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What is a Secondary Regulator?

A regulator is an integral part of the kegging system and it is used to connect the gas cylinder to the air tube. It also regulates the flow of Carbon dioxide or Nitrogen from the cylinder. There are different types of regulators used in the kegging system. It is important to know about the different types of regulators especially if you are planning to improve your knowledge in kegging.

In an ordinary kegging setup involving one keg, a primary regulator is all that is needed. However, if you have been brewing and kegging your own beer, then you must have experimented in kegging using more than one keg. If you are using two or more kegs, then you need another regulator. This is where the secondary regulator comes in. (more info below)
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The secondary regulator allows you to regulate the pressure of each individual keg that you have. It is a great addition that you can include in your kegging system to make it work more efficiently. The thing is that if you are storing and pouring beer from several kegs, you need to have different output pressure for each of the keg that you are using.

Unlike the primary regulator, the secondary regulator is not connected to the gas tank directly. There are several things that you need to attach to the primary regulator before the secondary regulator is installed. To install the secondary regulator, it needs hose nipples and adjustment screws to work properly. This is the reason why you can dispense in multiple kegs using a single gas source. They also require a shut off and safety relief valves.

While the function of the secondary regulator is very different from the primary regulator, they have some similarities. For instance, they still have the same output pressure gauge of up to 60 pounds. This is to ensure that all kegs can dispense using the same pressure.