Ss Brewing Technologies Giveaway!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Equipment/Sanitation > Any experience with US Solar Pumps? Only $50.
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 11-27-2012, 05:52 PM   #1
inhousebrew
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: minneapolis, minnesota
Posts: 1,424
Liked 121 Times on 110 Posts
Likes Given: 36

Default Any experience with US Solar Pumps? Only $50.

Anyone have any experience with these US Solar Pumps. This 5 Watt one says it moves 2.2 GPM up to 4.5 ft and is only $50. Food safe and up to 100*C. Is there something that I'm missing here or is this a great deal?

http://www.ussolarpumps.com/pages/pumpsHot.html

__________________

I hate Walder Frey...

inhousebrew is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-27-2012, 06:01 PM   #2
limulus
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
limulus's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: ATL Burbs, Georgia
Posts: 1,114
Liked 56 Times on 48 Posts
Likes Given: 73

Default

I personally don't see anything wrong with it other than it being a 12v pump. It would probably be for a RIMS pump.

__________________
Hog Mountain Brewing Co.
Tap 1: American Brown Ale
Tap 2: Empty - IPA coming 18 May
Tap 3: Empty - APA coming June
Kolsch coming July


Primary:
Secondary:
Cold Conditioning: IPA
On Deck: Kolsch
On Deck: Pale Ale
On Deck: Dusseldorf Altbier

"Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut."
-Ernest Hemingway
limulus is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-27-2012, 06:17 PM   #3
BigJim_inFLA
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Lakeland, FL
Posts: 128
Liked 9 Times on 7 Posts
Likes Given: 14

Default

Similar to this one:

http://greatbreweh.com/Beer_Pump.html

I have one of the ones linked here. It has stainless fittings instead of brass. I have it on my HLT to recirc and move strike and sparge water. I works well, very quiet, and much cheaper than another March pump.

__________________
BigJim_inFLA is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-27-2012, 06:30 PM   #4
limulus
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
limulus's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: ATL Burbs, Georgia
Posts: 1,114
Liked 56 Times on 48 Posts
Likes Given: 73

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by BigJim_inFLA View Post
Similar to this one:

http://greatbreweh.com/Beer_Pump.html

I have one of the ones linked here. It has stainless fittings instead of brass. I have it on my HLT to recirc and move strike and sparge water. I works well, very quiet, and much cheaper than another March pump.
I also have one of those. I have not used it yet since it has weird threads on it. But I did wrap it with teflon tape and screw on a camlock fitting. I was going to use it as a whirlpool pump or something similar.
__________________
Hog Mountain Brewing Co.
Tap 1: American Brown Ale
Tap 2: Empty - IPA coming 18 May
Tap 3: Empty - APA coming June
Kolsch coming July


Primary:
Secondary:
Cold Conditioning: IPA
On Deck: Kolsch
On Deck: Pale Ale
On Deck: Dusseldorf Altbier

"Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut."
-Ernest Hemingway
limulus is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-27-2012, 07:55 PM   #5
inhousebrew
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: minneapolis, minnesota
Posts: 1,424
Liked 121 Times on 110 Posts
Likes Given: 36

Default

Yeah I was thinking about eventually setting up a recirculating eBIAB system so this would be used to continuously pump the mash to maintain temperature. And maybe pump through a plate chiller at the end.

__________________

I hate Walder Frey...

inhousebrew is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-27-2012, 11:06 PM   #6
Gartywood
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Windsor, CT
Posts: 303
Liked 10 Times on 10 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

I also have the great brew eh pump it works fine but the BPS/NPT threads are actually BPS so NPT fittings don't really thread on fully they will be leak free but it just makes me a little shaky (these us solar pumps list the same threads) I would wait for great brew eh to get the new ones in with stainless true NPT threads

__________________
Gartywood is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-28-2012, 02:38 AM   #7
Face Eater
I brew beer....
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 8 reviews
 
Face Eater's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Posts: 734
Liked 43 Times on 30 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

Well I just purchased 3 of the ss models from ussolarpumps.com for my new 15-20 gallon batch build after seeing this post. We will see how they perform but for the price it seems like it would be bad not to try them out. Basically 3 for the price of a march or chugger.

__________________
Face Eater is online now
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-28-2012, 02:56 AM   #8
BBL_Brewer
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
BBL_Brewer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Kokomo, IN
Posts: 3,698
Liked 425 Times on 295 Posts
Likes Given: 320

Default

Those are pretty cheap pumps. Less than half the flow rate of a march 809 and about a third less head pressure. But, if you're not moving a huge amount of liquid and you don't have much veritcal lift, they would be economical alternatives.

__________________
Slots Down Brewery
Stick with the plan....not the sparge.


Never Ending Liquid Yeast - How to Farm Yeast and Freeze it.

BBL_Brewer is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-28-2012, 03:23 AM   #9
Face Eater
I brew beer....
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 8 reviews
 
Face Eater's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Posts: 734
Liked 43 Times on 30 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by BBL_Brewer
Those are pretty cheap pumps. Less than half the flow rate of a march 809 and about a third less head pressure. But, if you're not moving a huge amount of liquid and you don't have much veritcal lift, they would be economical alternatives.
The ones I bought say they can move 3gpm and max of 10 feet of head. I sure don't need to move 3gpm nor at 10 feet, probably like 2-3 ft. Hopefully they do what I need them to do. We will see...
__________________
Face Eater is online now
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-28-2012, 03:45 AM   #10
jCOSbrew
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Posts: 613
Liked 37 Times on 33 Posts
Likes Given: 7

Default

I have one of the topsflow solar pumps. Works great to recirculate, with plate chiller, and for cleaning.

__________________
jCOSbrew is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
solar eclipse edmanster General Beer Discussion 1 05-20-2012 07:28 PM
Solar Power snccoulter General Chit Chat 26 03-29-2012 06:15 PM
Pasteurisation using solar karoozulu Introductions 4 02-29-2012 03:39 AM
solar brewing! zavoid General Beer Discussion 2 10-09-2009 01:38 PM
Solar Flux Dwain DIY Projects 2 04-02-2009 12:23 AM