Beer, wine, and many other beverages need help to preserve their freshness.
The Hop Top is the simple solution. #drink CO2 growler
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definitely, not definately...
Sorry, everyone, for our silence of late...
We are definately proceeding on this project, and we will be giving updates as we go. We are currently working on getting our CNC-machined product under way, though it is taking us longer than we originally thought, partly due to the general constraints of keeping the business going and balancing all of our basic priorities.
But be assured that this product will not die! We are pursuing it. It will become a reality.
Thank you all for your support, and stay tuned...
Will you guys be posting an update on this kickstarter page when you re-launch? I really like the idea and don't want to miss it when you get the new campaign going.
We certainly would not rule out the idea of supporting the Brauler, and we will definitely do so if there is enough demand to make it pencil out. Stay tuned.
PS: You are welcome to take part in stirring up said demand! Tell all your Brauler-owner friends about us, please!
Any thoughts of supporting the Brauler Growler? They have a CO2 system, but it is terrible! Love the growler itself though. http://thezythosproject.com/
Thank you for your most excellent inquiry. I will be including the answers to your questions in future Project Updates. Meanwhile:
1) Each cap has three valves, namely, the fill valve (located in the center), the purge valve (located horizontally), and the over-pressure safety valve, which vents out the same port as the purge valve at 40 to 45 psi and above. All three of these valves use an industry standard Schrader-type valve core, which is a very well-proven component, with literally millions in use.
2) I actually got the sequence of things mixed up in my introductory video, though there is no problem in using it that way (I'll be revising the video soon). Basically it works like this: The purge setting is merely the lowest pressure setting (1 to 1.5 psi), and we use it for purging simply because it offers a nice, slow flow rate. Purging may actually be done at any pressure setting, the only negative effect being that some CO2 will be wasted due to excessive turbulent mixing of the CO2 with the air in the vessel.
The purge valve itself is located in the cap, and all it does is let the gaseous content out of the vessel. So pressing it simply allows the gas to "flow through" from the regulator, into the vessel, and on out through the cap. Once the purge valve released, the outflow stops, but the inflow continues until the internal pressure rises to the setting of the regulator.
At this point, you may dial the regulator setting up to allow more gas into the vessel, until it reaches your desired pressure. The way you know it has arrived, is that you gave it a count of ten to get there.
Now, as you detach the regulator, the fill valve in the cap is immediately closed, maintaining the internal pressure at your selected set-point. It does this whether or not you shut the regulator off before detaching it. If you do this, however, the regulator will continue to allow gas to escape into the atmosphere, so shutting it off first is the preferred method.
We have had some discussion here as to whether we should make the regulator automatically shut itself off when detached. There are pros and cons to this, and it is still an open topic for us. Hence the design might change, adding that function, prior to production. We are open to user input on this subject.
Hey Eric, great looking project so far. I had a few questions.
1) How is the purge valve constructed? Mainly I'm interested in whether there are plastic parts inside the regulator or it's all metal.
2) Maybe I'm a bit dense but what is the purpose of the number dial if we select the pressure after the purge and then take the regulator off?