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Old 01-16-2010, 05:58 PM   #1
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Do I have to get SS shanks with SS faucets? What is the down side of using chrome shanks with SS faucets? Thanks!!!
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Old 01-16-2010, 08:54 PM   #2
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No, you don't "need" to have SS shanks. The chrome plated shanks are stripped of the chrome over time. They will still work but can give off flavors.
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Old 01-16-2010, 08:57 PM   #3
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How long are we talking before of flavors will appear?
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Old 01-16-2010, 09:14 PM   #4
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No real idea who long... its basically an erosion process so it'd take a while, years I would guess. I found a post a few weeks ago & the pics showed that every where in contact with beer was stripped of chrome leaving the brass underneath exposed. Not a big problem really. Personally, I'd get the SS. I see my kegerator (or the parts that make it a kegerator) as a one time investment. Stainless & commercial grade everything.
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Old 01-19-2010, 02:29 PM   #5
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Thanks Flyin!!!!
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Old 01-19-2010, 03:43 PM   #6
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Considering the small difference in cost, SS gives you a lot more flexibility. You can push soda, cider, or wine safely through them as well. Can't do that with chrome.

Regarding the erosion, you are slowly dissolving chromium into your beer and you. After that is gone, brass is next on the menu. Brass typically contains copper, zinc and up to 2% lead.
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