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Old 10-22-2010, 01:24 AM   #1
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Is there really a major benefit to getting the Perlick faucets vs. the others??? Please explain. Thanks in advance for the info!!

 
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Old 10-22-2010, 01:29 AM   #2
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I have had both Perlick as well as "cheap" faucets. Both work well but the Perlick's seem to last a little better and flow smoother. They do look a little better whatever that's worth.

 
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Old 10-22-2010, 01:37 AM   #3
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It's much like a Mercedes vs. a Yugo. Yes, there is that much of a difference in handling, performance, maintenance and appearance. The bottom line is your budget. Faucets will last indefinitely if properly cared for. IOW, they will be a one time purchase and they will be around for a very long time. I would go with ordinary cheap faucets if I were building a jockey box for occasional use maybe, but for everyday use in my home, I would go with the Perlick's for sure.

 
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Old 10-22-2010, 01:48 AM   #4
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The big difference is whether or not they will stick between beers.

With perlicks, you can go a couple days between pours, and they won't stick at all. With standard faucets (unless you're religious about cleaning the faucets after each pour) will typically stick after sitting for a day or 2 without being used. I used to have standard faucets, and had one stick so bad that a friend of mine actually broke the internal lever on the faucet trying to get it unstuck. I've heard of this happening to a few others as well. Basically, if you've got the money, spend it on the perlicks.

 
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Old 10-22-2010, 03:50 AM   #5
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do yourself a favor and buy Perlicks! It's not even a question IF you'll buy them eventually(you will) so you may as well save some time and spend money only once.

 
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Old 10-22-2010, 04:00 AM   #6
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The standard faucets I use for picnics absolutely stick after 24hours. Not to the point where the handle is ready to break but to the point where they suck and I hate them. With my Perlicks I can got a week or even two without any care to them and there will be absolutely no sticking or leaking valves. I have two more to purchase to "finish" my keezer.

 
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Old 10-22-2010, 04:07 AM   #7
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yeah, I upgraded my tower to a dual head. One is a perlick, the other is a generic. The generic sticks a day after a pour. The perlick has yet to stick. Only thing I didn't like is with a heavy tap handle the perlick seemed to move too easy. But once beer is forced up into the tap, it isn't an issue.
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Old 10-22-2010, 10:58 AM   #8
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Quote:
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The big difference is whether or not they will stick between beers.

With perlicks, you can go a couple days between pours, and they won't stick at all. With standard faucets (unless you're religious about cleaning the faucets after each pour) will typically stick after sitting for a day or 2 without being used. I used to have standard faucets, and had one stick so bad that a friend of mine actually broke the internal lever on the faucet trying to get it unstuck. I've heard of this happening to a few others as well. Basically, if you've got the money, spend it on the perlicks.
I am experiencing this exact problem right now. I got the cheap chrome/brass faucets and they stick like a m'fer. I really wish I would have forked out the extra $$$ for the Perlicks. I just didn't have the budget at the time.

Not to hijack...how about shanks? What is teh advantage of SS (other than cleaning)? I can't imagine they affect performance, correct?

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Old 10-22-2010, 04:10 PM   #9
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Just to clarify, Perlick makes the forward seal faucet that everyone here assumes you are talking about and is what we recommend, 425 (discontinued), 525, and 575 series. Perlick ALSO makes a traditional rear seal faucet, 307, 408, and 410 series. If you are buying online make sure you are getting what you expect.

 
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Old 10-22-2010, 04:12 PM   #10
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i've only had perlicks. i've never had any of them stick, ever. or even feel like they were sticking.

 
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