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Kegerator Tubing – Barbed vs Flare Fittings – what should you use?

Pictured: Four way CO2 Manifold via William’s Brewing

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.

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20% Off CO2 Manifolds at William’s Brewing!

CO2 Manifolds from William’s Brewing.  Each of the runs has a ball valve with an integrated check valve.

Check Valves.  The check valve ensures that liquid doesn’t backflow from one line to another.  It’s not common for beer to backfeed up a line, but it is certainly possible.

Barb Fittings.  Each of the four runs and the inlet feature 1/4″ barb fittings.  Personally, I prefer barb fittings on CO2 lines as they don’t loosen over time.  Even a small leak could mean an emptied CO2 tank.

Aluminium Body.  This manifold features an aluminum body.  One end has a 1/4″ NPT to 1/4″ barb installed for hooking up to your regulator.  The opposite end has a 1/4″ NPT plug installed.  That plug can be removed and another brass valve or part can be installed…  Q87, D16, or D69.

As of this posting, these are each marked down 20%. No coupon or promo code is required, sale price is reflected on each product page.  These are a great deal!  Check William’s Brewing for up to the minute price and availability.

CO2 Manifolds at William’s Brewing

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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Bev Rite Air Distributor 5/16″, CO2 Manifold – 3 way

Bev Rite Air Distributor 5/16", CO2 Manifold - 3 way

Bev Rite Air Distributor 5/16″, CO2 Manifold – 3 way

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

  • Aluminum Body
  • Shutoffs with check valves
  • 5/16″ barbed inlet and 5/16″ barbed outlets
  • High quality construction

 

MFL vs Barbed for Gas Lines?  Personally, I prefer barbed connections for gas lines.  To me, it’s more likely that an MFL connection could work it’s way loose enough to be the source of an invisible CO2 gas leak.  Even a small leak can = an empty tank.  I think it’s less likely that tubing secured to a barb with a properly fitting worm clamp or oetiker clamp.  Also: Oetiker Stepless Clamps for Kegerator Gas and Beer Lines

Bev Rite Air Distributor 5/16″, CO2 Manifold – 3 way – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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Bev Rite Air Distributor 5/16″, CO2 Manifold – 3 way

Bev Rite Air Distributor 5/16", CO2 Manifold - 3 way

Bev Rite Air Distributor 5/16″, CO2 Manifold – 3 way

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

  • Aluminum Body
  • Shutoffs with check valves
  • 5/16″ barbed inlet and 5/16″ barbed outlets
  • High quality construction

 

MFL vs Barbed for Gas Lines?  Personally, I prefer barbed connections for gas lines.  To me, it’s more likely that an MFL connection could work it’s way loose enough to be the source of an invisible CO2 gas leak.  Even a small leak can = an empty tank.  I think it’s less likely that tubing secured to a barb with a properly fitting worm clamp or oetiker clamp.  Also: Oetiker Stepless Clamps for Kegerator Gas and Beer Lines

Bev Rite Air Distributor 5/16″, CO2 Manifold – 3 way – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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YaeBrew 5 Way Gas Manifold – $39.99, $8 per trunk + free shipping

YaeBrew Gas Manifold, Beer Gas Distributor, Air Distributor CO2 Manifold 5/16" - 5 Way

YaeBrew Gas Manifold, Beer Gas Distributor, Air Distributor CO2 Manifold 5/16″ – 5 Way

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

  • LIGHT AND DURABLE : aluminum body is lighter than steel but remains durable and long lasting.
  • SAVES MONEY : enables you to buy a single CO2 tank to for multiple kegs.
  • MOUNTING HOLES : allows for easy installation on walls or kegerators.
  • 5/16” barbed inlet and 5/16” barbed outlets
  • Shutoffs with check valves

 

4/4/19 1:30 PM Central: My general rule of thumb for what constitutes a good deal on a CO2 manifold is anything less than $10 per trunk.  This one is selling for $39.99.  That figures to just $8 per trunk.  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.

YaeBrew Gas Manifold, Beer Gas Distributor, Air Distributor CO2 Manifold 5/16″ – 5 Way – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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SIX way CO2 Manifold – $46.62, just $7.77 per trunk

Gas Manifold - 1/4 in. (Aluminum)

Gas Manifold – 1/4 in. (Aluminum) via CRAFT’R


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

Manifolds are a great way to have one CO2 tank supply multiple kegs. This manifold is made from aluminum, brass, and stainless. It also works up to 100 psi and includes 1/4 in ball valves with built in check valves. Another ball valve can be added to the end of the manifold for an additional gas line.


What I like about this…

  • Check Valves.  The check valve ensures that liquid doesn’t backflow from one line to another.  It’s not common for beer to backfeed up a line, but it is certainly possible.
  • Barb Fittings.  Each of the six runs  feature 1/4″ barb fittings.  Personally, I prefer barb fittings on CO2 lines as they don’t loosen over time.  Even a small leak could mean an emptied CO2 tank.
  • Aluminium Body.  This manifold features an aluminum body.
  • Price!  My general rule of thumb for what constitutes a good deal on a CO2 manifold is anything less than $10 per trunk.  This one is selling for  just $7.77 trunk AND shipping is free.

As of this posting, CRAFT’R has this marked down to just $46.62.  Shipping is also free to addresses in the lower 48 states with a $49 order.  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

Gas Manifold – 1/4 in. (Aluminum)

Other sizes are also available – The four way is on sale for $26.35, that figures to just $6.59 per trunk.  The cheapest per trunk cost is actually the 5 way.  At $32.57 that figures to just $6.51 per trunk!

Do some comparison shopping – search “6 way co2 manifold” on Amazon

Also at CRAFT’R

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Bev Rite 5 Way CO2 Manifold

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Bev Rite Air Distributor 5/16″, CO2 Manifold – 5 way


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

  • Aluminum Body
  • Shutoffs with check valves
  • 5/16″ barbed inlet and 5/16″ barbed outlets
  • High quality construction

Use to pressurize multiple kegs off one co2 regulator.

Bev Rite Air Distributor 5/16″, CO2 Manifold – 5 way


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Kegerator Tubing – Barbed vs Flare Fittings – what should you use?

Pictured: Four way CO2 Manifold via William’s Brewing

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.

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Bev Rite 5 Way CO2 Manifold

B072HMWG7M

Bev Rite Air Distributor 5/16″, CO2 Manifold – 5 way


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

  • Aluminum Body
  • Shutoffs with check valves
  • 5/16″ barbed inlet and 5/16″ barbed outlets
  • High quality construction

Use to pressurize multiple kegs off one co2 regulator.

Bev Rite Air Distributor 5/16″, CO2 Manifold – 5 way


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LD Carlson 4 Way CO2 Manifold [Serve Multiple Kegs]

LD Carlson 5669 4 Way Gas Manifold with 5/16 Barb

4 Way CO2 Manifold.  Aluminum body.  5/16″ Barbs.  Each trunk has a ball valve and integrated check valves.  Check valves stop beer or other liquids from back feeding into other lines or your regulator.

Use to pressurize multiple kegs off one co2 regulator.

LD Carlson 5669 4 Way Gas Manifold with 5/16 Barb


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