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Hands on Review: ProFlow Dynamics Stainless Steel Camlock Quick Disconnects + Save 30%!

proflowdynamics homebrew camlock review

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.

Proflow Dynamics Camlock Fittings

If I were to count all the “things” I have the most of in my homebrew collection, it would be a close race between tubing and fittings. Like the freeway system of the brewing world, we all have to get the wort/beer from one vessel to the next as we move through the brewing process. When dealing with hot liquids, that typically means silicone tubing. And when connecting tubing to your vessel or pump, there are 3 most common ways to do this: 1) Barbed fitting, 2) Quick Disconnect fitting, and 3) Camlock fitting.


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Camlock QDs at ProFlow Dynamics


Proflow Dynamics has been around since 2007. They specialize in camlock fittings, but also make a variety of other fittings and ball valves. They service a mix of different industries- including the brewing industry, of course. Barbed fittings are the simplest, but are typically designed to be a very tight fit (require a lot of effort to mate), or a looser fit (require a hose clamp). Either of these situations does not lend itself well to a joint you need to connect/disconnect frequently. Quick disconnects have a slick one-handed operation, which is their main appeal. The downside is their more complicated design makes them more expensive. And more complicated designs usually mean more ways to potentially fail.

Close-up of Silicone Sealing Ring Inside Female Camlock

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3-Tier Rolling Utility Storage Cart – Storage, Brew Day, Work Area – $63.60, best price + free shipping

Torin Service Utility Cart Heavy Duty 3 Shelf Tier 400 LBs Rolling Trolley Storage Organizer for Garage Warehouse Workshop, APTC302B , Red

Torin Service Utility Cart Heavy Duty 3 Shelf Tier 400 LBs Rolling Trolley Storage Organizer for Garage Warehouse Workshop, APTC302B , Red

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Highlighted Features
  • Constructed of durable steel for enhanced strength and a red powder coating for a beautiful appearance that's easy to clean
  • Three utility shelves allow for easy transportation of supplies, tools and loads; Each shelf features a deep tub style to help store items safely inside
  • Measures 28.1" L x 14.2" W x 31.7" H; Features a load capacity of 400 lbs (133.3 lbs per shelf) and can be used to transport some light tools and parts
  • Equipped with (4) 4" x 1" rubber rotary casters (2 with brakes and 2 universal) for easy operation, smooth rolling, and safe placement
  • Meets ASME safety standards; Includes a limited 1-year manufacturer warranty

 

Use for storage and organization or as a helper on brew day.  Since this has wheels, you can… roll it around as needed.

12/4 7:30 PM Central: This is on sale for just $63.60. That’s the best historical direct from Amazon price I found, notwithstanding Lightning Deals or coupons. Shipping is also free to many US addresses. Prices and availability can change quickly Check product page for current info – More About Prices

Torin Service Utility Cart Heavy Duty 3 Shelf Tier 400 LBs Rolling Trolley Storage Organizer for Garage Warehouse Workshop, APTC302B , Red – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

Rubbermaid Commercial Bus Tubs [Brew Day and Beyond]

Rubbermaid Commercial 3349 4-5/8-Gallon Capacity, 20" Length x 15" Width x 5" Height, Gray Color, High-Density Polyethylene Bus and Utility Box

Rubbermaid Commercial 3349 4-5/8-Gallon Capacity, 20″ Length x 15″ Width x 5″ Height, Gray Color, High-Density Polyethylene Bus and Utility Box

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Highlighted Features
  • Dependable tool to bus tables
  • Durable construction reinforced where you need it most
  • BPA-free for safe use
  • Rounded corners for easy cleaning

 

Bus Tubs HomebrewI use similar bus tubs [Note: Mine are larger at 7 1/8 Gallons] on brew day and I find them invaluable.  I keep one below my March Pump setup.  It catches drips and also offers a place to store wet items such as stirring spoons, mash paddles, my mash stirring whisk and my equally invaluable 1 gallon pitchers.  I reserve the other tub for clean and dry items.  Having two of these helps me keep dry/clean and wet/dirty items separate and means less lugging stuff around on brew day.

See: Bus Tubs for Brew Day & Beyond << this now includes a section on this size tub.

Another potential use: ice down your favorite beverages for get-togethers.

Rubbermaid Commercial 3349 4-5/8-Gallon Capacity, 20″ Length x 15″ Width x 5″ Height, Gray Color, High-Density Polyethylene Bus and Utility Box – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


TWO x Utility Bus Tubs [Brew Day & Beyond]

Artisan Utility Bus Box and Storage Bin with Handles, 2-Pack, Gray, 15.5" x 21" x 7"

Artisan Utility Bus Box and Storage Bin with Handles, 2-Pack, Gray, 15.5″ x 21″ x 7″

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Highlighted Features
  • Use these multi-purpose bins for cleanup, storage, and more in the kitchen and beyond.
  • Made in the USA from high-density polyethylene and made to handle temperatures from -30 to 180 degrees F, these bins are built with reinforced handles and stacking lugs to handle heavy loads.
  • Quickly multiply your carrying capacity for cleanup or storage with these bins that are easily stored under a table, in a closet, or in the trunk of your car.
  • Load the bins with dishes, sporting goods, items for donation, and more, stacking them when empty for efficient storage.
  • This set includes two tubs, each measuring 21.75 inches long, 15.5 inches wide, and 7 inches deep.
  • Wash the bins with warm water and detergent as needed. Dry with a soft cloth.
  • Whatever the recipe, put Artisan’s 100-plus years of exceptional experience to work for you.
  • Made from high-density polyethylene, these bins are perfect for transporting and storage.

 

I use two similar bus tubs [Note: Mine are a different model from a different manufacturer and different specs] on brew day and I find them invaluable.  I keep one below my March Pump setup.  It catches drips and also offers a place to store wet items such as stirring spoons, mash paddles, my mash stirring whisk and my equally invaluable 1 gallon pitchers.  I reserve the other tub for clean and dry items.  Having two of these helps me keep dry/clean and wet/dirty items separate and means less lugging stuff around on brew day.

See: Bus Tubs for Brew Day & Beyond – Save Time and Effort When You Homebrew

Another potential use: ice down your favorite beverages for get-togethers.

Artisan Utility Bus Box and Storage Bin with Handles, 2-Pack, Gray, 15.5″ x 21″ x 7″ – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

Also: Rubbermaid Commercial Products FG335100BRN 7 1/8-Gallon Brown Undivided Bus/Utility Box


Rubbermaid Commercial Bus Tubs [Brew Day and Beyond]

Rubbermaid Commercial 3349 4-5/8-Gallon Capacity, 20" Length x 15" Width x 5" Height, Gray Color, High-Density Polyethylene Bus and Utility Box

Rubbermaid Commercial 3349 4-5/8-Gallon Capacity, 20″ Length x 15″ Width x 5″ Height, Gray Color, High-Density Polyethylene Bus and Utility Box

More Info
Highlighted Features
  • Dependable tool to bus tables
  • Durable construction reinforced where you need it most
  • BPA-free for safe use
  • Rounded corners for easy cleaning

 

Bus Tubs HomebrewI use similar bus tubs [Note: Mine are larger at 7 1/8 Gallons] on brew day and I find them invaluable.  I keep one below my March Pump setup.  It catches drips and also offers a place to store wet items such as stirring spoons, mash paddles, my mash stirring whisk and my equally invaluable 1 gallon pitchers.  I reserve the other tub for clean and dry items.  Having two of these helps me keep dry/clean and wet/dirty items separate and means less lugging stuff around on brew day.

See: Bus Tubs for Brew Day & Beyond << this now includes a section on this size tub.

Another potential use: ice down your favorite beverages for get-togethers.

Rubbermaid Commercial 3349 4-5/8-Gallon Capacity, 20″ Length x 15″ Width x 5″ Height, Gray Color, High-Density Polyethylene Bus and Utility Box – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


Rubbermaid Commercial Bus Tubs [Brew Day and Beyond] + Hands on Review

Rubbermaid Commercial Products White Bus/Utility Box 4.625 Gallons

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Highlighted Features
  • Commercial-grade plastic has reinforced handles, bottom, and ribs for added strength and employee safety
  • Rounded corners for easy cleaning
  • Certified to NSF standard for No. 2 food contact
  • Reinforced handles and bottom
  • Made of durable, commercial grade plastic, with reinforced handles, bottom and ribs for added strength

 

Bus Tubs HomebrewI use similar bus tubs [Note: Mine are larger at 7 1/8 Gallons] on brew day and I find them invaluable.  I keep one below my March Pump setup.  It catches drips and also offers a place to store wet items such as stirring spoons, mash paddles, my mash stirring whisk and my equally invaluable 1 gallon pitchers.  I reserve the other tub for clean and dry items.  Having two of these helps me keep dry/clean and wet/dirty items separate and means less lugging stuff around on brew day.

See: Bus Tubs for Brew Day & Beyond << this now includes a section on this size tub.

Another potential use: ice down your favorite beverages for get-togethers.

What are Other’s Saying?   Search this product’s Amazon reviews for “brew” – may include reviews for other sizes or variations

Rubbermaid Commercial Products FG334900GRAY Standard Bus/Utility Box, 4.625 Gal, Gray – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


Utility Bus Tubs, THREE PACK [Brew Day & Beyond]

Bekith 3 Pack Plastic Dish Tubs, 13L Commercial Bus Box Wash Tub Basin Tote Box, Grey

Bekith 3 Pack Plastic Dish Tubs, 13L Commercial Bus Box Wash Tub Basin Tote Box, Grey

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Highlighted Features
  • Bekith 3 pack plastic dish tubs can be used in restaurants, canteens, garage, bars, basement, home or hunting. Measures: 17.5 inch x 12 inch x 5 1/8 inch.
  • Made of durable, commercial grade plastic, with reinforced handles, bottom and ribs for added strength.
  • These novel plastic tubs have the characteristics of good deformation resisting property, large bearing capacity and convenient using.
  • The smooth interior with rounded corners prevents trapped food and debris from accumulating making for easy cleaning.
  • Multi-purpose plastic bus tub - clean-up, plant pots, storage, dish tubs, wash basin, feeding bin. Perfect for blending/mixing soils.

 

I use two similar bus tubs [Note: Mine are a different model from a different manufacturer and different specs] on brew day and I find them invaluable.  I keep one below my March Pump setup.  It catches drips and also offers a place to store wet items such as stirring spoons, mash paddles, my mash stirring whisk and my equally invaluable 1 gallon pitchers.  I reserve the other tub for clean and dry items.  Having two of these helps me keep dry/clean and wet/dirty items separate and means less lugging stuff around on brew day.

Related: Bus Tubs for Brew Day & Beyond – Save Time and Effort When You Homebrew

Another potential use: ice down your favorite beverages for get-togethers.

Bekith 3 Pack Plastic Dish Tubs, 13L Commercial Bus Box Wash Tub Basin Tote Box, Grey – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

Also: Rubbermaid Commercial Products FG335100BRN 7 1/8-Gallon Brown Undivided Bus/Utility Box


Rubbermaid Commercial Bus Tubs [Brew Day and Beyond] + Hands on Review

Rubbermaid Commercial Products White Bus/Utility Box 4.625 Gallons

More Info
Highlighted Features
  • Commercial-grade plastic has reinforced handles, bottom, and ribs for added strength and employee safety
  • Rounded corners for easy cleaning
  • Certified to NSF standard for No. 2 food contact
  • Reinforced handles and bottom
  • Made of durable, commercial grade plastic, with reinforced handles, bottom and ribs for added strength

 

Bus Tubs HomebrewI use similar bus tubs [Note: Mine are larger at 7 1/8 Gallons] on brew day and I find them invaluable.  I keep one below my March Pump setup.  It catches drips and also offers a place to store wet items such as stirring spoons, mash paddles, my mash stirring whisk and my equally invaluable 1 gallon pitchers.  I reserve the other tub for clean and dry items.  Having two of these helps me keep dry/clean and wet/dirty items separate and means less lugging stuff around on brew day.

See: Bus Tubs for Brew Day & Beyond << this now includes a section on this size tub.

Another potential use: ice down your favorite beverages for get-togethers.

What are Other’s Saying?   Search this product’s Amazon reviews for “brew” – may include reviews for other sizes or variations

Rubbermaid Commercial Products FG334900GRAY Standard Bus/Utility Box, 4.625 Gal, Gray – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


Stainless Steel Cam Lock QDs at Proflow Dynamics – 15%+10% Off w/Stacking Deals

homebrew cam lock

Proflow Dynamics has an extensive selection of homebrew gear, fittings and disconnects anchored by their lineup of Stainless Steel Camlock QDs.

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Camlock QDs at PFD!  I’ve used ProFlow Dynamics Quick Disconnects on my kettles, mash tun, pumps and tubing for a longtime.  They have worked great for me.  I put male connectors kettles, mash tuns and pumps and use female connectors for tubing.  Standardizing on this (or the opposite) means you can use tubing as jumpers and always have the availability to connect your gear.

These are made from Stainless Steel and are available in lots of configurations.  Those are classified by Type and Size.  Type may mean something in “commercial cam lock fitting circles”, but I was initially confused by this.  Types are akin to model numbers.  For example, Type A is Female NPT to Male Cam and Groove.

  • Generally Great Prices: ProFlow already has generally great prices.  Some of the best everyday prices for fittings, QDs, ball locks & more
  • 15% Off Coupon: BREW15% takes an additional 15% off their lineup of homebrewing gear.
  • Another 10% Off: Using any link in this post will save you another 10%!

Camlock QDs at PFD | ProFlow’s Homebrew Lineup – remember coupon code BREW15% + any link in this post for ANOTHER 10% off

Price, promotions and availability can change quickly. Check the product page for current price, description and availability. pst:pfdcam

Stainless Steel QDs at Proflow Dynamics – 15%+10% Off w/Stacking Deals

homebrew quick disconnect deal

Proflow Dynamics has an extensive selection of homebrew gear, fittings and disconnects anchored by their lineup of Stainless Steel Camlock QDs.

More About ProFlow Dynamics

 

  • Generally Great Prices: ProFlow already has generally great prices.  Some of the best everyday prices for fittings, QDs, ball locks & more
  • 15% Off Coupon: BREW15% takes an additional 15% off their lineup of homebrewing gear.
  • Another 10% Off: Using any link in this post will save you another 10%!

Stainless Steel Quick Disconnects at PFD | ProFlow’s Homebrew Lineup – remember coupon code BREW15% + any link in this post for ANOTHER 10% off

Price, promotions and availability can change quickly. Check the product page for current price, description and availability. pst:pfdcam