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Offline pashusa

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Re: Why the preference for Ball Lock?
« Reply #15 on: November 09, 2009, 07:28:31 PM »
I got 2 pinlocks from the soda guy here in town. one had a pressure relief and the other did not. he gave me a little cap like tool that locked over the gas in side to relieve the pressure in the one without a relief valve.
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Re: Why the preference for Ball Lock?
« Reply #16 on: November 10, 2009, 03:44:08 PM »
Next time you accidentally put the gas line on in the "Out" post on a beer that has been lagering for 4 weeks and you blow sediment all up into your beer you will know.  ;)
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As for me, my first keg was ball lock... so, so are all the others. I suspect most people are like that, although with MFL fittings it would be easy enough to use a mix.
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Re: Why the preference for Ball Lock?
« Reply #17 on: November 10, 2009, 03:47:31 PM »
all my 5g kegs 17 (?) are pins. 

For me, it was an easy choice as the kegerator I have wouldn't fit Ball locks since they are taller.

That said, I think a lot of brewers like ball lock since they are taller and smaller in diameter - I know if I were using BL, I could fit 8 kegs in my lagering freezer instead of 6.  oh well.

BTW, an awl on the gas poppit works just fine for me...
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Re: Why the preference for Ball Lock?
« Reply #18 on: November 10, 2009, 09:47:47 PM »
To me the preference was simply a matter of availability.  Now it is one of compatibility with the equipment that I have.

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Re: Why the preference for Ball Lock?
« Reply #19 on: November 10, 2009, 11:26:13 PM »
Same here... got a ball lock first, don't feel like using two different types now.

I also have one ball lock that's in the form factor of a pin lock.  Got it new from NB when I bought the kegging package deal thing a while ago. Made by Cornelius and everything.  Wacky...
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Re: Why the preference for Ball Lock?
« Reply #20 on: November 17, 2009, 12:17:45 PM »
I have both Pin and Ball in my line up. I use MFL connections so it is a non-issue as far as ease of use goes.  If I had my druthers I would probably go with all Pin though from the get go. We used to buy kegs from Sundrop a few years ago for less than 10 bucks a piece and they were all ball lock so that is what most of mine are. I only have 4 Pins.
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Re: Why the preference for Ball Lock?
« Reply #21 on: November 17, 2009, 01:34:43 PM »
I have both Pin and Ball in my line up. I use MFL connections so it is a non-issue as far as ease of use goes.  If I had my druthers I would probably go with all Pin though from the get go. We used to buy kegs from Sundrop a few years ago for less than 10 bucks a piece and they were all ball lock so that is what most of mine are. I only have 4 Pins.

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I've got both and the MFL connections make it easy to switch back and forth.

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Re: Why the preference for Ball Lock?
« Reply #22 on: November 17, 2009, 04:28:11 PM »
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I had a couple balls, but took them back to the LHBS, and swapped them for pins.

Not sure where to go w/ that.   ;D

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Re: Why the preference for Ball Lock?
« Reply #23 on: November 17, 2009, 06:20:50 PM »
I got a dozen free pin locks first, then 10 free ball locks so I use the flare fittings on all my hose ends and can change them easily.  The pin locks are much better for attaching the connectors when you can't see what you're doing, but with at least 2 of 6 kegs being ball locks I can easily fit 6 in my lagering fridge and six in the kegerator.
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Re: Why the preference for Ball Lock?
« Reply #24 on: November 17, 2009, 07:30:52 PM »
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I had a couple balls, but took them back to the LHBS, and swapped them for pins.

Not sure where to go w/ that.   ;D


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