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Know Your Bulk CO2! What To Look For

bulk CO2

When it comes to buying bulk CO2 – especially for food or beverage use – quality really matters. But what exactly do we mean by “quality,” and are you getting it from your current CO2 supplier?

Let’s start with the easy stuff: CO2 grading. CO2 is graded based on the amount of impurities (such as ammonia, benzene, oxygen, carbon monoxide, and others) that it contains; the higher the grade, the fewer impurities your CO2 has.

CO2 Grading

To put some numbers on that:

Grade Purity
Research 99.999
Supercritical fluid 99.998
Laser 99.95
Anaerobic 99.95
Beverage 99.9
Food 99.9
Bone dry 99.8
Medical 99.5
Industrial 99.5

As you can see, research grade tops the list. But one important detail to notice is the wide gap between Industrial grade CO2 and Food/Beverage grade CO2.

Last year, the Food and Drug Administration set a minimum standard of 99.9 percent purity for beverage grade CO2. That’s important information to know if you own a restaurant, bar, brewpub, stadium, or any other establishment that serves beverages, because not all CO2 is created equal!

Questions to ask your supplier

If you are currently receiving bulk CO2 from a supplier and are using it for a beverage application, there are two questions you need to ask:

  1. What grade CO2 are you selling me?
  2. Can you provide proof of that grade?

Make sure your gas provider can not only answer those questions immediately, but can also demonstrate the gas quality as well.

Get your beverage-grade CO2 from Irish Carbonic

At Irish Carbonic, we provide quality beverage grade CO2 backed by decades of delivery and sales experience. As the area’s leading independent supplier, we’ll get you the CO2 you need whether you’re a national or regional chain or a local independent brewpub.

We feature:

  • Tank sizes to fit your usage
  • Expert tech support
  • Computerized forecasting to minimize downtime
  • Expert, on-demand service

For bulk beverage grade CO2 delivery in Buffalo and Rochester – and much more – trust the pros at Irish Carbonic. Contact us to become an Irish Carbonic customer today!

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