Category Archives: Pumps

Stacking Deals: Tri-Clamp Fittings at ProFlow Dynamics

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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, Blichmann Style QDs and more.

As if this posting, ProFlow is offering 10% off Tri-Clamp Fittings –  note you must use this link to get the discount

Stacks With – 15% Off Coupon: As of this posting, promo code BREW15% takes an additional 15% off their entire lineup of homebrewing gear.

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Magnetic Drive High Temp Capable Liquid Pump…. $39.90!

Magnetic Drive Liquid Pump via Beverage Elements


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

Let’s move some beer! This high-temperature magnetic drive liquid pump is the perfect way to transfer your brew from one container to another without waiting for things to cool down and/or hauling kettles around. No more dangerous feats from one location to another.

This pump is quiet, but fast and powerful! The housing of the unit is made from tough, food grade polysulfone and the magnetic drive allows you to slow down the flow without damaging the pump. The pump head can be rotated in 60-degree increments, allowing for 6 different pump head orientations.

Our magnetic drive liquid pump will handle boiling wort without issue. It’s also great for sparging, filtering, or recirculating use.

Magnetic Drive Liquid Pump Features:

  • Built entirely of food-grade and high-temperature materials
  • 1/2″ fittings
  • 110v/60hz
  • 5 gallon per minute flow
  • Handles liquid up to 248 degrees Fahrenheit

As of this posting Beverage Elements has this marked down from $72 to $45.90.  Price, promotions 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 post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit the product page.  Check the product page for current price, description and availability

Magnetic Drive Liquid Pump – High Temperature

Also: Hands on Review: Mark II Homebrew Pump w/Stainless Head

Also: Beverage Elements Sale Items

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Our Top Posts of 2018 #6… Build a Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump!

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To celebrate a great year, we’re going through some of our top content of 2018.  This was our #6 most visited post…

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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Keg King MK II Brewing Pump – $57.99 + free shipping

MKII High Temp Magnetic Brewing Beer Pump by Keg King 1/2" mpt

MKII High Temp Magnetic Brewing Beer Pump by Keg King 1/2″ mpt


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

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, but the optional stainless steel head (KEG501) is a very nice upgrade. We also sell this with both plastic and stainless head for under $100!

  • head Made from high temp food grade Polysulfone
  • 110v/60hz
  • 3.4 m max height (about 10 feet)
  • 5 Gal/min max flow
  • Max temperature – 248 F/ 120 C
  • 1/2 inch fittings

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 of this posting, Lion Brewing Solutions has a bunch of items on sale.  Choose from used barrels, kegs, Chapman Fermenters, CO2 tanks and more.  Most items ship for free to addresses in the contiguous US.  This included in the mix and marked down to just $57.99.  Check offering page for current availability and pricing.

MKII High Temp Magnetic Brewing Beer Pump by Keg King 1/2″ mpt

Also: Homebrew Pump Discounts, Deals and Resources

Also: Hands on Review: Mark II Homebrew Pump w/Stainless Head

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Stainless Steel Center Inlet Chugger Pump + Reducer – $121.98 w/Brew More, Save More Sale, Compare at $200

Center Inlet, Stainless Steel Head Chugger Pump via Adventures in Homebrewing.  This is a high temp capable pump that can handle liquids up to 250 deg F.  Made from FDA Compliant food safe materials.  Always be careful when handling hot liquids and read and follow manufacturers instructions.  An optional 3/4″ to 1/2″ stainless steel reducer is an available option on the product page.

Pump Specifications

from AIH…

  • Stainless Steel Head Chugger Pump
  • Add the optional reducer to make a 1/2″ FPT on the inlet port
  • Model : Chugger SS-C
  • Chugger SS Center Inlet Pump 3/4″ Inlet x 1/2″ outlet.MPT
  • 316 Stainless Steel (Front Housing)
  • 316 Stainless Steel (Rear Housing)
  • Teflon (Thrust Washer)
  • CLEAR Silicone (O-Ring)
  • POLYSULFONE (Impeller)
  • Max Flow 7 GPM 22.7 LPM
  • Max Head 18.6 FT 4.1 M
  • Power .04 HP .029 KW
  • Electrical 115V 50/60HZ
  • Non-Submersible
  • 60HZ 50HZ
  • Can handle liquids of 250F
  • Materials are FDA Food Compliant
  • Components are UL Recognized
  • DO NOT RUN DRY

 

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 of this posting this is selling for $144.99.  Add on the 3/4″ to 1/2″ reducer and the price goes to $151.98.  That filler item takes you to the $30 off tier of AIH’s Brew More, Save More Sale and makes this pump and fitting $121.98.  Check product page for up to the minute price, description and availability.

For comparison, MoreBeer has this pump (or what appears to be a very similar pump) for $199.99.  The price on that offering has recently gone up, something I’m concerned that may be a sign of things to come with regards to homebrew pump pricing.

Chugger Pump Stainless Steel-Center

Update: This promo has expired or pricing, availability or description has changed – Check the supplier’s site or product page for current availability

Recent Deals!  Last Fifty Finds

Also Consider: Tip: Using a Pedal Foot Switch for Easy Pump Operation | All Grain Tips & Gear | Homebrew Pump Discounts, Deals and Resources

Also: Check out AIH Sale Items – Selection Changes Regularly

More: Recent AIH Finds

 

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Stainless Steel Center Inlet Chugger Pump – $126.14, Compare at $200

Center Inlet, Stainless Steel Head Chugger Pump via Adventures in Homebrewing.  This is a high temp capable pump that can handle liquids up to 250 deg F.  Made from FDA Compliant food safe materials.  Always be careful when handling hot liquids and read and follow manufacturers instructions.  An optional 3/4″ to 1/2″ stainless steel reducer is an available option on the product page.

Pump Specifications

from AIH…

  • Stainless Steel Head Chugger Pump
  • Add the optional reducer to make a 1/2″ FPT on the inlet port
  • Model : Chugger SS-C
  • Chugger SS Center Inlet Pump 3/4″ Inlet x 1/2″ outlet.MPT
  • 316 Stainless Steel (Front Housing)
  • 316 Stainless Steel (Rear Housing)
  • Teflon (Thrust Washer)
  • CLEAR Silicone (O-Ring)
  • POLYSULFONE (Impeller)
  • Max Flow 7 GPM 22.7 LPM
  • Max Head 18.6 FT 4.1 M
  • Power .04 HP .029 KW
  • Electrical 115V 50/60HZ
  • Non-Submersible
  • 60HZ 50HZ
  • Can handle liquids of 250F
  • Materials are FDA Food Compliant
  • Components are UL Recognized
  • DO NOT RUN DRY

 

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 of this posting this is selling for $144.99.  Check product page for up to the minute price, description and availability.

Stacks With: For a limited time AIH is discounting most orders of $49 or more by 13%.  That discount makes this pump $126.14.

For comparison, MoreBeer has this pump (or what appears to be a very similar pump) for $199.99.  The price on that offering has recently gone up, something I’m concerned that may be a sign of things to come with regards to homebrew pump pricing.

Chugger Pump Stainless Steel-Center

Update: This promo has expired or pricing, availability or description has changed – Check the supplier’s site or product page for current availability

Recent Deals!  Last Fifty Finds

Also Consider: Tip: Using a Pedal Foot Switch for Easy Pump Operation | All Grain Tips & Gear | Homebrew Pump Discounts, Deals and Resources

Also: Check out AIH Sale Items – Selection Changes Regularly

More: Recent AIH Finds

 

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March 815 Stainless Steel Brewing Pump – $129.99, Save $60 w/stacking deals

March 815 Stainless Steel Beer Pump

March’s 815 Brewing Pump with Stainless Head via Adventures in Homebrewing

From AIH: “March Pump’s 815-SS Beer Pump.  A seal-less centrifugal magnetic drive pump ideal for home brewing. This pump is capable of generating a maximum flow of 7 gallons per minute at 4.5 feet, and its maximum head is 18.6 Feet (or around 8PSI). The standard wet end (the materials that come into contact with the solution) is composed of stainless steel, teflon, silicone and ryton/teflon/glass. The inlet connection is 1/2 inch male pipe thread, and the outlet is 1/2 inch male pipe thread.”

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.

As of this posting, Adventures in Homebrewing this on sale for $159.99.  That’s a $30 discount.  Price, promotions 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 the product page.  Check the product page for current price, description and availability

Stacks With: As of this posting AIH is discount most orders by up to $50 depending on how much you spend as part of their Brew More Save More Sale.  This deal stacks with the $30 sale and saves you another $30.  That’s a total of $60 off.

March 815 Stainless Steel Beer Pump

Update: This promo has expired or pricing, availability or description has changed – Check the supplier’s site or product page for current availability

Recent Deals!  Last Fifty Finds

Also: Tip: Using a Pedal Foot Switch for Easy Pump Operation | Pump Deals

Also: Check out AIH Sale Items – Selection Changes Regularly

More: Recent AIH Finds

 

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Stainless Steel Center Inlet Chugger Pump + Reducer – $121.98 w/Brew More, Save More Sale, Compare at $200

Center Inlet, Stainless Steel Head Chugger Pump via Adventures in Homebrewing.  This is a high temp capable pump that can handle liquids up to 250 deg F.  Made from FDA Compliant food safe materials.  Always be careful when handling hot liquids and read and follow manufacturers instructions.  An optional 3/4″ to 1/2″ stainless steel reducer is an available option on the product page.

Pump Specifications

from AIH…

  • Stainless Steel Head Chugger Pump
  • Add the optional reducer to make a 1/2″ FPT on the inlet port
  • Model : Chugger SS-C
  • Chugger SS Center Inlet Pump 3/4″ Inlet x 1/2″ outlet.MPT
  • 316 Stainless Steel (Front Housing)
  • 316 Stainless Steel (Rear Housing)
  • Teflon (Thrust Washer)
  • CLEAR Silicone (O-Ring)
  • POLYSULFONE (Impeller)
  • Max Flow 7 GPM 22.7 LPM
  • Max Head 18.6 FT 4.1 M
  • Power .04 HP .029 KW
  • Electrical 115V 50/60HZ
  • Non-Submersible
  • 60HZ 50HZ
  • Can handle liquids of 250F
  • Materials are FDA Food Compliant
  • Components are UL Recognized
  • DO NOT RUN DRY

 

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 of this posting this is selling for $144.99.  Add on the 3/4″ to 1/2″ reducer and the price goes to $151.98.  That filler item takes you to the $30 off tier of AIH’s Brew More, Save More Sale and makes this pump and fitting $121.98.  Check product page for up to the minute price, description and availability.

For comparison, MoreBeer has this pump (or what appears to be a very similar pump) for $199.99.  The price on that offering has recently gone up, something I’m concerned that may be a sign of things to come with regards to homebrew pump pricing.

Chugger Pump Stainless Steel-Center

Update: This promo has expired or pricing, availability or description has changed – Check the supplier’s site or product page for current availability

Recent Deals!  Last Fifty Finds

Also Consider: Tip: Using a Pedal Foot Switch for Easy Pump Operation | All Grain Tips & Gear | Homebrew Pump Discounts, Deals and Resources

Also: Check out AIH Sale Items – Selection Changes Regularly

More: Recent AIH Finds

 

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Hands on Review: Mark II Homebrew Pump w/Stainless Head


This review is by Homebrew Finds Contributor Brad Probert.  Brad is an engineer, expert homebrewer and experienced reviewer.  Grab a link to Brad’s website at the end of this review.

Mark II Pump with Steel Head

Let’s face it, pumps aren’t the most exciting piece of homebrew equipment you own. With the exception of the RipTide pump, they don’t have “features” you can impress your friends with. There are a few basic requirements, and once you get those met, you’re just looking for the lowest price. For me, the basic requirements are: 1) Magnetic drive, 2) Ideally a stainless steel head, 3) Temperature & splash protection, and lastly 4) Maximum head.

The MkII’s Magnetic Impeller

Several vendors offer what’s called a “Mark II Pump”. So you need to dig deeper than just the name when comparing pump offerings from different shops. One requirement, which is pretty much standard across beer brewing pumps, is what’s called a magnetic drive. Magnetic drive means you don’t have to worry about grease from shaft bearings getting into your wort. The other advantage is that you can close a valve- partially or completely- on the output side of your pump to reduce flow, and it causes no stress to your pump. Magnetic drive is pretty much standard in beer brewing pumps, but I bring it up because shopping on Amazon or eBay you might get drawn into something that isn’t.


Get the Gear:

MARK II BEER PUMP via Proflow Dynamics

Deal: As of this posting, promo code BREW15% takes an additional 15% off PFD’s entire lineup of homebrewing gear.  That include this pump.  Using the link above gets you another 10% off.


About Pump Features and Specs – What does Pump Head Mean?

Pump heads come in either stainless steel or some kind of plastic/resin. Some resins have a better temperature durability, so after many hours of operation they are less likely to break down and lose pressure/flow capability. Stainless steel doesn’t have this issue, but it also has more durable threads. Most wort pumps come with 1/2″ Male NPT at inlet and outlet so you can screw on hose attachments or ball valves. I’ve had bad luck with stripping threads off a polysulphone pump head even with the most careful attention paid to not cross-threading it.

The next key differentiator between pumps is temperature capability. Some are designed to handle cooler liquids and are maybe only rated to something like 80F or 180F. This simply isn’t good enough for brewing, you want something that can handle boiling wort temperatures (212F or hotter).

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Chugger X-Dry Series Pump via MoreBeer – $169.99 + free shipping

Chugger X-Dry Series Pump - Stainless Steel H332X

Chugger X-Dry Series Pump  Stainless Steel from MoreBeer


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

Introducing the X-Dry Series Chugger Pumps! These pumps offer the same great quality we’ve come to expect from Chugger, but now feature Run-Dry Protection. Although the Chugger still needs to be primed before each use, the X-Dry Series offers a new level of protection from damage due to cavitation.

The Chugger lineup of pumps represents a great value for an even better price. These pumps are workhorses in the brewery. Featuring a robust flow rate of 7 gpm, and a magnetic drive designed to handle back-pressure, these pumps are a great addition to any brewing setup! The Stainless Steel Chugger showcases their molded Stainless Steel Pump Head. This stainless pump is a steal for the price, and we’ve been more than happy with the quality! Use this to ease transfers between kettles, cool wort via a counterflow chiller, or recirculate icewater for quicker chilling!

The Chugger pump has 1/2″ mpt inlet and outlet, allowing easy configuration for any application! We recommend setting these pumps up with a Ball valve on the outflow side, this way you can throttle down the outgoing flow rate, allowing for more efficient sparges or cooling! The pump head can also be rotated 360° (in 90° intervals) allowing for even more customization!

Features:

  • Run Dry Carbon Bearing
  • Stainless Steel Pump Head
  • Food Grade up to 250° F
  • 1/2″ mpt inlet and outlet
  • High Flow rate of 7 gpm
  • Max Head 18.6 ft
  • 115v 55″ cord and plug attached
  • 50/60 Hz, 1.4 amp
  • 1/20 HP, 3500 RPM
  • No more issues with crossthreading plastic heads or snapping off fittings

As of this posting, MoreBeer has this on sale for just $169.99. Shipping is free with a qualifying $59 order to many US addresses. Price, promotions 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 the product page.  Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

Chugger X-Dry Series Pump – Stainless Steel H332X

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