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Old 01-07-2013, 08:43 PM   #1
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I started on my Kegerator this weekend and want to order my shanks and faucets. Is there a big difference between the regular Perlicks and the 525SS Stainless steel Perlicks? Is it really worth the 25 dollars a piece to upgrade to them?
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Old 01-07-2013, 09:50 PM   #2
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Yes, the 525's are rear sealing and will not get sticky like the standard tap faucets. If you buy the cheaper ones, you'll just be buying the more expensive ones in a few weeks or months anyways.
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Just do it. Spend the money up front.
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OK I'll get the stainless 525 Perlicks. What is the benefit of Nitrogen? I see alot of nitrogen regs and such for sale can you use it in place of CO2?
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OK I'll get the stainless 525 Perlicks. What is the benefit of Nitrogen? I see alot of nitrogen regs and such for sale can you use it in place of CO2?
No. Beer gas, typically 75% nitrogen and 25% CO2, will not carbonate your beer. You'll need to carbonate with CO2 first if you want a nitro setup too. You'll also need a stout faucet to run the beer through.

BTW, the 500 series Perlick faucets are FORWARD sealing, NOT rear sealing. Forward sealing means virtually zero sticking even if you don't use a tap for weeks (or longer) without cleaning.
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A nitro setup can get expensive with everything you need. Although, it is pretty awesome once you have it. But the facet alone is like $90 or something.
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After buying my 525ss perlicks I will never use a normal faucet again. The forward sealing design is awesome and does not stock like regular faucets like gold diggie already mentioned. Also for a cheaper route my buddy has the chrome 525s and they are also top notch.

Nitro setup is nice for stouts and some like browns and IPAs through it as well. But you would need both a co2 setup (co2 tank, regulator, faucet) along with the nitro setup (beer gas / co2 tank, regulator, stout faucet) just for serving.
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At some point I can see getting a nitro system/setup. But that's down the road. It's not needed. I have a mix of the 525ss and 575ss faucets right now. I put the bigger brews on the 575ss faucets, especially if I want to give it a bit more head. Functions very similarly to a stout faucet in that regard.
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I just did some more reading and I guess my original question pertains to Perlick 525pc and Perlick 525ss. Is the difference between these two worth an extra 15 dollars a faucet? Is the Stainless just more sanitary or lasts longer under use?
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I just did some more reading and I guess my original question pertains to Perlick 525pc and Perlick 525ss. Is the difference between these two worth an extra 15 dollars a faucet? Is the Stainless just more sanitary or lasts longer under use?
If you're going to be ok with the chrome plated, then get the pc version. I went with the stainless since I also have stainless shanks. I wanted as little plated items in the system as possible. With chrome plating, if it's not a top notch job, it can wear off rather easily. Not saying that the Perlick faucets are done cheaply.

At best, it's a personal choice/preference. IMO, if you have the extra funds, just get the stainless version. I've yet to read/hear anyone bitch about going stainless over the plated.
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