Originally Posted by UNIbrewster
I have two that I rotate in. They work well if you can get all the extra parts for cheap. Taps, conversions, etc. It takes a solid 20 extra min to get the @&$#ing spring back into the keg spear after you fill it up. Overall there ok. No issues with cleaning.
Get the spring started by hand, then where it starts to overlap, squeeze it in with pliers and work your way around. Should take less than a minute.
Originally Posted by Chupidacabra
Okay, so if I can find a Sanke connection, go for it?
Anyone have any useful tips on cleaning them?
Clean them just like you would a carboy. I soak in hot oxyclean and then rinse thoroughly. You can also build a diy keg cleaner with a pump, bucket, and a few plumbing parts. There are lots of build threads in the diy forum.
Check CL and the classifieds here for used couplers. I picked up a whole box of them really cheap in a trade. If you plan on fermenting in them too, I'd suggest a dedicated coupler for transfers with the check valves removed.