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Offline soymateofeo

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Re: How much CO2 leak is normal?
« Reply #15 on: August 28, 2022, 04:02:51 pm »
I too have had a leak in a manifold.  It was at the knob for shut off.  I had to put the manifold under water to find it. 

I also made a pressure gauge checker monitor thingy by putting a CO2 gauge on a liquid QD. I am sure they make this thing but I had all of the parts.  I pressure up my leg and attach the qd gauge thingy.  It helps me track down where a leak might be in the system.  At least you know your regulator is good.

Offline waltsmalt

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Re: How much CO2 leak is normal?
« Reply #16 on: December 02, 2022, 05:42:44 am »
I've been battling a CO2 leak for the last few months and doing my part to contribute to the mythical C02 shortage that is reported on every few months it seems like.  I have six tap system, but I can put up to 10 kegs in my kegerator (the last two are 2.5 gallon kegs on the hump). 

Assuming it will be tough to take full five gallon kegs and submerse them in water, how long would one say is long enough to for a pressure test on individual kegs?  4 hours?  12 hours?  1 day?  Multiple days?

I'm also wondering how much C02 should I be using to force carbonate and push six kegs?  I have 10lb C02 tanks that I exchange with a local gas company. 

I have a Christmas Party in two weeks, so I'd like to get this under control by then for sure.

Offline brewthru

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Re: How much CO2 leak is normal?
« Reply #17 on: December 02, 2022, 02:51:45 pm »
Pushing out carbonated brew, not much.

Carbonating. Is this burst carbonating or carbonating at the recommended levels of CO2 for the beer/temp?

Can always carbonate, in the keg, with corn sugar using a spunding value, then serve with CO2 to push out.

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Re: How much CO2 leak is normal?
« Reply #18 on: December 02, 2022, 02:54:15 pm »
Usually just carbonating at the recommended levels for temp, but periodically I have burst carbonated (like last week to have a few beers ready for Thanksgiving).