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Old 01-30-2006, 06:39 PM   #1
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I am thinking of getting into kegging and was wondering if there is any major advantage or disadvantage between the two primary types of Cornelius kegs?
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Old 01-30-2006, 07:03 PM   #2
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Kegs are usually referred to by the type of quick release they use. Coke kegs are Pin-Lock style, while just about everyone else's are Ball-Lock.

Ball-Lock kegs are probably going to be easier to find, and find parts for. IIRC, they have slightly different dimensions - one is a bit taller / narrower then the other, but I honestly can't remember which is which
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Old 01-30-2006, 07:05 PM   #3
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A quick search probably would have answered this for you, but I'll give you my .02

Pepsi (ball lock) is what I prefer because it has an air hose type fitting instead of the pin lock system (Coke) which requires you to line up the slots with the pin in order to put the connector on. With ball lock you just have to lift up on the sleeve and push the connector onto the gas in.

 
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Old 01-30-2006, 07:26 PM   #4
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Ditto on the ball lock over pin lock. There's just more ball locks out there so it made sense to me.

Oh yea. I prefer Coke over Pepsi though .

 
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Old 01-30-2006, 09:37 PM   #5
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i've always used pin lock kegs and have never had any trouble getting parts of fittings from my local HBS. always worked good for me...
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Old 01-30-2006, 09:41 PM   #6
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Ball lock is the way to go, but if you can get pin lock cheaper than why not go with that? Don't make any difference to the brew whay type of keg it is in. I use ball lock due to ease of availability.

 
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Old 01-30-2006, 10:43 PM   #7
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Ball locks snap on in any rotation, if it isn't on all of the way, the poppet isn't open. Pin locks you have to align the slots, compress the fitting and rotate to lock. If you don't get it on all of the way or don't snap the lock in place, you get sprayed. I've used both types and will never willingly use pin lock again!
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Old 01-30-2006, 10:55 PM   #8
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Old 01-30-2006, 11:36 PM   #9
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Can you change the pin lock over to ball lock?
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Old 01-31-2006, 12:15 AM   #10
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I bought some kegs from AHB and they were converted pin locks. They had the height and diameter of a ball lock, but had pin lock fittings.
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