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Old 05-31-2011, 10:07 PM   #1
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Default Ball lock vs pinlock

Im in the process of rounding up the parts to keg. And im getting ready to buy some corneys. (Anybody have any in western WA for sale?)

Is one better than the other?

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Old 05-31-2011, 10:14 PM   #2
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Just saw some in Olympia for sale on craigslist yesterday, something like $25 each if you buy 4 of them.

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Old 05-31-2011, 10:22 PM   #3
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Funny I left him a message just before I posted this I havent heard back yet. But if I understand things correctly the coke style (pinlock) does not have the relief valve??? But the pics in his ad have relief valves.

Thanks, Im also in Chehalis (Doty)

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If its this guy he has both listed on CL. This is about the best deal I've seen lately.

Pin vs Ball...well ball lock are narrower and have a manual relief valve with an air line style coupler, pin lock are shorter and fatter, have a twist lock coupler and a burst valve. So based on those items and my space i went ball locks. I like the manual relief valve and my kegerator is an old upright hotpoint fridge so space is a premium. Tall narrow kegs with a coupler that can be at any angle worked better for me. I can fit 4 ball locks plus the CO2 bottle. YMMV. Happy brewing.

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Old 06-01-2011, 03:40 PM   #5
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I would love to find any kegs for $25 in my area. I suggest jumping on that deal.

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at this point, i'd go pin lock. ball lock are very hard to find these days.

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There are some minor differences as have been pointed out already. But overall I do not think one is better then the other. Whatever you can find a good deal on IMO.

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$45 is the best deal out on CL right now in my area.
http://kansascity.craigslist.org/for/2418334114.html

I can get regular 15.5 and 7.75 Sankey kegs all day long. I might just have to start kegging in those if the cornys are drying up.

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You can also make friends with someone that works at Coke or Pepsi. I got 3 pin-locks from Coca-Cola for free. They were in great condition and nothing needed to be replaced other than the O-rings. If all else fails, you can go up to the delivery driver as he is dropping a shipment off at the grocery store and see if he'd let some of the tanks disappear. He might be willing to make a trade.

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The local guy on craigs has both.. the pin locks are 4 - $100 and the ball locks are $40 apiece I have bought 10 ball locks from him in the last few months they are all in decent condition and I have only gotten 1 that smelled like the dreaded Dr Pepper... JJ

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