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Ethan Yankura (208.153.21.21)
Posted on Friday, November 07, 2003 - 03:13 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I know this gets beaten to death, and I never thought I would be going the pump route, but there I go. Anyone used Surplus Center in Lincoln, Nebraska for pumps? I have an old catalog and was on their website today and saw some great deals on pumps that looked appropriate. Here's a link to a pump I am interested in and am wondering if anyone has any input to its appropriateness in a brewery. I apologize for not being able to link directly. It is a March pump, Polypropylene magnetic drive seal-less pump heads that can pump 2 liquids simultaneously (although I don't need that option) for $40.
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Ethan Yankura (208.153.21.21)
Posted on Friday, November 07, 2003 - 03:28 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

scratch that link. The pump is 230 volts, which is just too much trouble. The source is a good one though, with a wide variety of pumps.
 

Andrew T. Deutsch (63.225.111.34)
Posted on Friday, November 07, 2003 - 03:42 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

If you are buying a pump to move hot wort through a cfc chiller (one of the main reasons to get one next to recirculation of the mash) make sure it is rated at high temps (250 DF is what you want).

Great site though.
 

Andrew T. Deutsch (63.225.111.34)
Posted on Friday, November 07, 2003 - 03:47 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

on another note, B3's "flagship pump" is a great pump for home brewers for $130.00 and shipping is free.

www.morebeer.com
 

Patrick C. (63.250.179.198)
Posted on Friday, November 07, 2003 - 04:12 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is there any reason to not put the pump after the chiller? Would that be too much restriction on the input?
 

Tom Gardner (198.81.26.39)
Posted on Friday, November 07, 2003 - 04:51 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

You want the restriction on the output not the input.
 

Bill Pierce (24.141.63.119)
Posted on Friday, November 07, 2003 - 04:54 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

It's also a matter of sanitation. The nearly boiling hot wort from the kettle sanitizes the pump.
 

Kent Fletcher (206.170.107.30)
Posted on Saturday, November 08, 2003 - 03:27 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Ethan,

You could get a "buck and boost" transformer to run that pump on 120 v. You might want to check the same source for the transformer. It's certainly a pretty good price for the pump.
 

Henry Raynor (67.160.104.49)
Posted on Saturday, November 08, 2003 - 03:54 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

As far as putting the pump after the CFC - I've been doing this and have always had trouble with getting a good flow started - lots of bubbles. My next batch will have the pump before the CFC. Stands to reason the shorter the line to the pump -the less air/bubbles to contend with. Once you have a good solid flow to the pump, it doesn't matter what follows.
 

Streb (69.3.11.172)
Posted on Saturday, November 08, 2003 - 04:02 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I was perusing ebay and they have a nice pump, currently cheap, that would suit your needs.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2570188009&category=46547

I have (NAYY) with this auction - just passing along info.

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