With lockdowns around the world, many people turned to personal hobbies to keep themselves busy. One popular hobby worldwide is homebrewing. There’s nothing quite like being able to brew and enjoy your favourite type of beer in your own home. Many and more homebrewers are now starting to turn towards the use of co2 tanks while homebrewing. Below are some common questions and answers you might have about co2 cylinders in homebrewing.
- Why Do People Use These Cylinders in Homebrewing?
People that have refrigerated kegs called kegerators would be interested in a CO2 cylinder. Kegerators are an easy way to brew and store beer in large amounts. The cylinders help push the beer out of the keg, and different pressures of the cylinders will help with the carbonation of the beer.
- Where Can I Buy CO2 cylinders?
Many places online and around town will likely have what you need. You can find these at places like a welding supply store, stores that sell compressed gas, or even a home brewing store. These will range in anything from brand new canisters to a co2 refill. Co2 cylinders can last a long time, so as long as there are no leaking issues, you can refill your cylinder again and again. These are a great investment.
- How Do I Refill A CO2 Cylinder?
If your CO2 tank needs a refill, you can try to return to the place where you first purchased your cylinder, as they may offer this service. You can also check into any local fire protection companies. A homebrew or welding store may offer these services as well. It is worth noting, however, that not all places that sell the cylinders will offer refill services. If you run into difficulties, it might be worth reaching out to neighbourhood breweries or even other homebrewers to see how they address this issue.
- How Do I Know the Right Pressure for My Cylinder?
If your beer is pouring flat, you might not have the right pressure set on your cylinder. It’s best to check with the company you purchased from first, but most beer brewers agree on anywhere from 12-14 PSI.
Homebrewing is a wonderful hobby, and for those that are serious, a kegerator is the next natural step. The beer your pour will be smoother, more refreshing, and ultimately easier to store. With the right CO2 cylinder, you’ll be well on your way to your own beer bar that will make you the envy of your neighbourhood!