Monday, February 21, 2011

I've got gas...

Leaks.

I love my kegerator. Kegging makes life extremely easy. What would normally take an hour to fill 48 bottles takes minutes with a keg. Not to mention, fresh draught beer at all hours of the day, and I don't even have to go to the local watering hole. I truly love my kegerator, it's a huge convenience. It's a pretty good conversation piece too.

This magical device has a dark side though. CO2 leaks. You can't see it. You can't hear it. And if it's a small enough leak (which will still drain your tank quick), you can't even search for it with the good ol' soapy water trick. Searching for these leaks is constant trial and error of isolating part of the system, pressurizing, turning off the CO2, and waiting. I wait 24 hours to see if the system holds a leak. But I can isolate my system into 5 different parts. Which means if the leak is in the last place I look (which it always is, cause why would you keep looking?), it can take 5 days before I can do anything about it.

Needless to say my new keg of wheat beer has been giving me a few issues. I got a new tank of CO2, and I started having a few more issues. So I started back at square one. I took apart the connections between the tank and the regulator, and the regulator and the hose. I slapped some fresh white teflon tape on the threads, pressurized it, and waited. Which is where I'm at right now. It's been 24 hours and the system has held pressure.

I just opened the valve to the stout keg, and since I didn't hear any rushing CO2, that tells me that that keg is holding pressure too. However being a OCD engineer, I'm still waiting to make sure that keg holds pressure. Then it's to the wheat keg and seeing exactly what the heck is going on. Hopefully nothing some keg lube wont fix.

I was planning on following this up with a beereview, however I woke up sick yesterday, and my taste is completely shot. We'll have to wait for another time. In the meantime however, shoot me a message about your CO2 woes at ataleoftwobrewers@gmail.com, or leave a comment below. Am I the only one having these issues?

2 comments:

  1. We don't have a kegerator, just a handfull of kegs and a CO2 tanks. We haven't actually ran into many problems with our tank.

    The kegerator at the frat house ran into the problem of people taking the keg off without turning the CO2 off. Oops

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  2. you have all the key components you need

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