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Title: FreshBlend Co2
Post by: liquidbrewing on September 22, 2011, 06:17:57 AM
So a few months ago, when I went to my local Airgas to get a new Co2 tank, they claimed there were new regulations for consumable Co2.  It's called Freshblend and costs considerably more than what I used to pay.  Anyways, it seems as if it isn't carbonating my beer as quickly.  Usually, I set at 30 psi, shake a little...let it sit for two days, then back it down to serving pressure 10 psi for 5 more days.  Seven days total and my beers were carbed up great.  Not now, it seems that it takes an extra 3-4 days.  I Googled Freshblend and I couldn't come up with much.  There are different mixtures of Co2 in the Freshblend.  I guess I need to call my local Airgas and find out which mixture I am buying.  I might have to start going back to my fire extinguisher guy, he's alot cheaper but I have to leave the tank with him for a few days...it's probably worth it though.  Less money and better carb.....maybe it's all in my head. :P

Any thoughts?
Title: Re: FreshBlend Co2
Post by: dak0415 on September 22, 2011, 07:01:08 AM
Google Airgas freshblend.  It seems to be possibly 30%/70% Co2/Nitrogen or 50/50 Co2/Nitrogen (beergas?)  There should be some indicator on the tank of what the mix is.  My Airgas guy is a homebrewer so fewer problems.
Title: Re: FreshBlend Co2
Post by: denny on September 22, 2011, 08:01:17 AM
If Freshblend is indeed part nitro, that would explain the lower carb level.  But if they're trying to tell you that there's a "regulation" that you have to use beergas instead of straight CO2, I'd ask them to direct you to where you can read a copy of the regulation.  Sounds like maybe they don't know what they're talking about.
Title: Re: FreshBlend Co2
Post by: phillamb168 on September 22, 2011, 08:18:09 AM
If Freshblend is indeed part nitro, that would explain the lower carb level.  But if they're trying to tell you that there's a "regulation" that you have to use beergas instead of straight CO2, I'd ask them to direct you to where you can read a copy of the regulation.  Sounds like maybe they don't know what they're talking about. are trying to fleece you.

Fixed that for you.
Title: Re: FreshBlend Co2
Post by: denny on September 22, 2011, 08:39:00 AM
If Freshblend is indeed part nitro, that would explain the lower carb level.  But if they're trying to tell you that there's a "regulation" that you have to use beergas instead of straight CO2, I'd ask them to direct you to where you can read a copy of the regulation.  Sounds like maybe they don't know what they're talking about. are trying to fleece you.

Fixed that for you.

 ;D ...for once, I was trying to be a bit diplomatic!
Title: Re: FreshBlend Co2
Post by: dak0415 on September 22, 2011, 08:45:44 AM
If Freshblend is indeed part nitro, that would explain the lower carb level.  But if they're trying to tell you that there's a "regulation" that you have to use beergas instead of straight CO2, I'd ask them to direct you to where you can read a copy of the regulation.  Sounds like maybe they don't know what they're talking about. are trying to fleece you.

Fixed that for you.

 ;D ...for once, I was trying to be a bit diplomatic!
Don't Denny, it's not becoming. ;)
Title: Re: FreshBlend Co2
Post by: euge on September 22, 2011, 09:27:46 AM
I quit going to Airgas after the first experience with them. A local fire-extinguisher or welding shop will be glad to get your business, and will fill while you wait.
Title: Re: FreshBlend Co2
Post by: denny on September 22, 2011, 09:57:07 AM
A local fire-extinguisher or welding shop will be glad to get your business, and will fill while you wait.

Yep.  And usually they'll do an exchange which is even faster.
Title: Re: FreshBlend Co2
Post by: tschmidlin on September 22, 2011, 10:41:46 AM
There are no places around here that fill while you wait, and finding ones that take drop offs is harder and harder.  For other people that is, I just swap. :)
Title: Re: FreshBlend Co2
Post by: liquidbrewing on September 23, 2011, 10:23:17 AM
Thanks guys, I guess I'm  not going too crazy!  I'm gonna go back to my extinguisher guy next time. 
Title: Re: FreshBlend Co2
Post by: jjflash on September 24, 2011, 05:23:19 PM
AirGas also makes a FreshBlend with methane-oxygen-nitrogen.
So if your flatus volume and/or frequency has dramatically increased as of late, you may well have this blend.
 ;D