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Old 03-21-2008, 05:22 PM   #1
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Dec 2007
Silver Spring, MD.
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When you guys get your bottles refilled, do you usually get them exchanged? I contacted one company in my area and they just give you a full bottle in exchange for your empty. The reason i ask is i just bought a new 5 lb bottle and dont want to exchange it for some bottle that is about to have its hydro test expire.
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Old 03-21-2008, 06:24 PM   #2
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Redskin, your best bet for a fill would be a fire extinguisher supply/fire equipment sales place. They fill the existing container. Good luck.
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Old 03-21-2008, 06:42 PM   #3
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PAintball stores as well might fill without exchange.
primaries: BRown Ale
secondaries: Rye IPA
Bottled: IPA, Pigs ear brown clone, stovepipe porter, German Alt, Oktober fest ale, Smoked IPA, failed pale ale, 1st AG ESB, belgian wit, Ipa#2, , Lake wheat, fish Red ale, Smoked wheat,
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Old 03-21-2008, 09:41 PM   #4
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If you call around or stop in to places when they are not busy they may fill while you wait. I also would not take a freshly tested/new bottle in and then get an exchange.
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Secondary - Niagara white wine
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Old 03-21-2008, 09:45 PM   #5
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I bring my to a local weld shop, they exchange it, but I always get a good bottle. I also had a brand new bottle, I usually can't even tell a difference besides having there company sticker on it.
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Old 03-22-2008, 01:37 AM   #6
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I get mine refilled at a welding shop.

If they do not get your canister chilled first then they are shorting you of CO2...which equals to overcharging. A cold one accepts more CO2.

The guy, Dan, at the local welding shop will not fill my canister unless it's chilled.
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Old 03-22-2008, 02:57 AM   #7
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Knoxville TN
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I called around and found a welding supply shop out in the country that would fill my tank (It's part of my sales territory so no big deal). I have a brand new 10# tank as well and did not want a beater. I ended up getting one of their 5# tanks anyway because it fits my kegerator better. I use the 10 to carb beer in my garage fridge.


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Old 03-22-2008, 10:53 AM   #8
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Fort Wayne
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I just do a swap on my 20# and it only costs 16 dollars. The nice thing is the tank I originally had was beat up but on the swap out they gave me a nice painted tank that looks much better next to my fridge. Now I just need to replace my tank gauge that doesn't seem to want to move so I know how much they filled it.

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Old 03-24-2008, 02:06 AM   #9
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, Indiana
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A local supplier here will do it either way, I will opt to get my 20# refilled since the cyl is aluminum, $30
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Secondary -M/T
Bottle Conditioning - M/T
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