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Old 01-20-2013, 02:09 AM   #1
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Is one better than other? I'm looking at getting some used ball lock kegs my LBS has on special when you buy 3 or 4.

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Old 01-20-2013, 02:17 AM   #2
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Most people seem to have ball locks as they were more readily available and they have a smaller footprint in a keezer. You cant go wrong with either, but i would recommend sticking to one type or the other just from a "spare parts" perspective. I like the smaller diameter ball lock, but pin lock folks like the fact that you can't mistakenly put the wrong connector on the wrong post.
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Old 01-20-2013, 02:22 AM   #3
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Also refurbished pin locks are generally cheaper. Simple supply and demand. There were more pin lock kegs from Coke available.

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Old 01-20-2013, 02:25 AM   #4
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I believe more people go with ball locks because they are slightly taller and skinnier, making them easier to fit into a freezer or mini fridge ( why I chose ball lock) 8.5"x25" for ball lock vs 9"x23" for pin lock. Pin locks have a twisting connection with I believe 3 threads, where as the ball lock has the same adaption mechanism as air hose quik disconnects. There are several threads on this, I would measure what you intend to put them in before purchase
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Old 01-20-2013, 02:28 AM   #5
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I have both. Don't have a preference, as long as they work.

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Old 01-20-2013, 02:50 AM   #6
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Only tip I'd make for ease of equipment is to stick to one style. They have different connections. Though they can convert certain pins to ball lock.

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Old 01-20-2013, 03:07 AM   #7
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Traditionally, ball locks have a manual pressure relief in the lid making it easier to purge the keg of O2. Pin locks typically have a mechanical relief making purging more difficult but not impossible.

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Old 01-20-2013, 04:00 AM   #8
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"Do you prefer a pin lick or a ball lock?", imagine what a non-brewer would think overhearing such a question....

I use pin locks, cheaper and easier to find in good condition.
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Old 01-20-2013, 04:09 AM   #9
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Originally Posted by ThatGeekGuy
"Do you prefer a pin lick or a ball lock?", imagine what a non-brewer would think overhearing such a question....
Yeah, atleast he didn't ask do you prefer pin lick or ball lick. That could be awkward. :P

I am just now about to keg two batches of beer for the first time and I went with ball locks. Mainly because the first keg I ended up with in a trade is ball lock and I wanted to keep everything the same so the next one I bought I stayed with ball lock. As everyone has mentioned, there's pros and cons to both. I'm not sure if one is vastly superior to the other.

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Old 01-20-2013, 06:24 AM   #10
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Lol! Darn iPad!

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