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Old 04-15-2007, 05:31 PM   #1
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I love the hardware store.

Out at Lowes last night, I noticed that their Kobalt line of tools are now designed to run off of a miniature tank of compressed CO2. They have 2 sizes of refillable, replacement tanks, 11 and 22 oz each (I think).

I don't know what connector it comes with (it was sealed on the packaging) but I bet someone could rig a system for kegged beer.

You can also purchase a mini regulator to go with these tanks, complete with hoses, etc.

I couldn't find the replacement tanks online, presumably because they won't ship the canisters, but click here to see the tank and regulator setup...

I haven't yet started kegging my beer, so I don't know what might be involved with this, but does this seem like a great idea to anyone else?


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Old 04-16-2007, 08:41 PM   #2
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Easy to do. can you cut the pressure down below 10psi?

You can get a ball lock fitting that is threaded. A 45* galvinized elbow (1/4" I believe). Drill and tap it for the threaded fiting (I can't remember the thread size and pitch at the moment)
You may be able to get a nipple and go straight to the regulator, or thread in a male disconnect into the nipple (if it is 1/4", you may have to get a reducer to match the disconnect's thread)

I built a rig a few months back to run off a paintball cylinder. Now that I've gone to nitrogen I can carbonate with 3 to 5 psi (maybe less) and serve with nitrogen.

If you do go thru with this you can get a small cooler (2 gallon igloo elite works great, the shank threads perfectly into the spigot hole) and run a stainless coil (copper works fine, just need to clean it more frequently).

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Old 04-16-2007, 09:11 PM   #3
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Personally, I'm a fan of EdWort's mobile tap. I hope to make one of these bad boys sometime soon.

Hey Edwort, did you ever post a how-to for this one? Just curious...


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Old 04-16-2007, 09:30 PM   #4
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Looks like the reg goes from 0 - 120 psi according to the picture. Looks good. I wonder who else sells those. I don't have lowes up here. Could use one of those for camping etc.
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