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Old 11-26-2012, 09:47 PM   #1
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Which is better to use Ball lock or pin lock? or how do I decide which keg is best for me?

 
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Old 11-27-2012, 12:11 AM   #2
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Which is better to use Ball lock or pin lock?


Neither is better, I use both.

There is no difference in functioning as a beer container.

The Keg dimensions are different.
Pinlock kegs tend to be 9" diameter and 22 - 23" tall,
Ball lock tend to be 8 - 8 1/2" diameter and about 24" tall
Of course the quick connects that you buy must match your style of kegs.

I think more people use ball lock kegs around my neck of the woods.

Buy what is in the best shape for your money.
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John

Right now the ball lock kegs for sale near me seem to be in terrible rough shape.
Also ball lock kegs all seem to have pull ring pressure relief valves, not so with pinlocks.

 
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Old 11-27-2012, 12:32 AM   #3
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All new kegs are being produced as ball lock. So you need to decide what you're going to do. Get two different QD's and set them up on dedicated lines (if you use the barb connections) or use the MFL fittings and be able to change out the QD's as needed. You'll need to add swivel nuts to all your gas lines to do that. If you go for the barb QD's then you're going to want to either have lock specific lines, or go with one style over the other.

Personally, since I use mostly 3 gallon corny kegs (with some 1 gallon, 2.5 gallon and a few 5 gallon) I have all ball lock fittings. I also have swivel nuts on almost all my gas line ends (except into the first two manifolds I got, every other line is with a swivel nut).
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Old 11-27-2012, 05:46 AM   #4
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I have both. The connectors are different but you can just have both styles of connectors, no big deal.
I would get any kegs u find that are inexpensive and in good shape.

 
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Old 11-27-2012, 06:09 AM   #5
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Ball lock is waaaay more popular, read less available and hence more expensive. I use all pin lock- cheaper, easier to find, can't accidentally swap in for out, and work just as well. I just picked up 3 more from www.kegconnection.com for $30 per, a great Cyber Monday deal!
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Old 11-27-2012, 06:25 AM   #6
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I prefer ball locks. Some people swear by pin locks. Not sure if it matters which one you use. Only advice I'd give is use all the same either way. It's an un-necsessary pain in the butt to switch around plumbing if you decide to use both. Stick with one type.

 
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Old 11-28-2012, 01:24 AM   #7
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As stated above they are different sizes. If you already have a fridge you are thinking about using for beer, the sizes may make a difference. I have both and dont really mind switching connectors as needed. With the threaded it isnt that big a deal, if you have a manifold with valves. If you dont have a manifold you will have to disconnect all the keg connectors to change fittings.
Or just leave both types connected all the time.

 
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Old 11-28-2012, 01:29 AM   #8
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In my opinion ball lock is better supported with parts and so forth. I would pick ball lock again as that is what I use.

 
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Old 11-28-2012, 02:43 AM   #9
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In my opinion ball lock is better supported with parts and so forth. I would pick ball lock again as that is what I use.
Ever own a pin lock?
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Old 11-28-2012, 02:52 AM   #10
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Ever own a pin lock?
You ever use/own a ball lock?? Just saying, it swings both ways Hoss...

Personally, I've never had an issue putting the wrong QD on a post. Then again most (if not all) my kegs have at least one of the posts marked (stamped right close to the post, or in the rubber top). IF you can read/see, you can put the correct QD on the fitting.

IMO, I'd rather go with the type that I know I'll be able to get pretty much forever. Since they're not making new pin lock kegs, that pretty much rules them out. Sure, the USED, keg market is drying up, but they ARE making brand new ones in ball lock. Haven't seen any brand new manufacture pin lock kegs.
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