Keg type - Home Brew Forums
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Bottling/Kegging > Keg type
Cool Brewing Giveaway - Supporting Membership Drive & Discount

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 02-07-2006, 02:29 AM   #1
psymn
Recipes 
 
Jan 2006
Atlanta, GA
Posts: 87


What is the difference between Cornelius, Ball-lock and Pepsi kegs?

I am looking at some on ebay and I have no idea which is better suited for homebrew. I have ordered a keg system without the keg, so I need to know which one to buy.

Thanks,
psymn



 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-2006, 02:53 AM   #2
Mikey
Recipes 
 
Nov 2005
I'm gone!
Posts: 666
Liked 5 Times on 5 Posts


There's two types of kegs made by the Cornelius company- 1) the very common Pepsi or ball lock type and 2) the less common Coke or pin lock type.

They're not interchangeable, you pretty well have to choose one system or the other - there's no real advantage to one over the other.



 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-2006, 02:55 AM   #3
david_42
 
david_42's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Oct 2005
Willamina & Oak Grove, Oregon, USA
Posts: 25,576
Liked 148 Times on 139 Posts


Ball-lock and pin-lock are the two type of connectors (plugs) that are used to attach to the kegs. Cornelius is a keg manufacturer (there are others, but people tend to call all of them cornies). Most cornies are built with ball-type connectors. Pepsi kegs use ball-locks. Ball connectors for gas and liquid are slightly different in size. Some people think this is a bad thing. Coke uses pin-lock connectors. IMO pin-locks are a pain. They are also less common.

You can pick either type, but stick with it. Never buy any kegging equipment that doesn't explicitly state pin or ball.

To make things even more fun, there are five gallon 'cornies' out there that use the commercial sankey connector.
__________________
Remember one unassailable statistic, as explained by the late, great George Carlin: "Just think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of them are even stupider!"

"I would like to die on Mars, just not on impact." Elon Musk


 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-2006, 02:55 AM   #4
DesertBrew
Dirty blonde
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
DesertBrew's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jan 2005
Twin Cities, MN
Posts: 5,738
Liked 114 Times on 100 Posts


Ball lock seem to be more readily available. Pin lock are a bit taller; ball are a bit wider (don't know the dimension specifics; not that dramatic). I've never dabbled with pin but I "hear" that ball are a bit easier when attaching your lines. I got ball locks...

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-2006, 03:03 AM   #5
Tony
 
Tony's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Feb 2005
Saugus, MA
Posts: 916
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by psymn
What is the difference between Cornelius, Ball-lock and Pepsi kegs?....
First of all...

Cornelius kegs are the soda type kegs that soft drink manufacturers used to use all the time to put their product on tap. Now they are switching to plastic bag containers.

Second...

Ball Lock ARE Pepsi kegs. They use a nice coupling type connector, and have more parts available on the market for homebrewers.

Coca Cola uses Pin Lock kegs, again, still cornelius type kegs, but with a twist on connector that holds them on with pins.
__________________
Up Next: Cherry Chocolate Rye
Up Next: Gold Nugget IPA
On Tap:Pawtucket Patriot
Dead Soldier:Hop Rod Rye Stout
Dead Soldier: Imperial Hell Fire Ale

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-2006, 05:48 PM   #6
cowain
Recipes 
 
Aug 2005
Little Rock, AR
Posts: 334
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts


Anyone else notice we are getting the same threads over and over again? Maybe we should make a READ FIRST sticky thread that references some of these topics.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-2006, 11:02 PM   #7
80/-
Recipes 
 
Feb 2005
Posts: 96
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by cowain
Anyone else notice we are getting the same threads over and over again? Maybe we should make a READ FIRST sticky thread that references some of these topics.
Either that or we need someone to write up a faq for kegging - covering equipment, force carbing v's natural, balancing the system etc.

I'd do it, but I haven't a clue



80/-
__________________
In Primary:
Elderberry port

In Secondary:
Bock Bier

On tap
Burton Bridge Summer Ale

In Bottles:
Darth's Imperial Stout
Belgian Grand Cru
Belgian Trippel
Belgian Abbey
Raspbeery Wheat
Ginger Beer
IPA
'04 Cider

Next up:
Pale Ale
Bramble Oat Stout

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-08-2006, 12:18 AM   #8
kilroy
Recipes 
 
May 2005
Posts: 110
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


1 Problem that I have encountered in my Ball Locks - is sometimes - in a (drunken) stupor I will attach my gas line to the liquid out side. For some reason the brew does not like that.

With Pin lock you cannot do that - and there are also adapters that I have seen online that will convert a pin lock to ball lock, but then you have this bloody great coupling on the top of your keg.

Kilroy
__________________
Primary:
Nothing - Out of room - have to bottle something before I can fit more on the aging shelf.

Secondary:
Lost count, too many damn carboys

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-2006, 03:14 AM   #9
baja_bug
Recipes 
 
Aug 2005
cedar park TX
Posts: 28

really because on my ball lock keg the fittings are different size

i got a question can you take a ball or pin keg and screw in the fittings from the other type? do they interchange
__________________
drinking. texas bock

bottled.munich dunkle

in carboy. wheat stout

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-2006, 03:57 PM   #10
cowain
Recipes 
 
Aug 2005
Little Rock, AR
Posts: 334
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by baja_bug
really because on my ball lock keg the fittings are different size

i got a question can you take a ball or pin keg and screw in the fittings from the other type? do they interchange
Nope.


(Stupid more than 10 characters thing)



 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Which type of PA is this? SpanishCastleAle Recipes/Ingredients 4 07-29-2009 04:46 PM
Best type of hop BrooZer Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 16 01-31-2008 10:12 PM
1st Ag As I Type!! Reverend JC All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 13 11-19-2006 06:00 PM
Type of keg I can use? Spyderturbo Bottling/Kegging 2 06-28-2006 07:01 PM
type of pot klcramer Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 2 05-15-2006 01:30 PM


Forum Jump