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Title: Brass or Chrome Faucets?
Post by: monk on March 29, 2010, 05:14:08 PM
Is there a difference beyond aesthetics?  I have three brass faucet bodies that need major cleaning, plus need to buy the lever, bonnets, etc.  Thinking about just buying new ones, though.  If I do, is chrome a better choice?
Title: Re: Brass or Chrome Faucets?
Post by: mikeypedersen on March 29, 2010, 06:01:57 PM
If you're going to buy new ones, the forward seal faucets are far better than the regular brass or chrome ones.  There are no parts to stick in them as there are in the other faucets.  They might be slightly more expensive but are worth the money because of the lack of problems associated with them. 

Here's a picture so you'll know what I'm talking about:
(http://www.breworganic.com/images/products/detail/perlickssfaucet.jpg)
Title: Re: Brass or Chrome Faucets?
Post by: dbeechum on March 29, 2010, 06:09:29 PM
+1200 on the Forward Seals.

They are more expensive, but they work wonders, particularly in low volume serving situations like you, me and the bumblebee homebrewer.

With the regular rear seal faucets, the beer dries out on the lever mechanism basically locking the tap closed with dried goo. The forward seals don't let that happen and instead you'll get an easy open without having to feel likc you're possibly breaking your taps, tower or bar everytime you pour your first beer.

If you have a frozen tap, you'll have to break out the hot water to clean it out.
Title: Re: Brass or Chrome Faucets?
Post by: monk on March 29, 2010, 06:45:51 PM
Thanks for the tips, guys.  I also read something in the brewer's association draft book that says brass imparts metallic taste sometimes.  These are very good things to consider.  Perhaps I should splurge on the faucets considering I found the tower for $20.
Title: Re: Brass or Chrome Faucets?
Post by: bonjour on March 30, 2010, 01:19:39 AM
The std rear seal faucets work fine in a jockey box or tap system designed for short term use (think events) where you will flush/ clean them after the event, or in continuous use pouring beer as in a brewpub.

For homebrew kegerator use the forward seal faucets are better, much better.

On second thought, buy the standard faucets now,  that way when you buy the foeward seal faucets (and you will buy them) you will have a set of faucets that you can re-purpose into a a portable tap box for events.

Fred
Title: Re: Brass or Chrome Faucets?
Post by: MrNate on March 30, 2010, 04:15:18 AM
I hate polishing brass, if you want my two cents.
Title: Re: Brass or Chrome Faucets?
Post by: monk on March 30, 2010, 04:44:16 AM
I have to admit, I love it when there is a massive consensus.  :)  Makes things way easier for me.  I found a site that sells a "draft beer tower kit"--basically replacing everything but your tower (faucets, shanks, etc).  I'm going to call tomorrow and see if I can substitute the perlicks for the standard faucet.  For "S/S beer faucet, S/S tower shank assembly, 5’ beer line with stainless steel tail piece, hex nut and screw clamp, and Rubber washer" it costs $64.  Seem like a good price?

 http://www.kegworks.com/product.php?productid=172900&cat=407&from_page=
Title: Re: Brass or Chrome Faucets?
Post by: skyler on April 02, 2010, 06:36:26 AM
I have the cheapo chrome faucets and I hate them. But I have been wondering if I should get new perlicks or the expensive Euro-style faucets that purportedly have a back-pressure regulator to reduce foaming issues. Has anyone else bought the Euro-style faucets?
Title: Re: Brass or Chrome Faucets?
Post by: tom on April 02, 2010, 04:24:21 PM
I wish someone would come out with a forward-seal SS faucet with a compensator already.
Title: Re: Brass or Chrome Faucets?
Post by: monk on April 02, 2010, 08:33:52 PM
I ended up ordering the new perlick s/s jobbies.  They should be here any day as I ordered from Kegworks.
Title: Re: Brass or Chrome Faucets?
Post by: yugamrap on April 06, 2010, 04:34:14 PM
I ended up ordering the new perlick s/s jobbies.  They should be here any day as I ordered from Kegworks.
I have four of these, and they're great.  With four faucets, one can go several days between pours, and I haven't had one stick yet.  They're easy to clean and maintain, too.