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Old 01-20-2010, 05:48 PM   #1
Aug 2008
Posts: 56

Just got a CO2 Regulator, identical to this one,
but without the shutoff valve.

Is a shutoff valve essential? Can I just turn off the CO2 on the tank when connecting, and then turn it on to the pressure I need?
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Old 01-20-2010, 06:44 PM   #2
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Jan 2009
Redmond, WA
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not essential, no, I just use the tank shutoff valve myself. I don't have one either, and have never had a problem.
Fermenting/Kegged/Bottled NONE :( I moved to the NW and haven't had time to setup my brew rig since! (but hey, I'm in the Pacific NW so there's so much awesome beer I don't need to brew it as much hah!

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Old 01-20-2010, 06:46 PM   #3
Oct 2007
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The shutoff is nice, but not necessary. Even nicer, though, is that they're check valves, so you can't get any beer backing up into your regulator.

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Old 01-20-2010, 07:43 PM   #4
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MOST shutoff valves have a built-in check valve, but not all. Found that out the hard way...

One of my regs has no shutoff, and I don't miss it.

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