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Old 11-18-2012, 01:15 AM   #1
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Default Barbed Shanks or Separate Tail End

I'm converting a freezer to a keezer, and it's time to buy perlicks (525ss) and shanks. I see I can get the shanks with barbs or with a threaded end, onto which I guess there is a fitting/gasket.

Is there any goo reason not to get the barbed one? I guess it's not as easy to clean. Anyone with experience here?

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Does the non-barb version have a female pipe thread on the back? Because that would be better, imo. You'd have to buy a separate barb fitting, but they are cheap.

My tap has the barb built-in and I dropped it on my garage floor because I'm a klutz, and dented the barb a little. A part of it broke off when I bent it back out. It still works fine, but its a little worse for wear.

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Old 11-18-2012, 10:18 AM   #3
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hmmm john guest fittings al the way here. no skinned knuckles while trying to fit new line

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I've had the shanks with the tail pieces welded on for about 2 years know with no problems. To me, it just seemed like one less place to have a leak someday. Cleaning isn't really an issue. I just brush out the shank with one brush and then run my dip tube brush that I use on my kegs for the nipple. I really don't think you can go wrong either way.

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I've had the shanks with the tail pieces welded on for about 2 years know with no problems. To me, it just seemed like one less place to have a leak someday. Cleaning isn't really an issue. I just brush out the shank with one brush and then run my dip tube brush that I use on my kegs for the nipple. I really don't think you can go wrong either way.
This was my thinking, too. I think I'll go with the welded barbs. Plus, it comes with the package deal on the faucet/knob/shank that I want. The whole assy is $48. Any thoughts on that? The faucet is Perlick 525ss, the shank is chromed.

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48 and some change for a perlick and shank sounds like a deal to me.

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Hey Pawn, no stout taps?

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Hey Pawn, no stout taps?
Darryl! That's a good question. I don't make many stouts, so maybe I should get 1 in there. What's the difference?
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