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hopfenundmalz:

--- Quote from: Joe Sr. on February 18, 2013, 08:21:29 AM ---I believe ball locks have typically been more common.  But pin locks are used by a lot of people, too.

I would say the most important thing is to be sure that all of your kegs are the same, so that you don't need different quick disconnects.

There is no specific benefit to either pin or ball lock that I am aware of.

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You can't get the in/out mixed up on pin locks.

Ball locks are taller with a smaller diameter (that geometry thing) so more can fit in a keezer.

Pin locks are made out of a thicker gage steel, and are harder to dent, but they are a little heavier.

So there are differences, it is up to someone to decide if that makes a difference.

mmitchem:
I have all sorts of different kegs with all sorts of different connects on them. I have some coke keg that are traditionally pin lock with ball lock connects and vice versa. Can't say that one works better than the other, I just got what was freely available at the time. Sometimes it leads to a few Franken-kegs!

Joe Sr.:

--- Quote from: hopfenundmalz on February 18, 2013, 09:28:53 AM ---Pin locks are made out of a thicker gage steel, and are harder to dent, but they are a little heavier.

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This I was completely unaware of.

hopfenundmalz:

--- Quote from: Joe Sr. on February 18, 2013, 10:48:36 AM ---
--- Quote from: hopfenundmalz on February 18, 2013, 09:28:53 AM ---Pin locks are made out of a thicker gage steel, and are harder to dent, but they are a little heavier.

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This I was completely unaware of.

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The guy at the LHBS laid a pin lock on its side and give it a stomp, and said try doing that with a ball lock. He then explained it is made from heavier gage steel.

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