Category Archives: Carbonation

Inline CO2 Regulator [control each keg separately] – now available at MoreBeer + Hands on Review & Hacks

Inline Secondary Regulator via MoreBeer!

From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

An ideal solution if you want to serve different beers at different gas pressures. In a typical multiple line, multiple pressure system you would run a gas line from you main regulator into a secondary regulator where you would set different pressures. While that is ideal it is a little pricey. This little sweetheart lets you set different pressures at a far lower cost. What we do is set the main regulator at the highest pressure we want in the system – for example a keg of soda that you want to carbonate and serve at 25 psi. Run the gas line into a manifold and then install one of these after the manifold on each line where you want to decrease the pressure, for example lowering to 10psi to serve your British pale ale and 14 psi to serve your summertime lawnmower lager.

While this unit does not have a pressure gauge you can use an adjustable relief valve/spunding valve on your keg to tell the pressure. Pressure adjusments can be made with a screwdriver.

The maximum inlet pressure is 150 psi. Made from non corrosive acetyl, nitrile, and stainless parts. The regulator comes with two brass barbs to fit 3/16″ tubing on. Alternatively, you can remove the barbs and use 1/4″ tubing directly on the regulator. The aluminum manifolds linked above feature 1/4″ barbed outlets and are a good match with this regulator.

  • Works with 0 – 150 psi
  • Works with both gas and liquid
  • Comes with two brass barbs
  • Has two mounting points
  • Made from non corrosive acetyl, nitrile, and stainless parts

Notes from HBF: This is an inline secondary regulator.  You still need a primary regulator attached to your CO2 tank.  The idea is, you set the primary to the highest pressure you will use (without exceeding specifications of any component of your system) and then use these regulators inline (one per line) to fine tune pressure and carbonation [See: Balancing Your Draft System].  As an example, you could set your primary to 25 PSI for faster force carbonation and set each line to a different pressure based on desired carbonation level.  Since this does not have a gauge, you need some sort of a gauge to use for tuning this in.  The gauge doesn’t have to stay connected, just while you’re setting the regulator.  This is a perfect application of a Spunding Valve [See: Build a Spunding Valve! – How and Why]

As of this posting, MoreBeer has this on sale for just $8.99. Shipping is free with a qualifying $59 order to many US addresses. Price, promotions and availability can change quickly.  Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit the product page.  Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

In-Line Secondary Regulator D1045

Review and Hacks… ReviewDial in w/Spundinguse for portable serving

Inline CO2 Regulator – pretty sure this is the same unit

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Ferroday Stainless Carbonation Cap for PET Bottles – works on gas AND liquid posts – $10.38 + free ship + Hands on Review & Draft Line Cleaning Builds

Ferroday Stainless Carbonation Cap Counter Pressure Bottle Filling With 5/16" Barb,CO2 Coupling To Carbonate Soda Beer Fruit Juice Water

Stainless steel ball lock carbonation cap with barb.  Includes replacement o-ring.


From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • 304 stainless steel will last a lifetime
  • Carbonate,cleaning your beer lines
  • Use it to counter pressure bottle fill PET bottles
  • Easy to install and use,with extra one piece of o-ring for replacement

“The post on this unique carbonation cap has been machined ,so it fit BOTH the liquid and gas ball lock disconnects.”


PET Bottles as Growlers: These are generally intended to convert 1L and 2L bottles to growlers.  Fill up a 1L or 2L PET bottle with your favorite homebrew.  Put one of these on (purge the headspace by squeezing if you want to) and then pressurize for transport.  This should help to reduce oxygen pickup and maintain carbonation levels.

Fine tune or rapidly carbonate beer: You can also use this cap to rapidly carbonate beer.  Same process as for transport, just set your regulator to the proper pressure and shake or agitate the PET bottle to help introduce CO2.  Or hook it up to CO2 and let it sit in you kegerator.

Draft Line Cleaning Projects:  I have developed two draft line cleaning projects using similar SS Caps – Build A Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump | Mark II Keg and Carboy Cleaner Draft Line Cleaning Pump Conversion

One of the questions that arises on these carb caps, is… does it work with both liquid and gas posts?  Some models are universal fit and some work only with gas posts.  For draft line cleaning projects to work well, at least in my opinion, the carb cap that’s used needs to be universal.  I’m happy to report that the one I received did indeed work with both liquid and ball lock posts.  Check out my Hands on Review of this great carb cap.

1/19/19 7 PM Central: This is selling for just $10.38. Shipping is also free to many US addresses. Prices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

Ferroday Stainless Carbonation Cap Counter Pressure Bottle Filling With 5/16″ Barb,CO2 Coupling To Carbonate Soda Beer Fruit Juice Water

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Threaded Stainless Diffusion Stone – $4.99! + free shipping

Stainless Steel Beer Carbonation Aeration Diffusion Stone Homebrew by Happybrew

Stainless Steel Beer Carbonation Aeration Diffusion Stone Homebrew by Happybrew

Possible homebrewing uses include – carbonating, oxygenating and aerating.

1/16/19 12:30 PM Central: This has dropped to just $4.99.  That’s the best historical third party Amazon price I found, notwithstanding Lighting Deals or coupons. Shipping is also free to many US addresses. Prices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

Stainless Steel Beer Carbonation Aeration Diffusion Stone Homebrew by Happybrew


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Oxygenation and Aeration Supplies at William’s Brewing

Using a Keg as a CO2 Source for Portable Serving!

This technique uses an economical inline secondary regulator to utilize a spare keg as a CO2 source to serve a keg.  I’m not suggesting this setup as a replacement for your kegerator CO2 tank.  You still need a standard CO2 tank.  What this setup could be very useful for is as a replacement for those expensive little regulators or injectors and expensive (considering how much CO2 you get) little CO2 cartridges.  One inexpensive purchase allows you to pressurize and serve your keg on the go for little to… nothing.  Keep reading.

The Magic Piece of Equipment

Cheap Inline Regulator – via William’s Brewing | via MoreBeer | via Amazon

These inline secondary regulators have been on the scene for a little while now.  At the price I’ve seen them at, sub $10, they are a bargain.  They also add a lot of flexibility to your draft setup, allowing you to easily and cheaply serve using multiple pressures and carbonation levels.

Note that these are inline secondary regulators.  You still need a primary regulator attached to your CO2 tank.  The idea is, you set the primary to the highest pressure you will use (without exceeding specifications of any component of your system) and then use these regulators inline (one per line) to fine tune pressure and carbonation [See: Balancing Your Draft System].  As an example, you could set your primary to 25 PSI for faster force carbonation and set each line to a different pressure based on desired carbonation level.

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Blichmann QuickCarb – Beat MAP Pricing! Get a Free $20 Gift Card

Blichmann QuickCarb

Blichmann QuickCarb via Austin Homebrew Supply


From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

The Patent Pending QuickCarb from Blichmann Engineering is a revolutionary simple new way to carbonate a 5 gal keg of beer in less than an hour! This uses a simple circulating pump and a unique stainless steel diffusion stone to carbonate your beer precisely and quickly with no chance of accidentally overcarbonating your beer!

  • 90% carbonated and ready to drink in less than an hour with no risk of overcarbonation! Let it sit for a day for dialing in that final few percent.
  • Quiet and dependable operation
    Great for all beer styles!
  • All stainless diffusion stone and QuickConnector fittings makes cleaning a breeze
  • 10 micron stainless diffusion stone is durable and is porous enough to penetrate with sanitizer. Other manufacturers are fragile and must be boiled and handled with gloves.
  • Circulating pump is gentle and is powered with a simple DC transformer (included)
  • Easy to clean and sanitize
  • Simply add an optional oxygen regulator and you’ll be able to use the components to oxygenate your wort before pitching your yeast!

As of this posting this is selling for $179.99. Price, promotions and availability can change quickly.  Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit the product page.  Check the product page for current price, description and availability

Typically, this is not discounted.  Why?  This is a MAP item.  MAP = Minimum Advertised Price.  It’s an agreement between sellers and manufacturer’s not to sell an item below a certain price.  This generally sells for about the same price no matter where you purchase it from and rarely discounted.  Having said that, there are some loopholes…

Works With: As of this posting, Austin Homebrew Supply is giving away a free $20 gift card with all purchases of $100 or more.  I believe that the only exclusion is… gift cards.  This equates to a back door discount on lots of product lines that typically are not discounted.  It also stacks with items that are already on sale.  No coupon code is necessary.  The promotional gift card will be automatically added to your cart when you place $100 of qualifying merchandise in your cart.

Blichmann QuickCarb

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280 x BSG Carb Tabs – Carbonating Tablets – $8 + free shipping

BSG Carb Tabs 280 Count

BSG Carb Tabs 280 Count


  • For carbonating homebrew
  • Each pack contains approximately 280 tablets
  • Pure corn sugar

Recommended dosage is 3-5 tablets for a 12 FL. Oz. Bottle. Condition for 2 weeks at room temperature.High Carbonation: 5 tablets. Normal Carbonation: 4 tablets. Low Carbonation 3 tablets. Each Pack contains approximately 280 tablets. Made from Pure Dextrose.


These take the place of traditional priming sugar.  Carbonation tabs are also handy if you keg, but still want to naturally carbonate a few bottled beers.  In that scenario, you would keg the majority of your beer and bottle portion of the batch adding these to each bottle so that you can skip a bottling bucket and traditional priming sugar.

1/12/19 10 PM Central: These are selling for $8. Shipping is also free to many US addresses. Prices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

BSG Carb Tabs 280 Count


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Our Top Posts of 2018 #1… Build a Digital Spunding Valve!

To celebrate a great year, we’re going through some of our top content of 2018.  This was our #1 most visited post…

A Spunding Valve allows you to maintain a set pressure.  If pressure in the vessel exceeds the set point, it is expelled.  It generally consists of an adjustable PRV valve, a tee, a gauge and a way to connect to your keg.

Homebrewing Applications of a Spunding Valve

  1. Pressurized fermentation.  Ferment in a 5 or 10 gallon corny keg and use your Spunding Valve instead of an airlock.  This allows you to ferment at your desired pressure.
  2. Dry hop under pressure.  This allows you to dry hop earlier while reducing oxygenation.  Active yeast are more likely to metabolize oxygen that’s introduced during dry hopping during active fermentation.  Since CO2 is not exiting beer as vigorously under pressure, wanted compounds, flavors and aromas are more likely to stay in your beer under pressure.
  3. Naturally and accurately carbonate beer right in the keg.
  4. An airlock replacement.  Keep the valve wide open for non-pressurized fermentations.  Only do this if you have plenty of head space.  This wouldn’t make a great blow off tube.
  5. Keg to keg transfers.  Use the Spunding Valve to allow excess gas to exit the receiving keg as you transfer under pressure.  Helps you achieve a slow, controlled and pressurized transfer.
  6. Fix over-carbonated beers.
  7. Test for keg leaks.  Pressurize your keg to serving pressure.  Put the Spunding Valve on (with the pressure set well above your serving PSI) and note the reading.  The gauge should remain steady.  If pressure drops, you know you have a keg leak.  It’s worth noting that this checks the entire keg including gas body o-ring.  That spot is hard to check and other way as it’s only in function when the gas QD is on.  When the gas QD is on… it’s difficult to spray and check for bubbles underneath the gas QD.  Thanks to Scott Janish for this tip!
  8. As an airlock for long term aging of beers.  Airlocks can run dry over time.  A Spunding Valve will not.

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Inline CO2 Regulator [control each keg separately] – $9.18 + Free Shipping & Hands on Review & Hacks

in Line Plastic RegulatorIn Line Plastic Regulator

From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • A small barbed regulator for use with liquid or gas
  • Made from acetyl, nitrile, brass and stainless steel parts
  • Controls pressure from 0 – 150 psi
  • Includes 3/16 inch

Notes from HBF: This is an inline secondary regulator.  You still need a primary regulator attached to your CO2 tank.  The idea is, you set the primary to the highest pressure you will use (without exceeding specifications of any component of your system) and then use these regulators inline (one per line) to fine tune pressure and carbonation [See: Balancing Your Draft System].  As an example, you could set your primary to 25 PSI for faster force carbonation and set each line to a different pressure based on desired carbonation level.  Since this does not have a gauge, you need some sort of a gauge to use for tuning this in.  The gauge doesn’t have to stay connected, just while you’re setting the regulator.  This is a perfect application of a Spunding Valve [See: Build a Spunding Valve! – How and Why]

Review and Hacks… ReviewDial in w/SpundingUse for portable serving!

1/9/19 4 PM Central: This great little piece of gear is selling for $9.18. Shipping is also free to many US addresses. Prices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

in Line Plastic Regulator


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Stainless Carbonation Cap + Spare O-Ring + Draft Line Cleaning Builds

Hombrew soft drink PET Bottle Filling Stainless Steel Carbonation / Line Cleaning


From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • Use it to counter pressure bottle fill PET bottles
  • Made of stainless steel material,makes it easier than ever to carbonate your beverages
  • make sure that your beverage is very cold so that the CO2 can be absorbed much faster
  • Carbonate,cleaning your beer lines
  • Easy to install and use,with extra o-ring for replacement

PET Bottles as Growlers: These are generally intended to convert 1L and 2L bottles to growlers.  Fill up a 1L or 2L PET bottle with your favorite homebrew.  Put one of these on (purge the headspace by squeezing if you want to) and then pressurize for transport.  This should help to reduce oxygen pickup and maintain carbonation levels.

Fine tune or rapidly carbonate beer: You can also use this cap to rapidly carbonate beer.  Same process as for transport, just set your regulator to the proper pressure and shake or agitate the PET bottle to help introduce CO2.  Or hook it up to CO2 and let it sit in you kegerator.

I use a similar carbonation cap (different model, manufacturer and potentially different specs) in two line cleaning builds – Build A Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump | Mark II Keg and Carboy Cleaner Draft Line Cleaning Pump Conversion – Note: as of this posting, the description doesn’t specifically say this particular model works with both gas and liquid QDs, It does talk about line cleaning.  Check the product page for current description.

Hombrew soft drink PET Bottle Filling Stainless Steel Carbonation / Line Cleaning


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Taprite Beer Carbonation Tester – $239.99, Save $50 & Free Shipping

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Taprite Beer Carbonation Tester via Adventures in Homebrewing

About: “Designed to be used in the field to verify carbonation levels during equipment installation and keg change-outs. It is a cost effective and accurate tool for troubleshooting and quality control. The Carbonation Tester’s sturdy, 11 ounce acrylic canister includes a handy label noting the appropriate CO2 volume based on your temperature and pressure reading. The Tester’s cap and fittings are made of lightweight metal with easy to grip knurling. The pressure gauge includes a protective rubber boot (600GPS-01) for additional durability. Taprite’s Beer Carbonation Tester is easy to handle, easy to use, and easy to clean. Each Tester comes with a cushioned carrying case, as well as inlet and outlet hoses with quick disconnects.”

As of this posting, AIH has this for $289.99. Shipping is also free to addresses in the contiguous US.  Check AIH for current price and availability.

Stacks With: As of this posting AIH is discount most orders by up to $50 depending on how much you spend as part of their Brew More Save More Sale.  This qualifies for the max of $50 off and free shipping is still in play.

The Taprite Beer Carbonation Tester 

Update: This promo has expired or pricing, availability or description has changed – Check the supplier’s site or product page for current availability

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