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Old 03-04-2012, 03:51 AM   #1
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Hey guys and gals
Im having a problem holding co2 in my kegs.
I have changed all gaskets and checked all my connections on my hoses over and over with soap solution.
My beer is getting carbed but my co2 tank seems like its losing a lot.

 
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Old 03-04-2012, 04:03 AM   #2
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carbing beer uses a decent amount of CO2. Are you using a small 5 lb tank? Have you had to fill it a few times? The 5 lb tanks can go somewhat quickly from what i hear, i have a 20 lb tank. Also you may consider pulling the gas line after you carb, the beer will stay carbbed enough to serve from, no need to keep the gas hooked up, you will want to burst it a few times though out the life of the keg if the pour slows but other than that you should be good, i have had good luck with this method.

 
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Old 03-04-2012, 04:36 AM   #3
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carbing beer uses a decent amount of CO2. Are you using a small 5 lb tank? Have you had to fill it a few times? The 5 lb tanks can go somewhat quickly from what i hear, i have a 20 lb tank. Also you may consider pulling the gas line after you carb, the beer will stay carbbed enough to serve from, no need to keep the gas hooked up, you will want to burst it a few times though out the life of the keg if the pour slows but other than that you should be good, i have had good luck with this method.
I have a 10lb ...I'll turn it off after it carbs up...Thanx!

 
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Old 03-04-2012, 07:19 AM   #4
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Are you going off of a gauge reading? If you are, that things fairly useless especially if your tank is in your keezer/kegorator. The co2 bottle itself will have a lower pressure when it's cold compared to room temp.

 
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Old 03-04-2012, 07:35 AM   #5
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I have a 5# tank serving both of my kegs. I get at least 5 kegs out of one tank, and that is setting it at 12 psi continuously. I have mine inside the kegerator and even a full tank reads nearly in the red zone....if you are just going off the gauge that could be it

 
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Old 03-04-2012, 01:34 PM   #6
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I have a 5# tank serving both of my kegs. I get at least 5 kegs out of one tank, and that is setting it at 12 psi continuously. I have mine inside the kegerator and even a full tank reads nearly in the red zone....if you are just going off the gauge that could be it
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I have a 4# tank that's the same way.

 
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Old 03-04-2012, 01:50 PM   #7
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Did you check where it comes out of the tank? Might need one of these.


http://www.midwestsupplies.com/co2-leak-stopper.html
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Old 03-04-2012, 03:43 PM   #8
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My first thought is, are you pressurizing your kegs to 30 psi to seat the lid? Sometimes they don't seal at 12 psi.

I would suggest you find the leak and fix it, so you can keep positive pressure on your system if you use it regularly. I use Star San in a spray bottle to leak check, it bubbles well and I find it to be less of a PIA to clean up.

I would pressurize your system minus the keg, note the outlet pressure (your low side pressure 30-45 psi is good) then turn the cylinder off. Check the gauge in a few hours, if it has dropped you have a leak in your supply circuit.

If your supply checks out, take an empty keg attach to the system and replete the same process as above. If your pressure drops its is a keg or keg connection problem

 
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Old 03-04-2012, 10:03 PM   #9
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My first thought is, are you pressurizing your kegs to 30 psi to seat the lid? Sometimes they don't seal at 12 psi.

I would suggest you find the leak and fix it, so you can keep positive pressure on your system if you use it regularly. I use Star San in a spray bottle to leak check, it bubbles well and I find it to be less of a PIA to clean up.

I would pressurize your system minus the keg, note the outlet pressure (your low side pressure 30-45 psi is good) then turn the cylinder off. Check the gauge in a few hours, if it has dropped you have a leak in your supply circuit.

If your supply checks out, take an empty keg attach to the system and replete the same process as above. If your pressure drops its is a keg or keg connection problem
I'm doing that now. Thank you so much.

 
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Old 03-04-2012, 11:40 PM   #10
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Let us know how it turns out.

 
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