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Offline brontotex

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Question for you keggers
« on: February 20, 2011, 02:44:01 PM »
I'm getting ready to start kegging. Should I go with Ball lock or Pin lock?

Offline corkybstewart

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Re: Question for you keggers
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2011, 04:15:09 PM »
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.
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Offline tumarkin

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Re: Question for you keggers
« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2011, 04:28:00 PM »
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.
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Offline gmwren

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Re: Question for you keggers
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2011, 08:33:37 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.

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Re: Question for you keggers
« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2011, 10:36:06 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.
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Offline brontotex

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Re: Question for you keggers
« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2011, 12:37:48 AM »
Thanks everyone. went ahead and ordered a set up with ball locks.