Finding a new Regulator Q&A

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Finding a new Regulator Q&A

Postby Schwerkraftbrauer » Wed Jan 31, 2018 6:49 am

I was gifted a regulator (30 plus years old) a while back in the beginning of my keezer build. I've fiddled with it enough, it leaks, it's old, and I wanna buy a new one vs. fixing this one. My keezer is almost done so I'm getting the itch to use it.

A)Where does everyone buy there regulators?

B) Are there specific things i should be looking for in a purchase?

Depending on price I would prefer a dual pressure regulator, but can make a single pressure regulator work. I've looked on Amazon for them and there are so many to pick from each with positive and negative reviews. Single pressure regulators on Amazon are anywhere from around $40 to around $65, but i understand buying cheaper is not always the best for quality purposes.
Where do i begin?
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Re: Finding a new Regulator Q&A

Postby daryl » Wed Jan 31, 2018 8:11 am

I prefer the ones that have the tank pressure gauge and another gauge that shows the output of the regulated pressure....iif you get a dual regulator, then you would have three gauges total.

When I replace my regulators, I will only buy those that have a knob you can hand turn to set the regulated pressure.....avoid those that require a screwdriver. I have not seen one yet that used a hex nut, but that would be a suitable compromise for me.
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Re: Finding a new Regulator Q&A

Postby tony b » Wed Jan 31, 2018 10:10 am

Here's the one that I have. They make a dual one as well.

https://www.austinhomebrew.com/Taprite-Dual-Gauge-CO2-Regulator-516_p_4709.html
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Re: Finding a new Regulator Q&A

Postby TappedOut » Wed Jan 31, 2018 2:14 pm

I've had mine since forever, but don't do what I did, which was to get one that requires a screwdriver to adjust the pressure. PITA, but it works, so I'm not buying another. A cage to protect would be a good idea, too. That said, I have a 5# tank, that I just keep in a Menards bucket.
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Re: Finding a new Regulator Q&A

Postby karl » Wed Jan 31, 2018 2:57 pm

+1 on Taprite. They seem to work well and are easy to adjust.

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Re: Finding a new Regulator Q&A

Postby Matt F » Wed Jan 31, 2018 3:26 pm

Another vote for tap-rite. Get the knob. The ones with a screw are easy to seize up. You can get this stuff at Rapids Wholesale in Marion too.
https://rapidswholesale.com/double-gauge-regulator.html
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Re: Finding a new Regulator Q&A

Postby tony b » Wed Jan 31, 2018 4:40 pm

Good reminder about Rapids. I never even think about them anymore when I am looking for stuff. I used to go there a lot.
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Re: Finding a new Regulator Q&A

Postby Schwerkraftbrauer » Wed Jan 31, 2018 4:46 pm

Does Rapids have a shop to go look at stuff there or is it all online/ phone sales? Taprite does look like to solid equip.
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Re: Finding a new Regulator Q&A

Postby brianhall1024 » Wed Jan 31, 2018 6:14 pm

They have a showroom, but limited on what is in the showroom. I'm sure they'll show the item to you though.

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Re: Finding a new Regulator Q&A

Postby andrewmaixner » Wed Jan 31, 2018 9:40 pm

BIY carries then also, I think
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Re: Finding a new Regulator Q&A

Postby Schwerkraftbrauer » Thu Feb 01, 2018 7:21 pm

Went to Rapids wholesale today, after looking at the website and then talking to the people there I decided to buy the manifold gasket repair kit, figured its worth a shot for 12 bucks. Hopefully it does the trick, i installed it tonight and have pressure sitting in the regulator, ill check it in the morning to see if it's holding.
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Re: Finding a new Regulator Q&A

Postby Schwerkraftbrauer » Sat Feb 03, 2018 6:10 am

Update: Welp, it was worth a shot, but the gauge doesn't hold pressure with the new gaskets. So ill be looking into a new regulator.
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Re: Finding a new Regulator Q&A

Postby daryl » Sun Feb 04, 2018 10:19 am

Yep, it's worth a shot.

I bet you know a lot more about regulators now (parts, types, vendors, etc.), than you did when you started this process.

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Re: Finding a new Regulator Q&A

Postby Matt F » Mon Feb 05, 2018 10:42 am

Keep that repair kit for the future.
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Re: Finding a new Regulator Q&A

Postby Schwerkraftbrauer » Mon Feb 05, 2018 1:37 pm

Update to the update:
Never say die! I took the regulator all apart and pieced it back together, it has held pressure since Saturday at noon without dropping. Must have had a little cross threading/ something not tightened all the way.
Kegs in and cooling under pressure, got a Pale Ale I've been dieing to taste (kegged the whole batch when i started this build).
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