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Homebrew Keg Sockets from Keg Connection – from $5.95

Keg Sockets – Choose Your Sockets from Keg Connections

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We stock sockets for all the keg types we sell! Need help figuring out which one you need? Call us @ 325-356-5204 or email help@kegconnection.com for help!!!

  • KP331: Pin Lock 13/16 Socket for removing pin lock posts (plugs)
  • KP332: Ball Lock 11/16 SIX-POINT Socket for removing smaller Cornelius posts (plugs)
  • KP333: Ball Lock 7/8 SIX-POINT Socket for Cornelius or Firestone posts (plugs)
  • KP334: Ball Lock 7/8 TWELVE-POINT Socket for Cornelius or Firestone posts (plugs)
  • KP335 Complete Set (THREE BALL LOCK SOCKETS) for Cornelius or Firestone posts (plugs)
  • KP336: Set of TWO BALL LOCK SOCKETS, 7/8 SIX POINT and 7/8 TWELVE POINT for Cornelius or Firestone posts (plugs)

 

  • As of this posting, prices start at $5.95 for a single KP332
  • Other options are available including sets that get you everything,
  • HBF Readers Save More!  Coupon code HBF5OFF saves you 5% off EVERYTHING site wide.  Stacks with all non-coupon sales
  • These also fall under Keg Connection’s Flat Rate Shipping Promotion.  Your entire order ships for one flat rate, no matter how much you order, to addresses in the contiguous US.

Keg Sockets – Choose Your Sockets

Also: What’s the Difference Between Ball Lock Kegs and Pin Lock Kegs?

Also: Kegerator Tips & Gear | Keg Repair Part #s | Recent Keg Finds

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Hands on Review: “Ball Lock Keg Wrench” – 11/16″+7/8″ Ratcheting Wrench – via Apollo Tools Wrench Set

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Digital Caliper + Spare Battery [measure fittings, o-rings and more] – $7.64 on Lightning Deals

Digital Caliper, Adoric 0-6" Calipers Measuring Tool - Electronic Micrometer Caliper with Large LCD Screen, Auto-off Feature, Inch and Millimeter Conversion

Digital Caliper, Adoric 0-6″ Calipers Measuring Tool – Electronic Micrometer Caliper with Large LCD Screen, Auto-off Feature, Inch and Millimeter Conversion

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  • ✔PRECISE MEASUREMENT✔ Measurement range: 0 – 6”/ 0 – 150mm; Resolution: 0.01”/ 0.1mm; Accuracy: ±0.2mm/0.01”. Perfect and accurate caliper measuring tool for household/DIY measurement. Ideal gifts for mother’s day.
  • ✔4 MEASURING MODES✔ This digital caliper can be used to Measure inside and outside diameter, depth and step with two sets of jaws and a probe. Powered by battery, comes with a pre-installed battery and a spare battery.
  • ✔INCH/MM CONVERSION✔ One button quick switch between two units: inch and millimeter, definitely save your time. Made of rugged plastic carbon fiber composites, durable and portable.
  • ✔ZERO SETTING FUNCTION✔ The smart design allows you to set zero with an easy touch of a button and start a new measurement at any point of the scale, ideal for differential measuring.
  • ✔LARGE LCD SCREEN & AUTO OFF✔ The large and easy-to-read LCD display helps you get precise results quickly and easily, auto shutdown for saving battery after 5 minutes if without operation.

 

I use calipers around my home brewery to… measure things. 🙂  Including… fitting sizes, o-ring sizes [See: Bulk Keg Orings and Keg Repair Part Numbers]

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Digital Caliper, Adoric 0-6″ Calipers Measuring Tool – Electronic Micrometer Caliper with Large LCD Screen, Auto-off Feature, Inch and Millimeter Conversion


Oetiker-Style Clamp Set – Tool and Clamp Assortment – $19.99 + free prime ship

Ear Clamp Pliers Pincer Crimper Tool and PEX Pipe Cutter for 1/8 inch-1 1/4 inch Tube with 1/2-inch 20PCS,3/4-inch 10PCS Stainless Steel Clamps

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  • 10 inch Ear Clamp Pliers Pincer-with plastic coated handle, covers many common sizes Stainless Steel clamps : from 6mm to 31.6mm PEX Clamps, which are widely used in hoses and plastic pipes, especially suitable for beverage, automotive, marine, motorcycle, and industrial applications.
  • The cinch&remove tool is constructedof durable high-quality steel with forging process to ensure integrated mechanical property and long service life
  • PEX Pipe Cutters- Cuts PEX Pipes from 1/8 inch-1 1/4,Spring loaded handle for quick opening/fast cutting,DO NOT use to cut metallic pipes or cable wire
  • Package Includes: 1pc - Red handle Cinch Crimp tool, 1pc - Red handle pipe cutter, 20pcs 1/2" and 10 pcs 3/4" Clamps set
  • Each Tool Is Proven And Tested For Durability And Function In Real World Use And Conditions

 

This gets you an Oetiker style Clamp Tool and a selection of Oetiker clamps.

1/27 3 AM Central: This combo is selling for just $19.99. Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying orderPrices and availability can change quickly.  Check product page for current info – More About Prices

Ear Clamp Pliers Pincer Crimper Tool and PEX Pipe Cutter for 1/8 inch-1 1/4 inch Tube with 1/2-inch 20PCS,3/4-inch 10PCS Stainless Steel Clamps – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

Related: Oetiker Stepless Clamps for Kegerator Gas and Beer Lines

Also: Kegerator Tips & Gear | Keg Repair Part #s | Recent Keg Finds

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32 Blades Feeler Gauge [set homebrew mill gap] – $6.95 + free prime ship

CAMWAY 32PCS Blades Steel Feeler Gauge 0.0015-0.035 inch/ 0.04-0.88mm Dual Marked Metric and Imperial Gap Measuring Tool

CAMWAY 32 Blade Steel Feeler Gauge

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  • 【Durable for Use】Anti-rust 65 Manganese Steel, the stainless steel feeler gauge Constructed from hardened tempered steel with a lube oil coating to prevent pitting and corrosion.
  • 【Wide Application】The feeler gauge is used to measure the gap size, Suitable for designers, engineers, mechanics to measure the thickness of Valves,tappet clearances, spark plugs gaps, bearing clearances, piston ring gaps and other hard to reach places.
  • 【Metric Sizes (mm)】0.04, 0.05, 0.06, 0.08, 0.10, 0.13, 0.15, 0.18, 0.20, 0.23, 0.25, 0.25, 0.28, 0.30, 0.33, 0.35, 0.38, 0.40, 0.43, 0.45, 0.48, 0.50, 0.53, 0.55, 0.58, 0.60, 0.63, 0.65, 0.70, 0.75, 0.80, 0.88.
  • 【Inch Sizes】0.0015, 0.002, 0.0025, 0.003, 0.004, 0.005, 0.006, 0.007, 0.008, 0.009, 0.010, 0.010, 0.011, 0.012, 0.013, 0.014, 0.015, 0.016, 0.017, 0.018, 0.019, 0.020, 0.021, 0.022, 0.023, 0.024, 0.025, 0.026, 0.028, 0.030, 0.032, 0.035.
  • 【 360-degree Swivel Design 】The Feeler Gauges allows you to unfold or fold them easily and carry them with you. You could disassembled into a separate feeler gauge to use by adjusting the screw.Metal fastening screws,and durable.

 

Possible homebrew related application: Use to help you set the gap on your adjustable grain mill

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CAMWAY Feeler Gauge Stainless Steel,32PCS Blades Steel Feeler Gauge 0.0015-0.035 inch/ 0.04-0.88mm Dual Marked Metric and Imperial Feeler Gauges for Valve, Gap Gauge Measuring Tool – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

Should You Buy a Homebrew Grain Mill?

Make sure the components you use are compatible and rated for your intended application.  Contact manufacturer with questions about suitability or a specific application.  Always read and follow manufacturer directions.

Hands on Review: Craftsman Deep Well Sockets for Ball Lock Keg Posts

What Size Are Ball Lock Keg Posts?

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.  I’ve seen two other post sizes. 5/8″ and 9/16″.  I consider those more non-standard.  This post focuses on 11/16″ and 7/8″.

I usually use a wrench when dealing with ball lock keg posts.  I have one wrench that works with both sizes – See: Hands on Review: “Ball Lock Keg Wrench” – 11/16″+7/8″ Ratcheting Wrench – via Apollo Tools Wrench Set – but having a socket is sometimes super handy and sometimes potentially required.

What about 12 Point vs 6 Point Posts?

ball lock post sizes

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.

This post looks at both sizes to prove what I’m saying here, however, when looking for a 7/8″ socket, I recommend a 12 point design.  That gives you the flexibility to work with both 6 and 12 point style posts.  For the smaller 11/16″ socket, a 6 point design should work.

These Only Work With Ball Lock Kegs, Why?

These sockets will only work with standard Ball Lock Keg Posts.  Pin Lock Kegs require a special socket that has a notch in it to allow the post pin to slip through.

Lots more info… What’s the Difference Between Ball Lock Kegs and Pin Lock Kegs?

If you need a Pin Lock Socket, See: Keg Sockets – Choose Your Sockets – via Keg Connection, choose the Pin Lock Option


Hands on Review Craftsman Sockets for Ball Lock Keg Posts

This post looks at four Craftsman Deep Sockets.  I purchased these at Amazon.  Note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear when you click on the product link

Since the driver that I keep in my brewery area is 3/8″ drive, I also used this adapter

Craftsman Socket Adapter 1/2″ Drive to 3/4″ (04271)

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Nite-Ize DoohicKey Keychain Multi-Tool & Bottle Opener – on sale for $2.99 + Free Prime Ship

Nite Ize DoohicKey Keychain Multi Tool, Stainless-Steel 5-in-1 Multi Tool With Bottle Opener + Carabiner Clip, Black

DoohicKey Stainless Multi-Tool by Nite Ize

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  • 5-IN-1 keychain MULTI TOOL - Save the day with this multi tool that has an integrated bottle opener, box cutter, 3 wrench sizes, metric + standard ruler and a flathead screwdriver
  • TRAVEL + AIRPORT FRIENDLY - The Nite Ize DoohicKey Key Tool goes anywhere you go, with a compact design that clips to your keychain or fits in any pocket, pack, or bag and is TSA-friendly
  • DURABLE Stainless-Steel CONSTRUCTION - Just like your keys, this small multi tool is designed to withstand all the daily lumps and bumps you throw at it
  • CARABINER CLIP FOR EASY ATTACHMENT TO KEYS OR HOOKS - Clip the DoohicKey multitool to your keychain, bag strap, or any convenient loop or hook using the integrated carabiner clip
  • COMPACT, PORTABLE DESIGN - Measures 2.6” x .7” x .1” and weighs .4 oz, for easy grab-and-go functionality you should expect from a great keychain multi-tool

 

I have this (uncoated stainless version) and like it very much. I use it often and keep it on my key ring.  Check out my Hands on Review. I’m a big fan of Nite-Ize Gear.  In my opinion… they make some really well thought out, innovative and quality stuff.

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Nite Ize DoohicKey Keychain Multi Tool, Stainless-Steel 5-in-1 Multi Tool With Bottle Opener + Carabiner Clip, Black  – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

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Apollo Tools 5 Piece Ratcheting Wrench Set – includes 11/16″+7/8″ great for ball locks – on sale for $18.79 + Hands on Review

A photo of the 11/16″+7/8″ Wrench from my Hands on Review

Apollo Tools DT1212 SAE Ratcheting Wrench Set, 5-Piece

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  • OUR 5 PIECE RATCHETING WRENCH SET- SAE: This is the set you need and want for SAE applications. Our ratcheting wrenches are made of high grade steel alloy that is heat-treated for strength and durability and chrome plated to resist corrosion.
  • AN ORGANIZED RATCHETING WRENCH SET WITHOUT THE BULK: Our ratcheting wrench set comes in a handy carrying cradle people love. The minimal, easy to carry packaging allows for all the wrenches to stay organized with quick access without a bulky case.
  • HANDY SET FOR VERSATILE USE: The ratcheting wrenches are perfect for use in tight spots; you’ll always have the right size for all quick jobs. This is a great set of high quality wrenches at an exceptional price. It is perfect to keep in your car for emergencies, and makes a great gift idea.
  • MOST NEEDED SIZES: We selected the sizes we believe you will need most often: 1/4-Inch by 5/16-Inch, 3/8-Inch by 7/16-Inch, 1/2-Inch by 9/16-Inch, 5/8-Inch by 3/4-Inch, 11/16-Inch by 7/8-Inch ratcheting wrenches.

 

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Apollo Tools DT1212 SAE Ratcheting Wrench Set, 5-Piece – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

Powerbuilt 11/16″ Deep Well Socket [Ball Lock Keg Posts]… $5.98 + free shipping

Powerbuilt 641205 3/8" Dr. 6 Pt. SAE Deep Well Socket, 11/16"

Powerbuilt 641205 3/8″ Dr. 6 Pt. SAE Deep Well Socket, 11/16″

There are two primary post sizes for standard ball lock kegs.  11/16″ and 7/8″.  11/16″ is the smaller of the two.

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Powerbuilt 641205 3/8″ Dr. 6 Pt. SAE Deep Well Socket, 11/16″ – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

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Bates Nipper Pliers – $10.85 + free prime ship & Tips for Universal Poppet Owners

Bates Nipper Pliers – Photo from my Keg Rebuild Post – Jump To: Tips on Installing and Adjusting Universal Poppet

Bates Nipper Pliers

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  • 7” End Cutting Plier, Nail Puller
  • Made From High Carbon Steel For Long Lasting Performance And Preventing Rust
  • Soft Plastic Coated Grip
  • Dual Use End Nipper Pliers To Cut Wires Or Nails Or Simply Pull Them Out
  • Perfect For Carpenters, Construction, Handymen, Installing New Floor, Etc.

 

I have this tool and use it for trimming and adjusting Universal Poppets. Check our my Keg Rebuild Post for Tips on Using Universal Poppets!  Jump To: Tips on Installing and Adjusting Universal Poppets – that post features this tool in action.

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Bates- Nail Puller, Pliers, Nail Remover Tool, Cutting Pliers, Carpenter Tools, Staple Puller, Nail Puller Tool, End Cutting Pliers, Nail Remover, Nail Pliers Cats Paw Nail Puller, Nail Pulling – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

Also Consider: Universal Poppets – 304 Stainless + Food Grade Silicone! & Reliable O-Ring Replacements

universal poppetsValuebrew has released a 304 Stainless Steel + Food Grade Silicone Universal Poppet option!

I’m excited that there’s finally there’s an option that comes with quality o-rings made from the right materials out of the box!  Beyond that, Valuebrew has pledged to always carry replacement o-rings, so you’ll always have a source when the time comes for replacements.

Universal Poppets – via Valuebrew

Also: Kegerator Tips & Gear | Keg Repair Part #s | Recent Keg Finds

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Apollo Tools 5 Piece Ratcheting Wrench Set – includes 11/16″+7/8″ great for ball locks + Hands on Review

A photo of the 11/16″+7/8″ Wrench from my Hands on Review

Apollo Tools DT1212 SAE Ratcheting Wrench Set, 5-Piece

More Info

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

  • OUR 5 PIECE RATCHETING WRENCH SET- SAE: This is the set you need and want for SAE applications. Our ratcheting wrenches are made of high grade steel alloy that is heat-treated for strength and durability and chrome plated to resist corrosion.
  • AN ORGANIZED RATCHETING WRENCH SET WITHOUT THE BULK: Our ratcheting wrench set comes in a handy carrying cradle people love. The minimal, easy to carry packaging allows for all the wrenches to stay organized with quick access without a bulky case.
  • HANDY SET FOR VERSATILE USE: The ratcheting wrenches are perfect for use in tight spots; you’ll always have the right size for all quick jobs. This is a great set of high quality wrenches at an exceptional price. It is perfect to keep in your car for emergencies, and makes a great gift idea.
  • MOST NEEDED SIZES: We selected the sizes we believe you will need most often: 1/4-Inch by 5/16-Inch, 3/8-Inch by 7/16-Inch, 1/2-Inch by 9/16-Inch, 5/8-Inch by 3/4-Inch, 11/16-Inch by 7/8-Inch ratcheting wrenches.

 

Apollo Tools DT1212 SAE Ratcheting Wrench Set, 5-Piece – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link