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Old 11-13-2013, 06:55 PM   #1
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I'm likely getting a bunch of kegging equipment/supplies for christmas so that I can start my journey into kegging my delicious homebrew. I've been scouring the internet over the last couple of weeks looking at different sites, prices, things I need, etc.

My question, I found some cheap 5gal Pin locks, but it seems that everyone favors ball locks. Any rhyme or reason to this? just a matter of personal preference?

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Old 11-13-2013, 07:06 PM   #2
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For a long time, ball locks were more commonly found (they are pepsi kegs). Those became more scares, and pin locks are cheaper and more common right now (coke products).

Either is fine, but they use different connectors so many people stick to one type or the other. You can buy conversion kits, or change out the gas fittings with a swivel barb to go back and forth, but most just stick to one type.
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Old 11-13-2013, 07:08 PM   #3
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thanks Yoop! thats what I was looking for. Since I don't currently have any investment in either type of keg my decision will mostly be based on price and availability.

As long as I pull the tap and beer comes out, I will be happy
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Gave up on bottling, moved on to Kegging.

Currently Kegged as of 1/21/16
Keg 1: Belgian Quad
Keg 2: Black IPA
Keg 3: Irish Red(Wyeast 1214) (Kegged 1-9-16)
Keg 4: Irish Red(us05) (Kegged 1-9-16)
Keg 5: Double Mocha Porter (Kegged 1-24-16)
Keg 6:

Currently bottled as of 5/10/15
Bottled: Mocha Coffee Stout

Fermenter 1: Golden Son IPA (Brewed 5-9-16)
Fermenter 2: Golden Son IPA
"Virtus Junxit mors non separabit"

 
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Old 11-13-2013, 07:10 PM   #4
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Quote:
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As long as I pull the tap and beer comes out, I will be happy
That's about all it takes to keep me happy, too, come to think of it!
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Old 11-13-2013, 07:13 PM   #5
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I went Ball Lock for the reasons Yooper mentioned. But now I see Pin Locks all over the place and cheaper. Sorry everybody, usually my bad luck just affects me!

 
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Old 11-13-2013, 07:17 PM   #6
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There are some things to keep in mind when considering ball lock vs. pin lock:

1) There are size differences. The ball locks are slightly taller and narrower than pin locks, which may or may not be an issue, depending on your keg fridge.

2) Ball locks have a built-in pressure relief valve, while not necessary, is convenient. Pin locks can accept a ball lock lid, so adding a PR valve can be done if desired by replacing the lid. Again, the PR valve is more for convenience as it is still possible to bleed a keg without one.

 
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Old 11-13-2013, 07:17 PM   #7
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Hello, also something you might need to consider is that pin lock and ball lock kegs are different heights and diameters.

I went with the ball locks since allow me to fit 4 kegs in my kegerator.

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Old 11-13-2013, 07:18 PM   #8
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Well, my current plan is to build a 4 tap keezer while trying to keep my budget under $1k. Shopping around for parts and kegs has been the most expensive part, thus far, but I've managed to come across plenty of deals and keep my budget low enough to where I could go buy a brand new freezer and still not break my budget.

Just didn't know if there was some advantage to using ball locks vs pin locks that I hadn't seen. And since the pin locks that I came across are the cheapest i've found, this includes a flat rate shipping, I'm ready to pull the trigger on 7 of them. That gives me 4 kegs for serving and 3 for aging.

I figure that prices will likely fall some more in the coming weeks as we get closer to the holiday season. So I have time to put my list together and give to my family so they know where to go and what to buy
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Gave up on bottling, moved on to Kegging.

Currently Kegged as of 1/21/16
Keg 1: Belgian Quad
Keg 2: Black IPA
Keg 3: Irish Red(Wyeast 1214) (Kegged 1-9-16)
Keg 4: Irish Red(us05) (Kegged 1-9-16)
Keg 5: Double Mocha Porter (Kegged 1-24-16)
Keg 6:

Currently bottled as of 5/10/15
Bottled: Mocha Coffee Stout

Fermenter 1: Golden Son IPA (Brewed 5-9-16)
Fermenter 2: Golden Son IPA
"Virtus Junxit mors non separabit"

 
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