St. Paul, Minn. – July 8, 2015 – CPC (Colder Products Company) manufactures 10,000+ stock
and custom connectors for low-pressure fluid handling applications, including connectors with
quick disconnect capabilities popular with the burgeoning microbrewing industry. Brewers like
quick disconnects because of the component’s ability to make fast and easy connections and
disconnections between fluid lines that transfer beer as well as the air lines that put carbon
dioxide (CO2) into the beer. Quick disconnects also prevent CO2 or beer from leaking due to
automatic shutoff valves housed within the connectors.
One local brewery using CPC’s connectors is Urban Growler Brewing in St. Paul, Minnesota,
which uses the components to save time when making CO2 level checks that require frequent
air line connections and disconnections. The combination taproom, beer garden and onsite
brewery is the first woman-owned microbrewery in the state, and co-owner Deb Loch explains
she chose CPC’s HFC quick disconnects for efficiency.
“I had used quick disconnects as a home brewer,” Loch says. “Many of us who make the jump
to microbrewing bring their home-brewing equipment knowledge with us. It’s the same as home
brewing but a lot bigger,” Loch continues, “and in a commercial setting, we work with different
pressures. Having a connector that reliably holds pressure and fluid in lines is important when
we move the lines around.”
Bob Stein of Beer System Maintenance, the company that designed Urban Growler’s brewing
system, has been designing and installing brewing systems in the Twin Cities and five-state
area for 25 years, and he also recommended CPC’s quick disconnects.
“I’ve been using CPC connectors for years,” says Stein, who uses the connectors in his custom
designs. “The nice thing about CPC’s offering is they have a wide variety of capabilities – full
flow disconnects, connectors where there’s a spring-loaded plunger that stops any flow and a
wide variety of plastic combinations. Stainless steel brewery fittings are more expensiv.
CPC’s HFC polypropylene connectors are compact, lightweight and able to withstand
temperatures up to 160 degrees Fahrenheit, making them ideal replacements for bulkier and
more costly metal ball-and-sleeve couplings. An automatic shutoff valve prevents leaks upon
disconnection, while an efficient valve design leads to high flow: the 3/8” body size of the
HFC12 delivers a flow comparable to many 1/2” couplings. An ergonomic design and a large,
shrouded thumb latch pad produce a coupling that is easy to grip and simple to operate.
From Urban Growler’s CowBell Cream Ale® to De-Lovely™ Porter, CPC’s connectors are
helping brew success at Urban Growler and other microbreweries across the country. For more
information or a complete product catalog, visit cpcworldwide.com.