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Old 06-19-2009, 10:37 PM   #1
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Default Commercial kegs on ball lock corny system?

I currently have a ball lock quick disconnect system for my keezer/tower setup , and I was wondering if it is possible for me to get commercial kegs or kegs from local microbreweries hooked up to my system? I know that the micros don't use corny kegs. I am still a noob when it comes to this kegging stuff, so I don't know if there is an adapter that is easy to connect or what. If it is a big expense and hassle then no biggie. It would just be nice to have the option of getting a small keg of local micros once in awhile.

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Old 06-20-2009, 12:34 AM   #2
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You're not going to find a tap system like you use for homebrew (corny's) on the commercial (sanke) kegs. Your best solution is to buy a Sanke tap. I was lucky enough to find an old hand pump type tap (the ones you see used at keggers) and converted it to use with the co2 system I have for my kegerator. Cheers!
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Old 06-20-2009, 12:55 AM   #3
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I have my sankey coupler hooked to a party pump (black plastic spout) i just swap a c02 line out and can fit a 1/6 barrel in where my cornie usually is.

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Old 06-20-2009, 01:08 AM   #4
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mbird... do you have info on the conversion of that hand pump? I have one I had not thought about in a while...

As to the sanke switch, I know it is possible, as the description on kegconnection.com for the fridge coversion I did says:

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"Also, easily modified for Sanke (I can help you set up a quick switch system to go from Cornelius to Sanke with a few turns of a swivel nut!)"
Call them, I am sure they will help if no one here chimes in.
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Old 06-20-2009, 01:48 AM   #5
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I found a local brewery that will fill my corny for the same price as a 1/6th, they even slap 30PSI on it before they hand it back to me.

I bought 2 of my cornies from one of the brewers there.

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Old 06-20-2009, 02:19 AM   #6
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chefmike,
I removed the pump and the the 4 screws that hold the a plate in position. Under the plate I tapped a 1/4 pipe threat and installed a 1/4 x 1/4" barbed fitting to attach the co2. Go to the link below to see a pic.

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Old 06-20-2009, 03:26 AM   #7
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I bought a kit that allows me to switch back and forth between Sanke and Corny. I usually have my Cornies on it, but since the kegerator I bought off of Craigslist had a Sanke tap inside, I needed the conversion. Now I can do both!

It looked like this, but I think I paid $18 or so for it from a different vendor that I can't find right now (Williams is sky-high on some things!).

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Sanke Tap to Homebrew Conversion Kit, no disconnects included with no QDs

Sanke Tap to Homebrew Conversion Kit, with disconnects with QDs

Not an unreasonable price, the QDs are about $12-14 for a pair.
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Old 06-20-2009, 01:29 PM   #9
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I agree with Arkador. I have the sanke tap to homebrew conversion kit and it is entirely convenient. I can switch my bar over from a corny to a sanke in all of 10 seconds.

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Old 06-21-2009, 06:38 AM   #10
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One way to go is to add a dedicated sankey tap...

I have a two tap tower that both came with sankey's, so I left one on and fitted the other with ball lock connection.

Also, since the keg place I love (uber tavern in seattle) seems to deal mostly in half barrels, the sixths are usually a special deal. They're the same size as a corny and extremely easy to connect/disconnect etc.

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