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Title: How to tell the difference between keg couplers?
Post by: thenewtbaron on May 01, 2015, 04:13:55 pm
Hello, I recently got a pack of 5 couplers at an auction... I just have no clue how to tell what kinda of couplers I have on hand. They appear to be older micromatic couplers. I have gone to the website and they do have an identification chart,however, I don't know enough to get by and the markings are not that helpful(unless I am just stupid... also a possiblity)

I think I have two "A"'s because of the sliders on them and one sanke. There rest are mysteries to me.
Title: Re: How to tell the difference between keg couplers?
Post by: Slowbrew on May 01, 2015, 06:16:25 pm
Can you post pictures of what you have?  That might be the most helpful to all the folks here.

Paul
Title: Re: How to tell the difference between keg couplers?
Post by: thenewtbaron on May 01, 2015, 06:22:33 pm
http://imgur.com/QMafpRd

not the best picture but I am at work and my phone's camera is potato quality.
Title: Re: How to tell the difference between keg couplers?
Post by: Joe Sr. on May 01, 2015, 06:46:11 pm
You can't tell from the top.  The only one in that photo you can tell anything from is the blue one at the bottom which looks like a standard "D" coupler.

Is this the site you looked at: http://www.micromatic.com/draft-keg-beer/keg-taps-couplers-cid-801.html

EDIT: Doesn't help at the moment, but I have S and D couplers at home.  If you can't figure it out, I can post photos tonight or later this weekend.
Title: Re: How to tell the difference between keg couplers?
Post by: thenewtbaron on May 01, 2015, 07:05:20 pm
yup. that is exactly what I used. It doesn't give what the coupler is supposed to look like, only the keg valves.

I tried to compare physical differences. Like I have two of the "slider" kind, so those are probably A or M. The other two looks like they have a metal skirt covering the actual connector. It maybe the G?

I believe you are correct about the blue one being a D(american sankey),
Title: Re: How to tell the difference between keg couplers?
Post by: Joe Sr. on May 01, 2015, 07:07:53 pm
The bodies of the couplers can vary.  The valve is the most distinguishing part.

For example, of the Ds that I have at least one is a "low profile" and looks nothing like the others.

You could try taking them to a liquor store, too.  Those guys should know.  Or a bar.
Title: Re: How to tell the difference between keg couplers?
Post by: thenewtbaron on May 01, 2015, 07:13:43 pm
Fair point, I will probably do that, as well as get a couple of other things checked at the local homebrew.

however, When looking.. it seems like few to no couplers have the open skirty thing than the A or M coupler(That is apparently why they are called "sliders"?)

I also didn't see any other taps with a skirty? bell-like covering over the actual connection. so, it maybe G.|

That gives me something to work off of.
Title: Re: How to tell the difference between keg couplers?
Post by: Delo on May 01, 2015, 07:29:05 pm
Some of the couplers have a product gallery that shows the underside.
Here is an example of one with the product gallery tab.
 http://www.micromatic.com/draft-keg-beer/keg-taps-couplers-pid-GTL425.html

Hope this helps.
Title: Re: How to tell the difference between keg couplers?
Post by: Joe Sr. on May 01, 2015, 07:30:00 pm
You are correct.  If it's a slider, it's gotta be one of those two.

If it's got a skirt, it should be a G.

Looks like a pretty nice haul.
Title: Re: How to tell the difference between keg couplers?
Post by: thenewtbaron on May 01, 2015, 08:43:02 pm
Yea, I got them all for 40$. So, that is awesome.  I am glad I got some odd ones, Anchor beer here I come.