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Old 07-18-2013, 02:27 PM   #1
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Does anyone know the status of the Shirron/Vent-matic faucets? From what I can tell there have been some legal issues that have/had caused them to cease production. I tried checking Shirron's site but it's a piece of garbage (slow and crashed on me several times trying to navigate through their brewing-related products). I've seen a couple of sites that claim "they're back" but one doesn't have any way to order or pricing info and the other is a vendor that I've heard bad things about. The reason I ask is I have three stainless Vent-matics and would like to add two more taps to my keezer, so it'd be nice if they all matched. Worst case I figure I can go with stainless Perlick's, but it'd be nice if they all matched.


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Old 07-19-2013, 09:03 PM   #2
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Chi company has them SS and $34.99 a piece


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Old 07-23-2013, 07:09 PM   #3
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Chi company has them SS and $34.99 a piece
Sweet, thanks
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What were the legal issues in contest?
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What were the legal issues in contest?
My understanding is the original patent holder sold the patent to Shirron, then he went to Perlick and designed their forward sealing faucets. They're not exactly alike, but they're definitely similar to the VentMatics. Then I believe Perlick sued or threatened to sue Shirron if they didn't stop selling the VentMatic. My disclaimer is I got this info from various sources/forums, so I'm not sure how accurate it is.
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Think it was the other way around which is why Perlick dropped the 425 line as they were to close in design.
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Just an FYI, or ordered a couple from CHI Company last week and they arrived yesterday. I know they originally offered different spout diameters on the VentMatic faucets. I haven't measured them but I'd guess they're probably 10mm whereas my old ones are prob 12mm. The only other noticeable difference is the tap handle locknut is a little different on old versus new.
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I e-mailed CHI company and asked about how the Ventmatic came to be again and they said that there was a time lapse clause in the law suit that has expired allowing manufacture of the faucets again. The law suit was apparently filed by the patent holder against Perlick.

For what it's worth, I think the Ventmatics are the best faucet available, or at least they were. I haven't seen a new one but I have 6 of the old ones that I got right before Ventmatic went out of business. Excellent quality and operation. The Perlick 525's, while serviceable, just don't operate to my liking. They have a huge "throw" to open and close them (a very long handle movement) compared to the Ventmatic. Plus, I don't think the seal is quite as solid when you close them. Just an opinion.
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Old 10-09-2013, 06:16 PM   #9
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Bump to this thread, I am about to order 5 of them and want to know if anyone has received a new one and has though opinion on functionality and quality.

I had per lick 525ss in the past that constantly leaked, lost a batch when I went on vacation and came back to frozen beer on my garage floor. Seeing perlicks response to customers on here I am looking for another option.
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Old 10-10-2013, 01:54 AM   #10
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I ordered a few on Monday, hoping they are here by weeks end. I'll update one I get them.



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