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I have a five cubic foot chest freezer converted into a kegerator. Since I set this up, I've had a standard regulator and one corny or sixth barrel sanke keg in there at a time. I'm planning to slowly upgrade to having 3-4 kegs total.

I'm wondering if it is horribly inconvenient (or even possible) to try to use a single body regulator with a gas manifold/distributor if you are trying to dispense from 1-2 kegs while force carbonating another. Is it worthwhile to splurge on the nice dual-body regulator, or is that unnecessary?

Here is the dual-body regulator I've been looking at.

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That dual regulator is only necessary if you want beers at different carb levels. For the most part though I have never needed that set up. I have a simple single regulator and a 4 point manifold. Each point has its own on off switch. So when I want to dispense beer they are all open, but if I am carbing up a new beer, I close down three of them and carb the other beer. If I need to serve switch off the one and open up the other. In general its good practice to not leave the kegs continuously hooked up to gas in case of a leak. So you always have a gas line free for carbing.

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Force carbonating is the main reason you'd want to have a dual regulator, but I'd rather have two co2 tanks, each with their own regulator. I use one tank for force carbonating 1-2 kegs, and I have another tank for serving 3 kegs. I prefer this set up because when one tank is empty, I can easily switch over to the other tank. No need to suffer without beer for a day until I fill the empty tank.

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My kegs usually have enough pressure to push beer out without needing to be hooked up constantly. –  baka Jul 27 '12 at 22:58
    
wow, really? what PSI to you pressurize at? When my co2 tank dies, I can get a couple of pints out, but then I need to replace the tank. –  seans23 Sep 6 '12 at 19:10
    
12-15psi, usually. My fridge hasn't been converted, though, so I'm still using a cobra tap and squatting down to the level of the beer or lower to fill my glasses. –  baka Sep 6 '12 at 20:35
    
ahh ok that makes sense. My taps are all above the keg. –  seans23 Sep 8 '12 at 1:51

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