So I have a 2.5 pound co2 tank. Is that enough to carbonate and serves 5 gallons of beer? I worry I'll need to fill again to finish serving it all.
You'll have plenty, barring any leaks... A 5-er lasted me quite a long time.. I never counted how many kegs, but I would guess at least 15... Sneezles61
My standard advice is to get a second tank. There will come a time that you will need it. CO2 dealers will "rent" you one for a deposit that is the same or less than the price of owning one You can usually just swap it for another full one without waiting. It won't be bright and shiny like your new one but work the same. They also need to be tested every five years (unless there is a star stamped on it I think, then it's 10) and if you own it, it's your problem.
Plus one on the spare tank... leaks are often times not obvious, and it's good to have a backup. Also, you can have one tank on your kegerator, and use the second one to purge oxygen from kegs you're putting in the backlog, etc.
Last year I got a 20 pounder. Its great, but, kinda like Uber sez, having an extra for the brewing activities its self would help the day go smoother, purging, transferring.. Sneezles61
It doesn't matter how big your tank is. Tanks have a telepathic insight into your schedule, and kick off at the most inconvenient time possible.
+1 to an extra tank.
So you are saying it doesnt matter how big it is.....its how you use it?
No, That's just something said to console people with small, er, CO2 tanks.
Heck, better to have a smaller tank that can go into a smaller kegerator than a big one that will never get in there.
Ha.....those people crack me up.
Got my self 2 co2 tanks. One spare. One empty. Exchange it for a new one. Yes hydrotest every 5 years. The star means it did make the hydro but this will be the last hydro test. Its like a scuba tank testing