This Stainless Steel Diffusion Stone uses threads instead of a barb and now you can use flare fittings to connect and disconnect your tubing. This allows you to place the stone by itself directly in a pot of boiling water to sanitize. Easy to Sanitize This 0.5 micron Carbonation stone is ideal to force carbonate your kegged beer, or as an aeration stone prior to fermentation. The Flare Threads are 1/4". (Note: if you are using an aeration pump, we recommend a "deep water" type for aquariums, as these will have the necessary PSI to force the air through the stone and into the wort).
To Use: Attach 2 feet of 1/4" tubing from the "gas in" dip tube inside the keg. (Tubing not included). You set your desired pressure on the regulator and gas gets emitted through the 0.5 micron stainless stone. The bubbles rise through the beer creating so much surface area contact between gas and liquid that the absorption rate is very rapid. This is very similar to how beer is carbonated in breweries.
Sanitizing your Diffusion Stone: To properly prepare your stone for use, we recommend you boil in water for 3-5 minutes. By heating the stone to boiling temperatures you kill all possible contaminants that may be hidden within the stones micro pores. Using a surface sanitizer is not a guarantee from contamination. Boiling also greatly reduces clogging issues by helping to remove sugar residue. If boiling is not an option, we recommend soaking in Star San. Star San will remove a majority of surface contamination/bacteria, but will not sanitize the interior of the stone which may or may not be contaminated.
Please note that you do not want to touch the stainless stone portion with your hands. The oils on your fingers can actually clog the small pores in the stone.