CO2 - On or Off if Not Serving?

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

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. jbakajust1

    jbakajust1 Moderator (1,047) Aug 25, 2009 Oregon
    Subscriber

    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 Poo-Bah (1,569) Jul 12, 2009 Pennsylvania
    Beer Trader

    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 Defender (687) Apr 27, 2006 Washington

    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. mikehartigan

    mikehartigan Aspirant (285) Apr 9, 2007 Illinois

    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.
     
    IceAce likes this.
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    No fake news here. Get real beer content delivered to your doorstep every month.

    Subscribe