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Using a Pedal Foot Switch for Easy Pump Operation

MLCS 9089 Billy Pedal Foot Switch

I use this on/off foot pedal foot switch for easy, hands free control of my March Pump while brewing.  I’ve used the same one since of March of 2011 and it works great.  I keep it at the base of my Blichmann TopTier, relatively close to where my pump sits.  One foot press turns the pump on or off.  Note: Always be cautious when using your pump with hot liquids and read and follow manufacturers directions.

Note: Another style of deadman style foot switch is available.  That version requires you to hold your foot down to engage the switch.  As soon as you release it is disengages and turns off whatever is plugged in.  I went with the on/off, but understand that the deadman style is also available if that suits your needs.  Depending on what you’re trying to turn on and off is GE’s Handy Switch is another option that’s out there.  I use that for my keg cleaner and draft line cleaning pumps.

MLCS 9089 Billy Pedal Foot Switch, 2 Step ON-OFF Continuous Running


I use my brewing pump for: recirculating my mash, transferring from mash tun to brew kettle, chilling using a recirculating immersion chiller and transferring to my fermenter.

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Chugger Homebrew Pump Stainless Steel with Center Inlet – $129.99 + free shipping – SEE NOTE

CHUGGER PUMP CPSS-CI-1 Stainless Steel 115 Volt Center Home Brewing System Beer Pump, 55” Cord WITH Plug, Inlet 3/4” x Outlet 1/2” MPT, ETL-Certified, USFDA Food Compliant Materials

CHUGGER PUMP CPSS-CI-1 Stainless Steel 115 Volt Center Home Brewing System Beer Pump, 55” Cord WITH Plug, Inlet 3/4” x Outlet 1/2” MPT, ETL-Certified, USFDA Food Compliant Materials


From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • ETL-Certified; USFDA Food Compliant Materials; UL Recognized; Sturdy 115-Volt (50/60HZ) Booster Pump With 55″ Electric Cord WITH PLUG; Non-Submersible; Comparable to March 815-SS and March 809 Beer Pumps
  • Transfers Flow of Hot and Cold Liquids Between Brewing Vessels or Kettles; Cools Wort Via a Counter-Flow Chiller; Recirculates Ice Water for Quicker Chilling; Circulator Pump with 316 Stainless Steel Front and Rear Housing; Made by Brewers for Brewers
  • Light Enough to Be Portable; High-Quality Stainless Steel Pump Head Eliminates Stripped Threads; Magnetic Drive with Base, Teflon Thrust Washer, Clear Silicone O-ring, and Ryton/Teflon Impeller
  • Max Flow Rate of 7 GPM 26.5 LPM; 18.6-feet 4.1M of Max Head to Handle Back-Pressure; Device is Capable of Handling Liquids of Different Temperatures Up to 250 Degrees F
  • Inlet 3/4″ MPT and Outlet 1/2″ MPT Allows Configuration for Any Application; 1/20 HP (.04 HP) .029 KW; Motor Only: 1.7 Amps; Motor and Pump: 1.9 Amps; Motor Amp Rating: Full-Load Amps (FLA); This is NOT a Self-Priming Pump, DO NOT RUN DRY

I use my homebrew pump for vorlaufing/recirculating, transferring from my mash tun to brew kettle, chilling with a recirculating wort chiller and transferring to my fermenter.  You could also use a brewing pump to recirculate ice water for your wort chiller.  Pumps are a necessity if you want to use a plate chiller.  You really need one to properly clean and sanitize your plate chiller.

7/12/18 2 AM Central: This is on sale for $129.99.  Shipping to most US addresses also is free. Note: You must choose seller Wholesale Pumps on the All Offers Page to get this price.   Prices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

CHUGGER PUMP CPSS-CI-1 Stainless Steel 115 Volt Center Home Brewing System Beer Pump, 55” Cord WITH Plug, Inlet 3/4” x Outlet 1/2” MPT, ETL-Certified, USFDA Food Compliant Materials


Reducer Fitting:

1/2″ fittings seem to be pretty standard for homebrewers.  This pump has a 1/2″ outlet, but a 3/4″ inlet.  If you’ve standardized on 1/2″ you may need a reducer.

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MK II Brewing Pump w/Stainless Steel Head – $79.99 + free shipping

MKII Stainless Head Magnetic Brewing Beer Pump w/ FREE Head by Keg King 1/2″ mpt

From the offering description: “Includes Stainless Steel pump head for the MKII pump from Keg King AND the standard high temp polysulphone head!

An amazing little pump from Keg King of Australia. It has been used in the Australian market for years where it has a good reputation. Works like a March or a Chugger but with a sealed case that is more water resistant. Comes with a food grade high temp plastic head and stainless steel head which is a very nice upgrade.

I use my brewing pump for vorlaufing/recirculating, transferring from my mash tun to brew kettle, chilling with a recirculating wort chiller and transferring to my fermenter.

As if this posting, this is eBay offering is selling for $79.99  Shipping is also free to select US addresses.  Check the listing for current price, description and availability.

MKII Stainless Head Magnetic Brewing Beer Pump w/ FREE Head by Keg King 1/2″ mpt

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Mark II Wort Stainless Steel Pump Head for 25 Watt Mark II Pump – $17.99, Save 40%

Mark II Stainless Steel Pump Head from William’s Brewing

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from William’s Brewing:” This is a type 304 stainless Keg King pump head to fit the 25 Watt Mark II wort pump. It features ½” BSP male inlet and outlets to fit ½” female NPT and BSP fittings. It does not include an impeller, as the standard MarkII impeller is used with this head.”

 

As of this posting, William’s Brewing has a summer clearance sale going on that discounts a large selection of items by 40%.  Note: discounted prices are reflected in your cart.  No coupon or promo code is required.  Check William’s for current selection and availability.  See: Summer Clearance at William’s Brewing – that makes this pump head just $17.99.

STAINLESS PUMP HEAD FOR 25 WATT MARK II WORT PUMP

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RipTide Brewing Pump + Valve, Base and Free Bottle of Star San – $169.99, Save 15%, Beat MAP

Blichmann Riptide Brewing Pump Beer Wine w/ FREE bottle of Star San Beer Wine

Blichmann Riptide Brewing Pump Beer Wine w/ FREE bottle of Star San Beer Wine

From the offering description: “The RipTide™ pump – built from the ground up as a homebrewing pump! $199.99. Includes valve and base – a $50 retail value!

Gone are the days of making do with a general purpose pump such as the March 815 and all the variant imported copies. These pumps are cumbersome to disassemble, difficult to prime to get the wort moving, require the addition of a valve, a switch, and a proper base to hold the pump upright. They also use noisy open motors that must be shielded from liquids. All undesireable attributes for a homebrewing pump! The team of homebrewers at Blichmann Engineering and our friends at March Manufacturing have created the RipTide™ to solve all of these problems!

The all new RipTide™ is the very first pump designed specifically for homebrewing! We’ve solved the problems that have plagued homebrewers for years!”

Pump Specifications
  • High performance curved blade impeller and strong rare earth magnets deliver 7 GPM and up to 21ft of pressure head!
  • Tri-clamp head connection fully disassembles in seconds for easy cleaning
  • 1/2″ NPT inlet and outlet connections
  • Totally enclosed motor is splash proof and super quiet (50 dB)
  • Integral linear flow valve for superior flow control – don’t spend more money for a separate valve and fittings. A separate valve and fittings can easily cost you an additional $25-35!
  • Integral air vent valve and partially enclosed impeller design allows you to prime the pump in seconds- no more frustrating air locked pumps!
  • Stainless steel head rotates 360 degrees to fit in virtually any installation
  • Large stable base with protective rubber feet keeps the pump from tipping – a $25 retail value included!
  • Convenient power switch on the base
  • Includes a 10ft long cord with plug (120V)
  • Base acts as a cord wrap for convenient storage
  • Assembled in USA from USA and imported components
  • Patent pending

RipTide™ is the last homebrew pump you’ll need!

If you purchase from Lion Brewing Solutions, we include a free bottle of star san while supplies last.

 

I use my brewing pump for vorlaufing/recirculating, transferring from my mash tun to brew kettle, chilling with a recirculating wort chiller and transferring to my fermenter.

Blichmann gear is on MAP pricing.  That means, generally speaking, it’s going to cost the same no matter where you buy it.  For the Riptide that’s currently around $199.99.  As if this posting, this is eBay offering is selling $199.99 and includes a free bottle of Star San.  Shipping is also free to most US addresses.  Check the listing for up to the minute price, description and availability.

Stacks With: For a short time eBay is discounting most items by 15%.  Note that there is a $25 minimum purchase and a $100 maximum savings.  This is a one time use coupon per account, however you can add multiple items to your cart.  I recommend taking a look at my post on this sale to come up with a single order and maximize savings.  That makes this pump just $169.99 and beats typical MAP pricing.

Blichmann Riptide Brewing Pump Beer Wine w/ FREE bottle of Star San Beer Wine

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Buy a Mark II 12 GPM Wort Pump [12 GPM!] and Get Free Star San

Mark II Homebrew Pump via William’s Brewing

from William’s Brewing:  “The 65 Watt MKII Pump from Keg King is a magnetic drive high temperature pump capable of pumping hot wort at temperatures of up to 248° F. It can pump up to 12 gallons per minute, making it perfect for systems too large for the 5 gallon per minute 25 Watt MK11 or the 7 gallon per minute Riptide pump. The maximum height it can pump is 17’ although gallons per minute will be reduced at higher pumping elevations.

The pump head and impeller are constructed of food grade Xarec plastic (very similar to Polysulphone). The magnetic drive acts as a clutch allowing the user to put back pressure on the pump to slow down flow. Like all magnetic drive wort pumps, it is not self priming – you must flood the pump head before turning on the pump. The pump has ¾” BSP male fittings on the inlet and outlet, which are compatible with all ¾” female NPT as well as BSP fittings. The inlet is in the center. Besides Xarec plastic, other wetted interior materials are nitrile and stainless steel.

The magnetic drive ensures no lubricated bearings are in contact with the liquid at all, so you can be sure there is no chance of any contamination of the liquid being pumped. The pump features a 6′ power cord, and a mounting plate for permanent mounting. The pump is 11” in overall length, and 4½” wide including the mounting plate. The pump head can be mounted at any angle on the pump to fit your application (an optional stainless head, William’s item X69, is also available).

Shop around and compare, other wort pumps that do 12 gallons per minute and more start at $379.99!

As of this posting, the pump with polysulfone head is selling for JUST $174.99.  A Stainless Steel upgrade is also available on the product page.  Check William’s Brewing for current price and availability.

MARK II 65 WATT WORT PUMP

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Stacks With: FREE STAR SAN from William’s Brewing – William’s is throwing in a free 16 oz bottle of Star San with qualifying orders.  Spend $89 or more and apply promo code STARSAN and your free Star San will be automatically added to your order.

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bayite Hot Water Circulation Pump – $19.90 + Free Prime Ship

bayite BYT-7A006 DC 12V Solar Hot Water Heater Circulation Pump Low Noise 3M Discharge Head 2.1GPM

bayite BYT-7A006 DC 12V Solar Hot Water Heater Circulation Pump Low Noise 3M Discharge Head 2.1GPM


From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • Circulation pump is non-self-priming pump. Max Flow Rate: 2.1GPM, Max Discharge Head: 9.8ft
  • 1/2″ Male thread on the pump. The OD of the brass coupler is 10mm. NO POWER ADAPTER INCLUDED
  • Power source: DC 12V(NOT INCLUDED), Rated current: 0.7A, Brushless Motor, Low noise: 30db at 1 metre, Service life: 30000 hours
  • Max circulating water temperature: 100°C/212°F. It’s submersible but can’t be immersed in hot water exceeding 50°C/122℉

What are other people saying?  Search this product’s Amazon reviews for “homebrew”

Is this pump food safe?  See this answered question

5/24/18 6 PM Central: This is selling for $19.90.  Shipping to most US addresses is also free with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying order. Price, shipping and availability can change quickly.  Check the product page for current price, description and availability.  Also: Recent Amazon Finds and Amazon Fillers Resource Page

bayite BYT-7A006 DC 12V Solar Hot Water Heater Circulation Pump Low Noise 3M Discharge Head 2.1GPM


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Build a Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump

recirculating draft line cleaner

The directions on most line cleaners call for recirculating the cleaner for some period of time.  Most affordable cleaning setups that are out there include a hand pump.  Operating one of those for 15 to 30 minutes, for each faucet, doesn’t sound fun.

To really clean your draft lines, you need to keep solution flowing for a length of time, not just fill and wait.  Initially I tried to clean my system by pushing line cleaner out of a keg.  This was a waste of CO2.  I also found it tough to keep solution running slowly enough to get the required amount of contact time.  It’s easy to quickly push a cleaning or sanitizing solution through your system under CO2 pressure, but I found it to be a pain to try to do so slowly.  This also requires quite a bit of cleaning solution versus a recirculating pump.

I decided to put together a recirculating draft line cleaning pump setup.

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Blichmann’s Riptide Pump via PFD

rip tide

About the Riptide via Blichmann Enginneering:

“The all new RipTide™ is the very first pump designed specifically for homebrewing!  We’ve solved the problems that have plagued homebrewers for years!”

  • High performance curved blade impeller and strong rare earth magnets deliver 7 GPM and up to 21ft of pressure head!
  • Tri-clamp head connection fully disassembles in seconds for easy cleaning
  • 1/2″ NPT inlet and outlet connections
  • Totally enclosed motor is splash proof and super quiet (50 dB)
  • Integral linear flow valve for superior flow control – don’t spend more money for a separate valve and fittings.  A separate valve and fittings can easily cost you an additional $25-35!
  • Integral air vent valve and partially enclosed impeller design allows you to prime the pump in seconds– no more frustrating air locked pumps!
  • Stainless steel head rotates 360 degrees to fit in virtually any installation
  • Large stable base with protective rubber feet keeps the pump from tipping – a $25 retail value included!
  • Convenient power switch on the base
  • Includes a 10ft long cord with plug (120V)
  • Base acts as a cord wrap for convenient storage
  • Assembled in USA from USA and imported components
  • Patent pending

PFD has a great variety of homebrew related gear including stainless steel Camlock disconnects, threaded fittings (t’s, elbows and connectors of every sort), Stainless QDs, ball valves, tri-clamp fittings, burners, wort chillers, thermowells, site glasses, silicone tubing, pumps, stainless pickup tubes, stainless false bottoms and more.

Check PFD for current price and availability.

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Wort Transfer Pump

Wort Transfer Pump,MRbrew 12V Solar Hot Water Circulation Pump Homebrew Beer Circulation Brushless Pumps Plastic W/ Connector Brewing NPT 1/2"

Wort Transfer Pump,MRbrew 12V Solar Hot Water Circulation Pump Homebrew Beer Circulation Brushless Pumps Plastic W/ Connector Brewing NPT 1/2″


From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • 100℃ liquid available, over heat protection, with solar panel drive
  • Circulation pump is made of high quality material plastic for shell with 1/2″ female thread stainless steel connectors,extra 2 hose clamps
  • With advanced electronic components and wear-resistant shaftmake it smooth operating, high efficiency, good performance and long working time .
  • Apply to beer brewing,home solar water heating systems or other circulation pump application.
  • Power Source: DC 12V(not include), Rated current: 0.7A, Brushless Motor, Low noise: 30db at 1 metre, Service life: 30000 hours up

Wort Transfer Pump,MRbrew 12V Solar Hot Water Circulation Pump Homebrew Beer Circulation Brushless Pumps Plastic W/ Connector Brewing NPT 1/2″


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