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Re: CO2 Question
« Reply #15 on: July 24, 2013, 06:52:17 PM »
so...is my beer ruined? :'(

I doubt it.  And the oil won't kill you, but I wouldn't make a habit of it.
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Re: CO2 Question
« Reply #16 on: July 24, 2013, 07:31:54 PM »
Yes, anything labeled not safe for human consumption is totally safe in beer so long as you don't consume it.

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Re: CO2 Question
« Reply #17 on: July 24, 2013, 08:12:53 PM »
Unless I knew what kind of oil, i would not call it safe. There are oils that can ruin your day.

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Re: CO2 Question
« Reply #18 on: July 25, 2013, 07:42:53 AM »
OK, I grabbed a C02 cartridge and slapped it onto my keg - before reading the "not for human consumption" warning :-[.  Is my beer ruined? :(  I popped it off, and sampled a glass - didn't notice any off flavors.  Will hit the homebrew store on Friday to pick up the "human-safe" ones...

That's because CO2 isn't safe for human consumption!  It doesn't have any meaning in relation to the contents of the cartridge other than that.
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Re: CO2 Question
« Reply #19 on: July 25, 2013, 08:12:24 AM »
OK, I grabbed a C02 cartridge and slapped it onto my keg - before reading the "not for human consumption" warning :-[.  Is my beer ruined? :(  I popped it off, and sampled a glass - didn't notice any off flavors.  Will hit the homebrew store on Friday to pick up the "human-safe" ones...

That's because CO2 isn't safe for human consumption!  It doesn't have any meaning in relation to the contents of the cartridge other than that.

That's a good point.  However, the Crossman cartridges are stamped stating that they contain oil.  I assumed that's what he was referring to.  Way back in the day (mid-90s) I used one or two of those to dispense a mini-keg (or several) to no ill effect.  The quantity of oil that might actually wind up in the beer has got to be minimal, especially in a 5 gallon keg.  Nonetheless, there are better options and I don't recommend using the wrong type of cartridges.

You ought to be able to get good cartridges at any kitchenware place that sells whipped cream dispenser or soda water chargers.  You could also use the nitrogen cartridges to dispense, but they tend to be shorter IIRC.
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Re: CO2 Question
« Reply #20 on: July 26, 2013, 01:29:26 PM »
Here is my finished product





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Re: CO2 Question
« Reply #21 on: July 26, 2013, 02:32:23 PM »
Very nice!
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Re: CO2 Question
« Reply #22 on: August 16, 2013, 07:56:50 AM »
Oil is only an issue in two circumstances. 

The first is when you buy cartridges that are not food-grade.  They may or may not have residual oils in them.  The solution, as others have said, is to buy food grade cartridges. 

The second, and this is pretty rare, is when you're using a paintball tank that has been used frequently for actual paintball.  It's possible that when your tank runs out of C02, negative pressure may cause some oils from the gun to get sucked back into the tank.  The solution, to me at least, is to buy a new paintball tank dedicated to dispensing beer.  They're only about $20.