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Craig
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Username: Sail

Post Number: 101
Registered: 04-2003
Posted on Friday, December 17, 2004 - 03:53 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hey Dan - What is the name of the corney Co2 charging cap for 2 liter bottles? What is the cost?

The previous plastic versions were like $15 at my LHBS and that is borderline ridiculous!

I didn't see it on your site.
 

Hophead
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Username: Hophead

Post Number: 1083
Registered: 03-2002
Posted on Friday, December 17, 2004 - 03:58 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Carbonator cap :

http://www.morebeer.com/product.html?product_id=18250

This one's plastic too though, and $12...
 

Dan Listermann
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Username: Listermann

Post Number: 795
Registered: 03-2004
Posted on Friday, December 17, 2004 - 04:02 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

They have always wanted a pretty price for Carbonator Caps. Check out:http://www.listermann.com/Store/Details.asp?ID=170

A picture no less!
 

Craig
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Username: Sail

Post Number: 103
Registered: 04-2003
Posted on Friday, December 17, 2004 - 04:04 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Has anyone tried just picking up a corny gas in connection shaft for $5 and putting it on a plasic 2 liter cap with a collar and nut? How hard could this be?
 

Craig
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Username: Sail

Post Number: 104
Registered: 04-2003
Posted on Friday, December 17, 2004 - 04:11 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thanks for the info Dan - I just seems like buying a handful of these wouldn't be real practical.
 

Dan Mourglea
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Username: Cataclysmbrewer

Post Number: 486
Registered: 03-2003
Posted on Friday, December 17, 2004 - 04:16 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Craig, my 10gal cornies have posts that are attached via a nut and o-ring. They are too big for a 2 liter bottle but work in a 3 liter lid after drilling a 5/8" hole in it.
 

Craig
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Username: Sail

Post Number: 106
Registered: 04-2003
Posted on Friday, December 17, 2004 - 04:21 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I guess I might be showing my age a bit but I meant 3 liter. Can you get 2 liters anymore?

So has anyone done this cheaply with a 3 liter cap or does it wind up costing $13 just to make one?
 

Chris Bodley
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Username: Cincichris

Post Number: 16
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Friday, December 17, 2004 - 04:21 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Craig-
I've purchased a couple of these from Dan & they've proved well worth the $13 each. I haven't bottled for awhile & like the portability of the disposable 2 liter bottles. Even though presentation leaves something to be desired, it makes for an easy/cheap vehicle to take some homebrew to a party or a friend's house.

I usually keep a 2 liter of beer in our kitchen fridge just for convenience. I force carbonate in them as well - also nice for someone who is just starting to transition to kegging but hasn't purchased enough cornies yet.
 

Ric Heinz
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Username: Rheinz

Post Number: 141
Registered: 01-2004
Posted on Friday, December 17, 2004 - 04:37 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

There was someone selling these recently on e-bay that were made from schrader(sp?) valves. You could easily make these yourself and use an air chuck adapted to your CO2 system to charge it. I have no idea what an all metal (SS or Alum)threaded shank schrader valve costs however.

Ric
Flatfender Brewing, NW Houston
 

Vance Barnes
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Username: Vancebarnes

Post Number: 1277
Registered: 03-2003
Posted on Friday, December 17, 2004 - 04:37 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have drawer full of them. They rock. I used to be able to find them for $9 but seems like everyone is selling them for $12 now.

There's someones web site that shows how to make the same type thing using tire fittings. You just need a disconnect on your CO2 line to switch to a tire inflator to charge the bottle.
 

Bill Pierce
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Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 1496
Registered: 01-2002
Posted on Friday, December 17, 2004 - 06:38 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

It's a simple matter to make a carbonator cap from a chrome plated tire valve available at any auto parts store. Drill a hole in a soda bottle cap slightly smaller than the diameter of the valve stem, then force the grommet end of the stem into the hole. Buy an air chuck fitting (again available at an auto parts store or mega home center) for your CO2 line and voila! you have a carbonator cap.
 

Aaron Meyer
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Username: Meyeaard

Post Number: 27
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Monday, December 20, 2004 - 10:20 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The parts for the shrader valve / air chuck setup are cheap at most hardware stores. My local ACE hardware has a chrome plated metal stem valve with 1/8" pipe thread base in the section with tire patches for bike tires. I think they are less than 3$, and 1/8" pipe nuts there are about 1.35$, rubber washer-gasket is around 0.80$.

Personally I took a gas-in balllock connector off an extra keg and put it on a 2-liter bottle cap. No problem. Total cost, since connector was in hand was 3.25$.

(Couldn't find a fitting that had the right threads for the connector so I used a brass fitting that was close (I believe it was a 1/8" NPT to 3/8" compression fitting) Anyway I, made it work - lots of Teflon thread - took some muscle and fiddling, but no leaks! Whatever you do you will need to use 1/8" pipe thread through the cap and a pipe nut with gasket on the inside. Anything larger than 1/8" won't fit inside bottle neck...)
 

Wayne Faris
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Username: Bugeaterbrewing

Post Number: 5
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Tuesday, December 21, 2004 - 02:26 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I just built a couple of these yesterday using chrome plated tire valves I picked at the local NAPA store. Cost me $2.79 each plus tax. Certainly a lot easier on my pocket book than the commercial ones. Made a couple of these a year or so ago and they worked great. I misplaced them, however, during a 6 month hiatus from brewing.