Category Archives: Pumps

Install a Priming and Purging Port for Easy Homebrew Pump Operation

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.

Losing Prime, Cavitation and Clogs

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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Convert Chugger Center Inlet Pumps to Tri-Clamp

1.5" Tri Clover Compatible X 3/4" Female NPT

1/2″ fittings seem to be pretty standard for homebrewers.  Center inlet Chugger Pumps are a little different compared to most high temp homebrew pumps with regards to fittings.  Most homebrew pumps are 1/2″ NPT threads on both the “in” side and the “out” side.  The center inlet pump is 1/2″ NPT on the “out” side and 3/4″ NPT on the inlet side.  Some people want this to be 1/2″ also, so a fitting is required.

If you’re looking to convert your center inlet to tri-clamps Brewers Hardware has two fittings that make it easy.

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High Temp, Food Grade Stainless Steel Homebrew Pump – $59.99 + free shipping

110V Magnetic Home Brewing System Beer Pump, Food Grade Stainless Steel Head with 1/2'' NPT Thread, Advanced High Temperature Resistance System Pump (Stainless Steel Head)

110V Magnetic Home Brewing System Beer Pump, Food Grade Stainless Steel Head with 1/2” NPT Thread, Advanced High Temperature Resistance System Pump (Stainless Steel Head)

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  • Specifications — 1/2 inch Inlet & Outlet; 110V/60Hz; 10W rated power; with 19 LPM (5 GPM) max flow rate, our beer pump can lift max 3.4 m (10 ft).
  • Food Grade Stainless Steel — Magnetic pump head with 1/2 inch Thread is made of Food grade 304 stainless steel, High resistance to corrosion, Not easy to get rust, Non-toxic, Environmentally friendly, Lifetime-Using brewing pump
  • No Leak, Good Sealing — Pump shaft is a closed static seal, Splash proof, Greatly avoiding liquid leakage and Achieving excellent sealing, Easier to prime, Amazing liquid circulation beer pump
  • No Noise, Quiet Operation — Main shaft is separated from the impeller, with damping and anti-Vibration function, Reducing the influence of motor vibration on the pump, Low power consumption, High efficiency,Run smoothly, Excellent Repeatable magnetic pump
  • Easy to Use — Prime by running liquid through pump prior to turning on; The liquid travels from the bottom of the valve into the pump, and once device is powered on (plugged in to outlet), the propeller circulates liquid for maximum flow; Use to dispense beer, treat water, transfer hot water from your kettle to a mash tun, or recirculate mash wort and sparge and transfer to a brew kettle

 

1/10/21 8 PM Central: This is selling for just $59.99. That’s $1.11 shy of the best historical third party 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

110V Magnetic Home Brewing System Beer Pump, Food Grade Stainless Steel Head with 1/2” NPT Thread, Advanced High Temperature Resistance System Pump (Stainless Steel Head) – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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bayite Hot Water Circulation Pump – $26.50 + Free Shipping + What are Other’s Saying?

bayite BYT-7A015 DC 12V Solar Hot Water Heater Circulation Pump with DC Power Supply Adapter Low Noise 3M Head 8LPM 2.1GPM

bayite BYT-7A015 DC 12V Solar Hot Water Heater Circulation Pump with DC Power Supply Adapter Low Noise 3M Head 8LPM 2.1GPM

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  • 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. Comes with a power adapter
  • Power source: DC 12V(POWER ADAPTER 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℉

 

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bayite BYT-7A015 DC 12V Solar Hot Water Heater Circulation Pump with DC Power Supply Adapter Low Noise 3M Head 8LPM 2.1GPM – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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Gile House Brew Supply EZ Transfer Pump Connection Kit w/Silicone Hose and Stainless Fittings – $69.95 + free shipping

GILE HOUSE BREW SUPPLY EZ Transfer Pump Connection Kit w/Silicone Hose and Stainless Fittings

GILE HOUSE BREW SUPPLY EZ Transfer Pump Connection Kit w/Silicone Hose and Stainless Fittings


  • Includes everything you need to hook up your wort pump to your vessel
  • Make life easy on brew day with quick disconnect fittings making transfers a breeze
  • All fittings and hose clamps are high quality stainless steel.
  • Gile House Brew Supply offers lifetime warranty on all fittings (does not include valves, hoses or hose clamps)
  • Pump Not Included

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GILE HOUSE BREW SUPPLY EZ Transfer Pump Connection Kit w/Silicone Hose and Stainless Fittings


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Stainless Steel Center Inlet Chugger X-Dry Pump – $143.99 + Free Shipping! Compare at $230

Chugger Pump Stainless Steel-Center X-Dry

Chugger Pump Stainless Steel-Center X-Dry via Adventures in Homebrewing

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Stainless Steel Head X-Dry Chugger Pump

New & Improved with Run Dry Protection!

Add the optional reducer to make a 1/2″ FPT on the inlet port

Chugger SS Center
Model : XCPSSCI-1 X-DRY
Description
Features FDA approved Run Dry Carbon Bearing Material
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


 

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, this is selling for $159.99.
  • Save Another 10%: Adventures in Homebrewing is taking 10% off most orders of $55 or more when you use coupon code DEAL10. That makes it just $143.99.
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Home Brew Beer Pump with Stainless Head – $69.99, best price + free shipping

BACOENG Stainless Steel 115 Volt Inline Home Brewing System Beer Pump, 55” Cord WITH Plug, Inlet 1/2” x Outlet 1/2” MPT

BACOENG Stainless Steel 115 Volt Inline Home Brewing System Beer Pump, 55” Cord WITH Plug, Inlet 1/2” x Outlet 1/2” MPT

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  • SPECIFICATIONS: 1/2inch MPT Inlet&Outlet; 110V/60Hz; 5GPM max. flow; 10W rated power; No self-priming; Do not run dry; 4.75ft long 3-prong power cord.
  • FDA FOOD COMPLIANT – Stainless steel is used in professional setups because it is a durable, food-grade metal that can withstand caustic chemicals and can be effectively sanitized.
  • EASY TO USE: Prime by running liquid through pump prior to turning on; The liquid travels from the bottom of the valve into the pump, and once device is powered on (plugged in to outlet), the propeller circulates liquid for maximum flow; Use to dispense beer, treat water, transfer hot water from your kettle to a mash tun, or recirculate mash wort and sparge and transfer to a brew kettle
  • MATERIAL PERFORMANCE: Pump extraction medium temperature changes should be controlled within 100℃, high temperature does not exceed 120℃. Shaft bearing adopt special ceramics material which make it characterize strong resistance for abrasion and corrosion.
  • MAGNETIC: Fully sealed pump motor with connecting magnetic shaft and magnetic propeller; Magnetically coupled for enhanced operation

 

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BACOENG Stainless Steel 115 Volt Inline Home Brewing System Beer Pump, 55” Cord WITH Plug, Inlet 1/2” x Outlet 1/2” MPT – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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Hands on Review: Northern Brewer Anti-Gravity Transfer Pump

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.

Northern Brewer Anti-Gravity Transfer Pump

Some homebrew gear has a wide range of use, and some fills a very specific purpose. Those that fill a specific purpose typically become a critical piece in your process that you wonder how you managed before you had it. For me, that was the Anti-Gravity Transfer Pump from Northern Brewer. This pump is specifically intended for use in transferring beer or wort from vessel to vessel during your fermentation and/or kegging processes.

Closeup of Pump Head

The Anti-Gravity pump is a diaphragm pump, which is different than your typical wort pump. Wort pumps are usually an impeller design with a pump head inside with rotating blades that push little bits of fluid along from the inlet to the outlet as they spin. A diaphragm pump has a flexible membrane inside that oscillates back and forth like a trampoline. When the membrane is pushed in one direction, it compresses the fluid and forces it to the outlet. And when the membrane is pulled in the opposite direction, it creates a vacuum in the pump chamber which draws fluid in. A set of check balls ensures flow only goes in one direction.

Hose Connection on Inlet and Outlet


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Northern Brewer – Anti Gravity Self Priming Beer Transfer Pump Kit – via Amazon


Diaphragm pumps are self-priming, meaning they can handle sucking in some air and pushing it through the system until they get a steady flow of liquid. Impeller pumps are not self-priming, and thus you have to do the dance of turning them on & off and working to remove air bubbles from the lines. Because of the priming function of diaphragm pumps, they are well suited in transferring liquids from vessel to vessel. Self-priming also means you don’t have to worry about ensuring one vessel is higher than the other, or that the pump is located lower than the source vessel. However, diaphragm pumps do not handle output flow restriction very well, and typically aren’t rated for high temperatures, so they aren’t well suited for handling wort during mashing or boiling processes.

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Announcing: Chugger X-Dry Series TRI-CLAMP Pump!

X-Dry Series Tri-Clamp Chugger Pump (Inline) - Stainless Steel H335

X-Dry Series Tri-Clamp Chugger Pump (Inline) – Stainless Steel from MoreBeer

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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 model has 1.5″ tri-clamp inlet and outlet, allowing easy integration with your T.C. kettles or fermenter! We recommend setting these pumps up with a butterfly 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 Inline Pump Head
  • Food Grade up to 250° F
  • 1.5″ tri-clamp 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

Note: When using silicone tubing, we recommend using a slighlty larger barb than the I.D. of the tubing. This is because silicone tubing tends to have greater pliability than most tubing. For example, when using 1/2″ silicone tubing, we recommend our 5/8″ barb (H620), to help ensure a better seal!


 

X-Dry Series Tri-Clamp Chugger Pump (Inline) – Stainless Steel H335

If you already own a March or Chugger Pump and would like to convert it, consider…. Hands on Review: Blichmann Engineering Riptide Brewing Pump Upgrade Kit – Upgrade Your March or Chugger Pump

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