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KEG742

Flow Control Ball Lock Disconnect Beverage Out - Flare

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Pick up this Flow Control Ball Lock Disconnect and stop banging your head against the wall trying to balance your draft line. We're all after the same thing -- the perfect pour -- but balancing beer lines can be a daunting task. You do the research and crunch the numbers, choose the right inner diameter line, cut it to the ideal length, only to spend your evenings dialing your regulator setting back and forth like a turtle-necked safecracker. This stainless steel flow control disconnect will eliminate the guess work and fast track you to perfectly pouring beer.

Flow control faucets are a popular option but they're inherently flawed due to the point of restriction being at the very end of the beer line. The flow control apparatus inside the faucet causes turbulence, which leads to foaming and carbonation coming out of solution prematurely. Flow control disconnects on the other hand restrict the flow before the beer enters the beer line so the head pressure created by the beer line keeps the carbonation in solution.

Another advantage of FC disconnects is that you don't have to rely on a small inner diameter or long line length to apply flow resistance. In fact, even in the fully open position the disconnect will provide some inherent flow resistance, so you should use a shorter line than the 5-6 ft. length that is typically recommended. This makes the flow control disconnect ideal for dispensing beer on the go where you might have a picnic tap with a short line or a disconnect faucet adapter with no line at all!

 

Please note: make sure your keg post o-rings are in good condition before using this fitting. If they are overly worn and you are not getting a good seal, replace the post o-ring then re-attach the ball lock fitting.

Kegland Part Number: KL09041

 

Item # KEG742
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Availability California - In Stock
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Weight 0.57 LBS
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To pour hard seltzer without having to use a really long draft line.
Donald B on Nov 16, 2021
Serving mineral water
Evan K on Sep 17, 2021
To pour hard seltzer without having to use a really long draft line.
Donald B on Nov 16, 2021
I want to cut down on the length of the line in my kegerator
Ted on Oct 13, 2021
Serving mineral water
Evan K on Sep 17, 2021
To properly pour highly carbonated beers.
Paul M on Sep 16, 2021
wife told me to
Manny G P on Aug 7, 2021
I like to keep my kegs at full psi while serving, but I always get a foamy head on the first bour.
Todd R on Jul 12, 2021
Heard it's the best thing for having high pressure seltzer on draft without having to constantly adjust it
Michael R C on Jun 18, 2021
Need flow control for a party set up
Joseph G on Jun 17, 2021
Pouring beer at a festival. Using this flow control device i can attach a faucet directly to the keg. No expensive jockeybox or long beer lines
Garrett H on Jun 16, 2021
to control psi to beer line for highly carbed Belgian ales
Gregory Turley on Dec 10, 2019
Flow control and stainless steel
Manuel R on Dec 3, 2019
foam control from keg
William Lesmerises on Nov 26, 2019
pouring solution
Gary T on Nov 18, 2019
Minimize beer line length for low reistance line
jason sheidler on Nov 15, 2019
I want to cut down on the length of the line in my kegerator
Ted on Oct 13, 2021
To properly pour highly carbonated beers.
Paul M on Sep 16, 2021
Reviews

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Rated 5 out of 5
second time's the charm
The first flow control ball lock i received was hopelessly frozen in place. I contacted MoreBeer who very quickly shipped a replacement with tracking! the new one arrived and it is smoothly adjustazble, and very well built. it let me run a very short hose from a keg to a handheld dispenser gun for my seltzer tank, and let me relax the flow so that it no longer behaves erratically.
October 21, 2021
Purchased
1 month ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Works Great
I plan to buy more of these. It does restrict quite a bit even at full open so expect to cut down your lines if they are already close to balanced, but this thing works better than flow control taps by a mile.
October 1, 2021
Purchased
2 months ago
Rated 3 out of 5
There are a few things you should do before you get this thing. It works, but there are some little things you'll need first.
When I bought this and installed it, beer was foaming right in the line. It was super frustrating because this is supposed to solve that problem, not cause it.

I collected a few tips from around the internet just in case you have the same problem. I'm getting perfect pours now.

1) You'll notice that the thread is pure metal. If you're screwing that into a metal nut to connect to your line as opposed to duotight fittings or something fancy, you'll want to add a little plastic or silicone gasket or flare fitting in there just to ease that connection. reducing turbulence is the name of the game here.

2) Shorten your beer lines. You can get away with using two foot serving lines in most cases with this thing. I've even seen people attach the faucet right to the ball lock and pour perfectly. Getting shorter serving lines sounded weird to me, but it's one of the things that worked. With longer lines you are giving the liquid even more resistance to the tap.

3) When they ship this with new ball lock post o-rings, that's not merely a suggestion. Use them. You want to have brand new post o rings in good condition. Otherwise this won't fit quite right and it will cause turbulence which will result in foamy beer.

4) Ball lock Post poppets. Make sure they are in good condition too before you put one of these on. You probably should have them in good condition anyway.

5) This is a solid metal piece that is going to need time to chill down in order to work properly. Give it a few hours or a day. Otherwise, your beer is going to warm up before it even gets to the line and its going to be foam city.

6) Adjust resistance to the pressure. This is the balancing act where you want to adjust the resistance to the amount of pressure and there's no set science to it. You just have to pour and twist until you get the right balance until it's pouring just right.

It's a brilliant little gadget and it will work to do what you need it just takes adjustment and a few little accessories before it really works.
August 28, 2021
Purchased
3 months ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Excellent for flow restriction
Very substantial/solid feel to the disconnect. Performs great for flow restriction.

Original intent in buying was to help with foam control on room temp (70-75F) high psi (20) dispense and deliver what I would consider a typical draft pour. In my opinion it did not provide the foam control I was hoping to achieve given the original intent. That said, it does an excellent job on reducing flow velocity.
August 5, 2021
Purchased
4 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Does what I needed it to do
I keep one of my taps at higher pressure for serving saison's. I have had a pretty long length of serving line on that tap, but it wasn't quite doing the trick and I would get some occasional foaming if I turned the pressure up as high as I wanted it. I was trying to avoid buying flow control faucets.

This disconnect hooked up easily and immediately solved my issue. As the other reviewer noted, even when the resistance is turned all the way down, there is still some amount of restriction on the flow. I'll actually need to trim down my serving line because the restriction from the disconnect plus ten feet of line is resulting in a slower pour than I would prefer.

All in all I'm very pleased with this disconnect, and it does exactly what I need it to do.
August 5, 2021
Purchased
5 months ago
Rated 3 out of 5
Not as Versatile As Expected
My expectation for these disconnects was that they would function exactly like a normal disconnect when fully open, yet allow restriction when the situation demanded it. Make no mistake. These introduce a very significant restriction, even fully open. This is not clear in the manufacturer's description. You will need 10+ psi, 3-ft lengths of large diameter tubing and the valve fully open to achieve a pour rate of 15 seconds per pint.

I emailed the manufacturer, Kegland, regarding the baseline level of restriction. Here is their response:

"These are FLOW-RESTRICTING disconnects. Their job is to restrict flow. Even fully open they will restrict flow. Of course, when you literally halve the serving pressure for your British ales you will get half the pouring speed.

Normal disconnects don't have the internal resistance of flow control disconnects, because they are not flow-restricting devices.

My suggestion: save the flow control devices for situations you actually need flow control. i.e. your Belgians and high-pressure situations where you don't want excess line."

These disconnects are sturdily-built. They do what they're designed to do well, but the manufacturer's description fails to fully disclose their purpose.

The only use I have had for these disconnects has been in conjunction with a typical picnic faucet setup. It was very helpful there. I have found them essentially useless in my keezer.
November 15, 2019