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Gile House Brew Supply Stainless Steel Head Magnetic Drive Wort & Beer Pump with In-line Switch – $69.95 + free shipping

GILE HOUSE BREW SUPPLY Stainless Steel Head Magnetic Drive Wort & Beer Pump - 120V Food Grade Water Circulation Pump With In-line Switch

GILE HOUSE BREW SUPPLY Stainless Steel Head Magnetic Drive Wort & Beer Pump – 120V Food Grade Water Circulation Pump With In-line Switch


  • Stainless Steel Pump Head For Durability
  • In-Line Switch For Ease Of Operation
  • Rated For Transfer Of Liquid Up To 240°F
  • Magnetic Drive Ensures No Lubricated Bearings Contact The Liquid And Prevents Contamination
  • Extremely Quiet Operation

3/31/20 1 PM Central: This has dropped to $69.95. That’s the best historical third party Amazon price I found, notwithstanding Lightning Deals or coupons. Shipping is also free to many US addresses. 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 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.

GILE HOUSE BREW SUPPLY Stainless Steel Head Magnetic Drive Wort & Beer Pump – 120V Food Grade Water Circulation Pump With In-line Switch


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Hands on Review: Blichmann Engineering Riptide Brewing Pump Upgrade Kit – Upgrade Your March or Chugger Pump

This review is by Homebrew Finds Reader Benji S.  Benji has been brewing for 10 years.  His favorite style is Festbier.  He’s an all grain brewer and member of WIZA (Whidbey Island Zymurgy Association).  Check him out on Instagram at neon_hop

Tell anyone that you spend hours cleaning as part of a hobby, and you’ll probably get a few odd looks. Unfortunately this is our reality as Homebrewers. Planning, prepping, cleaning, and waiting take up large percentages of any given batch. We often chase new ingredients, techniques, equipment, and short cuts in an effort to reduce the time we spend on these areas. Sometimes introducing new equipment into your process can make some parts of these tasks easier, while introducing new steps to others.

Pumps help move around lots of liquid in a short amount of time, reducing the need to lift heavy kettles or pots. They also introduce some additional planning needed for connecting vessels in a loop of hosing and cleaning after use. This has essentially been the summary experience I’ve had with my Chugger X-Dry [Hands on Review]. In the never ending quest for reducing the time and effort needed to use it, I looked at what changes I could make to my setup to make using it even simpler.

Blichmann Engineering is well known for high quality and well designed equipment targeted at Homebrewers. It should be no surprise then that their Riptide pump is a fairly feature packed model compared to others on the market. Particularly their TC clamp attached pump head with built in flow control and priming valve. In recognition of their audience, Blichmann also produces an upgrade kit that offers these same features to anyone with a Chugger or March pump.

Upgrading my Chugger X-Dry with their kit seems like a perfect way to take a good pump and make it even better, hopefully shaving some steps off of the prep and cleaning process in the meantime.

Criteria

My original criteria when looking for a pump were largely satisfied by the Chugger X-Dry, but there were a couple of criteria that were lacking, namely:

  • Head assembly should be fairly easy to take apart to aid in cleaning]
  • Flow control valve for use when sparging
  • Easy and intuitive to prime and get started

As the Riptide conversion kit is meant to solve many of these things, it made a natural candidate for trying out an upgrade to see if I could improve the usability experience. Additionally, my experience with the X-Dry suggested it was fairly easy to get into a state where it was cavitating. My hope was that the purge valve would help alleviate, or solve, this issue.


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bayite Food Grade Hot Water Circulation Pump – $18.85 + Free Shipping

12V Solar Hot Water Pump Circulation High Quality Food Grade 212° F w/ Coupler

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  • DC 12V Hot/Cooling Water Circulation pump
  • Rated current: 0.7A
  • Inlet/Outlet: 1/2″ male thead. Fit both 1/2″ NPT and BSP female thead. We’ve tested.
  • Max Flow Rate: 8L/Min(2.1GPM)
  • Max Water Head: 3 metre(9.8ft)
  • Max circulating water temperature: 100°C/212°F. Can’t be immersed in 100°C/212°F hot water
  • Low noise: 30db at 1 metre
  • Motor: Brushless

 

Note from HBF: This is small pump with a relatively slow flow rate.  In my opinion, this isn’t a direct replacement for a Chugger, March or Mk II style brewing pump.  If you’re looking for something like that, check out Homebrew Pump Discounts, Deals and Resources for some ideas

As if this posting, this is eBay offering is selling for just $18.85.  Shipping is also free to select US addresses.

12V Solar Hot Water Pump Circulation High Quality Food Grade 212° F w/ Coupler

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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.

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MKII High Temp Magnetic Brewing Beer Pump – $59.99 + 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

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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!

Specifications:

  • 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 (different brand and model) 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 $59.99. Shipping is also free to many US addresses.

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

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

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

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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.

Specifications:

• includes spare head Made from high temp food grade Polysulfone

• Also includes stainless steel head

• 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 (different brand and model) 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 just $79.99. Shipping is also free to many US addresses.

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

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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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YalePro Pump, Stainless Head – $81.75 + free shipping, w/25% Off Coupon

YalePro PUMP, onesize, Inline

YalePro PUMP


  • 3/4″ MPT inlet and outlet, easily attach barbed fitting and plastic tubing
  • Maximum liquid temperature of 250 deg Farenheit
  • Stainless steel head with Teflon washer and impeller
  • 115 volts working voltage with 4. 5 feet long wire
  • Maximum flow rate of 7 GPM and maximum head of 18. 6 feet

YalePro BP5822 beer brewing pump is your best choice for moving liquids in your home brewing projects. Use this pump to move beer between kettles or to quickly chill containers by circulating chilled water. This is not a self-priming pump and should not run dry. For pumping oil, oil should not be more viscous that SAE20.


3/12/20 2 AM Central: This is selling for $109.  Click on “Save an extra 25% when you apply this coupon” and the price drops to $81.75 at checkout.  Shipping is also free to many US addresses. 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 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.

YalePro PUMP, onesize, Inline


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SSC Controls ON/Off Foot Pedal Switch [Pump Operation] – $25.25 + free shipping

SSC Controls S420-1501 Foot Switch, Maintained Action (Push On / Push Off), 8-ft Cable with Piggyback Plug (3-Pronged), Single Pedal, Electrical, Made in USA

SSC Controls S420-1501 Foot Switch, Maintained Action (Push On / Push Off), 8-ft Cable with Piggyback Plug (3-Pronged), Single Pedal, Electrical, Made in USA

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  • All-purpose foot switch to turn on and leave it on without keeping your foot on the pedal.
  • Maintained action – Press once to turn on, press again to turn off (see picture).
  • Includes 8-foot cable with 3-pronged piggyback plug.
  • 15 A, 125 VAC, SPDT (wired normally open).
  • UL / CSA Certified and Made in USA.

The S420-1501 foot switch can be used to turn on and off electrical devices with a tap of your foot. Tap the pedal once at the front (toe) end to turn it on, then tap again at the other end to turn it off. You can remove your foot and it will stay on until you turn if off (like a light switch). Ideal for lighting, power tools, office equipment, and more. This foot switch is constructed with a steel housing and a solid steel shaft for added toughness. It has a 15-amp, 125 VAC electrical rating (which is the same as the wall outlet current in the US). The 15-amp rating far exceeds the 4-amp rating of common comparable models to make it very versatile. Includes an 8-foot cable and 3-pronged piggyback plug (NEMA 5-15 series). To hook it up to your device, simply plug the pedal into your wall outlet (US only), and then plug your device into the back of that plug, and the foot switch will now be in line with the device. Enclosure rating: UL/CSA/NEMA Type 1 and IEC 60529 IP20. For indoor use in dry environments. CSA Certified and UL Listed to US and Canadian standards. Size: 4.2″ L x 3.4″ W x 1.5″ H, plus the cable. One year warranty on parts and labor. Made in the USA by The SSC Controls Company.


 

I use an on/off foot pedal foot switch (different model, manufacturer and specs) for hands free control of my March Pump while brewing.  One foot press turns the pump on or off. Other possible applications could be to control a keg washer or draft line cleaning pump.

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

3/9/20 1 AM Central: This is selling for $25.25. Shipping is also free to many US addresses. 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 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.

SSC Controls S420-1501 Foot Switch, Maintained Action (Push On / Push Off), 8-ft Cable with Piggyback Plug (3-Pronged), Single Pedal, Electrical, Made in USA – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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Always use caution when using your pump with hot liquids.  Likewise use caution when using electricity around liquids.  Hot liquids and electricity can be dangerous.

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.

Stainless Steel Center Inlet Chugger X-Dry Pump AND Reducer – $139.99 + free shipping… Compare at $229

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.
  • Up to $50 Off: Adventures in Homebrewing is offering up to $50 off your purchase, depending on your order total.  Get $10 off $30, $30 off $150 and $50 off $250.  No coupon code is required, the discounted amount should be automatically be reflected in your cart before checkout.  Nearly everything qualifies including existing sale items, although their are a few exceptions.  See terms and conditions.
  • Save $30: This pump qualifies for $30 off all by itself.  That makes it $139.99.
  • Put together an order of $150 or more to get to the next discount tier.
  • Compare: MoreBeer has this pump – (similar, but may not be identical) for $229.99.  Check link for current price.
  • Get Free Shipping!  Adventures in Homebrewing is offering free shipping on most orders of $55 or more to addresses in the contiguous US.

Chugger Pump Stainless Steel-Center X-Dry

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