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Old 09-13-2010, 02:34 PM   #1
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Default Dual Body regulator or Manifold?

With a two keg kegerator how important would it be to have a dual body regulator? I assume thats just so you can adjust the pressure for each tank. With the manifold would there be any other downsides besides not having the individual control?

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Old 09-13-2010, 03:46 PM   #2
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If all your beer is going to be carbonated at the same volume, then it's not a big deal. I now wish I had gone with a dual-regulator so I don't have to disconnect my other kegs for a couple weeks to carb up a mild.

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Old 09-13-2010, 03:52 PM   #3
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Thats what I was afraid of, to have one beer getting force carbed I wouldn't be able to serve from the other.

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If you carb using set it and forget it method a manifold is fine. I'm impatient more often that I should be so I tend to force carb with 30 psi while serving around 11.. So dual regulator was what I went with..

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set it and forget it? That works how?

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Old 09-13-2010, 04:18 PM   #6
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Set and forget is a method where you simply hook up an uncarbonated keg to a CO2 line set at whatever your desired pressure is at. If you let that keg sit for a long enough time (3-4 weeks), you will reach your desired pressure. This is assuming that in your case you're serving at something resembling a equilibrium pressure.

Many people serve at pressures of 3-5 psi because of short lines. If you have long lines, you can serve at 11-15 psi or so which, if you have a manifold, can serve as carbing pressure as well. No need to have a separate pressure gauge or disconnect the serving lines.

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how long to carb if your impatient and set it to 30psi? just a few days? I wouldn't mind the taps being down for that long.

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24-36 hours @ 30psi usually works for me.

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Old 09-13-2010, 06:12 PM   #9
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I just did 2 kegs (IIPA and Imp. Stout) in 2 days at 30 PSI. It's really wasy to over shoot your carb volume though, so be careful. I was on a deadline for a vacation, and WAY over shot the stout
And this is assuming your beer is cold. It won't work at room temp.

I have a single body reg in my little 3-keg Haier kegerator. It's good for serving, and for set and forget. While I'm drinking 2 kegs, the 3rd is carbonating to just the right volume in the back. When I kick a keg I pull the dead one, move the (now carbonated) keg to the front, and install a new un-carbonated keg in the back to "set and forget" again

It works great as long as you don't kick more than 2 kegs every 2 weeks

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What does the primary pressure gauge on the tank tell us? That's right, the temperature. Put it on a scale if you want to know how much is in it...
Put some duct tape over the gauge - Or better yet - Replace the high pressure gauge with a plug - High pressure gauges are useless!
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