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Old 11-12-2010, 06:50 PM   #11
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Old 11-12-2010, 08:56 PM   #12
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Old 03-29-2013, 05:34 PM   #13
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You can buy adapters from places like Foxx Equipment but if you have a height constraint already, it will be worse.

Aside from having different posts, there is nothing wrong with pin lock kegs.

Build your lines with swivel nuts and barbed stems. Then buy flare type disconnects and you'll have a hybrid system.
Hi,
I am just starting to buy homebrewing equipment. I already acquired 2 ball-lock corny kegs (not converted). I would have got a lot more if I could, but I find it difficult to find anything else than pin-lock corny kegs in my area (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada). Some ball-lock corny kegs are available at OntarioBeerKegs, but they are much more expensive than the pin-lock corny kegs I can find on classified ads sites. Converting pin-lock to ball-lock also seems like a waste of money, especially if a hybrid system is feasible.

So I am thinking about the hybrid system you mentioned in your post. I am trying to imagine the "swivel nuts/barbed stems/flare type disconnects" you refer to (and I search for images online), but I am missing something and I just cannot figure out what the whole system would look like (maybe something is lost in translation; French is my first language). Could you suggest some hyperlinks (containing images) to specific parts that would guide me in the correct direction, please?

Thank you in advance for any help you can provide!

Cheers!

Eric

P.S.: I will keep searching through HBT in case I can find the answers by myself.
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Old 03-29-2013, 05:58 PM   #14
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Here is a link to a flared QD
http://rebelbrewer.com/shop/gas-side...nnect-1-4-mfl/

Here is a link to a barbed QD.
http://rebelbrewer.com/shop/liquid-s...ct-1-4-barbed/

Here is a link to a swivel nut. The picture shows 2. You only need 1 per line.
http://rebelbrewer.com/shop/gas-side...-to-5-16-barb/

The barbed QD just pushes inside the beer line then you use a fastener to tighten the line to the barb. This set up is relatively permanent. The QD won't separate from the line easily.

With the swivel nuts and flared QD one end of the swivel nut has a barb which connects to the line. But the other end is a female fitting which screws onto the male fitting on the flared QD. This means you can easily unscrew the QD from the line. Since both ball and pin lock QDs have flare fitting options you can screw off the ball lock QD and replace it with the pin lock QD in seconds. It is very easy. You do need a crescent wrench.

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Old 03-29-2013, 07:55 PM   #15
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Thank you very much for the links, alestateyall!

With all the pieces of the puzzle you provided me with, I now see the big picture. This makes a whole lot of sense! So, basically, I end up with an extra piece between the tubing and the QD.

My lack of knowledge of English technical terms also caused some confusion. Whereas I originally thought "flared" could be synonym with "threaded", I searched a bit and I now understand that a "flare fitting" is a type of "compression fitting". There really was something lost in translation!

Thanks to beer (and thanks to you, of course), I learned something new today!

Many thanks!!!

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Old 03-29-2013, 09:23 PM   #16
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Thank you very much for the links, alestateyall!

With all the pieces of the puzzle you provided me with, I now see the big picture. This makes a whole lot of sense! So, basically, I end up with an extra piece between the tubing and the QD.

My lack of knowledge of English technical terms also caused some confusion. Whereas I originally thought "flared" could be synonym with "threaded", I searched a bit and I now understand that a "flare fitting" is a type of "compression fitting". There really was something lost in translation!

Thanks to beer (and thanks to you, of course), I learned something new today!

Many thanks!!!

Eric
You're welcome. I am a professor by day so sometimes I go into teaching mode...
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Old 06-27-2013, 03:40 PM   #17
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So I thought I had purchased a ball lock keg, but now think it is pin lock. Can anyone confirm? And if it is pin-lock, would this be a good option for me? (I currently have 1 ball lock keg along with Ball lock QD's from my gas and serving lines.)
http://www.cornykeg.com/catalog.asp?prodid=682504

keg1.jpg   keg2.jpg   keg3.jpg   keg4.jpg  
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Old 06-27-2013, 03:48 PM   #18
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Looks like you have a frank-n-keg. You have pin lock post and a ball lock lid (pin locks don't have pressure reliefs in the lid). Rather or not it works for you is up to you. You can get a set of pin lock QDs and switch out depending on which keg you use or you can go with one style, up to you

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Old 06-27-2013, 04:00 PM   #19
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I gotta say, I've used ball-locks exclusively for a couple years but got a pin-lock on a great deal and I LOVE it. Much easier to connect and disconnect when there's any pressure in the keg.

Personally I think I'll try to shop more aggressively for pin-locks moving forward.

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I gotta say, I've used ball-locks exclusively for a couple years but got a pin-lock on a great deal and I LOVE it. Much easier to connect and disconnect when there's any pressure in the keg.

Personally I think I'll try to shop more aggressively for pin-locks moving forward.
If fit doesn't matter, I agree pin locks are easier. No way to screw up and hook stuff up to the wrong post. I only have pin locks, but do have a set of ball lock QDs incase someone brings a keg over
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