I have a quick question for the peoples, so thanks in advance for your help and opinions. Please keep in mind that I have yet to use this system so I know next to nothing.
I'm finishing up my single tier system and plan to be making my 1st 10 gallon batch in a week or so. I went with cam-lock quick-connect fittings from bargainfittings.com. I accidentally ordered a few barbed fittings with my ball valves but had originally planned to have the female quick-connects on both ends of the silicon tubing and the male quick-connects on the keg fittings.
Well, I didn't order enough of either but I wanted to get things as close to ready as I could so that I could run some cleaner through the system. So, i ended up using the barb fittings that I had to make everything work. My question is weather I am ok keeping and using the barb fittings or is there a functional reason why I should order the few final parts and have the quick-connects for ALL of my silicon tubing ends? I don't care if I have to buy them - its not a cost issue. The question is about function. Why use quick-connect fittings over barbed fittings.
You can see the barb fitting falling off of the bottom of this pic
The only barb fittings that I have are on the ball valves for the HLT and MLT. The rest are quick-connects.