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Old 12-21-2012, 07:42 PM   #21
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How?
Honestly I'm not exactly sure; and I was kind of being facetious because I'm sure the cost (and size) of such a system would be well beyond what most homebrewers could handle. But I do know the system exists, and has for a long time (since 1912 or something.) Sierra Nevada and Alaskan Brewing Company does it--

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In 1998, Alaskan Brewing became the first craft brewery in the United States to install and operate a carbon dioxide (CO2) reclamation system. The system captures and cleans carbon dioxide, a natural byproduct of the brewing process, and uses it to package the beer and purge oxygen from holding tanks, saving money and the environment. This system prevents over 800,000 pounds of CO2, a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming, from being released into the atmosphere each year. That is equivalent to preventing the emissions from using more than 40,000 gallons of gasoline annually.
When I was stumbling the internet the other night I came across a forum of homebrewers discussing how to build a home system. I didn't read the whole thread but I'm sure a search could dig it up again if you're really interested. And this thread from here on HBT has some links you could check out:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/co2-...18/index2.html


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Old 12-21-2012, 07:47 PM   #22
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LOL you said "kitty"


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Old 12-21-2012, 07:59 PM   #23
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I have an indoor cat and she hangs out in my room with the door closed. She's a very small kitty, About 6 pounds. But she is totally the love of my life and I don't want to do anything that could even closely endanger her.
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Old 12-21-2012, 10:32 PM   #24
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Almost right.
I have not researched this fully, but, in the interest of safety, here's what I believe to be true:
If a human gets exposed to a gas pocket which is about 10% or more CO2, he/she may lose consciousness. Then, if the gas concentration increases, you're in trouble. Also, and I just looked it up in The Merck Index, the density of CO2 is 1.527, air being 1.000. This is why it makes such a good blankety over our brews.
And, the gas will be heavier because it's wet. If you do not die, but are deprived of Oxygen, you may suffer brain damage. Why take a chance?
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Old 12-21-2012, 11:01 PM   #27
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Well I was being a little sarcastic..... BUT, seriously you would probably have to do those things I mentioned for the cat to be in danger.

Don't worry. CO2 can be dangerous but only by it displacing enough oxygen to suffocate you.
I'm not sure how many gallons you would need to brew in a very small room but it would be a lot, the room would be small and ventilation would have to be very bad.
Any indoor room is going to have air flow between rooms.

It's fine. It's good to think about potential problems, but you can stop thinking about this one.

Unless of course you duct tape a blowoff tube and the cat together. That might get the concentration that it would take to hurt him during vigorous fermentation.
I love cats. I also knew you were kidding, lol. That was hilarious!!!

I nearly spewed coffee on my work PC.

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There is a warning on the side of every ale pale that small children should be supervised around them because they can fall in and drown. I'm assuming the same can be said for cats?
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There is a warning on the side of every ale pale that small children should be supervised around them because they can fall in and drown. I'm assuming the same can be said for cats?
A cat could get out of an ale pail faster than you blink your eye.


a child could be stuck in head down.
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A cat could get out of an ale pail faster than you blink your eye.


a child could be stuck in head down.
And I would hope that while fermentation is going on the lid is on!

Seriously, what would you name a cider that had a couple hours with "dry catting".


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