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Old 12-11-2007, 01:43 AM   #11
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Don't forget, you will need a regulator for this setup as well. A HEPA filter in line before a stainless oxygen stone will keep any nasties upstream out of your unfermented wort. Unless you're welding or otherwise using the tank for double duty, I would not think it would be at all cost effective as compared to the brew specific setups that use the little red BernzOmatic disposable tanks.

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Old 12-11-2007, 12:16 PM   #12
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Don't forget, you will need a regulator for this setup as well. A HEPA filter in line before a stainless oxygen stone will keep any nasties upstream out of your unfermented wort. Unless you're welding or otherwise using the tank for double duty, I would not think it would be at all cost effective as compared to the brew specific setups that use the little red BernzOmatic disposable tanks.

Yeah, it was my intent to save some money by buying it onsale at TSC, but it doesn't sound like that would happen. You did bring up something else I was going to ask about with the inline HEPA filters. Do you need to use one even on the small red tanks from the DEPOT.

I already have the stainless steel oxygen stone, but the aquarium pump I tried on it wasn't strong enough, so it sounds like I just need to go to the red tanks.
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Old 12-11-2007, 03:18 PM   #13
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I use a Bernzomatic (Red) O2 tank from the Depot/Lowes with no worries or issues.

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Old 12-11-2007, 03:40 PM   #14
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I don't see a need to run a HEPA on a benzomatic type O2 system. sanitize the SS airstone, and just 'purge' the air line with a quick blast before running it into your wort.
if you were real worried, I'd just rig a filter with some cotton balls. no need to get real fancy.

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Do you know if you can get the regulator for the Bernzomatic tanks at HD/Lowes as well?

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Old 12-11-2007, 07:49 PM   #16
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I don't know if the HEPA filter is absolutely required or not. The kit I bought included one: http://www.breworganic.com/index.asp...ROD&ProdID=462

I guess I'm just quite paranoid about keeping as many wild things as possible out of the unfermented wort before the yeast has a chance to get a foothold. The filters are not expensive at all: http://morebeer.com/view_product/16797/102363

There are also other uses for them: http://morebeer.com/view_product/18872/102286

I never did find the regulator elsewhere, but I understand that the paintball places may have something.

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I think you can buy the reg separately from Williams Brewing; around $20, IIRC.

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Old 12-12-2007, 01:50 AM   #18
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I got my regulator from Williams. i got the $49 version that has the 22" stainless steel wand, with a SS airstone on the end. early christmas present.

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Old 12-12-2007, 02:58 AM   #19
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I got my regulator from Williams as well.

http://www.williamsbrewing.com/OXYGE...LATOR_P700.cfm

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A good friend of mine works in the medical oxygen industry and he told me the big deal with medical oxygen is that it needs to be completely free of....... not contaminants but water! There are always trace amounts of contaminates in bottled gas. In fact there is usually higher levels of those contaminates in the air you're breathing right now. The water is scary in medical applications because it can condense in the regulator and even freeze, blocking the flow and killing that 80 year old emphazema (sp?) patient. Gas from welding supply places is just fine!

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