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Old 05-14-2007, 02:01 AM   #1
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I have seen most of the 5 lb C02 bottles people have are in thier kegerators. I am wanting to get a 20 lb bottle and want to mount it outside the fridge with a hose running into the fridge to the manifold.

My brew knowledgeable buddy says the C02 needs to be cold, but can't explain why.

What say the collective conciousness.......................

 
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Old 05-14-2007, 02:20 AM   #2
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I have never kegged so you may not want to trust my answer. But I have heard of many people leaving the CO2 outside of the keggerator. I beleive the only difference between inside and out is that you get a more accurate reading of the remaining pressure when the cylindar is outside.

 
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Old 05-14-2007, 02:41 AM   #3
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The CO2 does not need to be cold. Your beer will carbonate differently whether or not it is cold, but the gas itself can be in or out of the fridge with no effect either way.
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Old 05-14-2007, 05:10 AM   #4
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yup. i have a 50# tank, and it definitely can't fit inside the kegerator. no problem at all.

 
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Old 05-14-2007, 05:22 AM   #5
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I just got a 50# tank too, but I'm able to fit it into my temporary fridge along with one keg. The only difference is that the tank gauge reads 800 lbs at room tempertature and 500 lbs at fridge temperature. If you're not familiar with Charles' law you might tend to think the tank is running out. If you are familiar with it you'll know that the volume remains the same either way.
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Old 05-14-2007, 05:40 AM   #6
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how huge is your fridge? my tank stands at least 5 ft tall, if i remember correctly. that's crazy. i'd like some pictures! haha.

 
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Old 05-14-2007, 05:45 AM   #7
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Yup, it's a big one. It fit in, but not with the cap on. Of course that had to come off anyway. I took the door panel off and had to lean the tank backwards and bungee it in place to keep it there so I could fit a cornie in along with it. It's one of those fridges that have one side a freezer and the other side a fridge. I took all the shelves out. If I remember, I'll take a picture in the daytime for you.
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Old 05-14-2007, 02:41 PM   #8
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ahhhhhhhh. k. i think i know what you are talking about. that is a lot of co2 for just one keg though. haha.

and i'm impressed with your back. my 50# co2 tank is steel, and when full weighs around 180 lbs. not something i want to be lifting. haha.

 
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Old 05-14-2007, 02:43 PM   #9
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I leave my 20 pounder out of the fridge. And, as an FYI, I've gone through about a half-dozen kegs and hardly dented the amount of CO2 in it. a 50 pounder should last your children's children.
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Old 05-14-2007, 02:53 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by Cheesefood
I leave my 20 pounder out of the fridge. And, as an FYI, I've gone through about a half-dozen kegs and hardly dented the amount of CO2 in it. a 50 pounder should last your children's children.
It will appear to be full right until the very end, then it falls off quickly.

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Your beer will carbonate differently whether or not it is cold, but the gas itself can be in or out of the fridge with no effect either way.
It's makes no difference if the C02 is warm or cold. There is a difference if the BEER is warm or cold.
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