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nbaucco 07-23-2012 02:39 AM

Cam Lock or Quick Connect
 
Was wondering your opinions on which fittings to use on my hoses. I'm thinking either cam lock or the quick connect air line style fittings. Just looking to get some input. Thanks...

Deuce 07-23-2012 03:01 AM

I have cam locks and love them, although the worm clamps on either can give some nasty cuts with wet hands and slippery connections

Golddiggie 07-23-2012 03:18 AM

I've used both types (cam locks and the ball lock style, both stainless) and would suggest going with the cam locks from the start. I'd also suggest going with Oetiker clamps for the connection to hoses, over worm clamps. With the Oetiker clamps, you WON'T get cut hands. I've had enough cuts from worm clamps to hate them with a passion now. You can get the clamps, and crimp tool from Keg Connection. You can also get other crimp tools from Amazon. McMaster-Carr also sells the clamps (wide range of sizes, each covers a small range). You can either use the crimp tool to cut the clamps to remove, or use a pair of tin snips to do the job. I've done both with ease (which I use depends on my mood and which tool I grab first).

lpdjshaw 07-23-2012 03:48 AM

I love my cam locks, and I agree with Golddiggie on the Oetiker clamps. I'd check into using 90's like BobbyM shows in his video. I finally took those stupid rings off the cam handles and that makes it alot easier too.

JuanMoore 07-23-2012 04:46 AM

Another vote for camlocks. I suggest using the male threaded ends instead of the hose barbs to prevent restrictions, and/or the 90's as mentioned. And plastic zip ties are another alternative to worm drive hose clamps.

makomachine 07-23-2012 01:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JuanMoore
Another vote for camlocks. I suggest using the male threaded ends instead of the hose barbs to prevent restrictions, and/or the 90's as mentioned. And plastic zip ties are another alternative to worm drive hose clamps.

Wow- zip ties - why the heck didn't I think of those! Cheap and easy!

Buying some cam locks from Bobby but have never used them before.

Silentnoiz 07-23-2012 02:06 PM

I'm curious what people are using, like, and suggest too. I need to decide and purchase a bunch, but when I start looking, the number of options are a bit overwhelming.

Gartywood 07-23-2012 02:19 PM

I have camlocks, they can be a little stiff at times but they make nice positive leak free connections. When I think about compressor air line quick disconnects I am reminded of all the hissing that I hear and trouble seating them and am concerned about getting into a leaky situation.

schmoe 07-23-2012 02:19 PM

I use camlocks.

CS223 07-23-2012 05:14 PM

The long hose barbs that Bobby_M sells with the camlocks really don't require a clamp with the typical pressure from a brew pump. I don't use any clamps.


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