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Old 05-14-2009, 11:44 PM   #1
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I am preparing my shopping list for equipment so I can switch to kegging. (I'm tired of washing bottles!!!!) What size CO2 bottle does everybody recommend? How long does a 5# bottle typically last with one or two kegs?

Sorry about so many questions, but I don't want to but a 5# and find out it only last a month or so.

Thanks in advance for your assistance.
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Old 05-14-2009, 11:52 PM   #2
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It depends, but a 5# cylinder last me about 8 kegs. If you drink 8 kegs in a month, it's only going to last a month .
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Old 05-15-2009, 12:00 AM   #3
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Laughing out loud!!!!!!!!!!!

If I drink 8 kegs a month, my wife will make me find a new hobby!

8 kegs is what I wanted to hear. Thanks for the info.
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Old 05-15-2009, 12:05 AM   #4
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Not a problem.

I should have answered the rest of your question. I have a 5# bottle, but I would recommend a larger one. Many swap places don't charge much more for 4X the capacity, and I've heard the filling the larger bottles isn't that much more either.

Nikobrew has some decent prices on 10# tanks

Co2 tank - 10 Pound
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Old 05-15-2009, 12:05 AM   #5
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(I'm tired of washing bottles!!!!)
Amen to that.

I currently have a 5#, I'm currently carbonating batch #4. I also use CO2 to purge O2 from the keg before transfer and have pushed 2 6 gal. batches of wine through a filter. If I had to buy again. I would go with a 10#.

I think it all comes down to how much you plan to use.
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Old 05-15-2009, 07:31 AM   #6
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You are best off going bigger than you think you need ... a lot cheaper in the long run. I went with a 20 lb tank. Remember, you'll go through a LOT of gas if you have any small leaks.

 
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Old 05-15-2009, 01:38 PM   #7
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I think this is the cheapest place to get a tank from. Be aware that the measurements in the description are for the 20 lb tanks. The measurements for the 10 lb tank is in the image. I agree with others, in the long run buying a more expensive larger tank will pay for itself after a few refills. I got a 20 lb tank myself. Also, if you participate in the easy 20 lb tank exchange program, you are likely to turn in your aluminum tank and get a heavy steel tank in return...unless you make a separate trip back to pick up your personal tank.

 
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Old 05-15-2009, 01:53 PM   #8
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Actually, this is the cheapest place I could find: Aluminum Co2 Cylinders

$69 for a new 10lb aluminum is really good. Just remember shipping.....
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Old 05-15-2009, 03:22 PM   #9
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I'd check to see if the place you are gonna get you gas from will rent a tank to you. I've never did it but it sucked paying $70 for a brand new 5lb tank only to have it swapped with one of theirs when I went to go get it filled.
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Old 05-15-2009, 03:29 PM   #10
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I have 2 20lbs tanks. Word of warning all the gas places around me do not carry 10# tanks to exchange they will fill them but it could take a few days to get them back . They deal with 5 and 20 for exchange any larger you rent them
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