The purpose built Mark’s Keg and Carboy Washer is… awesome. It saves on cleaning and sanitizing solution, it’s versatile, doesn’t take up a lot of space and it saves me time. It’s one of my favorite homebrew tools and it has been for years. Check out my in depth Hands on Review.
Finding a Replacement Pump
The pump on Mark’s Keg and Carboy Washer is, in general, very reliable. Mine has lasted, for years, with no issues. According the manufacturer, most pump issues that do arise are resolved by cleaning the pump. Having said that, it’s possible that a pump needs replacement. Finding a replacement is a bit difficult. These are not sold by themselves. It is possible to get a replacement from the manufacturer, but you usually need to provide proof of purchase and they aren’t cheap.
I put the call out asking HBF Readers [Let’s be friends!] if they had found any third party pumps that work as replacements for the Mark II Keg and Carboy Washer and Adrian got back to me in short order with this recommendation. Thank you Adrian!
Here it is….
Note: This post features the 740 GPH version. Other versions may be available and could show up by default of the 740 GPP version is out of stock. Double check the product page to see what’s available.
Lyqily 740GPH Water Pump Ultra Quiet 55W Submersible Fountain Aquarium Fish Pond Hydroponic Pump with 8.5ft High Lift, 5.9ft Two-pin Plug Power Cord, 2 Nozzles – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link
This appears to be the same pump with a 3 prong plug instead of 2 prong… Lyqily 740GPH Water Pump Ultra Quiet 55W Submersible Fountain Aquarium Fish Pond Hydroponic Pump with 8.5ft High Lift, 5.9ft Three-pin Plug Power Cord, 3 Nozzles(0.51″/0.63″/0.75″) – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link
A couple initial observations
- This is rated at 740 GPH. It’s my understanding that the current version of Mark’s Keg and Carboy Washer feature 530 GPH pumps. If all of that is right, this third party replacement has quite a bit more power than the OEM pump.
- The Lyqily 740GPH Water Pump is not an exact OEM replacement. I am not reading anywhere in the product description where they are recommending it for this use. This post takes a look at the pump and only tests to see if it is properly sized and threaded.
Top down look at the pumpClose up of the label. Lyqily LQ-740. AC:110-120V/60Hz 55W IPX8 Hmax:2.6m Qmax:2800L/H Don’t operate without water. Read instructions before using.Top view of the OEM pump that came with my Mark’s Keg and Carboy Washer. Kind of beat up from use.Side by side. OEM pump is on the left. They are very similar is size although not identical. The Lyqily is more narrow.Front view of the two pumps. Again, OEM is on the left. Again, very similar in size, but not identical. The Lyqily is slightly taller.But is the threading right?? This is a big one. I think the OEM pump has 1/2″ NPT threads. With these smaller utility-type pumps, who knows what the threads will be. It’s rarely mentioned in specifications. I’m happy to report that the threads seem very compatible. If the threads on the Lyqily are not 1/2″ NPT, they seem very close.Another view with the pipe installed.Another view with the pipe installed.But does it fit? While not exactly the same size as the OEM pump, sizing is close. The pump fits nicely and seems close enough to the original to function well from a size perspective.The Lyqily installed in the Mark II basinSide viewWith CIP Spray Ball Installed. See: Mark II Keg and Carboy Washer Mod – SS CIP Spray Ball for more information.The Lyqily installed in the Mark II basin with warm PBW solutionKeg ready to be washed with sweet green color coded keg posts. See my Step by Step on Rebuilding Kegs – Jump To: Section on O-RingsKeg ready to be washed with sweet blue color coded keg posts. See my Step by Step on Rebuilding Kegs – Jump To: Section on O-RingsIn action
Video of Mark’s Keg and Carboy Cleaner using the Lyqily Pump
After every use of my Mark’s Keg and Carboy Washer, I thoroughly rinse out the pump using the hose from my utility sink and then let it thoroughly dry. This helps to rinse out any chemicals that may cause damage over time.
Size, threading and power all seem very good on this pump. Find another pump that works? If you’ve found something that works, send me an email with the details, I’d love to share with fellow homebrewers,
Lyqily 740GPH Water Pump Ultra Quiet 55W Submersible Fountain Aquarium Fish Pond Hydroponic Pump with 8.5ft High Lift, 5.9ft Two-pin Plug Power Cord, 2 Nozzles – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this linkSpecifications
From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:
Ultra-quiet Mini Submersible Pump Compact Multifunctional Detachable
Max Flow Rate: 2800L/H
Max Lift Height: 2.6m
Length of Power Cord: 1.8m
Dimension: 105mm x 66mm x 88mm
Neither clog up the entrance of the pump nor suck any dirty liquids.
Should the pump be used on a dirty surface, lift it a bit so that a contact with debris is avoided.
To lower the flood of water, use the control lever located on the side of the pump.
Immerse the pump into the water before connecting it to the plug.
At the very beginning, the pump may not work out properly as it might have some air inside,
So just take it off the water and immerse it again: it will surely work out.
Always disconnect the plug before handling the pump.
Do not use it without water.
Do not grab it using its cable.
Use only cold water.
Use the pump only if completely immersed.
Remove the frontal part of the pump and the fan and wash them under flowing water.
Do not remove the drum of the pump.
Remove the frontal part and check that the fan runs the proper way.
Check the pump monthly and make sure the pump and its exit are free of obstruction.
Mark’s Keg & Carboy Washer can be found at…
- Adventures in Homebrewing
- Mark II Keg and Carboy Washer – via Amazon
- Search Amazon for “mark keg and carboy washer” – offerings vary
- Great Fermentations + Flat Rate Shipping
- Keg Connection + Flat Rate Shipping
- William’s Brewing
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Make sure the components you use are compatible and rated for your intended application. Contact manufacturer with questions about suitability or a specific application. Always read and follow manufacturer directions. toppost:markiipump tag:tpr rs:4