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Old 07-16-2012, 12:36 AM   #1
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i would like to try to make my own co2 manifold. i don't necessarily care about having the on/off valves on it, i just want to be able to have a 3-way splitter of co2. is there any reason that i couldn't just make a 3-way PVC/copper/brass/PEX or something similar and just connect the co2 lines to this?
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Old 07-16-2012, 12:38 AM   #2
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As long as it's gas tight it should work. But the check valves on the manifold are a really good feature.
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Old 07-16-2012, 12:45 AM   #3
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Harbor freight might still carry something you could use. I got a few of those blue aluminum manifolds from there as well as some brass crosses that do the same job.
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i would like to try to make my own co2 manifold. i don't necessarily care about having the on/off valves on it, i just want to be able to have a 3-way splitter of co2. is there any reason that i couldn't just make a 3-way PVC/copper/brass/PEX or something similar and just connect the co2 lines to this?
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If all you want is a splitter, then tee barbs in tube are the easy way to do things. I'd recommend that you at least think about check valves. They can take care of a lot of interesting "this keg dumps into that keg" sort of things, in addition to reducing the beer guck in your gas lines and / or regulator.

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thanks Bob. i guess i didn't totally understand the value of a check valve. is beer escaping from the co2 valve AND getting back into the co2 lines a common problem?
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[...]is beer escaping from the co2 valve AND getting back into the co2 lines a common problem?
It's common enough that they sell manifolds with integrated check valves to help save the regulator from a sticky demise...

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Understood.

A few extra dollars up front sounds like it saves a lot of grief and agony a little later on. Thanks.
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