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Old 08-19-2014, 06:23 PM   #1
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Hello HBT Members! I recently snagged a great deal on craigslist. a Half Full 10# Aluminum C02 tank, regulator, sanke D style coupler, Ajex USA Faucet and 4" shank for a whopping $60! Which I think is a good deal! Now I have one simple question:

What is a Good Model Faucet without breaking the bank? College student here!

Thank you very much
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If by "solid" you mean "not plated brass" you could do a lot worse than to get one of these...

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www.ritebrew.com and get a perlick. I have chrome plated, others need/prefer stainless
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Perlick. I got some brass finish ones and they are flawless in operation.

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Changed to good But I do like the look of that perlick! why go with a perlick over other brands?

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Other brands will stick horribly. So you pull a beer, then a day or two later the faucet is just stuck shut and you have to pull pretty hard to un-stick it. Yes, the cheap ones still work, but if you're anything like the rest of us, it'll DRIVE YOU CRAZY. And you'll be buying faucets twice.

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Other brands will stick horribly. So you pull a beer, then a day or two later the faucet is just stuck shut and you have to pull pretty hard to un-stick it. Yes, the cheap ones still work, but if you're anything like the rest of us, it'll DRIVE YOU CRAZY. And you'll be buying faucets twice.
Yep! Perlick all the way! Enough said!
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can a Perlick be had for around $20? excluding the shank (which I will need)?

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can a Perlick be had for around $20? excluding the shank (which I will need)?
The cheapest Perlick faucets are chrome, which is much cheaper than stainless steel. So if you're OK with chrome, that'll save you money.

The old model Perlick was the 525. The chrome one is model 525PC. You should be able to find the 525PC for $20. A few examples:
http://www.ritebrew.com/product-p/843162.htm [$19 but currently out of stock, maybe that's it for them since discontinued]
http://www.homebrewing.org/Perlick-Chrome-PlatedStainless-Lever_p_3395.html [$20]

If you wanted to go stainless (525SS) you're looking at $35+ per faucet.

The recently updated model is the 630SS (doesn't appear to come in the cheaperchrome). Don't know much about them but here's a link discussing the differences. Evidently some people had leak problems with 525s that the new design is supposed to address. For what it's worth, I and tons of other people here have used the 525 without issue, so I would absolutely recommend going with it if it's cheaper than the new 630.

I was shopping for stainless faucets and shanks so I'm not sure this holds true for chrome, but RiteBrew had far and away the best shank prices when I was building my kegerator last year. If you're only buying one faucet and one shank it's probably not worth ordering from separate places though.

Good luck and happy building!
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