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CO2 - On or Off if Not Serving?

Discussion in 'Home Bar' started by jbakajust1, Mar 1, 2013.

  1. jbakajust1

    jbakajust1 Moderator (595) Oregon Aug 25, 2009 Staff Member

    Just got into kegging, and got my 2nd keg last night. Do I leave the CO2 on and attached to the keg when I am not actively serving from it? If not, am I able to just take the QC off? Am I able to use one QC and just swap it to whichever keg I want to serve from and then turn off the gas in between?

    Thanks for the help.
  2. VikeMan

    VikeMan Champion (810) Pennsylvania Jul 12, 2009

    I leave mine hooked up and turned 'on' all the time. But there's no reason you can't disconnect/shut off after serving.

    p.s. - how did thing work out with your oddball regulator gauge?
  3. leedorham

    leedorham Champion (835) Washington Apr 27, 2006

    As long as your lines are balanced (PSI matches temp and desired volumes), and you are good about leak checking, then you should just leave the gas on.

    Swapping lines like that sounds like a pain in the ass. Get a splitter.
  4. Split the line and keep all your kegs pressurized all the time. If you have leaks, fix them! There is no such thing as a workaround for CO2 leaks!!! Your beer will go flat if you turn off the gas in the presence of a leak. Your CO2 tank will empty if you don't turn it off in the presence of a leak. More likely, both will happen.
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