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Old 12-05-2013, 07:42 PM   #541
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I thought the same thing when I first read the description. Then I realized that they specifically avoided calling it food safe. With good reason... It probably isn't since labeling it so requires some serious hoops.

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Old 12-05-2013, 08:10 PM   #542
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I have only one to say about these pumps save your money and buy a chugger. I have been through 5 of these enough to buy a chugger which I finally did. Now happier than a pig in poop .
You do have perserverance I would have thrown in the towel at 2!
It is funny that some here have had no issues what so ever on these pumps, and others have repeated failures. If you don't mind me asking, and can remember, what power supply (secondary voltage, current, US/China supplier) did you have?
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Old 12-06-2013, 12:54 AM   #543
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so im guessing it's a no go?

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Old 12-06-2013, 02:26 PM   #544
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I think the consensus is that it's probably not food safe, and not worth the risk.

However why not email the seller?

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Old 12-07-2013, 02:29 AM   #545
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I think the consensus is that it's probably not food safe, and not worth the risk.

However why not email the seller?
The tan p38 pump is food safe and now theres both a more powerful 24v version and the 12v version on both amazon and ebay...
I have to say after reading this whole thread I find it kind of funny how some have it mounted so low with increased headspace and complain of flow... also one guy was only running at 3/4 power with a 9.5v power supply... These things as well as the inside diameter of your valves, fittings and hoses all have a huge effect on power output.... And it kinda stands to reason these tiny pumps dont handle solids well they are for liquid... you cant really blame the pump for contaminants.
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Old 12-07-2013, 03:45 AM   #546
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I have only one to say about these pumps save your money and buy a chugger. I have been through 5 of these enough to buy a chugger which I finally did. Now happier than a pig in poop .
How were you using your pump? I would like to use mine, as suggested by many in this thread, only to recirculate water for my HERMS HLT. If these things are sh!t for even this, I could stand to save $20.
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Old 12-07-2013, 02:58 PM   #547
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I did some more research and the manufacturers of these types of pumps say these pumps are not to have the flow restricted for long periods of time (using a ball valve to restrict flow will cause them to strain and overheat) This would explain why some have had issues with them overheating and seizing...
Ive had aquarium pumps do this when the water level in my sump got too low and they start to run dry. I wonder If partially grain plugged lines are also to blame in some cases.
I purchased two of the 12v ones but if they work well I may buy the stronger 24v versions since I splurged and spent $12 on two pwm variable speed controllers that are rated at 12-30v to control the flow the right way. Plus I think they will complement the electric brewing panel Im building well with all the orders Ive placed for pids and switches and relays lately, ebay, bargain fittings and the shipping guys are loving me

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ok guys i emailed 2 of the sellers

this what i said
Is this food grade .i want to pump some lemonade for storage tank to tap

Seller one said
hello dear friend
good day to you
thanks a lot for your kind message
i feel sorry that it cannot
sincerely
jane


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Hello,

This pump is made for potable water so this should work for your application.

If you have any questions please feel free to ask.

Thank You,

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Old 12-08-2013, 02:55 AM   #549
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ok guys i emailed 2 of the sellers

this what i said
Is this food grade .i want to pump some lemonade for storage tank to tap

Seller one said
hello dear friend
good day to you
thanks a lot for your kind message
i feel sorry that it cannot
sincerely
jane


Seller two said
Hello,

This pump is made for potable water so this should work for your application.

If you have any questions please feel free to ask.

Thank You,
If you look at the pics posted for the tan p38 pump you can see the magnet is ceramic coated because its food grade... I just ordered a 12v-24 black 12lpm version which is also fda approved for food use for 28 bucks on amazon today.... its the same one as the black one that is on ebay for 125.00 bucks and used to be 25 bucks before the ebay seller realized the demand was greater than anticipated and jacked the price up... this is mentions here in this thread too about 10 pages back I think.... the other three pumps mentioned are the topsflo which is 60 to 70 bucks and is food grade as well as the two other cheapy black 12v pumps which have exposed magnets and are not food grade.
the white version of the p38 12 and 24v pumps are also food grade.
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ok guys i emailed 2 of the sellers

this what i said
Is this food grade .i want to pump some lemonade for storage tank to tap

Seller one said
hello dear friend
good day to you
thanks a lot for your kind message
i feel sorry that it cannot
sincerely
jane


Seller two said
Hello,

This pump is made for potable water so this should work for your application.

If you have any questions please feel free to ask.

Thank You,
If you look at the pics posted you can see the magnet is coated because its food grade... I just ordered a 12v-24 black 12lpm version which is also fda approved for food use for 28 bucks on amazon today..(topsflo).
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1.
its the same one as the black one that is on ebay for 60-135.00 bucks and used to be 25 bucks before the ebay sellers realized the demand was greater than anticipated and jacked the price up... this is mentions here in this thread too about 10 pages back I think.... the other three pumps mentioned are the cheapy black 12v pumps which have exposed magnets and are not food grade.
the white version of the p38 12 and 24v pumps are also food grade.
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