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robertschenck:
My tank was hooked up to 2 kegs. One had a leak, drained the co2 tank and beer flowed from the one tank holding pressure into the CO2 tank. Does anyone know how to clean and sanitize the tank or is it screwed? :'(

beerocd:

--- Quote from: robertschenck on January 05, 2010, 08:28:05 PM ---My tank was hooked up to 2 kegs. One had a leak, drained the co2 tank and beer flowed from the one tank holding pressure into the CO2 tank.

--- End quote ---

I don't understand how that could happen. The co2 tank can't push out more than equal pressure amongst all tanks, can it? Did the temps - and therefore the pressure change? Something else left out of the scenario above? I did one time naturally carbonate a keg, hook it up and have beer shooting out my regulator because keg pressure was higher than co2 pressure. But it didn't get into the co2 tank.

robertschenck:
Dont know how but there is beer inside my co2 tank :'(

a10t2:
No offense, but how do you know?

Jeff Renner:
I'm with the rest.  Hard to imagine this happening.  Are you sure it's not liquid CO2 in there?

To check, take off the gauges, turn it upside down, and gently open the valve a crack into a white towel.  If it's beer, the towel will catch it and you can see or smell it.

If it really is beer, all is not lost.  You can drain all the pressure and remove the valve and clean it out, then dry it.  Or take it to the place that fills them.  They could do it.

Regardless, if you got beer into the gauges and/or regulator, you have to clean them and dry them or they won't work.

For the future, it's worthwhile to install one-way check valves.

Jeff

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