Invented by Steve Acord from Dirty Bucket Brewing Co., the ‘Dirty Gauge’ is used to accurately read applied pressure during the carbonation process.
Choose your desired connection variation. (coupler thread or Tri-Clamp) Attach the Dirty Gauge to the top of the current SABCO Bright Vessel using either design type. Connect using a keg coupler or use the TC port.
For those wishing to carbonate right in the SABCO fermenter, attach the Dirty Gauge to either the sanitary valve outlet, or to the alternate TC port on the fermenter’s cap.
Be sure to see our carb stone wand to speed up the carbonating process with either vessel. Slowly introduce CO2 pressure from the bottom of either vessel.
“I cold crash the beer first and sometimes transfer it to a clean fermenter which now becomes a brite tank. Within 24 hours the beer reaches 37 degrees using either a cooler or ice bath. By adding co2 into the tank slowly, just a couple pounds at a time you allow for a quicker more efficient absorbtion of co2. ( if applied too rapidly, you can scrub the beer and possibly wash out all those great dry hopping aromas ).
Here’s a trick I learned from Rande Reed, head brewer for Snoqualmie Falls Brewing. Most small brewers don’t have access to a Zahm meter or a good way to test the co2 volume. By slowly bringing the pressure to 15 lbs on the tank and holding it there, I was able to achieve 2.5 Volumes of CO2 very consistently. 15 psi was the number that was determined after testing using Rande’s method on his 7 bbl brite tanks and applying it to the 1/2 bbl. SABCO brewing vessels.
Introduce the co2 slowly, reaching 15 psi, then slowly purge co2 from the top as it is entering the bottom. I am able to precisely carbonate 7 bbls of beer in a few hours with this technique. When taking this to a 1/2 bbl level, keep the co2 pressure at 5 psi, rather than allowing the top to bleed it all out.
All beer can be carbonated correctly and ready to keg within 24 hours.” ‘Cheers’…Steve
Chose from two connector variations. The ‘Dirty’ Gauge by SABCO is easily connected to either a Micromatic coupler (tapper) thread, or to any 1/2″ Tri-Clamp. Choose the variation appropriate for your vessel. Read from 0 to 60psi. Perfect for tuning carbonation levels or for general pressure reading. Includes gauge, your choice of connector.
The coupler thread option includes the gasket for the threaded nut.
The Tri-Clamp option does not include a 1/2″ tri-clamp gasket or clamp.