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Brews & Views Bulletin Board Service * Brews and Views Archive 2011 * Archive through December 10, 2011 * "The Carbonator" < Previous Next >

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Ken Anderson
Senior Member
Username: Ken75

Post Number: 1938
Registered: 11-2002
Posted From: 76.189.235.103
Posted on Tuesday, November 08, 2011 - 04:54 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I bought one of these gizmos a week or so ago, but haven't used it yet.

carbonator

I was wondering if anyone has found this thing to be useful, or more like a $19 dust collector?
 

Bill Pierce
Moderator
Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 13357
Registered: 01-2002
Posted From: 24.150.49.181
Posted on Tuesday, November 08, 2011 - 05:28 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

They're quite useful, although on the expensive side. You can make a much cheaper homemade carbonator cap with a soda bottle cap and chrome valve stem from an auto parts store. You have to put an air chuck on your CO2 line to use it. Or I have also seen caps made with a spare keg gas-in post.
 

Tony Legge
Advanced Member
Username: Boo_boo

Post Number: 552
Registered: 05-2005
Posted From: 174.118.73.14
Posted on Tuesday, November 08, 2011 - 10:43 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I love mine and use it frequently. Got mine as a gift.
 

Ken Anderson
Senior Member
Username: Ken75

Post Number: 1939
Registered: 11-2002
Posted From: 76.189.235.103
Posted on Wednesday, November 09, 2011 - 12:00 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I'm hoping it can be used on the 12 and 16 ounce plastic bottles. I think they could be more convenient than the big 2 liter bottles.
 

Bill Pierce
Moderator
Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 13358
Registered: 01-2002
Posted From: 24.150.49.181
Posted on Wednesday, November 09, 2011 - 12:13 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The threads are the same size on most of the soda bottles, whatever the volume.
 

Vance Barnes
Senior Member
Username: Vancebarnes

Post Number: 4232
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 76.122.104.54
Posted on Wednesday, November 09, 2011 - 12:25 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have like 6 or 7 and use them all the time. I liked them better when I first started buying them and they were only $9. Of course they're plastic and gas was $2/gal then too.
 

Dave Witt
Senior Member
Username: Davew

Post Number: 1616
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 24.7.227.140
Posted on Wednesday, November 09, 2011 - 01:55 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Ken, be careful not to use bottled water bottles. These are not made for high pressure like from soda, etc.

I have 1 liter bottles from my original Mr Beer set and occasionally fill those to go. I also have 2-3 of these Russian PET plastic beer bottles that hold around 42 oz.
 

dhacker
Senior Member
Username: Dhacker

Post Number: 2435
Registered: 11-2002
Posted From: 98.66.43.116
Posted on Wednesday, November 09, 2011 - 02:15 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Somewhere I heard the 2 liter bottle threads were changing.(maybe it was here) Is that right?
 

Andy Hancock
Intermediate Member
Username: Ahancbrew1

Post Number: 315
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 192.55.55.37
Posted on Friday, November 11, 2011 - 09:24 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have 4.

I use them for sampling a new brew, while the rest is in the keg carbonating. I have also used them when I need to put a new keg in the chest freezer and an older keg only has about 2 litters left.

I used to give samples out to friends in 1 litter bottles. I would tell them ďthe beer is free, but I need the cap backĒ.

About a year ago I found some bottles that the cap would not screw on to. Itís been a while so I canít remember the type of soda the bottle was from.
 

Bob G.
Advanced Member
Username: Brewerbob

Post Number: 782
Registered: 06-2002
Posted From: 192.77.86.2
Posted on Friday, November 11, 2011 - 10:25 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I mostly use mine to carbonate a sample out of the fermeter also. I lent the only one out I had to a coworker years ago and it took me almost a year to get it back!(I hate having to chase someone down to get my gear back!!)
 

Jonathan White
Junior Member
Username: Jonathanwhite

Post Number: 77
Registered: 10-2003
Posted From: 74.182.33.208
Posted on Friday, November 11, 2011 - 09:07 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I love my Carbonators. They are a little pricey; but, they're guaranteed. I developed a crack in one from overtightening. I sent it back to the company and they replaced it free of charge.
 

Vance Barnes
Senior Member
Username: Vancebarnes

Post Number: 4235
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 76.122.104.54
Posted on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 02:03 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I'll have to remember that as I've had at least 2 split between the threads.
 

Rob Farrell
Advanced Member
Username: Robf

Post Number: 618
Registered: 02-2003
Posted From: 216.27.76.200
Posted on Friday, November 18, 2011 - 05:39 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I had one for about 7-8 years that started leaking pressure, so I got a new one. I guess they don't last forever.