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Old 08-04-2013, 09:30 PM   #11
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You can use this carbonation chart to see what temp and pressure you want to keep things at. 7-10 psi would be too little carbonation for my system, as I keep the kegerator at about 41 degrees. For set and forget method you just hook it up to this pressure and temp and it will be carbonated in about 2 wks. To have it ready sooner you need to crank up the pressure for a day or two as others mentioned. This may take some practice as you risk over shooting and getting over carbed beer.


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Old 08-05-2013, 05:12 PM   #12
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I have my co2 tank in the fridge with the kegs. is it normal for the gauge to be in the red saying almost empty after less than 24 hours? or is there a leak someone? iv read that the gauge really isn't that reliable and it reads less when cold and that a 5# tank should last a few kegs. just a little worried since its my first time


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Old 08-05-2013, 05:19 PM   #13
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I have my co2 tank in the fridge with the kegs. is it normal for the gauge to be in the red saying almost empty after less than 24 hours? or is there a leak someone? iv read that the gauge really isn't that reliable and it reads less when cold and that a 5# tank should last a few kegs. just a little worried since its my first time
That's nothing to worry about, that gauge is only accurate at room temperature (tank outside the fridge). If you set your tank outside the keezer that gauge will be a little more accurate. You have nothing to worry about if you can purge co2 from a keg and it refills right away.
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Old 08-05-2013, 07:19 PM   #14
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that gauge is only accurate at room temperature (tank outside the fridge). If you set your tank outside the keezer that gauge will be a little more accurate.
The gauge is accurate in both cases. The pressure in the tank does drop with temperature, but the capacity is the same. Regardless of temperature, the only way to know how much CO2 is left is to weigh the tank.
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the only way to know how much CO2 is left is to weigh the tank.
There should be a tare weight stamped in the tank.
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i cant seem to find the tare weight anywhere on my co2 tank. anyone know what the average weight of one is? a steel 5# tank
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12 pounds for steel, 7.5 pounds for aluminum...

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