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Old 08-25-2011, 12:37 PM   #1
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What are the pros and cons of an air distributor (with a check valve) vs. a three gauge regulator for a two keg setup?

Is the only draw back selecting different pressures? Price wise, a two-way air distrib might make sense for me... appreciate the help.


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Old 08-25-2011, 01:09 PM   #2

Really, it comes down to carbonation volumes. If you have a dual regulator, then you can carbonate two beers at difference pressures. This helps if you have, say...a belgian, and an english beer on tap at the same time. It also would let you force carbonate one with the 30psi method and still have one on tap.

Personally, I think the 30psi overnight carbonation method is junk. I also think that most people (regardless of whether they think they can or not) can't tell the difference between pressures when it's a 1/2 a volume off. Because of this...I've always used distributors, and I'll continue to do so. I carbonate all of my beers at 12-15psi depending on the temp of my fridge. Who cares about accurate carbonation anyways? It's homebrew.


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Old 08-25-2011, 02:53 PM   #3
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This helps if you have, say...a belgian, and an english beer on tap at the same time.

Who cares about accurate carbonation anyways? It's homebrew.
Someone with a wheat/belgian and a mild on tap would care. Or should care


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Old 08-25-2011, 03:19 PM   #4
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Really, it comes down to carbonation volumes. If you have a dual regulator, then you can carbonate two beers at difference pressures. This helps if you have, say...a belgian, and an english beer on tap at the same time. It also would let you force carbonate one with the 30psi method and still have one on tap.

Personally, I think the 30psi overnight carbonation method is junk. I also think that most people (regardless of whether they think they can or not) can't tell the difference between pressures when it's a 1/2 a volume off. Because of this...I've always used distributors, and I'll continue to do so. I carbonate all of my beers at 12-15psi depending on the temp of my fridge. Who cares about accurate carbonation anyways? It's homebrew.
i pretty much carb all my beers the same... but then again i pretty much just brew pale ales and the occasional lager. thanks for the input. down the road i could always go for the triple reg.
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Old 08-25-2011, 08:47 PM   #5
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I have a dual regulator because I plan to have a keg of ginger ale or other soft drink (or maybe just sparkling Kool-Aid) on tap, which is significantly higher carb'd than beer.

For my beers though, I generally like them all in about the same range.


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