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Old 12-12-2005, 12:16 AM   #1
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I'm thinkin about getting a few cornies. Im getting ready to do my first brew and I think I might keg it. Im lookin around on ebay and such,a nd I have a couple of questions:
Do I want ball lock, or pin lock?
what other equipment would I need to keg a 5 gallon batch?


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Old 12-12-2005, 12:26 AM   #2
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You want ball lock (personal preference). Unless you are going to prime it and let it carbonate naturally (which I recommend against), you will also need CO2 tank, regulator, hoses, tap, and either a fridge to keep it cool or some method to cool it while serving.


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Old 12-12-2005, 12:33 AM   #3
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You want ball lock (personal preference).
Why is ball lock better? TIA.
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Old 12-13-2005, 07:42 PM   #4
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I just like the feel of the ball lock ones. The ball lock are like air connect hoses (ever used air tools?) and the pin lock ones actually have a piece of metal that has to go up into a slot (that you have to line up properly) and then quarter turn. I like being able to just pull up on the sleeve and push down on the connection and then release the sleeve.
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Believe there are more ball-lock units floating around that pin as well. Wasn't pin only used by Coke?
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Old 12-13-2005, 10:35 PM   #6
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the ones i got from the coke man are pin.
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pepsi uses the ball lock
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Why is ball lock better? TIA.
I'd answer that El. P. but I'm trying to help keep this forum otta da gutta.
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Ball locks are much more common. I haven't worked with pin locks since the early '70s and none of the kegs I've seen for sale in California or Oregon were pin locks. Ball locks are easier to work with and much less likely to spray you if there is a lot of pressure in the keg. A ball lock is either on or off. With the pin lock, the time between pushing the connector on and turning it to the lock position can be really messy.

Finally, with the ball lock, you can rotate the connectors & make hose routing easier.

You can't convert a pin lock keg to a ball lock or vv, so once you start, your stuck.
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if i had an option, i would have gotten ball locks. but they were for the right price, so you get what you pay for.


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