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Old 04-14-2013, 09:07 PM   #1
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Default Those "travel size" CO2 Setups?

I have seen what I am calling "travel size" CO2 setups for corny kegs. They basically attach to the "In" and are pretty small, no lines or other hardware to drop and break (or form a torpedoes from). A few couple questions:

  1. What are these called? If I don't know what they are called I can't very well search for them.
  2. Are they a decent solution? Like for bringing a key to a bonfire or camping trip?
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Old 04-14-2013, 09:35 PM   #2
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I have seen what I am calling "travel size" CO2 setups for corny kegs. They basically attach to the "In" and are pretty small, no lines or other hardware to drop and break (or form a torpedoes from). A few couple questions:
  1. What are these called? If I don't know what they are called I can't very well search for them.
  2. Are they a decent solution? Like for bringing a key to a bonfire or camping trip?
You mean those little "co2 guns?" They work great for portable use. The only thing is, you've got to hide it. Otherwise, just like when we were kids a couple of guys would go crazy and pump the air pumper in the keg, leaving a foamy mess? Well, non-brewers want to play with the damn gun as well.

The idea is that you just give it a shot when the pour slows down, to dispense the beer. There isn't any regulator or anything. And you can change out the cartridge without taking off the contraption, so it's easy and handy. It normally takes about 2 cartridges or so to dispense a 5 gallon keg.

It's called a "co2 charger" on austinhomebrew.com: http://www.austinhomebrew.com/produc...3a5ea5531f8464
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Thanks Yoop! I'll go check it out.

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Yoop, this is what I was thinking of ... although I had no idea they were this expensive:

Mini-CO2 Regulator w/ Quick Disconnect and CO2 Cartridge - $149.99



I did find this as well though to adapt a paintball gun CO2 canister to a standard regulator:

The Adapter CO-2-GO - $13.49



It might be cheaper in the long run to do the adapter and get a less expensive single-gauge regulator for travel.

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http://www.williamsbrewing.com/KEG-C...ent-P1464.aspx

A much cheaper option... Like Yooper said, no regulator but it will dispense nicely.

You will need a threaded gas disconnect as well.
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http://www.kegoutlet.com/pin-valve-regulator.html

It's a bit more expensive, but it works great! I used one for years until I thought it fried out and replaced it with a different version only to find out that my son had played with it and loosened a screw or two. They also come in handy for force carbing and using a carbonator cap. Here's a picture of my current one:


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With these portable units, I'm assuming you can use the CO2 cartridges that are normally sold for pellet guns?

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http://www.kegoutlet.com/pin-valve-regulator.html

It's a bit more expensive, but it works great!
I use a 22oz paintball tank for my portable setup. If you figure in the cost of replacing those little CO2 cartridges, I bet that it's cheaper over the long run to go with the bigger refillable option.
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