Spike Brewing 12.5 Conical Fermenter Giveaway - Enter Now!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Bottling/Kegging > Can I use this regulator?

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 09-05-2011, 03:19 PM   #1
Felix2Fingerz
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Orchard Park, NY
Posts: 8
Default Can I use this regulator?

I'm in the process of building my kegerator and getting parts. I just bought a couple of ball lock kegs from someone on craigslist and they had an old regulator laying around that I grabbed for 10 bucks. After a first glance, it looked like a standard dual gauge regulator with both gauges with psi ratings that you would find on a typical Co2 setup.

However, once I got it home I found that it was a nitrogen regulator made to screw into a tank with a female adapter found on nitrogen tanks where Co2 has a male connection. The regulator is an old tap-rite:
Series 740N
Compressed Gas
Regulator 336M
Nitrogen
2640psi (@70DegF) Max inlet pressure

If I get the right adapter, could I use this for Co2?

__________________
Felix2Fingerz is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-05-2011, 10:13 PM   #2
BBBF
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Chicago
Posts: 1,053
Liked 48 Times on 38 Posts
Likes Given: 9

Default

I would try selling it or trading it for a co2 regulator before trying to convert it.

__________________
BBBF is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-05-2011, 10:18 PM   #3
Golddiggie
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
 
Golddiggie's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Between here and there, and everywhere
Posts: 12,058
Liked 477 Times on 420 Posts
Likes Given: 266

Default

Keep it for when you brew something that you want to serve on beer gas/nitrogen. New those are $45-$60 (from Keg Connection)... So at $10 it's worth holding onto. At least until you decide (beyond any doubt) that you'll never use beer gas/nitrogen for a batch.

__________________
Hopping Tango Brewery

跟猴子比丟屎 ・ Gun HOE-tze bee DIO-se

On Tap: Caramel Ale, Mocha Porter II, MO SMaSH IPA
Waiting/Carbonating: 12.5% Wee Honey II, 8.9% Old Ale, English Brown Ale, Lickah ESB, Mocha Porter II
Fermenting
K1:
K2: Epic mead
K3: TripSix
On Deck: Caramel Ale
Aging:mead
Mead [bottled]:Oaked Wildflower Traditional, Mocha Madness, Blackberry Melomel, maple wine
Golddiggie is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-06-2011, 05:41 AM   #4
WPen
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Halifax, NovaScotia
Posts: 46
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts

Default

I use a "nitrogen" regulator for my kegerator setup and never had any issues. I simply found a local air company and swapped the threads to match my CO2 tank.
Was it made for CO2? No, but to convert the regulator only cost me $0.50 and it works great. Gas is gas

__________________
WPen is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-06-2011, 06:15 AM   #5
subliminalurge
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Moline, IL
Posts: 472
Liked 9 Times on 9 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by WPen View Post
Gas is gas
Hmm...

That's definitely not true.
__________________
subliminalurge is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-07-2011, 03:03 PM   #6
WPen
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Halifax, NovaScotia
Posts: 46
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts

Default

Yeah I probably shouldn't have stated that, definitely not true. But I do know for certain that a regulator designed for nitrogen can be modified to dispense CO2 safely. That's all I was trying to say.

__________________
WPen is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-08-2011, 03:54 AM   #7
beaksnbeer
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
 
beaksnbeer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: New Port Richey, Florida
Posts: 2,827
Liked 488 Times on 324 Posts
Likes Given: 67

Default

Trade it for what you need, It will go quick......................my.02

__________________
beaksnbeer is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-28-2012, 02:22 AM   #8
Littlejoe
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Jefferson, South Dakota
Posts: 42
Default

Felix,
I know this thread is old but I just picked up the same tap-rite 740N regulator and was wondering if you ever used yours for CO2

__________________
Littlejoe is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-28-2012, 04:33 PM   #9
zachattack
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: , MA
Posts: 2,454
Liked 234 Times on 202 Posts
Likes Given: 124

Default

You can use it for CO2, you just need to swap the CGA nipple/nut, as WPen mentioned.

If you want to keep the regulator intact you can also buy an adapter. Nitrogen tanks use CGA 580, CO2 uses CGA 320. Here's a sample adapter, you can probably get it cheaper someplace else:

http://www.mcmaster.com/#7923A13

__________________
zachattack is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Single regulator into dual regulator? h22lude Bottling/Kegging 13 09-01-2011 05:38 PM
Make a dual regulator into a single regulator set up fishnfever Bottling/Kegging 4 05-03-2011 11:23 PM
Soda Regulator vs. Beer Regulator shildebr Bottling/Kegging 1 03-27-2011 02:26 AM
2 keg setup - dual body regulator vs. regulator with dual output manifold heyjaffy Bottling/Kegging 11 02-18-2011 09:17 PM
is co2 regulator the same as a beergas regulator? bkov Bottling/Kegging 4 04-15-2009 03:32 AM