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Old 10-22-2010, 10:22 PM   #1
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I am having the worst luck with this system I picked up used from a local guy of Craigslist. First keg filled and hooked up emptied a tank in under a week. Turns out I forgot the gasket. 2nd tank lasted 2 weeks. Turned out the regulator was not on tight enough. So this time the guys at the shop put the gasket in and tightened the regulator like his life depended on it. To make sure there were no leaks, I submersed the top of the tank including regulator in water for several minutes and no bubbles. This time the tank lasted maybe 3 weeks and approximately a 5g keg and part of a half barrel. What is going on here?! Do I have a leak in the line? It is the standard vinyl or rubber tubing and looks good. Also secured at both ends by clamps. Is it possible my couplings have a leak? This is really wearing me down and now I'm $40 in to CO2 and have only gone thru 2 5g kegs and maybe a quarter of a half barrel. Please help before I waste more money. Thanks guys!


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Old 10-22-2010, 11:10 PM   #2
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When I first set up my system I thought I was air tight at all hose connections...but are you quick disconnects tight??? I found my leaks there....good luck, it can be a real hassle


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Old 10-22-2010, 11:21 PM   #3
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take a deep breath,drink a good brew, and soap that **** down to find the leak(leaks). one day soon you will LOL about this. dont dunk your reg. hit it with a spray bottle filled with soapy water.
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Old 10-22-2010, 11:33 PM   #4
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Also, if you don't see bubbles with the soapy water, put your ear next to the connection. Once the liquid is on there, you can actually hear the leak sometimes.
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+1 to spray bottle and soapy water/starsan. You'll find the leak if you soak every connection point and seal point.
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Thanks guys. I will get the tank filled tomorrow and get out the chewing gum.
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Assuming you get the bottle filled at a welding supply pick up a bottle of leak detect compound, such as that made by Contesco, while you're there. It will do a much better job at finding leaks than soapy water.


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