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I'm finding it hard to find affordable gas bottles in the UK. I've found a supplier that offer as they call it 'beverage' gas which consists of either 30/70 50/50 or 60/40 split of co2 and nitrogen but the bottle is a bit big for my liking (910mm).

They also do a pure co2 'welding' gas. 5 litres at 550mm high. Is it safe to use pure co2 with my corny kegs?

As far as I can tell, the 'beverage' bottles are filled to 200 Bar / 2900 PSI but the 'welding' one is not so clear. I can see Approx. Vapour Pressure @ 20 degrees(c) 57.3 bar, not sure if that is the same thing

Any advice appreciated.

  • Answered it as if it was not a shopping question. Would you care to edit it so it no longer is a shopping question? You know, if the link goes dead, your question is forever useless for future, and choosing a safe gas bottle is a good topic. – Mołot Sep 22 '15 at 7:56
  • A good point, I have updated – Suited Aces Sep 22 '15 at 8:15
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There are only two safety factors:

  1. Pressure. Output of one element must be in safe range of another element's input. If it isn't, you can use pressure reducer.

  2. Fittings. They must, well, fit. It's not enough for them to somehow snap, they have to work with each other by design and by technical papers. And must be designed to work at the pressure, see point 1.

Gas proportion is a matter of personal taste, not safety. I drank beer on which pure CO2 was used. Nothing special in it. A bit more gas in beer per psi unit, probably. Nothing that would affect safety.

And as far as I have seen, "food grade" CO2 came from the very same tanks "regular" CO2 did. Go figure. I believe it's simply cheaper to have one better grade installation with higher output, than two different grades with lower output. Ask your vendor, both in official and unofficial way to see if that's the case for you.

If pressure is too low

Sometimes you might just skip reducer or use different one. As far as I remember you hardly ever need more than 30 psi, so 57 Bar / 530 psi bottle should be enough for this purpose - if your pressure reducer can work with it. Some of them have not only upper, but also lower limit on input.

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