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Old 02-29-2008, 04:27 PM   #1
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Default Do I need a dual CO2 regulator?

Just ordered all my equipment for kegging. I keep reading that is really good to be able to charge a newly filed keg at a higher pressure than the rest of the kegs are at. Hence I assume a dual pressure reg is needed. Yet I don't seem to recall many people having a dual.

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Old 02-29-2008, 04:32 PM   #2
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I dont have the Dual Regulator and I wish I did, I am going to have to un hook the gas to my second keg when Im ready to force carb the new keg. I dont want to hit my already carbed keg with 30 psi, but the other Alt is not to force carb. I think if you let the keg sit at serving psi it will take a lot longer but you wont have to unhook the other keg but if your like me you wont have the patience.

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They're a luxury not a necessity. If you have the means, get the dual regulator...

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It's nice, but not critical. My setup, I've got a pair of single regulators to do the same function, but honestly I haven't bothered to set them at different pressures. If you're serving something like an English ale that really wants to be at a lower pressure than your IPA, it's a real nice functionality to have, but it's not going to keep you from enjoying your beer, you know?

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Old 02-29-2008, 04:45 PM   #5
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Alright makes sense. The cost diff between the 2 is only $30. I might as well do it in case I want it down the road.

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Also if you ever plan to have soda on tap (good for the non-beer drinkers and kiddos) you can use the other regulator set at 30 all the time for the soda.

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Old 02-29-2008, 05:05 PM   #7
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I usually don't serve at different pressures either. The biggest benefit of a dual body regulator is having the ability to force carb one keg at 30-35 psi while still having another keg at serving pressure.

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Alright makes sense. The cost diff between the 2 is only $30. I might as well do it in case I want it down the road.

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I went with the dual regulator. It's a nice optioin to have since I will only have 2 kegs going at the same time.
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Old 02-29-2008, 10:07 PM   #9
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Yah if you want to get it done and over with pick up the dual regualtor youll thank yourself later. Ive only had mine for a week now and Im already glad I went with it.

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Old 02-29-2008, 10:28 PM   #10
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The only pain I see is having to run two lines from the tank into the fridge.

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