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Old 07-16-2011, 05:46 AM   #1
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Hey there,
I want to build a keg pressure gauge like this.....http://www.williamsbrewing.com/KEG-PRESSURE-TESTER-P715C237.aspx
It will let me know how the carbing is coming along when I prime my kegs. I would just buy it but they are out of stock. Has anyone ever made one? It can't be that hard. I am thinking threaded gas connection and a gauge. Is it that easy? Thanks.

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Old 07-16-2011, 05:50 AM   #2
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Hey there,
I want to build a keg pressure gauge like this.....http://www.williamsbrewing.com/KEG-PRESSURE-TESTER-P715C237.aspx
It will let me know how the carbing is coming along when I prime my kegs. I would just buy it but they are out of stock. Has anyone ever made one? It can't be that hard. I am thinking threaded gas connection and a gauge. Is it that easy? Thanks.
the ball lock has 1/4" MFL on it. find a pressure guage with 1/4" FFL and you're golden.
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Old 07-16-2011, 05:58 AM   #3
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have to convert from 1/4 flare to 1/4 pipe (home depot run)

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Old 07-16-2011, 06:07 AM   #4
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Thanks!! Gives me a project for this weekend...

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Old 07-16-2011, 02:21 PM   #5
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hopefully it won't take you all weekend. Should take you less time than drinking one beer!

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take it a step further and make a spunding valve.

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take it a step further and make a spunding valve.
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I use my spunding valve pretty much on every brew, either for fermenting under pressure, counter-pressure transfer, or just checking on a keg. It's invaluable.

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wolfman_48442 can you please explain your setup

Thanks!

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wolfman_48442 can you please explain your setup

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The homebrew wiki has a short article that explains the basics of using a spunding valve. If you search for "spunding" you'll find some good threads about it too. It's pretty simple. Looking at wolfmans pic, the gauge on the left shows the pressure inside the keg, and the black thing on the right is an adjustable pressure relief valve. Connect that to a sealed fermenter however you can, and that's really all there is to it. I'm a big fan of pressurized fermentation, and as wolfman pointed out, spunding valves are very useful for other tasks as well.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/wiki/index.php/Spunding
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