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scottfro

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Do most people here leave their CO2 connected and on at all times? I just kegged my first batch and I've found that hooking it up and giving it a quick shot of pressure every now and again keeps me fairly consistently carbonated. Just saves me the fear of having a leaky regulator, plus my regulator gauge seems to be a little on the broken side.

What are the advantages of keeping a CO2 always on? Knowing the exact % volume of CO2 in the beer?
 

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Yeah, if you want to be sure you have the same volumes for the life of the keg, it's the way to go. If you start noticing the carb level waning after a bunch of pours, it's gonna take a day or two with the gas connected to get back to equilibrium. If that's ok with you, no problems.
 

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When I first setup my Sanyo I messed with shutting off the gas if I wasn't going to be pulling from it for a couple of says. I ended up going through a whole tank faster than just leaving it on all the time.
 

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I leave mine on in my 4912 at all times, so far so good and I love the control of having different styles at the appropriate carb levels. Disconnecting all the time is too much guesswork for me...

If u make sure there are no leaks beforehand, should be just fine...
 
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RoaringBrewer said:
I leave mine on in my 4912 at all times, so far so good and I love the control of having different styles at the appropriate carb levels. Disconnecting all the time is too much guesswork for me...

If u make sure there are no leaks beforehand, should be just fine...
i guess thats my concern. first time i hooked up my (used) regulator it leaked but that was due to missing the plastic washer. after putting that in there and adding some teflon tape and a whole lot of elbow grease i am pretty sure its not leaking. is a soapy water test a good idea?
 

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Yah I did the same thing with the plastic piece. I was like WTF is this for and cut it off its ziptie attatchement. An hour later of getting pissed about the leaks I read the instructions, needless to say the plastic washer is a miracle of engineering haha. But yeah leave the CO2 connected. Number one it will be the best way to diagnose a leak and fix it for future use and number 2 itll leave your beer ready to go. I too am using a Sanyo 4912 and have my CO2 always on.
 
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