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    What have I got here?


    Howdy All,

    So, I came across an SAB CO2 tank and regulator at my old mans office that he has apparently had sitting around for the last 35 years. Apparently he scored it directly from a mate who worked for SAB at the time.

    My question is: Is it possible to use what I have here for my own system (i'll obviously need a keg and beer and gas line) or is this outdated?

    Thanks in advance.


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    I'd just recommend a once-over by a firefighting place and a new regulator and it should be good to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toxxyc View Post
    I'd just recommend a once-over by a firefighting place and a new regulator and it should be good to go.
    I guess my question is more targeted at the regulator than the tank itself. I will certainly have the tank safety checked, but was wondering if I need to buy a new regulator or if this one would work.

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    have it checked. Might still work.
    Quote Originally Posted by BushWanderer View Post
    I guess my question is more targeted at the regulator than the tank itself. I will certainly have the tank safety checked, but was wondering if I need to buy a new regulator or if this one would work.
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    That red gauge still seems to register pressure, so it looks like it might still be working ... maybe just have it cleaned/serviced ?
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    From my old scuba diving days, I recall the numbers on the side of the tank said something about the life/longevity of the tank, but I don't remember the exact details. Chances are, the tank has outlived its lifespan and would be destroyed by a company that does tank safety checks.
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    Tanks are not fresh produce, they don't expire.
    Take them to a place that tests cylinders and get a hydro test done and you are good to go. CO2 is relatively low pressure at 50bar so the cylinder should be good.

    Likewise regulators don't expire either. Might just need a clean and if the gauges don't work just replace them they are not expensive

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    Thank y'all.

    I am itching to pull the trigger on a keg system. I looked at Keg Solutions and even though I already have a CO2 tank I'm still looking at about R3k to get set up.

    I think for the time being I have to prioritise fermentation temp control (i.e. old fridge, STC-1000 and heat mat) then once cash frees up, try convince the wife to let me drill a hole in the counter for a tower. Maybe a keezer, but I like the idea of a tower and draught beer being a feature rather than hidden in my garage in a crappy old second hand fridge.

    Those of you who have keg systems set up, I would love to see some pictures for inspiration.
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    I was going that route too, my wife stood firm and didn't want her granite tops cut. End of story. I also didn't want to serve every visitor. I have a brew room now, everything lives there. Anyway, that regulator could still be alright, it's just a diaphragm with a few exits. I dont see the overpressure blow off/safety valve. Have the cylinder presssure tested, you may be in luck there.

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    I also wouldn't cut the countertops for a tap. I'd much rather have an old fridge or even better, a keezer, as the serving chamber somewhere. That way you can add/remove taps on the cheap, and if you want to change the layout you just swap out the wood panel you mounted on on the cheap.

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