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Old 05-06-2012, 09:21 PM   #1
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Default Rubber needle valve for carbonator cap?

Hi all,

For ease of transport, taking beer from the kegorator in the boat, to parties, etc I use these hommade carbonation caps:

The Schrader valves are ~$1.25 each and a cap takes 10 seconds drill a hole in and set up. It works pretty slick - picnic tap the beer right into the bottle at a low PSI, squeeze the small amount of foam out until there is zero headspace, and tighten down the cap. Then blow 15 pounds CO2 into the bottle with a tire chuck that's hooked up to the CO2. Shake slightly to replace some of the lost carbonation and the beer is perfectly bottled.

I was considering a cheaper solution though, and saw this webpage:


I have found the ball valves for $7/20 here:


And, they'd be much less obtrusive and far cheaper.

Anyone ever try this?


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