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Update: Install a Priming and Purging Port for Easy Pump Operation – now March approved

I use my High Flow March Pump to recirculate/vorlauf, transfer wort to my brew kettle, chill with a recirculating immersion chiller and transfer to my fermenter.  It works great, helps me chill down very quickly and overall, it shaves a significant amount of time off my brew day.

When I first started using this pump, I struggled with it.  It continually lost prime and, less often, clogged with grain material.  Disassembling the pump head is not what I consider a real time saver.  That’s no good!

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Price Drop: 1/4″ Male NPT to 1/4″ Female Flare – $7.81 + Make a Spunding Valve

Eaton Weatherhead 9100X4X4 Carbon Steel SAE 37 Degree (JIC) Flare-Twin Fitting, Swivel, Adapter, 1/4" NPT Male x 1/4" JIC Female

Eaton Weatherhead 9100X4X4 Carbon Steel SAE 37 Degree (JIC) Flare-Twin Fitting, Swivel, Adapter, 1/4″ NPT Male x 1/4″ JIC Female.  Adapts 1/4″ NPT male end to 1/4″ JIC 37-degree flare female swivel.  Made from carbon steel.

This fitting is featured in our Spunding Valve Build.   cln_tn_spundingA Spunding Valve allows you to ferment under pressure, naturally and precisely carbonate in the keg, fix over-carbonated beers and more.See: [Build a Spunding Valve].

7/25/16 2 PM Central: This is selling for $7.81.  Shipping is also free with Prime Membership or a qualifying order. Check the product page for up to the minute price and availability.  See Recent Amazon Finds and our Amazon Fillers Resource Page to help you put together an order that qualifies for free shipping.

Eaton Weatherhead 9100X4X4 Carbon Steel SAE 37 Degree (JIC) Flare-Twin Fitting, Swivel, Adapter, 1/4″ NPT Male x 1/4″ JIC Female

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Reader Photo: Stainless Table as a DIY Brew Stand

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Thanks to HBF Reader Rob for the photo and project idea!  [8 Ways to Connect with HBF]

From Rob… “Here is a picture of my mobile brewery setup using the Trinity Stainless table. I made a few mods for stability, but it works better than I expected. First mod, I cut the table legs shorter and second mod is I purchased some heavy duty casters for stability so I could easily move it loaded up with my mash and sparge water. I used the casters that came with for a couple of brews, but loaded up it was unstable enough for me to decide to change them. I can get everything setup the night before in the garage, roll it out in the morning and brew outside. My setup is with 10 Gal kettles for 5 gal batches and it works awesome. It would be a bit tight with larger kettles and add more weight.”

I have the non-wheeled version of this table and it’s great.  I use it for my brew area work table.  SeeTRINITY EcoStorage NSF Stainless Steel Table, 48-Inch [Hands on Review]

TRINITY EcoStorage NSF Stainless Steel Table with Wheels, 48-Inch

Note that Rob’s DIY project involved modifying this table to make a brewing setup.  That is outside of what I would call a typical use for a table like this.  Always use caution when fire, heat, propane, boiling liquids are involved.

Ready Made Brew Stands… MoreBeer BrewSculptures | Ruby Street Brewing SystemsBlichmann TopTier Brew Stand | Blichmann BrewEasy Systems

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290 Gallon Per Hour Submersible Pump + Draft Line Cleaning Build

EcoPlus 728305 Eco 264 Submersible Pump, 290GPH

Eco 264 Submersible Pump by EcoPlus.  290 gallons per hour.  28 watt motor.  Includes multiple fittings… 75″ Barbed x .75″ Threaded, two-.5″ Barbed x .75″ Threaded and Nozzle x 3.4″ Threaded.  You can use this both inline and submersible.  Pre-wired 69 inch cord.

I use this pump in myimg_cln_img_0593-225x300 Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Build.  You could also use this to put together a recirculating wort chiller.

EcoPlus 728305 Eco 264 Submersible Pump, 290GPH

AlsoRecirculating Draft Line Cleaning Build

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SS Carbonation Caps – for PET Bottles or Draft Line Cleaning Pump – $10.60 Shipped

Thanks to HBF Readers Charles and Doug for this tip!  [8 Ways to Connect with HBF]

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Stainless steel ball lock carbonation caps.  These are intended to convert 1L and 2L bottles to pressurized growlers.  Fill up a 1L or 2L PET bottle with your beer.  Put one of these on (purge the head space by squeezing if you want to) and then pressurize for transport.  You can also use this cap to rapidly carbonate beer.  Same process as for transport, just shake it up until it’s carbonated.

Other possible uses… One of these along with some tubingcln_img_9654 are all you need to convert Mark II Keg and Carboy Washer [Review] to a recirculating draft line cleaning pump for ball lock setups.  See: Mark II Keg & Carboy Cleaner… As a Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump!  – OR – Build your own line cleaning setup from scratch… Build a Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump

As of this posting, this is selling for $10.60.  That includes free shipping and a free replacement o-ring.

Promotion Homebrew Stainless steel Carbonation Cap Ball Lock – $10.60 + Free Shipping

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4 Pack 120mm Fans [DIY Stir Plate, Kegerator Circulation]

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Cooler Master Sleeve Bearing 120mm Fan Value 4-Pack by Cooler Master

Possible uses include… putting together a DIY Stir Plate and using this for a recirculating fan in your kegerator – See: Kegerator Beer Line Temperatures & Reducing Foam with a Recirculating Fan

Cooler Master Sleeve Bearing 120mm Silent Fan for Computer Cases, CPU Coolers, and Radiators (Value 4-Pack)

Also ConsiderAntec TriCool 120mm Cooling Fan with 3-Speed Switch

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Reader Tip: Alternate Fitting for Spunding Valve Build

Thanks to HBF Reader Daniel for this tip!  [8 Ways to Connect with HBF]

Camco 59953 Propane Fitting - 1/4" Male NPT x 1/4" Female Inverted Flare

Camco 59953 Propane Fitting – 1/4″ Male NPT x 1/4″ Female Inverted Flare by Camco

A cln_tn_spundingSpunding Valve allows you to ferment under pressure, naturally and precisely carbonate in the keg, fix over-carbonated beers and more. See: [Build a Spunding Valve]

This is a brass fitting that Daniel proposes as an alternative to this fitting featured in my Spunding Valve Build.

From Daniel: “The flare end is inverted, meaning it won’t fit directly on the gas QD. I was easily able to drill out the inversion and turn this into a “normal” female flare fitting. Now my spunding valve is fully brass/stainless.”

Note that you have to modify this fitting for it to work in my build.  Daniel says to use a 3/8″ Drill bit… “The 3/8 bit is small enough to fit in the female flare portion of the fitting and almost fully fill the space. This ensures the drill will take out the inverted flaring exactly in the center. As opposed to a tad off center which might mess up the final fit.”

Photos [click to zoom] of Daniel’s finished build…

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Camco 59953 Propane Fitting – 1/4″ Male NPT x 1/4″ Female Inverted Flare

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