Well your questions and pings have kicked me back into gear, thanks for that.
I mentioned recently that I'm going through some what I've learned and how I can redesign. One of the things I have found myself fighting is tubing and CO2. Origionally, my approach was to keep my CO2 tank inside of the Keezer. With that comes plusses and minuses. On the plus side, the tank is out of sight and CO2 supply lines are all inside. Those two might be the only positive items. Things I've learned or rememberd...
- A tank takes up valuable space inside the Keezer.
- Presure of a cold take reads low, almost useless readings.
- Turning off a line requires the Keezer to be opened.
- A tank out of sight is easy to loose track of how much gas you have left.
- Adjusting a regulator or turning on/off a line requires the lid to be opened. Opening the lid introduces moisture which leads to condensation.
- Lines becoming a web of knots.
I've now switched to a Tank outside approach because I think that this is a better design. Take notice of the single loose line coming off the left and read below.
Recently, our city has had a couple of Growler Bars pop up. I've been buying a growler here and there for later enjoyment. As many know a Growler has a very short shelf life, especially after it's been opened. I can't say for sure, but I've yet to see one, so I'll call this a Keezer First! I've added a growler top off line directly to my CO2 system. This little baby does exactly what I want it to. I was looking for ways to represure a growler. I don't know if repreasure is the right word because they really aren't on preasure as soon as they are drafted. I came across a YT video where a tire valve can be added to a cap to repreasure a growler. This will help for not only growlers I buy, but my own homebrew that I take with me. I like having it tied into my CO2 system because the preasure is already regulated.
It is as simple as buying the valve from a local auto parts store, drilling a hole, and screwing it together. The valve is a threaded valve, not a normal rubber pull though type. You can watch the video below and make one yourself.
Thanks for pushing for updates, more coming soon.