Sankey Low Clearance & Ball Locks Needed

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So I now have a few 1/6 kegs and want to adapt them into my kegarator. The highest I can fit is about 27" tall, largest OD is 8". I also want to be able to use my existing ball lock connections.
I was thinking about using something like this:


But it only comes with barb fittings. Is there a street elbow I could use that would allow me to use these for my ball locks and be within the 8" OD?


Or, what if I used a regular lever tap with one of these:


Or what about a wing type coupler?
 

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If you use the low profile coupler (first shown), I'd recommend replacing the hose barbs with MFL fittings. That way you can have a set of ball locks with the flare fittings that you can just unscrew your hoses from the sanke connection and screw on the ball locks.

Good luck.
 
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Are there FML fittings like that? I'm trying to avoid undoing any lines. Is like to just plug my ball locks right to a sankey coupled somehow-is that possible with using that 1st coupled?
 

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Not sure what the inlet thread size is on that low profile, but one of these ball lock post adapters might work. You screw it into the body, then screw a ball lock post onto the other end.
http://www.chicompany.net/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=1_3_260

There are a variety of other options you could do if you wanted to come off the barbs with a piece of hose first, then use just about any threaded adapter combo which works.

Edit: Yup - Somebody did it with the Perlick low profile, and included a complete parts list. Looks like the inlet to the coupler is 17/16-20, and there isn't a direct coupler that I saw for that size... assuming it's correct.
http://troyandgay.com/2012/05/18/sankey-to-cornelius-keg-tap-conversion/
 

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http://www.mcmaster.com/#catalog/118/181/=kurkgk

Part# 50715K161

This is the stainless adapter from the 1/8 NPT to MFL. The barbs unscrew and you replace them with these. Use a bit of teflon tape. It worked perfect for me. Same coupler. You will need to use a couple flared nylon washers when you connect the gas and liquid lines to make sure they don't leak.
 

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I've never been able to find a part breakdown on the 1st coupler the perlick 40030. The larger barb on the left in your picture is the gas in and has a built in check valve. Replacing that with a mfl would eliminate the check valve. I think if you already have a check valve inline between your regulator and coupler you could do without it. A second opinion would be nice.
 
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Edit: Yup - Somebody did it with the Perlick low profile, and included a complete parts list. Looks like the inlet to the coupler is 17/16-20, and there isn't a direct coupler that I saw for that size... assuming it's correct.
http://troyandgay.com/2012/05/18/sankey-to-cornelius-keg-tap-conversion/
Thanks pelipen! That link really helps! I'll have to try some 90's instead of the straights if Im going to have any chance of it fitting a 1/6 keg. At least I won't have a $60 paper weight!
 
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Finally got my fittings :rockin: The whole thing only sits 1.75 above the keg and is only 5" wide. Well within the rim of the keg.
McMaster # for the 90's is 50715k181.
 
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This is pretty awesome. I am thinking about doing the same thing. I currently have the same tap serving sixtels out of my fridge but I don't have a good way to clean. So I was looking at my options and I think converting the tap would be the easiest and use of my my small cornys to clean the system. Otherwise I'd have to spend on something else that has a single use cleaning. This would allow me easily serve sixtels and cornys at home (not that I've ever hooked up one of my cornys).
 
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