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Old 03-26-2011, 02:43 AM   #1
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Totally new to kegging and nobody local to help me out so excuse me if these are dumb questions....

I bought 2 cornies and everything i needed to start kegging except for a co2 tank from my not so local homebrew shop. I didn't buy the tank because they only had 20lber and i had to fly everything back here. After a lot of calling around the only place i could find a 5 lb tank was the fire prevention shop. Over the phone I was quoted an extortionately high $175 for a 5lb tank.

Well i went down there today, ready to shell out and the guy was totally confused about what i wanted. I said I just need a 5lb tank, filled with co2 to carbonate beer. After a lot of back and forth and me making a trip home to get my regulator so he could attach the right fitting I was told I would only be charged for the $15 fill.

I was stoked, then I realized that he was giving me a 5lb tank with a fire extinguisher squeeze handle on it. I asked if he had a twist dial to put on it and he said no. I figured for $15 I would give it a shot.

My question to the board after all that is can i use this thing to carb my beer? He suggested using a wood clamp or zap strap to keep the handle depressed. What have i gotten myself into?



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Old 03-26-2011, 03:36 AM   #2
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And I thought I was a redneck. If you use a fire extinguisher to carbonate your beer, you might be......

All joking aside, can you post a pic of your setup? Is the tank new? What kind of extinguisher is it? Does it have any chemical fire retardant in it? etc etc


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Old 03-26-2011, 04:14 AM   #3
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Pics soon.

No chemicals in it. Straight CO2 is what i was told plus it says that on the side of the bottle.
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If you have the proper fittings, I dont see why it wouldnt work. Its regulated pressure right?
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Old 03-26-2011, 04:45 AM   #5
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All the fittings are there. I'm just not sure what to do to make sure the handle stays depressed.
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Old 03-26-2011, 04:48 AM   #6
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Um...Duct Tape ?
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That is insane and completely full of awesome.
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Thread is making me feel better. At the shop I was thinking "there is no way" but the dude was all "just use a clamp or duct tape".
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If that thing actually works, you need to do a whole fire fighting themed kegerator.
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If that thing actually works, you need to do a whole fire fighting themed kegerator.
A whole fire fighting rims system. LOL


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