured out and it had that CO2 bite.

There are no leaks in the cornies, I sprayed them with soap water and saw no bubbles. Could it be because I used to have it go only to 1 keg, but now I added a multi line splitter and it goes to 4? Or would that not matter?

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It maybe frowned upon, but do you shake the keg while trying to carb. This is what I do, Cold Crash Carboy, transfer wort to keg, set regulator to 20psi, shake 3 mins, wait 1 day, bam carbed brew.

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Correct me but wouldnt it take. 3 times longer to carb 3 kegs at the standard 13 lbs of gas?
Thats what I was thinking
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Yeah, I hear the gas coming out and going in, and yes im sure its CO2 because last time when I opened them after they were empty the CO2 was in there poured out and it had that CO2 bite.

There are no leaks in the cornies, I sprayed them with soap water and saw no bubbles. Could it be because I used to have it go only to 1 keg, but now I added a multi line splitter and it goes to 4? Or would that not matter?
You could have 100 kegs tied to the same tank. You'll just run out faster, but pressure is the same throughout.
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