Running gas through 3/16 line

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Running gas through 3/16 line

Postby The Goatreich » Thu Dec 22, 2016 22:52

Today I've been putting the finishing touches on my kegerator setup with two kegs on the bottom and two on the top. It's a tight squeeze in there, and I think things would be easier if I didn't have to use the stiff 3/8 gas line, and I could run 3/16 thin line for the gas as it's just much easier to move around.

Is there any reason why I can't do this?

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Re: Running gas through 3/16 line

Postby beer buddah » Fri Dec 23, 2016 00:37

I have 4,6,8,10 and 12mm tubing and never an issue with any of them when using Co2. Best thing to do is just try it its best way to learn. But again I hadn't had an issue. I also use different sizes for beer also and again no major issues.
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Re: Running gas through 3/16 line

Postby Borischarlton » Fri Dec 23, 2016 10:06

I use it in my kegerator for a short run and have no problem.

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Re: Running gas through 3/16 line

Postby donchiquon » Fri Dec 23, 2016 11:04

I replaced all of my 3/8 gas line with 3/16 for exactly the same reason.

I found with 3/8 that the line was getting too bent and making the JG fittings leak.

3/16 is working a treat with 6 kegs installed.


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Re: Running gas through 3/16 line

Postby BarnsleyBrewer » Tue Dec 27, 2016 17:47

I use 3/16 line on 70/30 mixed gas with no problems at all.....

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Re: Running gas through 3/16 line

Postby The Goatreich » Tue Dec 27, 2016 18:43

Sounds good then, I think I'll rig this up for a couple of the kegs tomorrow. It'll make it all easier to work with in such a small space.

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Re: Running gas through 3/16 line

Postby BarnsleyBrewer » Tue Dec 27, 2016 21:43

I would always disconnect and shut the main valve off on the gas canister.... Even the smallest leak can empty a keg in a few days and you'll never hear an "hiss".
Done it a few times.....

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Re: Running gas through 3/16 line

Postby PhatFil » Wed Dec 28, 2016 01:23

no problem imho..
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Re: Running gas through 3/16 line

Postby beermaker » Thu Dec 29, 2016 19:56

BarnsleyBrewer wrote:I would always disconnect and shut the main valve off on the gas canister.... Even the smallest leak can empty a keg in a few days and you'll never hear an "hiss".
Done it a few times.....


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Re: Running gas through 3/16 line

Postby PeeBee » Sat Dec 31, 2016 01:09

I've been running gas through 6mm OD (4mm ID) for some weeks now (it's what the aquarium bunch use for CO2 - only very slightly bigger than 3/16" line). JG fittings are easily available. And the tubing (rated for CO2 use) is a hell of a lot more flexible than MDPE 3/16" line and, most importantly, it comes in flashy colours - mine is all fluorescent blue. You only need 3/8" line if keeping pace with a very high turnover (pub) or serving something that isn't beer (or lager) even to the most "Real Ale" despising rabble out there.
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Re: Running gas through 3/16 line

Postby naturals » Tue Jan 03, 2017 15:11

Are you guys using 3/16 all the way from the main reg to the keg / tap?

Alternatively are you using a 3/8 to 3/16 adapter before and after each disconnect / tap?

EDIT: I think I've answered it myself. Looks like most people are using a reducer before / after each disconnect.
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