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bhapnin 09-06-2011 12:08 AM

Co2 manifold. Copper?
 
I need a co2 manifold for 5 taps. I'd prefer to make one as I am a plumber and can make one very easily out of copper and brass fittings with things I have on hand but all the ones I see are stainless. I would make it out of 1/2" copper tees with adapters to accommodate a ball valve and a flare fitting.
Is there a reason I haven't seen a copper one?

Airplanedoc 09-06-2011 12:19 AM

Why not just use one of those PEX manifolds. Fewer chances for leaks as there would be fewer joints

bhapnin 09-06-2011 12:32 AM

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Originally Posted by Airplanedoc
Why not just use one of those PEX manifolds. Fewer chances for leaks as there would be fewer joints

Done and done. Not worried about leaks,
But I build a pex version faster, easier and cheaper. Thank you! Kind an oh duh moment but greatly appreciated.

Flomaster 09-06-2011 12:32 AM

if he's a plumber im pretty sure there is no change of leaks. heck even I can solder up copper and make it leak proof. only thing i'd be concerned about is if the co2 is going to have any ill effects with the copper. I doubt it would, but just some thing to look into.

-=Jason=-

Edit: lets see photos of this manifold

Tharderocker 09-06-2011 01:07 AM

I thought about a pex manifold, what size of barbs did you use? Did you use pex or vinyl tubing?

_JP_ 09-06-2011 11:50 AM

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Originally Posted by Flomaster (Post 3231722)

Edit: lets see photos of this manifold

Seconded. I can solder pipe all day long, and hate the idea of spending $50 on a manifold that I could build myself. Pics please!

TheBroonery 09-06-2011 11:54 AM

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/moving-co2-out-fridge-258677/ here's how I did mine, moving the co2 tank out of the fridge. The threads coming off the regulator are 1/4" so you can do just about anything. I used 1/4" copper and flare ftngs, but I don't see why you couldm't connect several T's together to make a manifold.

BTW, and Home Depot, the 1/4" ball valves are over in the air compressor tools section, not the plumbing isle.

JackSmith 09-06-2011 01:24 PM

The manifolds from MoreBeer are copper/brass. The reason I'm buying one and not making one is those you can buy include a check valve at every outlet. I could make a manifold for little money, but once I include check valves it's not much less than the commercial offerings.

_JP_ 09-06-2011 02:47 PM

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Originally Posted by JackSmith (Post 3232471)
The manifolds from MoreBeer are copper/brass. The reason I'm buying one and not making one is those you can buy include a check valve at every outlet. I could make a manifold for little money, but once I include check valves it's not much less than the commercial offerings.

Yeah, but my LHBS has check valves for $3.75.

http://www.brewmasterswarehouse.com/product/0101780/ball-check-valve

I guess 4 of them would $16, so might be the priciest part of the project.


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