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Old 03-10-2010, 04:28 PM   #1
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Being new to kegging, I am trying to purchase some parts (Liquid Ball Lock disconnect) for my Corny keg, but am not sure how to tell what type of keg I have (Type A, Type B, Type C, etc). Looking at the keg, I didn't see any identification markings that indicate the type. Is there a stardard "Type" associated with Corny kegs? Thanks in advance.

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there are pin and ball. that's it for the disconnects on cornies.

If you need more specific parts you need to look for an embossed descirptor or check the underside of bottom rubber chime for the brand.

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there are pin and ball. that's it for the disconnects on cornies.

If you need more specific parts you need to look for an embossed descirptor or check the underside of bottom rubber chime for the brand.

What is the difference between the pin and ball disconnect, and which one is better?
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What is the difference between the pin and ball disconnect, and which one is better?
Different locking mechanism for the disconnects. Go with ball lock...all the cool kids use ball locks.
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It's to do with the post design. They aren't interchangeable. One fits like a aircompressor fitting the other has pins and a sleeve that lock into place. Neither one is better than the other lest you can't locate parts. never had that problem. Some do tho'.

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This shows "some" of the variation on keg replacement parts:
http://hbd.org/carboy/ballkegclean.htm

I haven't yet found a site that can translate the actual keg part numbers to keg types, however. I have Firestone pin lock kegs, for example, but "which" Firestone it is(Challenger, V and VI Challenger, Super Challenger, A, R) I don't exactly know. But my local homebrew shop has a box of parts, so if I need a replacement poppet, for example, I can just bring one in and compare.
NorthernBrewer has a lot of different keg posts and the like. Just google "cornelius keg posts" or some such and you will likely find other vendors that will list keg brands and keg posts.

Except for the poppets and keg posts, which are "refurbishing" parts, the main type differences are coke(pin lock) or pepsi(ball lock). This is just the style of quick disconnect to use for your gas and beverage lines. Most people try to keep all ball lock or all pin lock, so it's easier to switch out kegs.

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Old 03-10-2010, 05:55 PM   #7
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Just to clarify, the DISCONNECTS are either ball or pin, (the plastic bit that is connected to hose). The POSTS are either pin or ball type A, ball type B, or ball type C, (I don't know if there are different pin types).

pin lock post:


ball lock post:


Types of ball lock posts are in the PDF above posted by RichBenn.

Pin lock disconnect:


Ball lock disconnect, (fits type A, B, and C):

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Curious. when you buy your kegs through suppliers (brew shops, keg shops) are the embossed markings removed?

All of mine have the identifying marks on them. Got all mine from scrap yards.

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All of mine have the identifying marks on them. Got all mine from scrap yards.
What? You just find cornies lying around in scrap yards?
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What? You just find cornies lying around in scrap yards?
No. They actually separate them and box them ahead of time. Have bought them for $3.00 each this way. Pressurized.
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