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Old 01-13-2007, 11:08 PM   #1
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Default Can this be done? DIY gas manifold?

I'm just not paying 50+ bucks for a gas manifold. I saw this on Austin Homebrew and it looks like all parts I could easily get from Lowes or Home Depot.



The only potential problem I can think of would be check valves. It wouldn't have to be pretty, and I imagine I could build something like this for pretty cheap.

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Looks like the check valves at mcmaster carr are about $10 each, might be hard to beat the pre-made one.

Catalog pages 436-440.

Edit: the ones you want are on page 436.

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Old 01-13-2007, 11:58 PM   #3
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It doesn't look like that AHB one even has check valves, does it? I guess it works if you just keep the ball valves closed.

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dumb question - what do the check valves do in this type of application?

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Old 01-14-2007, 12:02 AM   #5
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dumb question - what do the check valves do in this type of application?
Prevent beer from going into the regulator. The keg pressure could easily flood a regulator. Don't ask me how I know that.
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Couldn't you just put one between the reg and the manifold.

Here's mine (no check valve) All McMaster-Carr parts.
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/showimage.php?i=875
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Old 01-14-2007, 12:09 AM   #7
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Couldn't you just put one between the reg and the manifold.

Here's mine (no check valve) All McMaster-Carr parts.
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I guess you could!
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I originally purchased a three port manifold, but parts is parts. I have check valves at each of the three regulators.

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I made mine just like that one about 5 yrs ago with no check valves, just added two more sections to it. Now I have 5 taps and I have never had a problem, could be my bottle is tall (a 50lb) and on the outside of my cooler.

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Old 01-14-2007, 02:20 AM   #10
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I made mine just like that one about 5 yrs ago with no check valves, just added two more sections to it. Now I have 5 taps and I have never had a problem, could be my bottle is tall (a 50lb) and on the outside of my cooler.
Where's the gas manifold?
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