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Old 08-12-2008, 01:04 AM   #1
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Default Fill Your Own Dang (CO2) Bottle.

Ok, So when I started Kegging, the only C02 I could get in town was a 50# bottle, and nobody within 100 miles would fill my 5#'er, so I got the 50. It was very expensive, but the refill is a little less than twice the cost of filling a 5# at around $32.00, so the math is pretty simple.
I currently have a regular tank (no Siphon tube) but plan on just trading it for one with a tube next time I trade it in.
Without the siphon tube, I have to turn the big tank upside down to fill the little tank, but that isn't a big deal (I just set it 5 or 6 steps from the bottom and hold onto it when I'm filling. EDIT*** USE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN HANDLING ANY HIGH PRESSURE TANK. THE 50# TANKS ARE VERY HEAVY AND DIFFICULT TO WORK WITH. SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH CAN RESULY FROM TANKS BEING DROPPED WHILE TRYING TO INVERT.

With the siphon tube this won't be the case.

What I have here:
2 Regulator Stems that the Brew Hut in Denver got me.
1 Brass Union.
2 extra gaskets.

That's it.

With no pump, you'll only get about 4 # of C02 in the 5# bottle, but when you've got 46 more in the basement....who cares.



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Old 08-12-2008, 01:08 AM   #2
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looks great. Must be nice not having to worry about where and when the next fill-up is.


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Old 08-12-2008, 03:37 AM   #3
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Sweet deal BigK. I was trying to come up with the same thing, but was stuck because I was thinking hose connected stems.
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BigKahuna,
What are you trying to say here? 5 or 6 steps from the bottom of what? I think you may be talking stairs or a ladder. If that ever fell over you would have a rocket. Ouch.

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I just set it 5 or 6 steps from the bottom and hold onto it when I'm filling.
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What are you trying to say here?
I take it a few steps up the stairs then CAREFULLY tip it over..Valve DOWN. Yes, you screw up and knock the valve off, Someone is going to die...or at very least get reallllly hurt. I am pretty confident in my safety...as I've spent my life dealing with HIGH pressure tanks. Not a big deal for me, but if you are uncomfortable doing it...lay it down and block the bottom of the tank up a bit.
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I take it a few steps up the stairs then CAREFULLY tip it over..Valve DOWN. Yes, you screw up and knock the valve off, Someone is going to die...or at very least get reallllly hurt. I am pretty confident in my safety...as I've spent my life dealing with HIGH pressure tanks. Not a big deal for me, but if you are uncomfortable doing it...lay it down and block the bottom of the tank up a bit.
I don't worry about brewers that know what they are doing. It's the one's that are clueless and try to figure it out on their own that cause problems. I don't think anyone without a clue would go out and try this, but I don't know. It's not a bad idea, as long as you understand the concept ( and there are still people on this board that think CO2 is stored in gad form). So I give hats off to you BK, I just hope none of the novices take this to heart to try it out in order to save a couple bucks in the long run.

I just want to state that I am making no type of insult toward BK at all. Just an impassive third party, type of public service announcement sort of statement.
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I just want to state that I am making no type of insult toward BK at all. Just an impassive third party, type of public service announcement sort of statement.
AND YOU BETTER KEEP IT THAT WAY OR ELSE....OH Wait...Wrong thread...

You Make A good Point. Please See the Edit to Original Post, as this is one of my New Pet Peeves.
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AND YOU BETTER KEEP IT THAT WAY OR ELSE....OH Wait...Wrong thread...

You Make A good Point. Please See the Edit to Original Post, as this is one of my New Pet Peeves.
I know as we progress and learn new things, we try to express ourselves on this forum to help our fellow brewers. We sometime forget about the new people brewing that might suck this up like the word of god. I've been there myself, I'm sure, in one aspect or another. (But I could honestly see myself buying a 50# tank, hanging it from my porch roof, and filling up my tanks from it. Not a bad idea, I just think I would save myself the hassle after thinking about it, and get myself a siphon tube.)

Cheers, BK, you are just like me, always thinking of crafty ways to get the job done.
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If you are worried about BigK's method, it would be easy enough to make a harness out of lightweight chain so the bottle could be suspended inverted. Chain would not stretch like a fabric or rope harness might and it would secure the tank off the ground for easy transfers. I would make sure what you are suspending it from can support several times the weight of the cylinder.
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Does anybody have a picture of a siphon tube? Just asken, Never seen one I dont think.


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