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Old 02-16-2008, 12:06 AM   #1
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Salutations!

I was searching for a CO2 regulator when I stumbled on one from harbor freight. Any one have any experience with harbor freight regulators for forced carbonation? Looking to get started in forced carbonation, but I dont want to get equipment thats is going to cause more headaches then its worth.

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http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=94841

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Old 02-16-2008, 12:12 AM   #2
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it's might work but i would be worried about it not being a beverage rated unit.
try the beverage factory here http://www.beveragefactory.com/draft...-premium.shtml

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Old 02-16-2008, 12:20 AM   #3
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Harbor Freight is great for cheap stuff that breaks easily , but I would not risk it for a regulator. I'm a big fan of this one from Micromatic.



Adjusting pressure is as easy as twisting the knob. Worth every penny when you can't find a screwdriver and the set screw is cold and stuck.

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Thanks for the info! Im fairly new to the whole homebrewing scene, especially forced carbonation. By beverage rated do you mean that it cannot be completely cleaned and sanitized?

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The one you linked to is for welding. Most welding regulators are rated to output at higher pressures then you would use in a beverage dispensing. Even if you're trying to force carb soda water you don't need to got much past 35 psi for dispensing beverages.

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I bought one a year ago. Same as the one sold now. Works good and is the same regulator that both of my local welding shops sell. Might not be PC to buy from Harbor Freight, but this item works for me.

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I always say that harbor freight is fine for things that aren't meant to wear out and don't have a lot of moving parts.

At this time, my Harbor Freight limit is down to 2. If it has two moving parts, don't buy it at harbor freight. I bought some saw horses from there. It has two moving parts. They were defective out of the box. I'd spend the extra five bucks to buy somewhere else.

Don't get me wrong, I still shop there, but only for things I don't expect to use more than once...

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Thanks for the info! Im fairly new to the whole homebrewing scene, especially forced carbonation. By beverage rated do you mean that it cannot be completely cleaned and sanitized?
you don't clean or sanitize the regulator.

Harbor Freight is selling a welding type regulator...the gauge for the pressure exiting the regulator is gonna be much higher than what you'd use for beer. Its probably increments of 15psi.
so you'd need to change that gauge out for like $10. adn then the adjustment still might not be fine tuned enough.


unless someone gives you a free regulator, stick to beverage grade ones to avoid headaches and more spending.
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Take a look at the HF regulator pic. Highest pressure on the gauge is 45(?)PSI. My "beverage" regulator goes to 60+.

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Harbor Freight is selling a welding type regulator...the gauge for the pressure exiting the regulator is gonna be much higher than what you'd use for beer. Its probably increments of 15psi.
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The one you linked to is for welding. Most welding regulators are rated to output at higher pressures then you would use in a beverage dispensing. Even if you're trying to force carb soda water you don't need to got much past 35 psi for dispensing beverages.
Folks, stick to posting factual information rather than incorrect assumptions. Perhaps that's your experience with "cheap" regulators, but any regulator for welding wouldn't need to output much more pressure than one for beer or soda. Using more than 20 psi for welding is likely to blow weld spatter all over the place, defeating the purpose of shielding gas.

Also, there is no need to worry about "beverage grade" vs "welding grade" equipment. Welders are as concerned about gas purity as brewers.

EDIT: an extra $5 nets you a pretty nice regulator from www.micromatic.com
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