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Old 02-13-2009, 05:26 PM   #1
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So I am looking to buy the faucets, shanks and handles for my keezer. My question is are the Perlicks necessary? Keg Works has this kit for $30 that includes everything. Whereas the Perlick faucet, shank and handle is basically double that. So the question is, how often does the cheaper kit get "sticky" and will it be something that needs to be replaced in short order anyway or will it work perfectly fine and relatively painlessly? Thanks ahead of time... since I am order 5-6 of them I just want to make sure I spend my money wisely.



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Old 02-13-2009, 05:35 PM   #2
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I have them and I like them alot. A couple of my friends went the other way and they have problums with them sticking. If you use them everyday the cheaper ones want stick as much.

you get what you pay for.



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Not "necessary". But definitely worth the extra money. Everyone who hasn't started out with a perlick and and converted has never looked back and been much happier for the switch.

I say just get the perlicks

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Here is my solution to the sticky problem.
At the end of day I inject SANICLEAN into the vent hole.




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So I am looking to buy the faucets, shanks and handles for my keezer. My question is are the Perlicks necessary? Keg Works has this kit for $30 that includes everything. Whereas the Perlick faucet, shank and handle is basically double that. So the question is, how often does the cheaper kit get "sticky" and will it be something that needs to be replaced in short order anyway or will it work perfectly fine and relatively painlessly? Thanks ahead of time... since I am order 5-6 of them I just want to make sure I spend my money wisely.
i am no expert here, but i can tell you that my generic taps get sticky all the time. i have three beers on tap, by the time i get back to one that hasn't been touch in a week or so, it's sticky. can i still pull the tap... yes, but it's a pain in the ass. i started using a little beer lube on the brass inside the tap mechanism which seemed to help a bit.

in doing some of the same research you are doing, i have basically found that nothing will give me what i am looking for outside of the forward closing tap.

good luck...
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Here is my solution to the sticky problem.
At the end of day I inject SANICLEAN into the vent hole.




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Do you just have to do this after every use?
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i am no expert here, but i can tell you that my generic taps get sticky all the time. i have three on tap, by the time i get back to one that hasn't been touch in a week or so, it's sticky. can i still pull the tap... yes, but it's a pain in the ass. i started using a little beer lube on the brass inside the tap mechanism which seemed to help a bit.

in doing some of the same research you are doing, i have basically found that nothing will give me what i am looking for outside of the forward closing tap.

good luck...
That seems to be what I am finding as well... I'm just a cheap-o and trying to save $$$. If it's not worth it though I'll spend the dough and save the headaches.
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The perlicks are great. Regular taps wills tick on the usage a single family will give them. It is kind of harrowing having to unstick the taps often hoping every time it won't break and waste a bunch of beer while making a huge mess. You will not regret spending the extra to get forward seals.

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here is what you need Beer Keg Couplers Sankey Taps US European Couplers

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...just replaced five of my faucets with Perlicks...

do it now and save yourself the hassle.



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