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200mm by 120mm by 75mm (7.87″ x 4.72″ x 2.95″) ABS Project Box.

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Pinfox Waterproof Electronic ABS Plastic Junction Project Box Enclosure 200mm by 120mm by 75mm (Black)

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Making a Utility CO2 Line using Luer Lock Disconnects

Luer Lock are an inexpensive and effective disconnect system.  I think these are typically used in the healthcare industry, Luer Locks provide a solid, pressure capable connection with a quick twist.

You could use Luer Locks throughout your primary disconnect system throughout your kegerator CO2 system if you wanted to.

I used valved QDs for most of my keg lines, see below, and Luer Locks to operate a “utility” CO2 line.  One of my CO2 lines has a female Luer Lock on it.  I have a selection of attachments that consist of: The attachment, 5 inches or so of CO2 line and a male Luer Lock.

With this setup I can easily swap out more specialized attachments that don’t typically need to be hooked up all the time.

Tip: In my experience it can be difficult to get tubing onto  Luer Locks.  If you have this problem, try soaking your tubing in warm/hot water.

My attachments include (from top to bottom in the picture above):

  • A picnic tap.  I put a length of tubing on the end of this and use it to flush receiving vessels with CO2.
  • A Cornelius gas quick disconnect: Use this line to pressurize and serve a keg as you would any other line.
  • A Cornelius liquid quick disconnect: Use this line to flush a keg with CO2 from the bottom up through the liquid out dip tube.
  • A standard 1/4″ female flare fitting.  I use this to hook up my Blichmann Beer Gun among other things.
  • A Ball Lock Cornelius post.  When I transfer from my fermenter or from keg to keg, this attachment allows me to purge the entire length of tubing, disconnects and the receiving keg (from the bottom up) via the liquid out dip tube.  I used several fittings to accomplish this, but an easier and cheaper option is now available.  See below.
  • A Kent Soda Cap disconnect.  Kent Systems QDs at MoreBeer

Other options include:

  • An air compressor blow gun to flush our carboys and more with CO2 (I’m using the aforementioned picnic tap for this)
  • A length of CO2 line to easily extend your CO2 runs.
This is a picture of the CO2 line I use with these utility attachments.

Luer Lock Connectors:  These have 1/4″ barbs.

Other parts that may be helpful:

Luer Lock connectors are not what I would call “quick disconnects” meaning that they are not valved to allow easy disengagement while pressure is turned on.  You need to turn off CO2 pressure to disengage these.  Tip: If you’re using these for kegs, disconnect the ball lock gas QD before you disconnect your Luer Lock.  This will prevent the keg from emptying itself of CO2.

Of course you could use all valved QDS or all Luer Locks in your kegerator setup.  I use a hybrid approach.  Valved QDs for most of my lines and Luer Locks for these utility attachments.

Valved QDs:

Make sure the fittings and disconnects you use on your system are properly rated for your application.  If you have questions about the appropriateness of an item for an application, contact the manufacturer.

Guest Post: Making a Fermentation Heater w/Heat Tape

Thanks to HBF Reader Charles for this guest post!  [8 Ways to Connect with HBF]

You often have posts about deals on Fermwrap style heaters. I’d like to alert your readers about an option that is lower cost and I believe superior to any deals I have ever seen posted. Most Fermwraps are made with Flexwatt heater tape. Another brand of heat tape is THG Heat Tape, which I have seen people post on both reptile and brewing forums as being superior to Flexwatt; I have both and find it to be more durable. Regardless, Pangea Reptile sells the 12″ tape for $3/foot. They also sell the cord and connecting clips and will install it for only $4.99 more. They offer flat-rate shipping of only $4.99, so even if you order only one 12×24 wrap, it’s only $15.98 shipped. If you order more, or make one from smaller width tape, available in 3, 4, 6, or 12″, then the savings are even more. For instance, I ordered 5′ of tape and had them make two 30″ wraps, which gives more uniform coverage around a typical fermenter. Of course, you can DIY the cord if absolute lowest cost is important.

Note: This is a DIY project.  Make sure you choose appropriate materials for your application.  Contact manufacturer with questions.  Prices are deemed accurate as of this posting, check Pangea Reptile for up to the minute price, availability and description.

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238 Gallon Per Hour Submersible Pump + Draft Line Cleaning Build

Submersible pump. 238 Gallons per hour, 20 W motor, 120V / 60Hz, 1.5M=4.9 ft power cord.

Possible homebrew uses: Recirculating draft line cleaner build or as part of a recirculating wort chiller setup.

I use a similar (different model, manufacturer and higher GPH) in myimg_cln_img_0593-225x300 Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Build.

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Stainless Ball Lock Carbonation Cap [PET Bottles or Draft Line Cleaning] – $8.25 + Free Shipping

Stainless steel Carbonation Cap With Dip Tube For Liquid And Gas

Stainless steel ball lock carbonation caps.  These are intended to convert 1L and 2L bottles to pressurized growlers.  Fill up a 1L or 2L PET bottle with your beer.  Put one of these on (purge the head space by squeezing if you want to) and then pressurize for transport.  You can also use this cap to rapidly carbonate beer.  Same process as for transport, just shake it up until it’s carbonated.

Other possible uses… One of these along with some tubingcln_img_9654 are all you need to convert Mark II Keg and Carboy Washer [Review] to a recirculating draft line cleaning pump for ball lock setups.  See: Mark II Keg & Carboy Cleaner… As a Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump!  – OR – Build your own line cleaning setup from scratch… Build a Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump

As if this posting, this is eBay offering is selling for just $8.25.  Shipping is also free to select addresses.  Check the listing for up to the minute price, description and availability.

Stainless steel Carbonation Cap With Dip Tube For Liquid And Gas

 

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Project Box

200mm by 120mm by 75mm (7.87″ x 4.72″ x 2.95″) ABS Project Box, 125 volt Duplex Outlet and 6′ 3 wire power cord.

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Pinfox Electronic ABS Project Box 200mm by 120mm by 75mm (White)

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Project Box

200mm by 120mm by 75mm (7.87″ x 4.72″ x 2.95″) ABS Project Box, 125 volt Duplex Outlet and 6′ 3 wire power cord.

Update: Since this post was published the price, availability or promotion has changed.  Check the product page for up to the minute description, price and availability.  Also: Today’s Deals on Amazon

Pinfox Electronic ABS Project Box 200mm by 120mm by 75mm (White)

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