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Old 10-17-2011, 12:11 AM   #1
Sep 2008
Wilbraham, MA
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I have been doing some research trying to find a low cost kegerator kit. I believe I have decided on this kit for the price...

Is there an advantage/disadvantage to pin or ball lock kegs?
Also, does anyone know of a cheaper price for a full kegerator kit?

Thanks for the help!

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Old 10-17-2011, 12:20 AM   #2
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I have some ball locks. I'm not an expert, pretty new to kegging.

From what I've learned there are 2 main differences:
1) ball locks have a pressure relief valve in the top that can be used to easily burp or vent the keg when you want to purge air or co2. Pin locks don't (maybe some do, but not all).

2) different sizes. One is slightly taller and thinner, but I couldn't tell you which because I only have ball locks.

Ball locks used to be much more common, but because of demand by homebrewers I think the opposite is true now. The gas and beer fittings are not interchangeable, so you probably want to settle on one kind and stick with it for all your kegs.
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Old 10-17-2011, 12:23 AM   #3
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Pin lock kegs are wider, so that could mean the difference between fitting 2 or 3 in a small kegerator.

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Old 10-17-2011, 02:59 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by eltorrente View Post
Pin lock kegs are wider, so that could mean the difference between fitting 2 or 3 in a small kegerator.
And ball locks are taller, which might require a collar on a keezer.

fwiw, I'm a total ball lock fanboi...with two beer fridges and a 6 keg keezer that fit them without collars or other heroics...


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