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How long does a beer gas tank last?

 
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PostLink    Posted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 7:17 pm    Post subject: How long does a beer gas tank last? Reply with quote


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Hey everybody just wanted to check and see if I might have a seep or if I'm getting the average life expectancy out of a small 5lb tank of beer gas. I'm currently getting about 2-2.5 kegs (5 gal) worth of fun out of each tank of beer gas. Does this seem normal or strange?

Thanks in advance!
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PostLink    Posted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What PSI are you running it at?
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PostLink    Posted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

it really depends if your just serving or also force carbing
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PostLink    Posted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Assuming you're force carb'ing to average volumes, 2 to 2.5 five gallon kegs out of a 5 lb CO2 tank is really low. I'd expect at least 10. My guess is you have a leak somewhere.

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PostLink    Posted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ive had 4- 5 gallon kegs on the same tank for at least 60 days sometimes it will go more if I don't force carb
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PostLink    Posted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ozarks Mountain Brew wrote:
Ive had 4- 5 gallon kegs on the same tank for at least 60 days sometimes it will go more if I don't force carb

The duration it takes to consume doesnít matter. The amount of CO2 in solution reaches equilibrium and stays there. Once there you can take 2 weeks to finish a keg or 10 years. Same amount of CO2 used.

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PostLink    Posted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yes guess I should have stated that I go through 2 to 4 kegs every month at 10psi
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PostLink    Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I assumed when the OP said "Beer Gas" that he was talking about Nitrogen/CO2 mix. That is what I have always called that mix which I used to push stouts. I find my Nitrogen/CO2 tank doesn't last as long as my CO2 tank does. That is why I asked what pressure he had his regulator at.
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PostLink    Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm actually running my pressure at 35 PSI and I'm not doing any sort of force carbonation. Just hooking my keg up and waiting 2 weeks before pulling a pint.
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PostLink    Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kwdriver wrote:
I'm actually running my pressure at 35 PSI and I'm not doing any sort of force carbonation. Just hooking my keg up and waiting 2 weeks before pulling a pint.


If you force carbonate with CO2 before you hook up your Nitro the Nitro tank will last a lot longer.

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PostLink    Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kal wrote:
Assuming you're force carb'ing to average volumes, 2 to 2.5 five gallon kegs out of a 5 lb CO2 tank is really low. I'd expect at least 10. My guess is you have a leak somewhere.

Kal

Kal that's what I suspected just wanted to get a ballpark figure before I started searching for the leak/seep.
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