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Offline blorvak

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How are my odds looking?
« on: August 25, 2016, 01:36:26 AM »
CO2 tank is reading one notch above "Refill".

I've got two kegs force carbing for a BBQ on Sat, 3 days away. I have them on 30psi now, will drop to 12 tomorrow.

What do you think? Do I have enough gas to carb and serve? Or should I punt and get the tank swapped?

If it wasn't so hard to fill the tank during the week, I'd just do that.

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How are my odds looking?
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2016, 01:37:24 AM »
Is the co2 tank in the fridge or ambient?

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Re: How are my odds looking?
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2016, 04:06:58 AM »
I pulled it out of the fridge and let rise to room temp overnight to take the reading. It's back in the fridge.

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Re: How are my odds looking?
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2016, 11:48:59 AM »
Tough call. This is why it's a good idea to have a spare tank.

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Re: How are my odds looking?
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2016, 01:50:32 PM »
Do you really want to risk running out during the BBQ?
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Re: How are my odds looking?
« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2016, 04:45:44 PM »
No, I indeed do not!

I suppose I'll sacrifice lunch to get a fill up tomorrow.

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Re: How are my odds looking?
« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2016, 04:48:50 PM »
Do you really want to risk running out during the BBQ?

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Re: How are my odds looking?
« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2016, 04:49:28 PM »
Tough call. This is why it's a good idea to have a spare tank.
Actually, let me check my finances. Maybe I'll spend lunch buying a new tank!

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Re: How are my odds looking?
« Reply #8 on: August 25, 2016, 09:48:16 PM »
Do you plan on keeping the gas on both kegs for the remaining 3 days prior to serving? 

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Re: How are my odds looking?
« Reply #9 on: August 25, 2016, 11:02:00 PM »
They're expensive for what you get, but the adapter + 16 gram CO2 cartridges are good for emergencies and for serving when you travel.
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Re: How are my odds looking?
« Reply #10 on: August 25, 2016, 11:35:43 PM »
Can't you take off the regulator and weigh the tank, subtract the tare weight and see how much is left?
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Re: How are my odds looking?
« Reply #11 on: August 26, 2016, 12:32:38 AM »
Swap the tank, regulators at that mark could mean another week or another 12 hours, IME theyre not very precise

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Re: How are my odds looking?
« Reply #12 on: August 26, 2016, 01:44:02 AM »
Do you plan on keeping the gas on both kegs for the remaining 3 days prior to serving?

Yes, I am.

Can't you take off the regulator and weigh the tank, subtract the tare weight and see how much is left?

Now that's quite reasonable. Short on the time needed to disassemble my system, however.

They're expensive for what you get, but the adapter + 16 gram CO2 cartridges are good for emergencies and for serving when you travel.

I do have a portable set up for 2.5 gal tanks with a paintball tank, but only one regulator. I suppose if needed to, I could switch between kegs to keep enough pressure for serving.

But I think I'm just going to buy a brand new tank tomorrow for a backup so I can avoid this in the future.

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Re: How are my odds looking?
« Reply #13 on: August 26, 2016, 02:22:38 AM »
Don't buy a new tank.  Get a used one and save a couple bucks.

You'll swap it out eventually anyway.
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Re: How are my odds looking?
« Reply #14 on: August 26, 2016, 04:35:53 AM »
Don't buy a new tank.  Get a used one and save a couple bucks.

You'll swap it out eventually anyway.

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