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Loose Handle 5 Gallon Ball Lock Kegs… From $24.56 + How to Fix Loose Handles

Loose handle or base ball lock kegs.  Pressure tested 5 gallon ball lock corny kegs with loose handles and/or bases.  Comes with a PRV (pressure relief valve) lid.  O-rings and poppets are replaced, as needed, to get these kegs to hold pressure.

  • Availability of these is touch and go.  Check product page to see current price and check to see if this deal is still available.
  • When they’re available available, these are one of the best Ball Lock keg deals around.
  • If you’re interested, based on past experience, I’d suggest picking these up sooner rather than later.
  • Food Safe Replacement O-Rings: You’ll probably need (or want) to replace the o-rings in these kegs.  I recommend food grade silicone – Food Safe Replacement Keg O-RingsMore Info
  • We watch these closely.  If they’re out of stock again – connect with us and we’ll let you know when they come back.

Save Another 10% Off:  Adventures in Homebrewing is taking 10% off most items when you use coupon code FALL and place a qualifying $55 order. Buy two, or otherwise put together a qualifying order and these are just $24.56 while supplies last.

Loose Handle/Bottom Ball Lock keg w/PRV Lid – remember promo code FALL with a $55 order.

Fix It! Repairing Loose Cornelius Keg Handles and Bases

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How Often Should You Replace Keg O-Rings? + Limited Time Deal

Generally Speaking, I think you should replace all keg o-rings when you refurbish or obtain a used keg.


Limited Time Deal, Article Continues Below:

Valuebrew offers a lineup of food grade keg replacement o-rings in bulk quantities.  Most offerings are silicone with one Buna-N option.  Everything they carry is food grade, more info below.  They have some unique offerings like bulk pin lock size post o-rings, replacement universal poppet o-rings, bulk internal QD o-rings and color coded Blue and Green post o-rings

Some of these offerings are featured in our Keg Rebuild How-To

For a short time, Valuebrew is offering free shipping when you buy four or more packs of 50 o-rings. Choose from custom blue and green, dip tube, ball and pin lock posts, universal poppet and internal QD. You can also add on lid orings and their exclusive ball lock jumpers.

SPECIAL! Four Fifties = Free Shipping


What about after that? Of course, you could just keep using them until they break, they smell or look horrible or… until you lose a tank of CO2 due to an o-ring related leak.

How Often Should You Replace Keg O-Rings?

If you’re looking to be more proactive, I would suggest using Daylight Savings dates as a reminder.  Something like this…

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Ball Lock Kegs – from $40.50 + Free Ship Eligible

Used 5 Gallon Cornelius Style Ball Lock Kegs via Adventures in Homebrewing

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From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

Pressure tested 5 gallon, stainless steel, cornelius style tank. These tanks are guaranteed to hold pressure. 25″ tall and 8.5″ diameter. Tanks will show normal wear and tear. May have stickers on kegs. May also have syrup residue in tanks as we only dump them.

Kegs include the o-rings and poppits that were installed when we received the tanks. We will often change an o-ring or poppit to get the tank to hold pressure. If you would like to have new o-rings or poppits, the options below allow you to add these. We do not change them but simply add them to the order.

If you are just getting into kegging you will need a kegging setup to go with these kegs. We sell picnic tap systems, tower systems, and kegerator systems.

We know some homebrewers are more picky than others, so please keep in mind that these are USED kegs. Some of these kegs are probably 30 years old. Do not expect new kegs. If you are looking for new kegs, please check out our new kegs. We try and have quality kegs available at all times. With this said, they are going to show normal wear and tear. We try not to purchase from Pepsi or Coke to avoid heavily used kegs. We are not implying that our kegs are not quality…we just want to avoid any misunderstandings. Most of the kegs have black protective tops and bottoms, some are blue. We may have a few green, red or yellow tops. If you want a particular color, please indicate that at checkout time and we will try to accommodate you.


 

  • As of this posting, these are on sale for just $45
  • Free shipping eligible!  Most kegs at AIH do not qualify for free shipping.  These ball locks DO qualify!
  • Save ANOTHER 10%: Adventures in Homebrewing is taking 10% off most orders of $55 or more when you use coupon code FALL
  • Buy two kegs or otherwise put together a qualifying $55 order and these kegs will cost just $40.50 and you’ll get free shipping

5 Gallon Cornelius Keg (Ball Lock) Used – remember promo code FALL

Also available in four packs

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Back In Stock! NukaTap Flow Control Faucets + Free Digital Gram Scale

Nukatap Stainless Flow Control Faucet

Nukatap Stainless Flow Control Faucet via William’s Brewing

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From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

The redesigned (patent pending) Nukatap Flow Control Faucet features an exclusive Nukashuttle valve that improves laminar flow for reduced foam and turbulence. As in all Nukataps, first pour foam reduction is achieved through a a reduction in thermal mass by the use of molded rather than stainless interior parts. The tap is often the warmest part of the draft system as it protrudes from the beer tower or refrigerator. As a result, it acts like a heat sink and only works well once enough cold beer flows through it to cool the tap body down. By making the inner shuttle out of lightweight food grade plastic, thermal mass is reduced.

Flow control is best for customers who are often switching from one beer style to the next and want maximum flexibility in their draft system (we generally recommend flow control faucets for customers who dispense commercial kegs, not home brew). The redesigned Nukatap Flow Control is also the first forward sealing tap ever manufactured that can be used with an auto close spring return.

The new NUKATAPS have been manufactured with a 2.5 degree reverse angle. This allows for a wider range of taps handles to be used, in particular, long and/or heavy handles to work perfectly irrespective of the installation conditions.

The Nukatap FC is the worlds first forward sealing tap that has a auto close spring (our part number I23). This means when you fit the optional spring you can let go of the tap handle and the tap will automatically close. Great for kids, pets, or clumsy buddies.


 

What Does a Flow Control Faucet Do? – It helps you easily balance your system – More Info

  • Intertap Flow Control Faucets recently disappeared. I had theorized that the same was true of Nukatap Flow Control Faucets because of their prolonged absence.  Good news… this guess was (apparently) wrong.
  • William’s brewing announced the availability of NukaTap Flow Control towers a week or two ago, but stand alone faucets were not in stock.
  • As of this update, stand alone Nukatap Flow Control Faucets are available again at William’s Brewing.  Hopefully these are here to stay, but we’ll see.  Check product page for current availability.

Nukatap Stainless Flow Control Faucet

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Price, promotions and availability can change quickly. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

Intertap & NukaTap Flow Control Faucet Availability – New Updates

Intertap (and NukaTap) forward sealing faucets have a unique modular, threaded spout design which can fit a variety of different attachments including a growler filler, stout spout and ball lock post.

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What About Flow Control Models?

First, why flow control?  What Does a Flow Control Faucet Do?

Flow Control variations of Intertap and NukaTap faucets were both available at some point in the past. It seems they are largely (maybe completely) unavailable now.

MORE About Intertap and NukaTap Flow Control Availablity

Homebrew Keg Post Sizes – Ball Lock & Pin Locks

homebrew keg post sizes

The containers we call Ball Lock and Pin Lock Kegs come from the soda industry.  Also called Cornelius Kegs, Corny Kegs and Corney Kegs, they were originally intended to store and distribute soda pre-mix.  The big soda companies decided on different style containers for their pre-mix.  Pepsi landed on the Ball Lock style while Coke uses the Pin Lock style.

Homebrewers have since re-purposed these as homebrew beer kegs.

There are a good number of differences between the two main styles of homebrew kegs, one of the big differences are the keg posts.

Ball Lock: There are two primary post sizes for standard ball lock kegs.  11/16″ and 7/8″.  These can come in both 6 point and 12 point, compatible variations.  For the larger 7/8″ posts I’ve seen both 6 point and 12 point styles.  A 12 point socket will work on a 6 point post, but not vice versa.  For the smaller 11/16″ posts I have only seen 6 point.  Not to say that 12 point don’t exist, I just don’t recall seeing any.  I have seen a couple other sizes – 5/8″ and 9/16″, but I would personally consider those more rare, and non-standard.

ball lock post sizes

This is important from a tool perspective.  I recommend a 12 point socket or wrench for larger 7/8″ posts.  Smaller 11/16″ post should work with either 6 or 12 point tools.

Pin Lock: I’m aware of one standard size 13/16″.  As previously mentioned this requires a special notched socket.

Finding Compatible Tools:

This write-up is part of my post comparing ball lock and pin lock kegs – Jump To This Section – If you look through the post you’ll see just how good the keg looks at the end.

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Loose Handle 5 Gallon Ball Lock Kegs – $27.29 + Buy 4, Get a Free $20 Gift Card Ends Soon

Loose handle or base ball lock kegs via AIH.  Pressure tested 5 gallon ball lock corny kegs with loose handles and/or bases.  Comes with a PRV (pressure relief valve) lid.  O-rings and poppets are replaced, as needed, to get these kegs to hold pressure.

  • Availability of these is touch and go.  Check product page to see current price and check to see if this deal is still available.
  • When they’re available available, these are one of the best Ball Lock keg deals around.
  • If you’re interested, based on past experience, I’d suggest picking these up sooner rather than later.
  • Food Safe Replacement O-Rings: You’ll probably need (or want) to replace the o-rings in these kegs.  I recommend food grade silicone – Food Safe Replacement Keg O-RingsMore Info

Free Gift Card!  As of this posting, Adventures in Homebrewing is giving away a free $20 gift card, with every single purchase of $100 or moreEVERYTHING QUALIFIES.  The one exception is gift cards.  Promotional gift card will be automatically added to your cart.

Buy four of these or otherwise put together a $100 order and you’ll qualify for the free gift card.

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