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Old 02-16-2012, 02:01 AM   #1
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Just finished my keezer build and tapped the keg. Once tapped, I turned on the Co2 and was, per the instructions, trying to set the gauge to 10-12 psi by turning the handle clockwise, which I did. But the gauge is reading roughly 45psi and I cannot turn the handle anymore. Anyway to release pressure or any tips on what to do?


 
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Old 02-16-2012, 02:13 AM   #2
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Turn it the other way

 
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Old 02-16-2012, 02:17 AM   #3
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This I tried, with no results. But I did run some beer which released the pressure in the line and have got it set to the correct PSI...for now.


 
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Old 02-16-2012, 02:27 AM   #4
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Another question from the newbie...will I have to adjust the co2 gauge regularly? It appears that every pour the gauge drops below 10 psi. Is this normal or is something incorrect? Thanks for the help in advance.

 
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Old 02-16-2012, 02:29 AM   #5
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You need to bleed the pressure off. The regulator can only flow in one direction, so there's no way that the CO2 can get back into the keg. Turning down the regulator only degreases the amount of CO2 it regulates, it wont decrease what pressure has already been applied. There should be a release valve on the regulator or the keg, or both. Just turn down the regulator, bleed off the pressure, and watch where the pressure drops to. When I turn them down, I usually bleed off until I can hear CO2 entering the keg, then I know that's where the new setting is for the regulator.
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Old 02-16-2012, 02:33 AM   #6
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Another question from the newbie...will I have to adjust the co2 gauge regularly? It appears that every pour the gauge drops below 10 psi. Is this normal or is something incorrect? Thanks for the help in advance.
It's probably dropping because you have already turned down the pressure. So you increased it to 45 PSI to begin with. You haven't bled off the CO2, so there's nowhere to go. If you turned down the regualtor, there will still be 45 PSI in the keg, but the regulator is now in the dialed position where it would regulate 600 PSI to 10 PSI (instead of 600 PSI to 45 PSI, making up numbers here, so don't take them literally).
Every time you pour, the beer level is decreasing and allowing more room for the CO2, thus the pressure that hasn't been bleed off now has somewhere to spread out to, which would degrease the pressure on the gauge.
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Old 02-16-2012, 02:36 AM   #7
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Another note, once you have the pressure dialed in, you shouldn't have to adjust the regulator. There will be instances where you may have to though, like if you change your refrigerator temp.
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Old 02-16-2012, 02:46 AM   #8
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You need to bleed the pressure off. The regulator can only flow in one direction, so there's no way that the CO2 can get back into the keg. Turning down the regulator only degreases the amount of CO2 it regulates, it wont decrease what pressure has already been applied. There should be a release valve on the regulator or the keg, or both. Just turn down the regulator, bleed off the pressure, and watch where the pressure drops to. When I turn them down, I usually bleed off until I can hear CO2 entering the keg, then I know that's where the new setting is for the regulator.
I bled the line and it seems that I have got the pressure where I want it...on the regulator. But as I pour a beer, it seems like there is still TOO much pressure. It is all head and it is a strong pour as well.

 
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Old 02-16-2012, 02:48 AM   #9
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What's your beer line length, internal diameter, refrigeration temp, and CO2 pressure?
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Old 02-16-2012, 02:49 AM   #10
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How did you carbonate the keg?
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