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Title: CO2 regulator gauge...Can it be fixed?
Post by: roguejim on February 07, 2011, 11:19:15 AM
The regulator gauge that shows how much CO2 I have in my tank, never has really worked right.  It never leaves the "red", even with a full tank.  The psi gauge works fine though. 

Can I just replace the one gauge?  It appears to just screw in/out.

Where would I find a gauge like this?
Title: Re: CO2 regulator gauge...Can it be fixed?
Post by: onthekeg on February 07, 2011, 12:54:41 PM
Personally I wouldn't worry about it. But if you are so inclined, any welding supply or homebrew shop would have new gauges.  You are correct that you can replace them, just be sure the supply tank is off and wrap the new threads with teflon tape. 
Title: Re: CO2 regulator gauge...Can it be fixed?
Post by: jeffy on February 07, 2011, 01:02:44 PM
That gauge doesn't really tell you how much gas is in the tank.  It will pretty much read the same from the time it is full until just before it is empty.  I wouldn't bother replacing it.
It is better to judge the contents by the weight of the bottle.
Title: Re: CO2 regulator gauge...Can it be fixed?
Post by: roguejim on February 07, 2011, 08:58:32 PM
That gauge doesn't really tell you how much gas is in the tank.  It will pretty much read the same from the time it is full until just before it is empty.  I wouldn't bother replacing it.
It is better to judge the contents by the weight of the bottle.

Sounds like a worthless gauge, if it always reads the same until it's too late.
Title: Re: CO2 regulator gauge...Can it be fixed?
Post by: jeffy on February 07, 2011, 09:34:01 PM
That gauge doesn't really tell you how much gas is in the tank.  It will pretty much read the same from the time it is full until just before it is empty.  I wouldn't bother replacing it.
It is better to judge the contents by the weight of the bottle.

Sounds like a worthless gauge, if it always reads the same until it's too late.

Here's a quote from Tom that may help explain it better:

CO2 tanks have liquid in them when they are full, and maintain a fairly constant pressure inside the tank as long as the liquid is there.  The pressure they have depends on the temperature of the tank.  PV=nRT  R is a constant.  In the tank, volume (V) is mostly constant, but a you use the gas the V will increase over time as the liquid turns to gas.  n is the amount of gas, which will increase slightly as the volume increases.  The temperature you keep the tank can vary, so this will affect the pressure of the gas in the tank slightly, but as the pressure increases the gas is more likely to turn into liquid.  So anyway, the bottom line is that as long as there is liquid in the tank the reading on the primary, high-pressure, gauge will remain pretty much where it started.  It is only when the tank is empty of liquid that the needle on that gauge starts to move.

<edit to correct to Tom from Tim.  Sorry, Tom>
Title: Re: CO2 regulator gauge...Can it be fixed?
Post by: Slowbrew on February 07, 2011, 09:55:48 PM
If you do replace it make sure to note whether it has left or right hand threads.  I have 2 regulators, one has right hand and one has left hand.

Right hand threads tighten by turning clockwise and left hand threads tighten by turning counter-clockwise.

Paul
Title: Re: CO2 regulator gauge...Can it be fixed?
Post by: BrewArk on February 08, 2011, 05:39:09 AM
The gauge can be had cheap (<$10) on Amazon but that might not help you.  It really doesn't change until it's just about empty.