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Hi, this afternoon i contacted my local beer and gas supplier and now im confused about which gas to use. I said i wanted one lager and one none cream/smooth type bitter. I mentioned CO2 gas and he said no use 60/40 mixed gas, which is where the confusion starts. correct me if im wrong but i read on this forum that co2 was used for lager and non smooth bitters.
The bar set up is catering for a wedding / event venue, in its infantcy the barrels will be in the bar under the counter but the pipe runs are very short via shelf type cooler.

Question: what is the correct gas is this situation.
Many thanks Colin

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  1. 1439 wrote: Hi, this afternoon i contacted my local beer and gas supplier and now im confused about which gas to use. I said i wanted one lager and one none cream/smooth type bitter. I mentioned CO2 gas and he said no use 60/40 mixed gas, which is where the confusion starts. correct me if im wrong but i read on this forum that co2 was used for lager and non smooth bitters.
    The bar set up is catering for a wedding / event venue, in its infantcy the barrels will be in the bar under the counter but the pipe runs are very short via shelf type cooler.

    Question: what is the correct gas is this situation.
    Many thanks Colin

    Hi Colin

    Your right you would use Co2 for Lagers and non smoothflow bitters but if as it sounds, it’s a temporary bar were the beer will be sold quickly, I would use 30/70 Mixed gas as it solves a load of problems with lager and also gives a smoothflow bitter. But under no circumstances use 60/40 Mixed gas for bitter unless you want an ice cream head.

  2. Thanks for the quick reply, the bitter im thinking of using is either whitbred best, courage best or flowers none are cream/smooth flow beers. are you sure 30/70 gas would be fine for this type of bitter as the suppliers have recommended 60/40.
    you can see how people get confused. cheers colin

  3. 1439 wrote: Thanks for the quick reply, the bitter im thinking of using is either whitbred best, courage best or flowers none are cream/smooth flow beers. are you sure 30/70 gas would be fine for this type of bitter as the suppliers have recommended 60/40.
    you can see how people get confused. cheers colin

    We used to use 30/70 mix years ago before smoothflow bitters were invented so it will be ok. read this article about 60/40 mixed gas they are wrong to recommend this gas for bitters.

    http://www.inndoctor.co.uk/gas/beer-gas-the-cellar-and-colour-coding/

  4. I agree – CO2. 70/30 ot 60/40 we use on outside bar equipment. Guinness has its own gas supply – 70/30 I think frm memory but I don’t sell in on line now.o

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