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FreshBlend Co2
« on: September 22, 2011, 06:17:57 AM »
So a few months ago, when I went to my local Airgas to get a new Co2 tank, they claimed there were new regulations for consumable Co2.  It's called Freshblend and costs considerably more than what I used to pay.  Anyways, it seems as if it isn't carbonating my beer as quickly.  Usually, I set at 30 psi, shake a little...let it sit for two days, then back it down to serving pressure 10 psi for 5 more days.  Seven days total and my beers were carbed up great.  Not now, it seems that it takes an extra 3-4 days.  I Googled Freshblend and I couldn't come up with much.  There are different mixtures of Co2 in the Freshblend.  I guess I need to call my local Airgas and find out which mixture I am buying.  I might have to start going back to my fire extinguisher guy, he's alot cheaper but I have to leave the tank with him for a few days...it's probably worth it though.  Less money and better carb.....maybe it's all in my head. :P

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Re: FreshBlend Co2
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2011, 07:01:08 AM »
Google Airgas freshblend.  It seems to be possibly 30%/70% Co2/Nitrogen or 50/50 Co2/Nitrogen (beergas?)  There should be some indicator on the tank of what the mix is.  My Airgas guy is a homebrewer so fewer problems.
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Re: FreshBlend Co2
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2011, 08:01:17 AM »
If Freshblend is indeed part nitro, that would explain the lower carb level.  But if they're trying to tell you that there's a "regulation" that you have to use beergas instead of straight CO2, I'd ask them to direct you to where you can read a copy of the regulation.  Sounds like maybe they don't know what they're talking about.
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Re: FreshBlend Co2
« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2011, 08:18:09 AM »
If Freshblend is indeed part nitro, that would explain the lower carb level.  But if they're trying to tell you that there's a "regulation" that you have to use beergas instead of straight CO2, I'd ask them to direct you to where you can read a copy of the regulation.  Sounds like maybe they don't know what they're talking about. are trying to fleece you.

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Re: FreshBlend Co2
« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2011, 08:39:00 AM »
If Freshblend is indeed part nitro, that would explain the lower carb level.  But if they're trying to tell you that there's a "regulation" that you have to use beergas instead of straight CO2, I'd ask them to direct you to where you can read a copy of the regulation.  Sounds like maybe they don't know what they're talking about. are trying to fleece you.

Fixed that for you.

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Re: FreshBlend Co2
« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2011, 08:45:44 AM »
If Freshblend is indeed part nitro, that would explain the lower carb level.  But if they're trying to tell you that there's a "regulation" that you have to use beergas instead of straight CO2, I'd ask them to direct you to where you can read a copy of the regulation.  Sounds like maybe they don't know what they're talking about. are trying to fleece you.

Fixed that for you.

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Re: FreshBlend Co2
« Reply #6 on: September 22, 2011, 09:27:46 AM »
I quit going to Airgas after the first experience with them. A local fire-extinguisher or welding shop will be glad to get your business, and will fill while you wait.
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Re: FreshBlend Co2
« Reply #7 on: September 22, 2011, 09:57:07 AM »
A local fire-extinguisher or welding shop will be glad to get your business, and will fill while you wait.

Yep.  And usually they'll do an exchange which is even faster.
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Re: FreshBlend Co2
« Reply #8 on: September 22, 2011, 10:41:46 AM »
There are no places around here that fill while you wait, and finding ones that take drop offs is harder and harder.  For other people that is, I just swap. :)
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Re: FreshBlend Co2
« Reply #9 on: September 23, 2011, 10:23:17 AM »
Thanks guys, I guess I'm  not going too crazy!  I'm gonna go back to my extinguisher guy next time. 
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Re: FreshBlend Co2
« Reply #10 on: September 24, 2011, 05:23:19 PM »
AirGas also makes a FreshBlend with methane-oxygen-nitrogen.
So if your flatus volume and/or frequency has dramatically increased as of late, you may well have this blend.
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