Perlick 650SS Flow Control Faucet
Perlick's NEW 304 stainless steel, forward sealing beer and wine faucets are unique in both appearance and function. A revolutionary ball and floating front seal design prevents beer from being exposed to air. As a result, the handle lever doesn't stick, and there is no build up of mold and bacteria in the faucet body. Fewer internal parts means better reliability and fewer service calls.
In addition to the Perlick exclusive forward sealing design features, the 650SS Forward Sealing Flow Control Faucet features a flow compensator. The flow compensator provides more control because by adjusting the flow control handle, you can adjust the restriction for hard to pour brands. You can also adjust the flow control handle to slow the flow for pouring sampler glasses, flights or growlers as well as to reduce the amount of foam when pouring into a frosted glass.
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These things just work. Nice for a first time thru-wall keezer design, and the adjustment is working nice for three taps so far (of 4 installed - last one finishing fermenting) for pressures ranging from 8 to 30 psi (high one is mineral water and awesome).
Purchased these after doing a bunch of research on taps. The flow control feature does seem to work well, but I suspect it won't fix all line balancing issues. One minor issue I read about before hand is the sulfur smell and taste some people get with these due to the use of different types of s.s. in the flow control valve parts. I ran line cleaner for an extended amount of time and a double strength Star San solution for an extended amount of time through these before their first use to hopefully negate this. It seems that I still have the slightest 'sulfury-ness' sometimes for the first 1oz or 2, but maybe that's just paranoia. There is a way to treat the stainless at home if you have this issue, google it.
I have 4 of these on my keg fridge. Since I always screw up the carb pressure, the flow control is a great feature, it lets me adjust the back pressure so the beer doesn't come out all foam.
These were a major upgrade over my rear seating faucets which were prone to sticking. These perlick faucets don't stick after sitting for a week. I would highly recommend these and I definitely think the flow control is worth it.
I've installed three of these faucets on my system. The pressure adjust function works well for various styles/CO2 levels. I'm currently pouring a Belgian Triple, a Belgian Blonde, and a Kolsch. I would give it five stars except that beer seems to foul in the faucet, even after just one day. The first quarter cup out of the faucet smells terrible. I discard that, then the beer is fresh and the faucet works well.