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Mini-regulator - DIY?
« on: February 06, 2012, 02:20:56 PM »
This looks awesome to me: http://www.williamsbrewing.com/MINI-BALL-LOCK-C02-REGULATOR-P2072C148.aspx

However, the price is a bit steep.

Anyone built something similar?

I'm thinking you could use this: http://www.mcmaster.com/#air-compressor-regulators/=g4utef with a schraeder valve for an inlet and a barbed fitting for an outlet.  That would let you use one of those CO2 injectors that take cartridges.  I use one that I got at a bike store (which will fit the schraeder valve) but my biggest complaint is that you can't control the pressure.

Any thoughts?
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Re: Mini-regulator - DIY?
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2012, 02:32:00 PM »
The regulators you show mcmaster all have flow control so you should be able ajust pressure.
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Re: Mini-regulator - DIY?
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2012, 03:20:09 PM »
I know I'd seen an article in BYO or Zymurgy where someone built one for cheap. Maybe in the last couple of months.  When I have a few minutes I'll see if I can locate the article

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« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2012, 03:34:44 PM »
This is a lot cheaper.  I'm sure you could modify it with a gauge and call it good.
http://morebeer.com/view_product/18301//CO2_Injector_Ball_Lock
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Re: Mini-regulator - DIY?
« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2012, 03:38:33 PM »
I know I'd seen an article in BYO or Zymurgy where someone built one for cheap. Maybe in the last couple of months.  When I have a few minutes I'll see if I can locate the article

That would be awesome.  If it's BYO it will be more fuel to my lingering thought of re-starting my subscription.
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Re: Mini-regulator - DIY?
« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2012, 03:40:18 PM »
This is a lot cheaper.  I'm sure you could modify it with a gauge and call it good.
http://morebeer.com/view_product/18301//CO2_Injector_Ball_Lock

Right.  That's basically what I have.

I'm trying to suss out ideas for adding a regulator and gauge.

I use mine on mini-kegs and without a regulator you can pop them out into little 5L metal footballs.
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Re: Mini-regulator - DIY?
« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2012, 03:41:46 PM »
There was a post on her a few weeks back, can't find it now, maybe in the equipment section, where a guy built exactly what you are talking about. he posted pics and offered more detailed instructions.
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Re: Mini-regulator - DIY?
« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2012, 04:35:58 PM »
BYO November 2011.  Article by Kevin Verratti

Didn't see the article online.  The important pieces look like:
Planet Eclipse inline high pressure regulator
Planet Eclipse OPS (on/off purge system)

Then there are various adapters and generic pieces.  

Edit: In searching to find info on those parts I found the article posted on instructables:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Paintball-Regulator-Beer-Dispenser-1/

Edit2: Further looking I found prices, looks like you'll probably spend about half as much doing this vs the williams regulator but that is a much nicer looking package
« Last Edit: February 06, 2012, 04:41:36 PM by james »

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Re: Mini-regulator - DIY?
« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2012, 05:39:31 PM »
Very cool. Thank you. I'm not worried about pretty.
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Re: Mini-regulator - DIY?
« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2012, 12:13:23 PM »
So, it looks like the key is to have the high pressure regulator or you'll likely blow the seals on the low pressure.

Which is what I was concerned about.

This thing seems like it might start to get unwieldy.
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