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Old 04-15-2012, 05:02 PM   #21
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Ruffdeezy/julian81/others, I just assembled my TopTier this weekend. I appreciate the pics you posted because that helped me decide on the configuration I wanted to start with. A few questions I have are:

1. Does it get very hot under the high mounted HLT? I am a little concerned about my plastic cooler MLT lid being about 6 inches below the bottom of the burner ring.

2. Where is a good place to purchase the camlocks? Those look very handy. Do the camlocks come with the fittings that attach to the valve on the MLT and Pump etc? If you have a parts list for those, I would really appreciate it. I have the exact same set-up as the two of you.

3. I have never used a March Pump before. Any helpful hints I should be aware of? I current have my "out" pointing straight up because I read on another thread that it operates better in that configuration. Is that how yours is aligned?

Thanks again for your help.



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Old 04-16-2012, 04:23 PM   #22
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ruffdeezy, take the 4 phillips screws out and flip that pump head 180* so the outlet is on the top...will help with priming if you happen to have any issues. The way its setup now with the inlet on top, it traps an air pocket in the pump head even though liquid get inside it. Check out this posting to better explain it
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/short-pump-orientation-mounting-tutorial-306814/



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Old 04-20-2012, 02:45 PM   #23
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I no longer own the Top Tier, but I loved it and will answer your questions. I'm now on a single tier, with 2 pump, all electric setup.

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Ruffdeezy/julian81/others, I just assembled my TopTier this weekend. I appreciate the pics you posted because that helped me decide on the configuration I wanted to start with. A few questions I have are:

1. Does it get very hot under the high mounted HLT? I am a little concerned about my plastic cooler MLT lid being about 6 inches below the bottom of the burner ring.
I did not have any issues with the Igloo cooler lid being in close proximity to the HLT burner. It might have gotten warm, but it was never an issue.

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2. Where is a good place to purchase the camlocks? Those look very handy. Do the camlocks come with the fittings that attach to the valve on the MLT and Pump etc? If you have a parts list for those, I would really appreciate it. I have the exact same set-up as the two of you.
I purchased mine all from proflowdynamics.com but bargainfittings.com also sells them

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3. I have never used a March Pump before. Any helpful hints I should be aware of? I current have my "out" pointing straight up because I read on another thread that it operates better in that configuration. Is that how yours is aligned?
Like Walter stated above, unscrew the front housing, and rotate it around so that the outlet is positioned at 12 o'clock and the inlet at 6 o'clock. That is the configuration I had on my top tier, and I had absolutely no issues with priming or pumping.

Hope this helps!

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Old 04-21-2012, 05:52 AM   #24
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Hey
1. Does it get very hot under the high mounted HLT? I am a little concerned about my plastic cooler MLT lid being about 6 inches below the bottom of the burner ring.

It does get a bit hot, when I use my big mash tun and am heating the the sparge water i put some foil on to of the mash tun or on the bottom of the top burner so the mash tun doesn't get too hot. Not a huge issue.

2. Where is a good place to purchase the camlocks? Those look very handy. Do the camlocks come with the fittings that attach to the valve on the MLT and Pump etc? If you have a parts list for those, I would really appreciate it. I have the exact same set-up as the two of you.

I bought most of my camlocks from bargainfittings.com. Farmhouse brewing supply has them too. Actually most places have them now. Bargainfittings is probably the best.

3. I have never used a March Pump before. Any helpful hints I should be aware of? I current have my "out" pointing straight up because I read on another thread that it operates better in that configuration. Is that how yours is aligned?

March pumps are super easy, just let them fill up with liquid before turning it on. Maybe wait 10 seconds after letting the liquid flow into it. I was a little worried the first time, but I just watch a couple youtube videos on them before giving it a go. Just practice with water for a while first.

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this is how i have my top tier setup





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i have yet to brew on it but really looking foward to it.

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Old 04-21-2012, 12:58 PM   #27
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Thanks Julian81, Ruffdeezy and zmurda. I appreciate the help.

I ended up going with the Blichmann fittings because they have that ring around them that won't get hot.

Here is a picture of my Blichmann TopTier assembled. I haven't ordered the Therminator yet, but I plan to. Until then I can just keep using my immersion chiller.



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Lookin good kedash!

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Here are a couple of pictures of my rig. I love brewing, but putting it together has been fun as well.











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Thanks! I just ordered a sight glass from Bobby (Brewhardware.com). That will be going on the HLT. Also, the fittings and valves etc. to get the March Pump up and running arrive tomorrow. I am looking forward to my next brew session.


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