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General Category => Kegging and Bottling => Topic started by: brontotex on February 20, 2011, 07:44:01 am

Title: Question for you keggers
Post by: brontotex on February 20, 2011, 07:44:01 am
I'm getting ready to start kegging. Should I go with Ball lock or Pin lock?
Title: Re: Question for you keggers
Post by: corkybstewart on February 20, 2011, 09:15:09 am
Go with whichever you can find cheapest.  I started out with a dozen free pinlocks, then someone gave me ten ball locks.  Being cheap I didn't argue with the gift but I did have to make some alterations on my hose ends so I could easily switch between keg types.
Ball lock kegs are taller and narrower, pin locks are shorter but have a bigger diameter so the space you have in your kegerator can be an issue.  One thing I love about my pinlock kegs is that it is not possible to put a gas connector on the beer post, but you can do that with a ball lock keg and when you do it's really hard to get it back off without destroying something.
Title: Re: Question for you keggers
Post by: tumarkin on February 20, 2011, 09:28:00 am
either is fine, but I'd suggest you pick one and stick with it. that simplifies your connection/hardware issues. now that said, I've got some of each. Once in a while, I think about trading one or the other off to get down to one type... but haven't actually done that yet.
Title: Re: Question for you keggers
Post by: gmwren on February 20, 2011, 01:33:37 pm
You could always use threaded connectors v.s. barbed so it is a snap to switch out keg connectors between ball and pin. It gives you more options as the two types start to get rare.
Title: Re: Question for you keggers
Post by: jeffy on February 20, 2011, 03:36:06 pm
I've got both.  I prefer the pin-lock for ease of identification and the secure feeling that you've got the connection on right, but most people look at me funny when I want to use them out in public.  Ball locks are more acceptable (as a general rule) in the real world, meaning that almost every brewer has ball locks, but not so much with pin locks.
It's pretty easy to have a T off the CO2 bottle with one of each on a hose to carb up your kegs and a mix of picnic taps with both to serve the beer.
 
Title: Re: Question for you keggers
Post by: brontotex on February 20, 2011, 05:37:48 pm
Thanks everyone. went ahead and ordered a set up with ball locks.