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Old 12-16-2011, 03:24 PM   #31
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I bought the Cooper beer kits with the carbonation drops.

How may drops per mini-keg to carbonate naturally?

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Old 12-16-2011, 08:02 PM   #32
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I've got the lowes regulator mentioned above. I also jbwelded a quick disconnect and have been force carbonating by setting my reg to 17 and leaving it. After 3 or so days I drop the pressure to 14 and it's good to go. I have a few 9 oz paintball tanks and a 12 oz. A 9oz has lasted me through 3 bottles already, and I'm assuming will last for a bit longer. I don't know that it makes a difference, but I hook an air gun up to the co2 and purge the bottle before filling with beer. Whether I am carbonating or not in it.

 
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Old 10-26-2012, 06:36 AM   #33
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After wasting yet another CO2 cartridge in one of these home draft kegs filled with my homebrew, I think I'm going to have to make a modification like this.

A quick question, couldn't I just put a 1/4" barb on the end and avoid the disconnects altogether? Such as this:
http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053
I am wanting to do this as well.. did this home depot fitting just fit in place of co2 cartridge? did it seal fine?

 
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Old 10-27-2012, 12:22 PM   #34
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I ended up putting a ball lock connector on.

If you flip the rubber co2 seal that comes with the bottle they will seal better with aftermarket co2 cartridges.

There is a slight difference in the length of the neck of the co2 cartridges.

 
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Old 10-27-2012, 01:13 PM   #35
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how did you put that connector on it. i was trying to find an adapter that would screw in in place of the co2 cartridge.

 
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Old 10-27-2012, 01:20 PM   #36
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Do you mean flipping the seal that is in the regulator thingie on the home draft bottles? Does it still stay seated in there well? I'm always a little worried about losing that thing.....seems like it might be tough to replace. That would be great, though, to get a more reliable seal with the after market carts.

 
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Old 10-27-2012, 02:10 PM   #37
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how did you put that connector on it. i was trying to find an adapter that would screw in in place of the co2 cartridge.
You can put any adapter into a spent cartridge. I have used barbed, 1/4 MFL as well as the quick disconnect. I started using 1/8 NPT on the cartridge side so I don't have to modify the plastic cartridge holder and/or glue the cartridge in place.

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Old 10-27-2012, 04:07 PM   #38
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as for the seal, the black one that the co2 cartridge seals to.
one side is deeper than the other, think of a capital H, it is deeper on one side that the other, the cartridges that are sent have a bit longer neck.

As for the ball lock connector, I simply removed said seal, and used and adapter, screwed it into the valve body, then sealed all around it with hot glue.

You might want to seal the overpressure vent as well.

 
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Old 10-27-2012, 04:28 PM   #39
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as for the seal, the black one that the co2 cartridge seals to.
one side is deeper than the other, think of a capital H, it is deeper on one side that the other, the cartridges that are sent have a bit longer neck.

As for the ball lock connector, I simply removed said seal, and used and adapter, screwed it into the valve body, then sealed all around it with hot glue.

You might want to seal the overpressure vent as well.
I didn't catch your addition of a ball lock connector until I read this post. Would you mind posting a picture or two?
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Old 10-27-2012, 05:08 PM   #40
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Very interesting. I have 12 Tap-A-Draft bottles and two of the dual 8-gram TAD regulators. I'll never let those go since they can mix CO2 and N. I'm adding a bar in my basement with taps, but this could really expand my horizon.
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