MoreBeer bills this as an affordable, easy to transport CO2 regulator that works with both ball lock and pin lock disconnects.
About, from MoreBeer: “Be the hit of the next party, tailgater, softball game, etc when you show up with a keg of your homebrew! Keg King’s compact, affordable Co2 regulator allows you to leave your heavy, bulky Co2 system at home. Use this small, portable, adjustable regulator along with a threaded 16g co2 cartridge (not included) to pour kegged beer anywhere! Depending on your style of keg you will either need a ball-lock or pin-lock quick disconnect.”
Why Use a Mini CO2 Regulator?
Portable Serving: As an on-the-go regulator.
Backup – I’m out of CO2 and I want to pour a beer! Use as a backup if your main CO2 tank runs out. Swap out the CO2 line for this regulator and you’ve got a temporary solution to keep you up and going until you can get more CO2.
Serve Beers at Alternate Carbonation Levels: This regulator goes up to 30 PSI. That’s enough to serve higher carbonation beers like Hefeweizens and Belgians. If you don’t have a dual or triple pressure setup, you could use this regulator to serve beers at higher pressures. You could carbonate using your existing regulator (and full size tank) or naturally carbonate with priming sugar. After the beer is completely carbonated, use this to serve at the higher pressure.
Love2brew has released a new economy inline CO2 regulator
About, from love2brew… “Our Single Gauge In-Line Secondary Regulator is an ideal way to split your gas lines and regulate your beers at different pressures and/or a cheap starter regulator for those of us brewing on a budget. A single, easy to read, gauge adjusts from 0 – 100 PSI giving you all of the options you could want for beer, cider, wine, mead, or soda! Comes with two (2) 5/16″ barbs that will work with our 5/16″ Beverage Tubing (RCK013B). Splitting your gas line would require a Wye (FIT001A) and some Check Valves (GAS003B).”
Notes from HBF: 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.
As of this posting, this is selling for $29.99. Shipping to most US addresses is free with a $75 order. Check l2b for up to the minute price and availability.
Yeast: love2brew carries a couple lines of hard to find lines of yeast: East Coast Yeast and The Yeast Bay – If you’re looking to qualify for free shipping or just grab some hard to get yeast, consider adding to your order.
ebra DNA Luxfer L6X Aluminum CO2 Tanks with CGA320 on/off Valve (Natural, 5 LB) by Zebra DNA
Cylinders are made from Luxfer’s exclusive L6X® alloy, a proprietary version of 6061-T6 specially optimized by Luxfer metallurgists to improve its durability, fracture toughness and resistance to tearing and cracking. More than 40 million L6X cylinders in service around the world have an exemplary record for safety and dependability.
Highly corrosion-resistant interior and exterior—ideal for wet gases
Cylinders perform well at low temperatures.
Lightweight––up to 40 percent lighter than comparable steel cylinders.
Thick, consistent walls resist damage.
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
Brew Hardware has marked down several Taprite regulators – including both Primary and Secondary models.
Primary regulators are designed to connect directly to your CO2 tank. Secondary regulators are designed to be fed off of your primary. That allows you to add additional trunks and line pressures without replacing your primary.
Made in the USA: As of this posting, Taprite’s about page says that.. “Taprite products are proudly made in the USA”. Check site for current country of origin claims.
TAPRITE T752HP-02 DUAL PRESSURE TANK MOUNT CO2 REGULATOR MFL OUTPUT – $99.00 $84.99 – This is a 2 pressure regulator – A two pressure regulator gives you the ability to keep kegs at different pressures. This is a requirement to maintain two distinct carbonation levels. It’s also handy if you want to force carbonate a keg more quickly, at a higher pressure, while maintaining your standard serving pressure on a keg that’s already being served.
This review is by Homebrew Finds Contributor Brad Probert. Brad is an engineer, expert homebrewer and experienced reviewer. Grab a link to Brad’s website at the end of this review.
Brewer’s Edge Micro Regulator
A lot of people migrate from bottling to kegging over time. The common reason cited by most of us is the extra hassle involved with the bottling process and cleaning/sanitizing bottles. But there are a few additional reasons I look back on bottling in the past tense. For example, when you have “1” keg of something, it sounds lonely and feels like it needs a companion. This logic then leads you to grow to having 2 or 3 different beers hanging around at one time. This sounds very practical when you say “3 beers”, but if you open up your beer fridge and have 100+ bottles of beer you look like you have a problem. Another one I learned was that although having to dump out a batch of lackluster beer is sad in any occasion, it’s much more sad to open 20+ bottles and pour them down the drain rather than pop the top on one keg.
Even though kegging has its advantages, one notable downside is it makes it a lot more difficult to share your homebrew. There’s some good gear out there like pressurized growlers, bottle fillers, and equipment to mobilize your keg. But if you’ve ever brought a keg with you to a party, you know CO2 is a challenge. Disassembling your kegerator to lug a 5 # CO2 tank and its hoses around isn’t practical. So there are a number of options out there that make use of small 16 gram (and some up to 74 gram) CO2 cartridges.
There are simple ones that just have a trigger and you shoot a small burst of CO2 into your keg from time to time. These are OK, but you find yourself babysitting the keg all night because they’re not intuitive to the rest of the party-goers and you typically have people telling you that you’re out of beer when it just needs a trigger shot. So the better bet are the ones with a built-in pressure regulator where you can set a serving pressure and leave it (until you really run out of CO2).
Brewer’s Edge has a micro regulator that comes with an adjustable pressure knob, and a female fitting to allow you to screw in a standard gas quick-connect. It accommodates the typical 16 gram CO2 cartridge but also allows you to change out your adaptor and attach the big daddy 74 gram CO2 cartridge. It has a dial that allows you to set and leave a pressure from 0 – 30 psi, and let the regulator do its job of bleeding in more CO2 as needed as beer is drank out of the keg while you go worry about something else.
Micro CO2 regulators from William’s Brewing. About: “The Brewer’s Edge® Micro Regulator combines the precision of a Mini Regulator, with the portability of a simple gas injector. Featuring a 0-30 PSI range, precisely adjustable with the calibrated top knob. Best of all, it takes all standard 16 gram threaded and 74 gram threaded C02 cartridges, so you have the choice of a lightweight compact unit with the 16 gram, or a high capacity unit with the 74 gram cartridge. Lightweight aluminum construction means the total weight is just a hare under 5 ounces.
Features a 0-30 psi C02 regulator that features precise adjustment via the calibrated top adjustment knob. It features a inline stainless check valve between the regulator and the ball lock fitting to protect it from backflowing beer. With this 0-30 PSI model, you can both dispense and force carbonate. Includes a ¼ female flare fitting, to fit threaded gas ball lock disconnects and the Ultimate Growler Dispensing Head.
Micro regulators are available in a ball lock, female flare and male flare versions. A stainless mounting bracket is also available.”
As of this posting, William’s is discounting their entire lineup of Micro Regulators by 15%. Discount is automatically reflected at checkout. No promo or coupon code is needed. Check site for current availability.
Taprite Dual Gauge CO2 Regulator. Easy hand adjustable pressure (no tools needed), barb outlet with ball valve shut off. Low pressure gauge reads 0 to 60 PSI. An optional protective gauge cage is also available.
Also the product page doesn’t say it, as of this posting, Taprite’s about page says that.. “Taprite products are proudly made in the USA”. Check site for current country of origin claims.
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When it comes to CO2 regulators, we’ve tried them all. This quality unit by Taprite is our favorite on the market. It’s no wonder this regulator is trusted by so many breweries and beer bars—it represents the best quality at a great price. Available in a standard, single-body model, as well as a dual-body model which allows you to send different pressures to two separate kegs from the same CO2 tank!
The things you’ll love about this regulator are:
The large front knob makes pressure adjustment tool-free, easy & fast.
The built-in gasket where the regulator connects to the CO2 tank eliminates the constant replacement of fiber washers every time you change out your tank.
The barbed outlet features a one-way on/off valve which prevents backflow and protects the regulator’s internals.
The gauges are easy to read. The low pressure gauge reads from 0 to 60 psi. The optional available gauge cage is the best on the market.
This is the T742HP model, where the HP stands for high performance; it won’t freeze up when multiple taps are running at once.
Best of all is the consistent pressure regulation. With many regulators the pressure can ‘creep’ up over time. This unit holds the pressure rock steady. No drifting.
More Tips & Tricks:
1. Are you out of CO2? When the needle reads half way in the red you are about 10% full. You should be able to push another 2-3gallons of beer when your at this amount of remaining gas.
2. What is an ideal serving pressure? For most beers a pressure set at 10-12PSI is the sweet spot. Your beer has to be stored cold from 34-40F for this pressure to work properly.
3. Is your beer serving a lot of foam? Don’t panic this is not hard to fix. Your beer line must be 5-8 feet in length for this to work. Turn the black check valve to the close position (as pictured). Release the pressure from your keg’s relief valve. Lower the pressure to 6-8psi by turning the flat head screw on the front of the regulator counter clock wise. Open the black check valve releasing CO2 to your keg. Try serving your beer.
4. Is my beer over carbonated? Any beer that is stored under pressure above 12psi will become overcarbonated. If you’re trying to speed up the process to carbonate your beer by raising your pressure anywhere from 15-20psi make sure you don’t leave your beer at this pressure for more than 2-3 days. If you did this you will need to release all the pressure from the keg before serving and set your serving pressure at 4-6psi depending the carbonation of your beer. After a week you will have to raise your pressure back to the optimum 10-12psi serving pressure.