Oooooold co2? - Home Brew Forums
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Bottling/Kegging > Oooooold co2?
Cool Brewing Corny 5G & Mini Giveaway

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 10-25-2010, 07:50 PM   #1
hevnsnt
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Olathe, KS, KS
Posts: 7

So I have been watching craigslist for a co2 bottle, so I could start putting together a kegerator. One came up cheap ($15) that was older, so I figured I would get it.

When I got over there I found that it was FULL. Thing is, it was filled almost 8 years ago.

So,

Should I go ahead and use up this co2? Does co2 (in a Steel bottle) go bad?



 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-2010, 08:02 PM   #2
marubozo
I can has homebrew?
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
marubozo's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: SW Michigan
Posts: 30,774
Liked 5392 Times on 5246 Posts
Likes Given: 227


I can't say with 100% certainty that old gas is good gas, but I'm fairly certain it's just fine as long as it's actually CO2 that's in there. When I got my 20 pound tanks the guy said he hadn't used them for five years but they were still each about half full. No problems here.



 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-2010, 11:23 PM   #3
P-J
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Charlotte, NC
Posts: 3,337
Liked 300 Times on 235 Posts
Likes Given: 496


No problem at all. Use it. That was a lucky find. Congrats!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-2010, 11:25 PM   #4
strat_thru_marshall
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Oklahoma City
Posts: 1,636
Liked 30 Times on 24 Posts
Likes Given: 32


co2 is co2. should be fine

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-26-2010, 03:37 AM   #5
hevnsnt
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Olathe, KS, KS
Posts: 7

great thanks guys!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-26-2010, 07:18 PM   #6
alias
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: NB, Canada
Posts: 8
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


Tank will probably need re-certified when you go to fill it if it hasn't been filled for 8 years, as they are stamped for 5 year long safety certification. Some places don't bother checking much and or just swap them but it is something to keep in mind.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-26-2010, 07:20 PM   #7
the_bird
10th-Level Beer Nerd
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
the_bird's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Adams, MA
Posts: 20,767
Liked 515 Times on 414 Posts
Likes Given: 119


If you want to refill, plan on $15 - $20 for a hydro test. If you want to swap, I don't think any place requires you to pay for the test.

CO2's not going to go bad - you're fine. I got an old tank, probably 15 years old (think the last hydro on it was 1992), and used up the CO2 before swapping it. Gas was fine, and no cost for the test.
__________________
Come join Yankee Ingenuity!

"I'm kind of toasted. But I looked at my watch and it's only 6:30 so I can't stop drinking yet." - Yooper's Bob
"Brown eye finally recovered after the abuse it endured in Ptown last weekend, but it took almost a full week." - Paulie
"no, he just doesn't speak 'stupid'. i, however, am fluent...." - motobrewer
"... I'll go both ways." - Melana

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-26-2010, 08:03 PM   #8
david_42
 
david_42's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Willamina & Oak Grove, Oregon, USA
Posts: 25,578
Liked 148 Times on 139 Posts


Use it. When it's empty, take it to a place that swaps tanks. That makes the hydro test their problem.



 
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools



Forum Jump