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doc5md 10-08-2012 01:18 AM

newb with kegs...
 
Just getting everything around for my first go at brewing. My father-in-law upon hearing of my plan to begin brewing offered some used kegs that were just sitting in his garage (he's not a brewer).
He just dropped them off today. I had been thinking I'd need to replace EVERYTHING on them, but the posts and poppets actually look good, I think I might only need new o-rings.
My big question is that 3 are pin lock and 4 are ball lock.... What would you all do in a similar situation? Just buy hoses and disconnects for each system? Can the pin lock ones be converted over to ball lock- and if so, is it worth doing?
Oh and he's bringing up a CO2 cylinder too.
Thanks,
Quinn

MalFet 10-08-2012 02:02 AM

It's easy enough to convert from pin lock to ball lock. They sell part kits online: http://www.cornykeg.com/index.asp?category=29144

Otherwise, you can just buy a few extra disconnects. People sometimes make a big fuss about having all the same type of kegs, but it's not actually all that big of a deal in my experience.

JRems 10-08-2012 02:04 AM

I would convert them all to ball lock. You convert them for $10-15 each.

NCGrayson 10-08-2012 01:55 PM

if you haven't started one brew yet, slow down. it will take you quite some time to fill 7 kegs, so take your time....there's no need to go spending money converting 3 pin locks to ball locks just yet. just my $.02

doc5md 10-08-2012 02:48 PM

Thanks...
 
LOL, I didn't really even consider this! HA! I was just trying to put everything in to a single order to reduce shipping costs... I didn't even consider that I won't need those until later. :) Time to place my order tonight then :)
Thanks, Quinn

Quote:

Originally Posted by NCGrayson (Post 4479816)
if you haven't started one brew yet, slow down. it will take you quite some time to fill 7 kegs, so take your time....there's no need to go spending money converting 3 pin locks to ball locks just yet. just my $.02



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