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Ki-ri-n 01-01-2013 11:38 PM

Sankey Low Clearance & Ball Locks Needed
 
So I now have a few 1/6 kegs and want to adapt them into my kegarator. The highest I can fit is about 27" tall, largest OD is 8". I also want to be able to use my existing ball lock connections.
I was thinking about using something like this:
http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/m.../image_956.jpg

But it only comes with barb fittings. Is there a street elbow I could use that would allow me to use these for my ball locks and be within the 8" OD?
http://cornykeg.com/product_images/c...versionkit.jpg

Or, what if I used a regular lever tap with one of these:
http://www.kegworks.com/images/detai...r-elbow-B2.jpg

Or what about a wing type coupler?
http://stores.kegconnection.com/cata...onnections.jpg

cyberbackpacker 01-02-2013 01:25 AM

If you use the low profile coupler (first shown), I'd recommend replacing the hose barbs with MFL fittings. That way you can have a set of ball locks with the flare fittings that you can just unscrew your hoses from the sanke connection and screw on the ball locks.

Good luck.

Ki-ri-n 01-02-2013 02:05 AM

Are there FML fittings like that? I'm trying to avoid undoing any lines. Is like to just plug my ball locks right to a sankey coupled somehow-is that possible with using that 1st coupled?

pelipen 01-02-2013 02:48 AM

Not sure what the inlet thread size is on that low profile, but one of these ball lock post adapters might work. You screw it into the body, then screw a ball lock post onto the other end.
http://www.chicompany.net/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=1_3_260
http://www.chicompany.net/images/Ada...2015E04455.jpg
There are a variety of other options you could do if you wanted to come off the barbs with a piece of hose first, then use just about any threaded adapter combo which works.

Edit: Yup - Somebody did it with the Perlick low profile, and included a complete parts list. Looks like the inlet to the coupler is 17/16-20, and there isn't a direct coupler that I saw for that size... assuming it's correct.
http://troyandgay.com/2012/05/18/sankey-to-cornelius-keg-tap-conversion/

suorangeguy 01-02-2013 03:12 AM

http://www.mcmaster.com/#catalog/118/181/=kurkgk

Part# 50715K161

This is the stainless adapter from the 1/8 NPT to MFL. The barbs unscrew and you replace them with these. Use a bit of teflon tape. It worked perfect for me. Same coupler. You will need to use a couple flared nylon washers when you connect the gas and liquid lines to make sure they don't leak.

iaefebs 01-02-2013 03:29 AM

I've never been able to find a part breakdown on the 1st coupler the perlick 40030. The larger barb on the left in your picture is the gas in and has a built in check valve. Replacing that with a mfl would eliminate the check valve. I think if you already have a check valve inline between your regulator and coupler you could do without it. A second opinion would be nice.

Ki-ri-n 01-02-2013 11:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pelipen (Post 4736832)
Edit: Yup - Somebody did it with the Perlick low profile, and included a complete parts list. Looks like the inlet to the coupler is 17/16-20, and there isn't a direct coupler that I saw for that size... assuming it's correct.
http://troyandgay.com/2012/05/18/sankey-to-cornelius-keg-tap-conversion/

Thanks pelipen! That link really helps! I'll have to try some 90's instead of the straights if Im going to have any chance of it fitting a 1/6 keg. At least I won't have a $60 paper weight!

Ki-ri-n 01-30-2013 10:49 PM

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/images/4...0200-58272.jpg

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/images/4...0199-58273.jpg

Finally got my fittings :rockin: The whole thing only sits 1.75 above the keg and is only 5" wide. Well within the rim of the keg.
McMaster # for the 90's is 50715k181.

smokinghole 07-03-2013 08:52 PM

This is pretty awesome. I am thinking about doing the same thing. I currently have the same tap serving sixtels out of my fridge but I don't have a good way to clean. So I was looking at my options and I think converting the tap would be the easiest and use of my my small cornys to clean the system. Otherwise I'd have to spend on something else that has a single use cleaning. This would allow me easily serve sixtels and cornys at home (not that I've ever hooked up one of my cornys).


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