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Old 04-01-2009, 04:45 AM   #1
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Default 5/16 gas line to 1/4 barb fittings

I got a 1/4" cross fitting to split my gas line to 3 kegs. I've got the original keg with MFL Ball lock disconnects on the 5/16 line connected to the regulator. However, my new hardware are two 1/4" barbed disconnects and 1/4" line with the 1/4" fitting. I've got plumbers lube and a bunch of worm gear clamps.

Can I clamp the crap out of the 5/16 line and make it work with the smaller 1/4 fittings or do I need to go back to the drawing board?

Anyone else have experience with this one?

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Old 04-01-2009, 04:54 AM   #2
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I have not had this problem however I would still try it out. The real problem would be leaks and if you keep your eyes on it (leak check everything) I would have to say you could make it work.

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Old 04-01-2009, 09:05 AM   #3
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Hose is cheap.... 1/4 hose would make me rest easier personally.

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Old 04-01-2009, 02:40 PM   #4
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Hose is cheap.... 1/4 hose would make me rest easier personally.
Me too. But the problem starts with the 5/16 thick red line coming off the regulator (original equipment on the kegerator). I don't think I could hook up 1/4 hose to the regulator fitting.
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Old 04-01-2009, 05:24 PM   #5
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wrap something around the barb then clamp on it.
I wrapped a bunch of teflon around mine..No leaks

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Old 04-01-2009, 06:11 PM   #6
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perhaps try using a short 1/2" piece of the 1/4" line on the barb and then slip the 5/16 over that. Heat the 5/16 if it is a tough fit.

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Old 04-01-2009, 06:37 PM   #7
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I would just buy new barbs. Cheap and puts my mind at ease.

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[edit] Nevermind, I didn't realize your new hardware was barbed QDs and not threaded with a swivel nut. In that case, I'm clueless short of investing in new threaded QDs with the proper swivel nuts with 5/16 barbs.

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Old 04-01-2009, 06:48 PM   #8
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I had this same problem when I first got my keg. 5/16th gas hose to a 1/4 disconnect. I clamped the hell out of it and it fit on the 1/4 inch. It sealed pretty tight but looked a bit loose, so I came across a 5/16th to 1/4 splicer and used that with no problems.

Teflon sounds like an idea, If you clamp it down hard enough should do the trick.

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Old 04-01-2009, 07:02 PM   #9
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I've got the smaller barbs on some of my gas tubing. Just clamped them down real tight and haven't had any issues.

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Old 04-01-2009, 10:51 PM   #10
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Why not just buy a reducer 5/16" to 1/4". I have 5/16 and 1/4 both coming off my regulators. Just need the correct fittings.

Otherwise just clamp it and check for leaks. I do have one 5/16 on a 1/4 bard, no issues.

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