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Old 01-09-2013, 11:49 PM   #1
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Default Pin vs ball lock kegs

I have found a few discussion searching through hot, but not any really good threads. I want to keg...bad! What is really the difference between the two? Why is one better than the other? All i ever hear is ball locks are the best. I found a deal on some pin locks for $20 and am wondering if I should go for it, or wait for some ball locks. A brewery uses them. They are getting rid of them to put in some sankes. If $20 is a good price what is market value if I wanted to get extra to sell?

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Old 01-09-2013, 11:59 PM   #2
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They are both about the same. I believe ball lock are usually a little bit taller than pin lock. As long as you get gas/liquid fittings for the keg you buy you'll be fine.


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Old 01-10-2013, 12:01 AM   #3
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20 bucks is a good price for pin locks.

I dont find a huge diff between my pinlock or ball lock kegs, just make sure you get swivel nuts and flare Quick Disconnects for all your kegs.
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Old 01-10-2013, 12:08 AM   #4
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If I didn't have ball, I'd go pin. No possibility of putting the gas on the beer post with a pin and they are cheaper. Win win.

They will both do the same thing for you, though.
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Old 01-10-2013, 12:15 AM   #5
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Buy them quickly or someone else will. I use both and prefer pin-locks as I can put disconnects on/off with my eyes closed but with ball-locks I need to find my reading glasses. Pin-locks to me also seem a little stronger (maybe because they're shorter). The cons would be that pin-locks by default don't come with a manual pressure relief valve and you may be able to get one extra ball-lock in your keezer/kegerator than with pin-locks.
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Old 01-10-2013, 12:21 AM   #6
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@ $20 I would buy as many as my wallet would allow after donating plasma and paying whatever bill was supposed to get paid that week next week...

They are kinda a PITA when the majority of people have ball locks when you go to club/homebrew events because the regulator will prob not have pin stuff dedicated to it.

I also think the pin locks are shorter and fatter so you may potentially get fewer kegs int a ?x? area/keggerator/kezzer.

I see used corny kegs sell for $40-60 + shipping online and my LHBS sells them for 79.99 ea. (Yea that is all used and pressure tested.)
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Old 01-10-2013, 12:27 AM   #7
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Swivel nut is like 3 bucks, solves any issues at meetings/events, etc.
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Old 01-10-2013, 12:32 AM   #8
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I have both pin and ball kegs and don't really notice a difference besides the relief valve. Having the valve is more convenient, but at $20 I would jump on those kegs now.
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Old 01-10-2013, 02:04 AM   #9
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From the replies I am going to get them. I have a round trip drive of 300 miles but its probably worth it. I Didn't know it was so far away. That would bring them to about $30 a piece with gas money there. It's a brewery owner...maybe I can get a tour and a sample of his product?

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