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CO2 Alarm
« on: July 23, 2014, 04:34:00 PM »
Does anyone have a carbon dioxide alarm?

I'm thinking of getting one for the basement where I keep my kegerator.

Maybe something like this, though it'd be nice to find something less expensive:  http://www.co2meter.com/collections/fixed-wall-mount/products/tim10-desktop-co2-temp-humidity-monitor

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Re: CO2 Alarm
« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2014, 04:39:02 PM »
Does anyone have a carbon dioxide alarm?

I'm thinking of getting one for the basement where I keep my kegerator.

Maybe something like this, though it'd be nice to find something less expensive:  http://www.co2meter.com/collections/fixed-wall-mount/products/tim10-desktop-co2-temp-humidity-monitor

Its probably not a bad idea.  Either this or get some plants and put them near the kegerator?
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Re: CO2 Alarm
« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2014, 05:03:06 PM »
A canary would be cheaper.

Typical batch gives off less co2 than a person. If you are fermenting many large batches, I'm talking barrels, might be necessary.

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Re: CO2 Alarm
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2014, 05:20:51 PM »
To clarify, my concern is the 10 lb. CO2 tank emptying into the basement due to a hose failure, cat pushing a tap open, etc. 

It hasn't happened in the five years I've been kegging, but now I'm wondering if it's a hazard.  I'm worried about my wife walking down there with the baby (the basement is how we access our parking area).

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« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2014, 05:27:59 PM »
Ahh...  What are the chances? Still we wear seatbelts, install smoke detectors, keep fire extinguishers, lock our doors. Go for it if it gives you piece of mind.

Here is one that is a bit cheaper with some good reviews.
Autopilot Desktop CO2 Monitor by AutoPilot http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008NPA18A/ref=cm_sw_r_udp_awd_Nlf0tb1WV5SCZ

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Re: CO2 Alarm
« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2014, 05:39:01 PM »
I picked up a plug in model at Home Depot/lowes for around $35 I think. Not all the bells and whistles you're looking at, but I feel better about brewing and fermenting now, but I also do not currently keg


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Re: CO2 Alarm
« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2014, 05:56:33 PM »
I do not think you guys need to worry about.


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Re: CO2 Alarm
« Reply #7 on: July 23, 2014, 08:32:52 PM »
how many liters of co2 are in a 10 lb tank? a lb of co2 is a little less than 9 cubic feet of gas so a 10 lb tank contains about 90 cubic feet of gas. a 10 x10 x10 room contain 1000 cubic feet of space. that's not really a significant amount when spread evenly throughout your basement. but I suppose if it all pooled in a low spot 10 X 10 it would make a layer a little less than a foot deep.
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Re: CO2 Alarm
« Reply #8 on: July 24, 2014, 07:51:41 AM »
I picked up a plug in model at Home Depot/lowes for around $35 I think. Not all the bells and whistles you're looking at, but I feel better about brewing and fermenting now, but I also do not currently keg

I suspect you've got a carbon monoxide detector, not carbon dioxide. CO detectors are much cheaper and widely available than CO2 detectors.

CO2 is dangerous stuff when concentrated and if you find yourself in a basement full of it there's a good chance you won't be able to get out by the time you realize it (read up on Lake Nyos for the worst-case scenario). That said for my setup of a 5 lb. tank and decent-sized basement I'm not particularly worried if the tank empties. If I had a 20 lb. tank I would be getting a CO2 alarm for sure.

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Re: CO2 Alarm
« Reply #9 on: July 24, 2014, 08:29:02 AM »
I picked up a plug in model at Home Depot/lowes for around $35 I think. Not all the bells and whistles you're looking at, but I feel better about brewing and fermenting now, but I also do not currently keg

I suspect you've got a carbon monoxide detector, not carbon dioxide. CO detectors are much cheaper and widely available than CO2 detectors.

CO2 is dangerous stuff when concentrated and if you find yourself in a basement full of it there's a good chance you won't be able to get out by the time you realize it (read up on Lake Nyos for the worst-case scenario). That said for my setup of a 5 lb. tank and decent-sized basement I'm not particularly worried if the tank empties. If I had a 20 lb. tank I would be getting a CO2 alarm for sure.
Exactly right, guess I was not paying too close of attention. thanks for the heads up.
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Re: CO2 Alarm
« Reply #10 on: July 24, 2014, 03:45:41 PM »

how many liters of co2 are in a 10 lb tank? a lb of co2 is a little less than 9 cubic feet of gas so a 10 lb tank contains about 90 cubic feet of gas. a 10 x10 x10 room contain 1000 cubic feet of space. that's not really a significant amount when spread evenly throughout your basement. but I suppose if it all pooled in a low spot 10 X 10 it would make a layer a little less than a foot deep.
You are correct. As I said before nothing to worry about.


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