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Which regulator?
« on: November 08, 2012, 07:20:52 PM »
I need a new one,  what do you guys use?
there are just so many to choose from.

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Re: Which regulator?
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2012, 12:23:09 AM »
What are you trying to regulate?
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Re: Which regulator?
« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2012, 05:30:07 AM »
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Which regulator?
« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2012, 08:45:44 AM »
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.
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Re: Which regulator?
« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2012, 09:11:43 AM »
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.
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Re: Which regulator?
« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2012, 09:54:30 AM »
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.
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Re: Which regulator?
« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2012, 10:01:18 AM »
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.
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Re: Which regulator?
« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2012, 07:06:05 PM »
Any brand names?

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Re: Which regulator?
« Reply #8 on: November 09, 2012, 08:24:25 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.
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Re: Which regulator?
« Reply #9 on: November 10, 2012, 12:53:22 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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Re: Which regulator?
« Reply #10 on: November 10, 2012, 10:17:53 AM »
If you standardize on one manufacturer, it's easier keeping any repair parts on hand like rebuild kits.
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Re: Which regulator?
« Reply #11 on: November 13, 2012, 12:28:09 AM »
Looks like buying online saves me like 50 bucks. Checked locally and some taprites are 100+ for duals. O well, ill keep shopping!

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Re: Which regulator?
« Reply #12 on: November 13, 2012, 07:53:20 AM »
I think I got my eBay regulator for around $35.  6 years or so later, it works just fine.
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Re: Which regulator?
« Reply #13 on: November 13, 2012, 10:23:57 AM »
What brand

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Re: Which regulator?
« Reply #14 on: November 13, 2012, 10:26:00 AM »
I'll check tonight.  I meant to over the weekend, but obviously never did.
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