Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Bottling/Kegging > CO2 Tanks Size Recommendation?
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 03-08-2013, 10:12 PM   #11
Hammy71
Senior Member
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Hammy71's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: , Maryland, The Tax Me State
Posts: 5,812
Liked 494 Times on 375 Posts
Likes Given: 766

Default

I refuse to swap. I don't want some rusty steel tank for my aluminum darlings.


Hammy71 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-09-2013, 12:07 AM   #12
mikescooling
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 1,920
Liked 243 Times on 189 Posts
Likes Given: 246

Default

I don't think I've ever been to a place that fills co2. HVAC Supply houses only swap. Some of the steel tanks have been in service over a hundred years, you can see all the hydro stamps on the neck and foot. I could see how people would like "new and shinny" but for me, it's just another tank. Next time I go in to Airgas, I may trade up sizes or down, or for another gas like beer gas or C25. I understand that many would not want a nasty old tank in their clean house, but my house is not that clean. A nasty old tank fits my Ambiance, makes the statment "this guy likes beer and guns and girls that are a little crazy". Do not mix any of those things.


mikescooling is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-09-2013, 01:31 AM   #13
dazed
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 107
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts
Likes Given: 5

Default

At least you won't get no Alzheimer's from steel...I got my tetanus shot though....
dazed is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-09-2013, 01:21 PM   #14
mjdonnelly68
Always drinking - never drunk.
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
mjdonnelly68's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Glenmont, NY
Posts: 1,282
Liked 156 Times on 111 Posts
Likes Given: 185

Default

20lb - minimum.
__________________
"I feel sorry for people who don't drink because when they get up in the morning, that's as good as they're gonna feel all day" - Francis Albert Sinatra
mjdonnelly68 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-09-2013, 01:54 PM   #15
zachattack
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: , MA
Posts: 2,666
Liked 267 Times on 229 Posts
Likes Given: 157

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by mikescooling View Post
I understand that many would not want a nasty old tank in their clean house, but my house is not that clean. A nasty old tank fits my Ambiance, makes the statment "this guy likes beer and guns and girls that are a little crazy".
In general I'd agree, but if beer or another liquid backs up into a steel tank (which can certainly happen under the right conditions) it'll rust and lead to some funky off flavors. Actual "food grade" CO2 cylinders are supposedly glass-lined to prevent this. For me, I'll stick to my new shiny aluminum tank, who knows what's happened inside the old rusty steel one.

Quote:
Originally Posted by dazed View Post
At least you won't get no Alzheimer's from steel...I got my tetanus shot though....
The "aluminum causes Alzheimer's" myth has been busted long ago.
zachattack is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-09-2013, 04:05 PM   #16
beaksnbeer
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
 
beaksnbeer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: New Port Richey, Florida
Posts: 2,833
Liked 495 Times on 328 Posts
Likes Given: 67

Default

[QUOTE=zachattack;4988245] For me, I'll stick to my new shiny aluminum tank, who knows what's happened inside the old rusty steel one.



Or what has gone on inside your "new" tank for that matter. Plenty of people have bought brand new Regulators only to find that they were not cleaned. The weld shop I use says most aluminum tanks come out of China or South America, so who knows really inside any tank. But these guys come over to drink at my place so they know where it's going (they also breakdown the tanks and valves for certification)
__________________
Quote:
Home of the 12 Tap keezer
beaksnbeer is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-09-2013, 05:11 PM   #17
mikescooling
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 1,920
Liked 243 Times on 189 Posts
Likes Given: 246

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by zachattack View Post
In general I'd agree, but if beer or another liquid backs up into a steel tank (which can certainly happen under the right conditions) it'll rust and lead to some funky off flavors. Actual "food grade" CO2 cylinders are supposedly glass-lined to prevent this. For me, I'll stick to my new shiny aluminum tank, who knows what's happened inside the old rusty steel one.



The "aluminum causes Alzheimer's" myth has been busted long ago.
I had no idea a co2 tank could be glass-lined. Can you give me more information on this? Link?
mikescooling is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-09-2013, 05:19 PM   #18
zachattack
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: , MA
Posts: 2,666
Liked 267 Times on 229 Posts
Likes Given: 157

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by mikescooling View Post
I had no idea a co2 tank could be glass-lined. Can you give me more information on this? Link?
Unfortunately no. Everything I've read about it has been on forums, I have nothing solid! The whole "food grade vs. non food grade" CO2 debate seems to be completely anecdotal. I can't find any hard evidence one way or another, and I can't find anyone selling glass-lined tanks. The only place is mentioned is when people talk about "food grade" CO2.
zachattack is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-09-2013, 05:20 PM   #19
zachattack
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: , MA
Posts: 2,666
Liked 267 Times on 229 Posts
Likes Given: 157

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by beaksnbeer View Post
Or what has gone on inside your "new" tank for that matter. Plenty of people have bought brand new Regulators only to find that they were not cleaned. The weld shop I use says most aluminum tanks come out of China or South America, so who knows really inside any tank. But these guys come over to drink at my place so they know where it's going (they also breakdown the tanks and valves for certification)
That's true. The number of new regulators that don't work due to crap in the diaphragm is pretty astounding, judging by all the "help my new regulator doesn't regulate" posts.


zachattack is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Anyone know of new size restriction on transporting CO2 tanks msa8967 Bottling/Kegging 6 11-20-2010 12:34 PM
What Size CO2 Tanks Do I Have? Don223 Bottling/Kegging 8 10-19-2010 02:51 AM
Pot Size Recommendation Brewer_Steve Equipment/Sanitation 22 02-12-2009 03:25 AM
What size CO2 tanks do you use for two 5 gallon kegs? fat x nub Bottling/Kegging 33 09-04-2008 05:30 PM
what size equipment/recommendation newbrewr4fun Equipment/Sanitation 2 08-30-2008 06:34 PM


Forum Jump

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS