Agree. The fewer people I have to compete with the better. And yes, the ball lock is under the thinga majig and right next to the what'cha macallit!I would highly recommend pin locks. Why? More ball locks for me.
BTW, has anyone ever seen the "ball" on a ball lock keg?
Yah, it's in the quick disconnect. Actually, there are three balls in the disconnect.BTW, has anyone ever seen the "ball" on a ball lock keg?
It's a good price for a rebuilt keg that is guaranteed to hold pressure. Sanitizing, eh, you'll do that again anyway when you fill it. I'd go $25 for guaranteed pressure and new orings.Thanks for the input guys, I think I am sold on ball-lock due to the availability issues mentioned above. There is a guy in houston who is selling reconditioned (sanitized, new orings, etc) for $25ea. I know they can be found cheaper, but the sanitizing, oring replace ment is done on these. Is this a good deal, yea or nea?
that gets me thinking. i cover a lot of ground in my job and I know of at least 3 Coca~Cola factories/distributors. I wonder if they would be willing to scrap any? if they even have any left. Someone must have already tried though, for sure.Ball locks (Pepsi) are more available right now because Pepsi finished phasing out syrup delivery in corny kegs later than Coke (pin lock).
You'll also find that ball lock rebuild parts are more available for mostly the same reason. Either way, get a few because they will only be getting more and more rare.
Coke, for the most part, got rid of the pin locks years ago. My wife's Uncle retired as a route driver for Coke 4 or 5 years ago and he says he hadn't seen them in years. If they do have any they've been stuck in some corner for a long time.that gets me thinking. i cover a lot of ground in my job and I know of at least 3 Coca~Cola factories/distributors. I wonder if they would be willing to scrap any? if they even have any left. Someone must have already tried though, for sure.
Is that guy in Houston KegCowboy.Com?Thanks for the input guys, I think I am sold on ball-lock due to the availability issues mentioned above. There is a guy in houston who is selling reconditioned (sanitized, new orings, etc) for $25ea. I know they can be found cheaper, but the sanitizing, oring replace ment is done on these. Is this a good deal, yea or nea?
Ball locks and pin locks will look totally different on the gas and beer posts. A ball lock looks like:curses, just came across this thread.....I had no idea they were any difference in kegs.....I picked up 12 out of about 30 of them laying on the ground with 1 co2 tank. I am betting that out of 12 I probably got a mixture of pin and ball lock not knowing there was a difference. I had just heard about using these for kegging and figure hey...they are free, I'll just pick them up.....grrrrrrr
Now I will have to figure out which is which.......can someone refer me to something on how to take them apart and figuring out which is which?
Maybe not so lucky. The locks are the preferred ones. I have both styles, actually 3 if you include 2 sanke type cornies. It is a slight pain to work with but you can get a universal end, like this.Thanks Jaw!!!! I might have gotten lucky and they all are pin style!!!!:rockin:
I have never had a problem finding parts but you do have to buy or build a special socket to fit the in/out valves for easy removal.I don't see why people dislike pins. They say it's hard to find parts for them, I've never had an issue. I'd much rather take the cheaper pinlocks than the ball locks.
See, that was my original line of thinking, but I just started picking up a few to use as keggles, and it turns out they're not really that much of a pain to deal with. Just pull out the retaining ring, turn the spear so it lines up with the notch, then pull it out.I do ten gallon batches, so I suppose I should be using Sanke kegs, but aren't they a PITA? Don't I need some kind of machine to clean them out?
Necro time for this thread . I just read this and was curious if there was any way you could take some pics of this and do a quick write up?A month ago when I had never done anything with a sankey keg other than tap it and choke down the miller lite contained within, I thought they were "mysterious". Now that I bought an empty and have played with it, they're pretty simple. The spear comes out really easy, and if you're a little more bold, you can even take the spear apart and end up with a setup that lets you use a standard carboy-sized stopper to use one as a fermenter...
Hell, I'm done buying glass. From here on out I'm just going to let my craigslist ad ride and pick up sankey kegs whenever I can.