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Old 02-07-2012, 12:27 PM   #1
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Default Portable CO2 setup for sanke kegs

Just wondering if anyone has every made a setup for 1/2 barrel sanke kegs using the small bb gun like co2 cartridges. I've never used the setups for the corney kegs that they already sell so I don't even know how many cartridges it takes to dispense a smaller keg. (anyone know?) I have a full blown kegerator , but the other day my buddy bought a keg for the super bowl which made me think of this idea. He used the good ol fashion air pump, only drank half the keg and the rest was flat by the next day. So I thought to myself.....hey , there should be a fairly cheap system out there just for situations like this. You know, for the occasional use people. Say they just want a 1/6th or 1/4 barrel for a weekend party type of thing and dont want to spend $600 on a kegerator. Thoughts?? This may just be my $1 million idea haha.

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Old 02-07-2012, 01:33 PM   #2
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You can buy the sanke to homebrew adapter kits so all the fittings then match. Basically it puts the 1/4 tapered fittings on a sanke tap.

Buy the dispensing unit already available for the soda kegs and that’s all it would take.

I can dispense a 5 gallon keg with about 1.5 to 2 cartridges.

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Old 02-07-2012, 01:36 PM   #3
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But those aren't regulated unless your but the $130 one from Williams brewing correct?

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Right, no regulator. Just pull the trigger when the beer flow slows.

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I use an old single guage regulator and some paintball parts cobbled together to make a paintball CO2 Regulator. I can put enough gas in it with my remote fill setup from my 20lb tank to dispense a keg.

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I'm thinking no gauge, 10psi non adjustable regulator that accepts the screw in 45gram cartridges with a sanke tap for a price point of around $75. I saw the other "portable kits" and buy the time you get a tank and have it filled you're into the kit for around $225. I'm just waiting for the regulator company to get back to me on pricing. Then I'll see how serious I want to get. Besides, I should be able to talk my friends into buying some 1/4kegs for weekend get togethers with a setup like this =). Then they can stop drinking from my kegs all the time haha.

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In Canada our local big box Automotive store was selling something called a Jac pac on discount last year. It was a 9 ounce paintball tank with a regulator and a hose/quick disconnect for use with air powered tools. All the homebrewers bought them up, cut the quick disconnects off and added a ball/pin lock valve to the end and now we have portable CO2 systems with regulators.

http://www.canadianwoodworking.com/N...pac/Jacpac.htm

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In Canada our local big box Automotive store was selling something called a Jak pac on discount last year. It was a 9 ounce paintball tank with a regulator and a hose/quick disconnect. All the homebrewers bought them up, cut the quick disconnects off and added a ball/pin lock valve to the end and now we have portable CO2 systems with regulators.

http://www.canadianwoodworking.com/N...pac/Jacpac.htm
Yeah, that's pretty cool. But at that price that's way over double what I'm hoping to make them for. Plus you would have to keep getting the tank refilled etc. I guess the crowd I'm looking at is the non-DIYer. Myself not included haha. If I just wanted it for me I would just make one haha. When it's just for me I like to go all out haha.
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Yeah, that's pretty cool. But at that price that's way over double what I'm hoping to make them for. Plus you would have to keep getting the tank refilled etc.
They were discounted to around $20 so it was well worth it. Those little disposable CO2 canisters cost a lot if you buy the food grade ones (compared to bulk CO2) and they can be difficult to obtain sometimes (there are people that say the non-food grade ones may have oil in them to lubricate the mechanics). If you can find a Jac pac for cheap then I would highly recommend one.
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They were discounted to around $20 so it was well worth it. Those little disposable CO2 canisters cost a lot if you buy the food grade ones (compared to bulk CO2) and they can be difficult to obtain sometimes (there are people that say the non-food grade ones may have oil in them to lubricate the mechanics). If you can find a Jac pac for cheap then I would highly recommend one.
haha, yeah for $20 it would be well worth it!!
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