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intertap/perlick
« on: July 13, 2018, 03:11:18 PM »
I currently have a couple different faucets (2 ventmatics and 3 Perlick 525ss).  I want to change up to have all the same - was looking at the intertaps and perlicks (650ss and 630ss).  Any experience or reviews on them?
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Re: intertap/perlick
« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2018, 03:19:17 PM »
I have two of the old school Perlicks (the 425 ss with the shuttle mechanism) and one Intertap ss with flow control.

The action on the Perlicks is noticeably smoother than on the Intertap, but it isn't really a big deal.  I don't care much for the flow control though.  After this keg kicks,  I'm going to switch that tap back to the Perlick. 

I wish they still made the 425s.
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Re: intertap/perlick
« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2018, 03:51:08 PM »
I went with the Intertap tower with springs, no flow control, and absolutely love them. I use the different spout attachments all the time. The ball lock connection is perfect for bottling from the keg and the stout faucet creates a nice, smooth, creamy head that accentuates many styles.

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Re: intertap/perlick
« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2018, 03:55:03 PM »
I have 650SS. The flow control works very well. I don’t have lines and serve at 10-12PSI (via QD to tap adapter) without problem.

I do have occasional issues with spitting foam when I first open the tap. Generally, I think this is related to debris in the flow control mechanism. To fix, I flush with Starsan (using my keg/carboy washer pump).


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Re: intertap/perlick
« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2018, 04:06:27 PM »
I have two 650ss flow control faucets as well. I highly recommend them.


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Re: intertap/perlick
« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2018, 06:07:30 PM »
Intertap, definitely.  I have the all-stainless flow control, which (stainless) is not much spendier than brass-base.  With or without the flow control, the Intertap design is genius.  The sliding shuttle seals positively every time, unlike the swinging ball and floating gasket on the Perlick, which I switched from.  It's also easy to completely disassemble for cleaning.   Plus, the attachments that thread on in place of the regular spout are great.  I use the ball lock post for quick setup of my recirculating pump, and only occasionally disassemble everything just for good measure.
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Re: intertap/perlick
« Reply #6 on: July 13, 2018, 06:32:51 PM »
The sliding shuttle seals positively every time, unlike the swinging ball and floating gasket on the Perlick, which I switched from.

Yeah, I've heard people have leak issues with the new Perlick design (swinging ball and floating gasket).  The older Perlicks have the same shuttle mechanism as the Intertap faucets, and they also have removable, threaded spouts. 

I don't know why they switched or if there was a lawsuit or something.  I also wonder if there is some relationship between Intertap and the old Ventmatic company, since they use the same shuttle design.

If I was buying a new faucet, I'd probably go Intertap, but I think the old Perlicks are even better.
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Re: intertap/perlick
« Reply #7 on: July 13, 2018, 07:42:01 PM »
I have 2 Perlick 525SS and a Stainless Intertap. I have the Intertap closing springs in all of them. The Perlicks definitely have much smoother action but, other than that, I really have no preference. I have growler filler attachments for both, so that isn't an issue.

The only problem I ever had with the Perlicks is finding the  O ring kits for them. Finally found them at Great Fermentations.
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Re: intertap/perlick
« Reply #8 on: July 13, 2018, 07:54:58 PM »
I went with the Intertap tower with springs, no flow control, and absolutely love them. I use the different spout attachments all the time. The ball lock connection is perfect for bottling from the keg and the stout faucet creates a nice, smooth, creamy head that accentuates many styles.

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Re: intertap/perlick
« Reply #9 on: July 14, 2018, 08:09:06 AM »
My intertaps are solid. I have 3. Never leak. Throw on the stout spout, fill a growler, haven't tried the ball lock yet but that seems solid if you’re going to bottle off a keg.
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Re: intertap/perlick
« Reply #10 on: July 18, 2018, 01:28:07 PM »
so Williams has a sale this week, and I think I'm going to pull the trigger - just oscillating back and forth on the flow control vs. no flow control but with spring back.
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