04-07-2011, 02:30 AM
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DIY CO2 problems
So I've got a HAGEN CO2 system, which is essentially a DIY system because i don't use the bubble counter. I'm sure there are some DIY people out there who have encountered the following problem and I'd like some help with it. I fill the container as directed, but I use a yeast culture ~1 teaspoon, ~ cup of sugar, and to the line (near top) with water. It works, well actually, maybe too much so. The bacterial culture has spread into the gas line leaving the canister and seems to have slowed if not stopped CO2 production. Is it okay for the bacterial culture to be up into the tube? If not, how do I prevent this next time around? Is that the reason for the change in CO2 production?
Also, I'd like to use a gang valve to limit the gas evolved into the tank, but will controlling the pressure increase the pressure to dangerous levels in the HAGEN canister?
Thank you, J.