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Old 06-07-2009, 08:50 PM   #1
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Hi I am just putting together the equipment to build a kegerator - and I had a question about serving pressures - If I get a regulator with multiple gauges (i.e more than two) I can serve beers a different pressures - is that really worth the extra cash? I'm not planning to force carb, so I'd only need different pressures for two or maybe three pressures - and just use the nearest one to the precise pressure - or is it worth going the extra mile and having a dedicated gauge per keg, to really fine tune?

I've come a long way from the $60 starter kit, that's for sure
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Old 06-07-2009, 09:56 PM   #2
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it depends on how many styles you're brewing and serving concurrently. i've got 2 regulators and a splitter on one....3 taps. suits me fine, but i only brew ale styles. even so, having 2 allows me to have an english bitter at low carbonation and american ales higher. also nice to be able to force carb one keg at high pressure for a day or tow. for me, 2 gauges are enough, but i wouldn't want to have just one.

 
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Old 06-08-2009, 12:31 AM   #3
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I think you'll regret not having at least 2 gauges some time down the road. Being able to serve at different pressures it nice...but being able to force carb at a higher pressure for a couple of days....priceless....

 
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Thanks for the comments. I'll be agnoizing over this for some time I can see, and even though I say I'm not wanting to force carb, it definitely makes sense to be able to force carb, for the odd batch here and there...
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Thanks for the comments. I'll be agnoizing over this for some time I can see, and even though I say I'm not wanting to force carb, it definitely makes sense to be able to force carb, for the odd batch here and there...
I dont think you'll agonize that much over 2 serving pressures. But you sure as hell will be force carbing. Dude its just way too easy and just makes so much sense. Just set it and forget it.
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Using kegs and not force carbing doesn't make sense. It's so handy! And you have so much more control. Trust me, you will want to force carb!

Also, I did not think I'd want different pressures for different kegs either, but now I wish I'd bought a dual reg system to start with.
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Every step along the home brew path I've thought I wouldn't need the next one... I won't be going AG, I won't be growing my own hops (or trying to), I won't be kegging my beer. It's cost me money buying small then replacing - it's time to think ahead this time around.
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I have 3 taps in my kegerator and use a simple stainless cross and I dispense all my brews and apfelwein at 12 psi. No manifold, no valves (except on the regulator), just one hose split to 3 gas lines for three kegs.

 
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Every step along the home brew path I've thought I wouldn't need the next one... I won't be going AG, I won't be growing my own hops (or trying to), I won't be kegging my beer. It's cost me money buying small then replacing - it's time to think ahead this time around.
+1!!!

Another benefit to force carbonating is that you will have less sediment in the keg and clearer beer.

and when ordering, you want a 2 body regulator, don't confuse that with the number of guages (Dual Body should have 3 guages)
4) CO2 Beer Regulator, Dual Body, Three Gauge, Taprite Brand

 
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I originally wanted to served soda to the kids on my kegerator. I thought it would be a fun thing to make and enjoy with them. Even so, I did not get a dual regulator system. Kicking myself now. Even if I didn't put soda in there, I would want a different fizzy level on my beers.
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