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Old 03-21-2012, 07:08 PM   #1
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Default Small regulators for portable kegging

I've tried to find threads for this, ultimately left unsatisfied though. Want to build a portable kegging setup, small kegs, small co2 tank, cooler, yadda yadda. Need a small regulator though, don't want to use a normal sized one.

Is this crazy? http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Aquarium-Fish...item19cef1141e

It's capable of 1500psi which is lower than my other regulators, but I wouldn't expect the tank to go higher than this unless the tank temperature was like 150F or something. In which case I have bigger problems. Like the sun just exploded.

I know parts quality from overseas ebay sellers like this can be shoddy, but does it look possible? It's nice and small and slick looking, and for $40 or so that's not too bad.

I have a co2 tank to cga320 (or whatever normal threading on regulators are) adapter already.


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Old 03-21-2012, 07:37 PM   #2
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Going to be hard to use since it's gauge has such a large scale. It's going to be hard to set the thing to a serving pressure of 10psi, when the first dash is a hundred psi. Lowes used to sell some rather cool ones by Kobalt. But, it looks like they been replaced with these. Yet, they still might be the way to go.

http://www.lowes.com/pd_221026-1126-...tor&facetInfo=


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Old 03-21-2012, 07:55 PM   #3
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That's a good point, lack of precision. Though I guess you could knock it down to, say, 100psi and then use a hardware store air regulator that has a max of 150-200psi and refine it using that.

But that would probably exceed the size and cost of a normal co2 regulator.

Wonder what length of line I'd need if I carbed at 100psi....
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I bought one of these when I was building my portable kegerator.
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I have one of these... works great.

http://www.williamsbrewing.com/MINI-...P2650C148.aspx
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Harbor Freight has a small co2 or argon regulator for $34
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I've tried to find threads for this, ultimately left unsatisfied though. Want to build a portable kegging setup, small kegs, small co2 tank, cooler, yadda yadda. Need a small regulator though, don't want to use a normal sized one.

Is this crazy? http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Aquarium-Fish...item19cef1141e

It's capable of 1500psi which is lower than my other regulators, but I wouldn't expect the tank to go higher than this unless the tank temperature was like 150F or something. In which case I have bigger problems. Like the sun just exploded.

I know parts quality from overseas ebay sellers like this can be shoddy, but does it look possible? It's nice and small and slick looking, and for $40 or so that's not too bad.

I have a co2 tank to cga320 (or whatever normal threading on regulators are) adapter already.


Did you ever find a good working set up??? i want to have a small portable one too for my corny keg, i seen some online for $100 + but looking for a cheaper one
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This Lowes/Kobalt Model is what I use but it looks to be discontinued.

The JAC PAC appears to be very similar but also unavailable, at least at Amazon.com.

Here are a few on ebay.
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Did you ever find a good working set up??? i want to have a small portable one too for my corny keg, i seen some online for $100 + but looking for a cheaper one
I didn't, no. I wound up going with a paintball to cga320 or whatever adapter thingy and then a normal regulator but one with no high-side gauge so with the regulator on top of my small 9oz co2 tank it only sticks up like 3 or 4 inches or so.

Fits fine in my cooler and does the job, but cost me $50 via ebay and wound up having a broken check valve that I had to remove...shoulda just bought a basic regulator from a home brew shop somewhere


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