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Old 11-30-2012, 02:28 PM   #11
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Perlicks here. They even have some fancy ones that can help you adjust to your carbonation level, etc. With "flow control" valve built into them.


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Old 11-30-2012, 06:27 PM   #12
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Thanks for the advise. I am going Perlicks stainless steel. It seems I have conflicting advise on the forward sealing. Do I want or not want to use forward sealing?


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Old 11-30-2012, 06:32 PM   #13
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Thanks for the advise. I am going Perlicks stainless steel. It seems I have conflicting advise on the forward sealing. Do I want or not want to use forward sealing?
If you're referring to beaksnbeer's comment, I'm sure if he had previewed that he'd have corrected it before posting.

I have a half dozen 525ss faucets. They never stick...

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Thanks for the advise. I am going Perlicks stainless steel. It seems I have conflicting advise on the forward sealing. Do I want or not want to use forward sealing?
Go with the forward sealing Perlicks. The 525 and 575 models. I have both and have not had a single sticky faucet in well over a year of use.
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I install draft systems from a living... Personally I prefer Micromatic over Perlick on almost all of their products and customer service. Take that for what it's worth but both companies standard beer faucets are similar whether brass or ss. Micromatic has released what will become their standard faucet over the next year- it's their new look with 304 ss and it is pretty awesome. 32.95 on their website. But like I said both brands are similar on their current standard faucets.
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Btw a sticky faucet can be fixed by a hot- wet wash rag usually- just wrap it around the faucet so it gets warm and wet...
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I install draft systems from a living... Personally I prefer Micromatic over Perlick on almost all of their products and customer service. Take that for what it's worth but both companies standard beer faucets are similar whether brass or ss. Micromatic has released what will become their standard faucet over the next year- it's their new look with 304 ss and it is pretty awesome. 32.95 on their website. But like I said both brands are similar on their current standard faucets.
The LHBS' I've visited don't have Micromatic faucets/hardware. I don't recall seeing any available from the normal online vendors either (the big ones). I'm not going to buy a faucet without being able to check it out, in person, first.

Also, commercial/bars have rather different requirements (and use levels) than home brewers. Where a bar could go through a Perlick faucet in x years, chances are it will last us a lifetime (or more). Hell, a single bar faucet probably gets more pulls in a day than mine get in a month, or several months.
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Thanks for the advise. I am going Perlicks stainless steel. It seems I have conflicting advise on the forward sealing. Do I want or not want to use forward sealing?
For the homebrewer I recommend Forward Seal. A bar or event jockey box doesn't need them because they pour so often that the faucets don't have a chance to get sticky.
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Perlicks here. They even have some fancy ones that can help you adjust to your carbonation level, etc. With "flow control" valve built into them.
I have one of these (Perlick 545) with the flow control and I love it. A couple of times I accidentally overcarbonated my beer, but I just turned up the resistance on the faucet and didn't miss a beat.
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Forward sealing faucets are nice for a homebrewer, which I am. However, I still prefer micromatic over Perlick. As long as your beer system is cleaned, and used on a almost daily bases there shouldn't much sticking. Just my opinion. Nothing wrong with Perlick...


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