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Old 11-21-2011, 05:42 PM   #1
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I understand Why pin lock kegs are easier to find, and cheaper. Are ball lock kegs that much better, should I pass up on them? Kegs are getting harder and harder to find I understand. Shouldn't I snatch up some pins ? Anyone use pins out there? I want to make a keezer and want to make it soon.



 
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Old 11-21-2011, 05:48 PM   #2
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No, ball locks are not that much better. Pin locks are slightly shorter and fatter kegs. Ball locks are slightly taller and skinnier kegs. But the kicker is than pin lock disconnects are taller than ball lock disconnects, so the overall height is pretty much the same. Advantage: ball locks for the skinnier kegs. We're talking about 8.5" diameter vs. 9" diameter, so it's not that much, but depending on your kegerator / keezer it might be very significant.

Pin locks typically don't have a pull tab gas release, which is a nice convenience, but it's not a deal breaker in my opinion.



 
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Old 11-21-2011, 07:07 PM   #3
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if you dont have any kegs at the moment, then it doesnt matter to you which you get.

if you already have ball locks, than its easier to use ball locks so you dont have to buy more fittings. same with the reverse.

if space is extremely valuable to you, then you can decide if you want tall/skinny or short/fat like mentioned in the post above. if you dont care about dimensions, then it doesnt matter.

i personally like ball locks due to the pull-ring pressure release valves and floorspace, not height, is more important to me, so i like a tall/skinny keg.

 
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Old 11-21-2011, 07:08 PM   #4
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Just seems like people avoid pins like they are bad. So how do you let out pressure?

 
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Old 11-21-2011, 07:18 PM   #5
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Ball locks are skinnier. In my freezer I can fit four ball locks but could only fit three pin locks. That's the only reason I went with ball locks.
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Old 11-21-2011, 07:21 PM   #6
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I hope people keep passing on the pin locks... more for me
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Old 11-21-2011, 07:23 PM   #7
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Just seems like people avoid pins like they are bad. So how do you let out pressure?
You depress the gas poppet. But really, it is such a pain that you should stay away from pin locks, just let me know who is selling them cheap so I can dispose of them properly in my freezer.
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Old 11-21-2011, 07:41 PM   #8
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My fridge can fit 6 ball-locks, but the pin locks would probably only fit 5.

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Old 11-21-2011, 07:45 PM   #9
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You can convert right? Sorry if these are stupid questions I'm new and don't know much yet. I just know it's easier to find pins cheaper

 
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Old 11-21-2011, 08:36 PM   #10
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yes, there are vendors out there who sell posts that convert the pin locks to ball locks. You can also add pressure release valves to lids or just buy new/used lids


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