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nyer 07-30-2008 08:03 PM

Portable CO2 charger
 
Has anyone ever used one of these portable chargers? I'm curious how many kegs you can pour with one charger. I'm looking for something small, lightweight and portable to use with cornie kegs. This thing looks like it would work if I don't need several chargers to empty a full keg.

http://www.austinhomebrew.com/produc...oducts_id=1197

Beerrific 07-30-2008 08:11 PM

Similar product:
http://morebeer.com/view_product/183...ctor_Ball_Lock

They say it take 2-5 16g cartridges to dispense one keg. So like 3-7 12g cartridges.

hellbender 07-30-2008 08:14 PM

2.5 Gal Keg
 
I recently completely dispensed a 2.5 Gal Keg with 2 Ea 12g cartridges. I love mine.

nyer 07-30-2008 08:18 PM

Thats alot of chargers for one keg. I need a way to dispense 5-10 kegs a day at two seperate locations, so 10-20 a day. I'm trying to help someone who will be using cornie kegs to hold soda and they don't have tanks and regulator's.

SiB57 07-30-2008 08:20 PM

I have one, used it a bunch of times for parties. Can dispense the whole 5 gallons with 2 "canisters"

I found that people want to press the button more than they really need to, so I won't put the second canister in until the beer is basically not pouring anymore. Then I'll load it again and I'm good to go. This assumes it's for a party and the 5 gallons will be finished in a short amount of time (last party was less than 2 hours.)

Edit: - I'm not sure this is the solution for your particular app, though. I just don't think, especially for soda, that they have enough charge.

nyer 07-30-2008 09:10 PM

Two cartridges wouldn't be bad. The soda isn't even going to be carbonated, we just need a way to push it.

foppa78 07-30-2008 09:19 PM

The portable co2 charges are convenient for dispensing a little bit every once in a while. I think in the long run it would be more cost effective to get the co2 tank and regulator. You would also be able to dial in the desired pressure more easily with the regulator. Seems that replacing co2 cartridges all the time would add up fast.

BierMuncher 07-30-2008 09:24 PM

For $84 bucks you can pick up a portable CO2 system from Lowe's and adapt it to fit cornies. The 9 Oz canister should push 3 - 4 cornies and it costs $2.49 to get them refilled at Dicks Sporting Goods.

Check out my "Rolling Kegerator" link below for pics on the setup.

bradsul 07-30-2008 09:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by foppa78 (Post 778869)
The portable co2 charges are convenient for dispensing a little bit every once in a while. I think in the long run it would be more cost effective to get the co2 tank and regulator. You would also be able to dial in the desired pressure more easily with the regulator. Seems that replacing co2 cartridges all the time would add up fast.

I agree, the cartridges are expensive and a couple regulators and tanks would be paid for very quickly.

malkore 07-30-2008 10:38 PM

either get a normal 5lb CO2 cylinder, or shell out the money for one of those paintball tank regulators. 9oz will dispense a lot more than 12-16 grams.


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