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Flow Control Ball Lock Disconnect Beverage Out - Flare
KEG742

Flow Control Ball Lock Disconnect Beverage Out - Flare

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Description

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!

 

Item # KEG742
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Availability California - In Stock
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Weight 0.57 LBS
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to control psi to beer line for highly carbed Belgian ales
Greg on Dec 10, 2019
foam control from keg
William L on Nov 26, 2019
to control psi to beer line for highly carbed Belgian ales
Greg on Dec 10, 2019
Flow control and stainless steel
Manuel R on Dec 3, 2019
foam control from keg
William L on Nov 26, 2019
pouring solution
Gary T on Nov 18, 2019
Minimize beer line length for low reistance line
jason s on Nov 15, 2019
Flow control and stainless steel
Manuel R on Dec 3, 2019
pouring solution
Gary T on Nov 18, 2019
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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