Premium Portable Regulated CO2 Charger With Gauge from Beverage Elements
About from BE: “Our premium regulated CO2 charger kit lets you grab some keg portability and keep the full-size functionality. Fully controllable CO2 charger + regulator, with gauge just like the big boys, in a super compact package.
Regulated charger uses a 74 gram CO2 cartridge (not included) with 5/8″ thread. That’s plenty of CO2 to pour a full 5-gallon keg. Charger also includes the cartridge adapter to use 16 gram CO2 cartridges for charging smaller kegs too.
Our threaded ball lock gas disconnect as well as our threaded pin lock gas disconnect mate right up to the 1/4″ male MFL output.”
Use to server your beer on the go, maintain a different carbonation level or as a backup if your main tank runs out.
As of this posting Beverage Elements this on sale for just $19.50. Check the product page for current price and availability.
I think that the general consensus among homebrewers and home kegerator builders is that… MFL/Flare/Swivel connections are superior to barbed connections. That’s just my read on the situation, no scientific basis for that statement. After all, MFL swivel thingies look cool, they’re easy to attach and you can take tubing on and off easily and. The total solution, including swivels also generally costs more… more expensive = more better… right?
My take on the matter…
For gas lines: Personally, I prefer barb fittings on CO2 lines as they don’t loosen over time. Use a quality clamp and you have a solid connection that should not loosen or leak over time. Moving kegs and lines around could conceivably loosen MFL connections and a CO2 leak is invisible. Even a small, slow leak could equal an emptied CO2 tank.
For liquid lines: A liquid leak is a lot more obvious. A little dripping from a liquid MFL line would tell you that the line has loosened. I generally use flare swivels on liquid lines. I do still use barbs on tail pieces because that’s kind of a tight spot on my kegerator that makes it difficult to turn a wrench.
Of course you can use whatever you want. If you use MFL, I suggest periodically tightening swivels to make sure you always have a good, solid connection.
This manifold allows you to split a single tank into multiple runs and control each with an independent ball valve. Each ball valve also contains a check valve that stops one beer from backflowing into another line. Pressure changes can cause this to happen with a simple T-type system. This manifold prevents the issue. This system can also expand as needed by adding an additional outlet.
From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:
“If you’re searching for an economical CO2 regulator that still offers reliable performance and great durability, this Fermentap Dual Gauge CO2 Regulator is just the thing.
This CO2 regulator regulator features hand-adjustable pressure that doesn’t require any tools, as well as a built-in tank gasket so that you won’t have to change the tank without one. The 30 PSI low pressure gauge offers a more precise range for dispensing beer at home when compared to the standard 60 PSI gauge, and the built-in pressure relief valve blows off at 40 PSI for added safety. With its chrome-plated brass construction, this Fermentap Dual Gauge CO2 Regulator will offer years of rust-free, reliable use.” [full description]
0 to 30 PSI Brewer’s Edge Mini Regulator from William’s Brewing w/Stainless Steel Ball Lock QD. Uses 74 gram CO2 cartridges. Those are enough to dispense a 5 gallon keg of carbonated beer. Features an integrated check valve to keep beer from flowing backwards into the 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 plenty to serve high 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. I would not suggest force carbonation with this unit. The 74g cartridges would be pricey. You could carbonate using your existing regulator or just as easily naturally carbonate with priming sugar. After the beer is completely carbonated, use this to serve at the higher pressure.
As of this posting Beverage Elements is discounting a great selection of new, reconditionied and recertified CO2 tanks. Take a look at Bev Elements Sale Page for a full list of current sale items, prices and availability.