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General Category => Kegging and Bottling => Topic started by: thomasben on November 09, 2012, 02:20:52 AM

Title: Which regulator?
Post by: thomasben on November 09, 2012, 02:20:52 AM
I need a new one,  what do you guys use?
there are just so many to choose from.
Title: Re: Which regulator?
Post by: tschmidlin on November 09, 2012, 07:23:09 AM
What are you trying to regulate?
Title: Re: Which regulator?
Post by: thomasben on November 09, 2012, 12:30:07 PM
C02
Title: Which regulator?
Post by: denny on November 09, 2012, 03:45:44 PM
I use one I got at the Home Fermenter Center here in Eugene.  I have no idea what brand it is, but it's worked flawlessly and survived my abuse for nearly 15 years.
Title: Re: Which regulator?
Post by: Joe Sr. on November 09, 2012, 04:11:43 PM
Does manufacturer make a difference?

I have one I bought at NFC Gas here in Chicago and one I bought off of eBay (I'm pretty sure it was used, but I don't recall for sure).

They both seem to work just fine.  Pretty much the same basic construction.

FWIW, I don't think you really need the high pressure gauge.  I have one with and one without.
Title: Re: Which regulator?
Post by: a10t2 on November 09, 2012, 04:54:30 PM
FWIW, I don't think you really need the high pressure gauge.  I have one with and one without.

If you don't have a backup tank, it's nice to get a heads-up that you're almost out of gas.
Title: Re: Which regulator?
Post by: Joe Sr. on November 09, 2012, 05:01:18 PM
FWIW, I don't think you really need the high pressure gauge.  I have one with and one without.

If you don't have a backup tank, it's nice to get a heads-up that you're almost out of gas.

Good point.  I stand corrected.

I would say I have the benefit of three tanks, but what I recently realized is that I go through them so slowly (I have a 15 and a 20 lb) that by the time they're empty they need to be recertified (except for the 5lb), so it costs more.  On the positive side, they swapped out the steel 20 for an aluminum, since that was all they had.
Title: Re: Which regulator?
Post by: thomasben on November 10, 2012, 02:06:05 AM
Any brand names?
Title: Re: Which regulator?
Post by: tygo on November 10, 2012, 03:24:25 AM
I've got a couple of these:  http://www.beveragefactory.com/draftbeer/regulator/double/premium_double_gauge_beer_co2_regulator.shtml

One triple gauge and one double gauge and they've worked great.
Title: Re: Which regulator?
Post by: tschmidlin on November 10, 2012, 07:53:22 AM
I could go look at brand names, but I've never bothered to check them at all.  They all seem to work fine.
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Post by: realbeerguy on November 10, 2012, 05:17:53 PM
If you standardize on one manufacturer, it's easier keeping any repair parts on hand like rebuild kits.
Title: Re: Which regulator?
Post by: thomasben on November 13, 2012, 07:28:09 AM
Looks like buying online saves me like 50 bucks. Checked locally and some taprites are 100+ for duals. O well, ill keep shopping!
Title: Re: Which regulator?
Post by: Joe Sr. on November 13, 2012, 02:53:20 PM
I think I got my eBay regulator for around $35.  6 years or so later, it works just fine.
Title: Re: Which regulator?
Post by: thomasben on November 13, 2012, 05:23:57 PM
What brand
Title: Re: Which regulator?
Post by: Joe Sr. on November 13, 2012, 05:26:00 PM
I'll check tonight.  I meant to over the weekend, but obviously never did.
Title: Re: Which regulator?
Post by: thomasben on November 13, 2012, 05:59:24 PM
What do you guys think of this one?

 http://item.mobileweb.ebay.com/viewitem?itemId=110975289785&index=5&nav=SEARCH&nid=43504481892
Title: Re: Which regulator?
Post by: Joe Sr. on November 13, 2012, 06:04:34 PM
Looks nice.  Good price.

But, it won't attach to your tank.  They're selling it as a dual secondary regulator, so you still need a primary regulator coming off the tank.

You might could change the fitting on the far right side of the photo, but you might as well just buy something that does what need and comes ready to go.

I honestly don't think manufacturer matters much as these are pretty basic items.
Title: Re: Which regulator?
Post by: thomasben on November 13, 2012, 06:26:42 PM
I was thinking the same thing
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Post by: svejk on November 13, 2012, 06:32:30 PM
I've got a couple of these:  http://www.beveragefactory.com/draftbeer/regulator/double/premium_double_gauge_beer_co2_regulator.shtml

One triple gauge and one double gauge and they've worked great.

I agree with this recommendation.  I have that exact regulator and it has been great.  My old one needed a screwdriver to set the pressure and I hated it for a really long time.  When the old one finally died, I got this one with the large knob and I was wishing I'd have made the switch years earlier.
Title: Re: Which regulator?
Post by: thomasben on November 13, 2012, 06:40:36 PM
I want that one but the price is killing it for me
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Post by: khillje on November 13, 2012, 06:54:00 PM
I'm also in the market for a new regulator.  I just upgraded from the 5lb tank to the 20lb.  Probably a dumb question, but a regulator will fit either size tank right?  Also, any thoughts on this one? http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003WX772G/ref=s9_simh_gw_p79_d0_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=13TXGDENCQV1EA6DNFGG&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1389517282&pf_rd_i=507846
Title: Re: Which regulator?
Post by: Joe Sr. on November 13, 2012, 07:07:39 PM
I've got a couple of these:  http://www.beveragefactory.com/draftbeer/regulator/double/premium_double_gauge_beer_co2_regulator.shtml

One triple gauge and one double gauge and they've worked great.

I agree with this recommendation.  I have that exact regulator and it has been great.  My old one needed a screwdriver to set the pressure and I hated it for a really long time.  When the old one finally died, I got this one with the large knob and I was wishing I'd have made the switch years earlier.

This would appear to be a cheaper solution to replacing the entire regulator.  http://www.pmpfasteners.com/media/micro_plastics_push_in.pdf

Title: Re: Which regulator?
Post by: svejk on November 13, 2012, 07:17:43 PM
I've got a couple of these:  http://www.beveragefactory.com/draftbeer/regulator/double/premium_double_gauge_beer_co2_regulator.shtml

One triple gauge and one double gauge and they've worked great.

I agree with this recommendation.  I have that exact regulator and it has been great.  My old one needed a screwdriver to set the pressure and I hated it for a really long time.  When the old one finally died, I got this one with the large knob and I was wishing I'd have made the switch years earlier.

This would appear to be a cheaper solution to replacing the entire regulator.  http://www.pmpfasteners.com/media/micro_plastics_push_in.pdf

I wish I'd have thought of that a decade ago.  That said, the new regulator is much nicer than my old one which didn't perform well at lower (serving) pressure.
Title: Re: Which regulator?
Post by: Joe Sr. on November 15, 2012, 02:44:20 AM
What brand

My cheap eBay regulator is a Draught Technologies.  My other regulator is a Taprite Fasco.

Other than one being blue and one grey, the look and operate identically.
Title: Re: Which regulator?
Post by: thomasben on November 15, 2012, 01:38:58 PM
I went with a taprite 742. Looked real nice and I love the knob option on the front as opposed to the screw.
Title: Re: Which regulator?
Post by: dean_palmer on November 27, 2012, 02:44:17 PM
I have MicroMatic's offering with the large handwheel. Whatever brand you get, having the large knurled adjustment wheel that doesn't require a screwdriver is always nice, especially if you use it for different things like rapid force carb, or bottling, where you are tweaking the pressure. Other than that they are essentially the same and very simple devices.

If you are going to set it as the main regulator on a kegerator and never move it from your normal serving pressure, any of them will work.
Title: Re: Which regulator?
Post by: yso191 on November 27, 2012, 04:21:25 PM
Here's the kind I went with after some research into it: http://www.micromatic.com/draft-keg-beer/regulators-pid-641.html

Micromatic is known for quality.  They have two models basic and premium.  I went with the premium mainly because I don't need a screwdriver to change pressure settings. These units are very consistent. I have two of them, a single like the link, and a double, so I can feed two different pressures to two kegs in one kegerator off of one tank.

Steve