The CO2 regulator is a very important part of the kegerator system. It connects directly to the CO2 tank and is used to set a pressure that maintains the proper carbonation level in the beer keg and provides enough pressure to dispense the beer through the system.
A double gage regulator has one gage to show the amount of gas remaining in the tank and one for setting the dispensing pressure.
Most breweries recommend setting the dispensing pressure between 12-14 psi but check with the brewery or place that you buy your keg for the best setting.
This is not a place to go cheap but you don't need to break the bank either. There are several good quality regulators to choose from and I'll help you through it.
What really matters is to get a regulator set up that works best for your system weather you are building a kegerator or just replacing a regulator. There are a few simple questions to answer and then you can pick the regulator below that meets your needs.
Do you have a 1 or 2 keg kegerator?
Does a standard regulator that mounts directly to your tank work or do you need wall mount regulator?
Keep reading below and I'll help you to pick the right CO2 Regulator....
Double Gage Primary Regulator - 1 Keg
Do you have a one keg kegerator? Well then this is the one for you.
For a single keg system, all you need a Double Gage Primary Regulator.
The Micromatic single keg regulator is a good quality regulator at good price. Click here to check price and you can buy direct from Micromatic.
If you have a 2 keg system, a Double Gage Primary Regulator with a 2 keg Y connection is the most economical setup.
The same Micromatic regulator above is fitted with a Y connection to connect 2 kegs.
This is a great way to hook up 2 kegs at a good price. Click here to check out the 2 keg CO2 regulator.
Why a Dual Gage Primary?
If you have a 2 keg system and want to set a different dispensing pressure for each keg, then you'll want this upgrade.
This is not usually a necessity but more of an upgrade. It will cost more but you get two different precise pressures. The Dual CO2 Primary Gage Regulator can be found here.
There is one last option to consider.
You can buy wall mount CO2 Regulator that has brackets to mount the regulator and a high pressure hose to connect to the CO2 tank.
The main thing to remember is that all of these regulators will work. It really comes down to your budget and how many kegs you want on tap.