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Kegging and Bottling / CO2 regulator issue
« on: February 08, 2011, 04:28:33 PM »
I seem to have a leak in my CO2 regulator and am looking for advice.  After noticing that my high pressure gauge was at 0 psi the other day, I weighed the CO2 tank to make sure it was empty and then swapped it out.  I hooked up the new tank and found the psi was still at 0.  The other interesting thing I noticed was that I could now turn my low pressure gauge higher than I previously could.  For some reason, I could never get the needle past 25 psi, but now could go as high as the gauge would go.  I don't know if that means there was always an issue with the regulator (it's a Chudnow FWIW), but wanted to throw that out there.  So, because of all this strangeness, I decided to check for a leak in the regulator.  I turned on the CO2 tank, turned off pressure to the kegs, turned up the pressure to about 10 psi and then turned off pressure at the tank.  Sure enough, the low pressure gauge was back down to 0 psi after a few hours.  I followed the advice here and checked out the diaphragm, but everything looks OK as far as I can tell.  I've also sprayed all the connections and gauges and turned on the gas, but didn't see any bubbles.  I'm just about ready to toss this regulator and get a new one unless anyone has any other ideas.  Is there anything else I can try?

Yeast and Fermentation / No airlock activity in yeast starter
« on: June 13, 2010, 07:09:06 PM »
I made my first yeast starter yesterday pout of 1/2 cup DME and a pint of water.  It's been about 24 hours and I'm seeing very little airlock activity and a good chunk of yeast has already settled to the bottom.  I had checked on it at about 9 hours in and again around 19 hours in and there was little activity either time.  Is it possible it completely fermented already and I just missed it?  I was hoping to brew today, but am now wondering what I should do.  I'm not brewing a particularly big beer, should be around 1.054, so I probably could have got away without making a starter in the first place.  Would it be OK if pitched my starter?  If not, should I just give it more time or should I add more wort to it?

Kegging and Bottling / Testing for a CO2 leak
« on: April 17, 2010, 01:16:12 AM »
I've had some trouble finding a CO2 leak in my system lately and am trying to test everything out to make sure I've found it.  My first question is about my internal pressure.  I've heard from a lot of sources that internal pressure doesn't matter, but I've noticed that it's been below the "Order CO2" line on my regulator when I've had a leak.  Right now, it's in the fridge and around 450 psi.  Yesterday, it was around 500 psi, but has been in and out of the fridge since then.  Assuming that my internal pressure is OK, what I've done is I've hooked my my regulator to a keg and then turned off the CO2 at the tank and at the regulator.  I've heard that if I leave it overnight and the serving pressure remains the same (it's currently at 14 psi), it's likely I don't have a leak.  I just want a second opinion.  Does that sound right?  I've already sprayed everything with soapy water and cannot find a leak so I'm wondering if there's anything else I can do.  I appreciate the help.  Thanks.

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