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

Apollo Tools DT1212 SAE Ratcheting Wrench Set includes 5 wrenches of various sizes.  One of those has an 11/16″ end and a 7/8″ end.  Those happen to be the two common sizes for ball lock posts.


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


Here’s the full set with packaging/storage case.  The set includes 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 and11/16-Inch by 7/8-Inch ratcheting wrenches


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Apollo Tools DT1212 SAE Ratcheting Wrench Set, 5-Piece

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OEMTOOLS 25025 26 Blade Master Feeler Gauge [set mill gap] – $6.64 + Free Prime Ship & Should You Buy a Homebrew Grain Mill?

OEMTOOLS 25025 26 Blade Master Feeler Gauge

OEMTOOLS 25025 26 Blade Master Feeler Gauge

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  • 26 Hardened, Tempered Steel Blades
  • Measures: 0.0015 Inch (0.038 mm) to 0.025 Inch (0.635 mm)
  • Chrome Plated Main Shaft for Easy Clean Up and Professional Look
  • Each Blade is Laser Etched with Inches and Millimeters
  • Blade Protector has Thumb Notch to Aid in Removal of Blades

 

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

What are Other’s Saying?   Search this product’s Amazon reviews for “grain” – may include reviews for other sizes or variations

7/28/20 9:30 PM Central: This is selling for just $6.64.  Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying order. Prices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability. Also: Recent Amazon Finds and Amazon Fillers Resource Page

OEMTOOLS 25025 26 Blade Master Feeler Gauge – 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?

Get a Deal on Bulk Malt via MoreBeer:  Viking 2-Row Pale Malt, Viking Xtra Pale Malt, Viking Wheat Malt – and Viking Pilsner Malt – all sell for $10.99/10 lbs, unmilled.  5 x $10.99 = $54.95 for 50 lbs of grain.  To sweeten the deal shipping is free with a qualifying $59 orderCheck product links for current price & availability.

Also: All Grain Tips & Gear | 10 Gallon Mash Tun Conversion Kit [Review] | Cereal Killer Grain MIll |  Batch Sparge SpreadsheetBIAB Brew Day Spreadsheet | The Brew Bag – Purpose Made BIAB

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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 Sizes?

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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KOMOS Pro Draft Wrench – “The last faucet wrench you’ll ever own” – $16.99 + free ship eligible, limited availability

KOMOS™ Pro Draft Wrench D1268

KOMOS™ Pro Draft Wrench from MoreBeer

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The last faucet wrench you’ll ever own! The KOMOS™ Draft Wrench is professional 7 function draft tool built for a lifetime of adjusting everything from your regulator and draft shanks to your keg coupler and hose clamps.

You will appreciate the quality, compared to cheaper stamped draft wrenches, everytime you use it. The KOMOS™ Draft Wrench is laser cut from 12-gauge 304 Stainless Steel and hand finished. Designed by a draft tech with professional draft techs in mind.

Features:

  • Pin Wrench
  • Screwdriver
  • Regulator Adjuster Nut Wrench
  • Keg Tap Probe Wrench
  • Shank Coupler Nut Wrench
  • Shank Lock Nut Wrench
  • Regulator Wrench

 

Limited Availability Deal of the Day: As of this posting, this is marked down to $16.99 as a MoreBeer Deal of the DayShipping is also free to addresses in the contiguous US with most $59 Orders. Availability: This is available today only, while supplies last. Quantities are limited. Check the MoreBeer’s Deal of the Day to check today’s offering.

Product Description – Here – Use coupon code BEERDEAL to get this discount.

KOMOS™ Pro Draft Wrench D1268

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

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Intertap Faucet Multi Faucet Tool – on sale for $1.99

Intertap Multi Faucet Tool

Intertap Multi Faucet Tool via William’s Brewing

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  • Tightens tower shank inner nuts, Intertap and other brands
  • Tightens Intertap 4″ shank holding nuts (but not other 4″ shanks)
  • Tightens and removes all Faucet Attaching Nuts, Intertap and other brands
  • Opens a beer bottle

 

 

  • As of this posting, William’s Brewing has this on sale for $1.99
  • Shipping is free or reasonably priced flat rate to addresses in the lower 48 states depending on your order size for most items.
  • Freebie: Place an order with a subtotal of $50.00 or more and enter web coupon code BEERDANA at checkout and you’ll get a free Beerdana.  No need to add the Beerdana to your cart.  Just put together an order of $50 or more and apply coupon code BEERDANA at checkout and it will be automatically added to your cart.

Intertap Multi Faucet Tool

Intertaps are awesome!  Check out my Hands on Review of these great faucets.

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

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Hands on Review: Intertap Forward Sealing Faucets and Accessories!

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O-Ring Pick Tool Installation/Extraction Tools – $6.49 + Free Shipping

O-Ring Pick Tool - Plastic (No Scratch) [P/N: OPICK-PL]

O-Ring Pick Tool – Plastic (No Scratch) [P/N: OPICK-PL] More Info

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  • Solid, Hard Plastic Construction
  • Won’t Scratch Delicate Parts
  • Easily remove all o-rings for airguns (paintball), scuba, plumbing, automotive, anything with o-rings
  • Also available in a 10 pack for a better value: www.amazon.com/dp/B01IPRRJGC
  • Captain O-Ring Part No: OPICK-PL

7/9/20 4 AM Central: These are selling for $6.49.  Shipping is also free to many US addresses. Prices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

O-Ring Pick Tool – Plastic (No Scratch) [P/N: OPICK-PL]


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

Our Top Draft Resources

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Nite-Ize DoohicKey Keychain Multi-Tool & Bottle Opener – $4.96 + Free Prime Ship & Hands on Review

Nite Ize KMT-11-R3 Sized Easily attaches to an existing Chain or Strap DoohicKey Key Keychain Multi-Tool (1 Pack), One, Stainless

DoohicKey Stainless Multi-Tool by Nite Ize


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

  • 5-IN-1 KEY CHAIN MULTI TOOL – Save the day with this multi tool that has an inegrated 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 key chain 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 key chain, 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
  • WORRY-FREE GUARANTEE – all Nite Ize products are backed by our Worry-Free Guarantee
  • KEYCHAIN MULTI-TOOL – Do everything from tighten bolts and screws to open a beverage with the smart, strong and straight up fun, Nite Ize DoohicKey Key Tool

I have this, like it very much, 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.

7/5/20 3 PM Central: This is selling for $4.96  Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying orderPrices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability. Also: Recent Amazon Finds and Amazon Fillers Resource Page 

Nite Ize KMT-11-R3 Sized Easily attaches to an existing Chain or Strap DoohicKey Key Keychain Multi-Tool (1 Pack), One, Stainless – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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Craftsman Small Screwdriver Set – 6 Piece

CRAFTSMAN Small Screwdiver Set, 6-Piece Jewelers Set (CMHT65043)

CRAFTSMAN Small Screwdiver Set, 6-Piece Jewelers Set (CMHT65043)

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  • Alloy-steel blades are heat-treated for strength and durability.
  • Coated with a satin-nickel finish.
  • Comfort Optimized handle for high & low torque applications.

 

Use for projects around your home brewery and beyond.

CRAFTSMAN Small Screwdiver Set, 6-Piece Jewelers Set (CMHT65043) – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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IP54 Rated Stainless Steel Digital Caliper [measure fittings, o-rings and more]

Digital Vernier Caliper IP54 Made of Hardened Stainless Steel by PQS Large LCD Screen-6″/150mm-Auto Off Provides Precision Measurement in Inches and Metric Easy to Read and Use

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  • Only PQS online trade is authorized to sell this product! PQS online trade is the only exclusive seller of this product and no other Amazon seller has permission to sell this product !!!
  • Free Shipping-EASIER TO USE than traditional calipers, the Perfect Quality Solutions Digital Caliper gives you quick, exact measurements of pipes and on digital fabrication work from CNC mills and laser cutters.
  • Gift for Men! Buy this for YOU on FATHER’S DAY-SALE-Deal-PRECISION MEASUREMENTS in standard inches, metric and decimal fractions. Obtain exact external, internal and depth measurements on our easy-to-read LCD screen. Auto shut-off conserves 3V lithium battery life.
  • HARDENED STAINLESS STEEL with an IP54 rating, it is rust resistant and impervious to dust or water spray from any direction. Thumb roller and locking screw provide easy sliding and accurate positioning.
  • HARDSHELL CARRY CASE with 2 snap-lock closures protects this sensitive measuring device from drops and impacts. This precision tool has accuracy of 0.001” / 0.02mm, with a range of 6” / 150mm

 

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]

Digital Vernier Caliper IP54 Made of Hardened Stainless Steel by PQS Large LCD Screen-6″/150mm-Auto Off Provides Precision Measurement in Inches and Metric Easy to Read and Use – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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Channellock 6 in 1 Screw Driver + Putting Together a Brew Day Box

Channellock 61CB 6n1 Screwdriver, Slotted 3/16 and 1/4, Phillips 1 and 2, Nut driver 5/16 and 1/4

Channellock 61CB 6n1 Screwdriver, Slotted 3/16 and 1/4, Phillips 1 and 2, Nut driver 5/16 and 1/4

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  • Includes: Slotted 3/16, 1/4″ Phillips 1, 2 Nut Driver 1/4″ & 5/16″
  • Swap easily between 6 different tips
  • High torque, 3-sided Code Blue grips
  • Laser etched steel cap for easy identification
  • Made in the USA

 

Of course, you could use this lots of places, around your home brewery and beyond.  I use a similar screwdriver in my Brew Day Box.  Keeping essential items in one place helps things go more smoothly on brew day!

Channellock 61CB 6n1 Screwdriver, Slotted 3/16 and 1/4, Phillips 1 and 2, Nut driver 5/16 and 1/4 – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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Putting Together a “Brew Day Box”