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Old 11-08-2007, 03:56 PM   #1
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Default Ball Check Valve (kegging noob, please be gentle)

OK, so I've got everything to set up my keezer. My questions relate to the regulator. First, I've purchased some Ball Check Valves, but I'm slightly confused on where it goes. Do I have to take off the barbed shut off, place the valve, then put the shutoff back on to the valve? Or am I way off?

Second, and this is the one that makes me feel really dumb but these damn things don't come with instructions I know the screw coming out of the middle of the regulator body is to adjust the pressure. But the shut off valve...what is off and what is on? Parallel to barb is off, perpendicular is on?

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Old 11-08-2007, 07:08 PM   #2
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so....22 reads and no responses...is it that dumb of a question?

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Old 11-08-2007, 07:15 PM   #3
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I'm pretty sure when the handle for the shutoff valve is inline with the pipe it is open and when it is 90 degrees to the pipe it is off. That's how a valve for natural gas works and I think it's the same. Try to blow thru it in both positions and you'll know for sure.

I think you have it right on the ball check valves but I'm kinda iffy on that I have no personal experience.

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Parallel (inline) to barb is ON, perpendicular is OFF.

Not sure if I understand your first question though. The barbed shut off came with the regulator and you want to replace it with a ball check valve to prevent backflow? You could do that, or if you have multiple ball valves, use them in a manifold or brass Tee to have individual shut offs for the kegs.

Simple example/another way of looking at it:
Tank valve= on/off from the tank
regulator valve = on/off out of the regulator
brass tee:
in: hose to regulator
out: shut off/check to keg 1
out: shut off/check to keg 2

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Old 11-08-2007, 07:24 PM   #5
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Parallel (inline) to barb is ON, perpendicular is OFF.

Not sure if I understand your first question though. The barbed shut off came with the regulator and you want to replace it with a ball check valve to prevent backflow? You could do that, or if you have multiple ball valves, use them in a manifold or brass Tee to have individual shut offs for the kegs.
Thanks on the first part...

As for the valves. I have a dual gage on the tank with a barbed shut off.


This will go into a series of 4 inline regulators that have the same (barbed shutoff).


I'm looking to prevent backflow in the inline regulators. I purchased 4 check valves. Did I make a boo boo?
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I'm looking to prevent backflow in the inline regulators. I purchased 4 check valves. Did I make a boo boo?

Some ball valves have built in check valves and some do not. If I was unsure as to which i had, I would go ahead and add the check valves. Make sure that you have them facing the proper direction by blowing through them.
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Some ball valves have built in check valves and some do not. If I was unsure as to which i had, I would go ahead and add the check valves. Make sure that you have them facing the proper direction by blowing through them.
Thanks. The question was where do I put the ball check valves? I'm gathering that they would typically be where the barbed shut offs are.
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Old 11-08-2007, 10:59 PM   #8
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Yep. You got it right.....should be after the regulator. Your question is confusing because "ball" and "check" are two different types of valves.

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Ball Check Valve:
http://www.midwestsupplies.com/produ...px?ProdID=4193

This is what I purchased.

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Curious about the shape/configuration and the 'cap'...should be able to screw the shutoff/hose barb right into the check valve...love to see a pic of the hidden/capped end. It appears to have a smaller, different thread....sorta awkward to mount if that is the case....


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