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Old 08-11-2010, 07:55 PM
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For those of you who are homebrewing (keging) what is the difference, pros and cons of the ball lock and pin lock connectors? I am thinking about keging and wondering which route to go. Any other advise about this topic would be appreciated.
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Homebrewing? Why not just go downstairs?....
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No difference. One is a Coke standard the other is a Pepsi standard IIRC. They both do the same thing. I have a bunch of pin lock types I've been using for home brewing for ages. Infinitely better than bottling or using mini kegs.

As a plus, you can make your own built in Kegerator using these kegs as they are narrow enough for an under bar fridge. I'm using a standard mini fridge under a custom concrete countertop. I just replaced the door mounted shelves with a piece of stainless steel, everything fits quite nicely.

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Homebrewing? Why not just go downstairs?....
why not run a tap upstairs
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yeah the difference I noticed was the diameter vs the height. One is skinnier and taller than the other. i got the shorties because they fit in my fridge.
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The dimensions are independent of the pin vs ball check valves. My pin type kegs came in all different sizes. You can also swap the valves between ball and pin, the keg doesn't care what kind of valve you install on it.
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The dimensions are independent of the pin vs ball check valves. My pin type kegs came in all different sizes. You can also swap the valves between ball and pin, the keg doesn't care what kind of valve you install on it.
interesting to know! Thanks!

I thought the size corresponded to the valve. Heck, I don't think I even ever thought to look to see about swapping the valves... that's a good idea. Seems like more people run ball lock and I thought I had to run pin just for the keg size.
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You do need a special wrench to remove them, but you'll eventually need the wrench to service them anyway. Eventually you'll get a leak.

If you make it down south, Mountain Beverage Supply has had a bunch of kegs for sale pretty cheap. They are just north of Fountain IIRC. I bought about a dozen.

They are handy for more than kegging the end product. I leave my beer in a primary (V-Vessel) fermenter for no more than a week then drain that into a keg for secondary fermentation after drawing off the bottom stuff. Then about 6 weeks later after secondary fermentation is complete I transfer the finished product from one keg to another through a 1 micron filter to clarify the beer. When I'm done kegging I use another empty keg to force sanitizer and fresh water through my gear for cleanup.

Once you have a few kegs you'll want a bunch of different lines and fittings + a spare CO2 tank and regulator to configure them for different tasks. The kegs can make the whole brewing process much quicker and easier.

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