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Old 03-10-2012, 02:23 AM   #1
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So i want to start kegging. I am ready to purchase a corny keg and I am seeing different types. Is one better than the other? What else should I know about them?

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Old 03-10-2012, 04:15 AM   #2
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I like ball locks because they fit better in my chest freezer(taller and skinnier versus pin locks). There is no real performance difference so I'd do a little research and find out which ones are more common in your area. In any case you can mix and match them so long as you have connections for both.
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Old 03-10-2012, 04:25 AM   #3
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The biggest concern is really dimensions. Research what you will be putting them in. For my keggerator 2 ball locks fit snug and pin locks wouldn't work at all.

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Old 03-10-2012, 04:25 AM   #4
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they don't make pins anymore, so I went with balls.
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Old 03-10-2012, 04:27 AM   #5
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What ever you can get your hands on @ this point for a decent price, $40 or less seems to be the going rate these days.

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Old 03-10-2012, 04:44 AM   #6
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Ball locks. Pin locks are easier to connect but in my experience are easier to be bumped off center and leak. Do yourself a favor though. Stick with one or the other.

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Old 03-10-2012, 02:32 PM   #7
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I sold all of my gear a few weeks ago. With ball-lock kegs it was REALLY easy to sell them. Not sure if pin lock would have been as easy.

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Old 03-10-2012, 03:27 PM   #8
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The biggist issue as stated, is that Pin locks are of a larger diameter which could mean less in your kegerator. I can fit 4 (Ball Lock or Pin Lock kegs) in my converted fridge with a 20lb CO2 Cylinder, I maye be able to fit 5 or even 6 Ball Locks with a 5lb Cylinder or by lifting my 20lb cylinder to get the regulators above the kegs. I Have 7 Ball Lock kegs and also have a True TDD-1 which can hold 4 too so if I get a great deal, I may get a couple more (I just bought 3 for 115.00 a couple weeks back). You can easily convert Pin locks to Ball Locks and can get the Pinlocks cheaper even having to buy the conversion kit if you are set on Ball Locks. From a use standpoint, both work fine, just nice to be set on one from an equipment and parts standpoint. Right now the days of getting Ball locks for under $40.00 seem to be about over. My understanding is that the Ball Locks being sold today are being shipped in from South America which is raising the cost.
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Old 03-10-2012, 05:37 PM   #9
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i like balls.....err what?

but i use ball lock because i have not seen new kegs that are pin lock.

i had an issue where i broke the pin valve on my keg and couldnt bottle beer because the kitchen was being redone so there was no stove. so i had to run to brewmasters warehouse and i dropped the cash on a new keg which was ball lock so i didnt have to change any connectors.

plus it seems like ball lock are more plentiful out there when buying them second hand
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Old 03-10-2012, 05:39 PM   #10
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Do pin locks have a relief valve? I thought I read that they don't.

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