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Old 12-06-2010, 02:45 PM   #1
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Default Dealing with camlock spills?

Used my pumps for the first time yesterday. The camlocks worked great, but I had issues with spills. When I moved hoses, some or all of the hot water or wort spilled, making a bit of a mess.

How do camlock users deal with these little spills? Is there a trick to preventing them, or should I put down a little trough or tarp?

Brewing outside, this won't be much of an issue. But with it getting colder, I move my brewing into the garage.

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Old 12-06-2010, 03:08 PM   #2
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I put a bucket under the fitting before i open it.

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I put a bucket under the fitting before i open it.
I use a deep plastic tray under my ports to catch the drips at my house. I think they were once used in a dark room to develop pictures. You could buy a deep baking pan and it would work the same.
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I was looking at wallpaper trays. They are cheap, and about 2 foot long.

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If you use silicone hose, pinching the hose near the connector stops siphoning action. Still a little spill, but the hose doesn't completely drain.

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Old 12-06-2010, 04:46 PM   #6
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If you use silicone hose, pinching the hose near the connector stops siphoning action. Still a little spill, but the hose doesn't completely drain.
Yep, that is what I have had to do...

It works pretty well and since I brew outside and have a floor drain under my brew set-up, a few drips of wort is no biggie...

My only real complaint is that pumping from bk to fermenter with a camlock on the end means I cannot shove the hose to the bottom of my Sanke. All the agitation results in a big foam head that comes shooting out of the sanke coupler... I have to basically hook up an extension to the pump output to smoothly transfer to Sanke.
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Set up a transfer line that only has a camlock on one end. Then you have a piece of tubing to feed into a carboy or other small necked vessel. Just like racking, but with a pump!

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An A-clamp can pinch the hose to prevent loss, or I've seen brewers use hemostats to pinch the tubing when swapping fittings.

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My cam-locked plate chiller is (soon to be) mounted right above my HLT next to all my other ports (water in, water out, recircs). That means that every input/output port besides wort out is drip-able right back into the HLT like a patchbay. (My rig has plenty of pumps...

For small drips below the tuns, I have large rubber bar mats underneath- you know the kind for drying glasses and such. I just let them dry and put them in the dish washer.

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My cam-locked plate chiller is (soon to be) mounted right above my HLT next to all my other ports (water in, water out, recircs). That means that every input/output port besides wort out is drip-able right back into the HLT like a patchbay. (My rig has plenty of pumps...

For small drips below the tuns, I have large rubber bar mats underneath- you know the kind for drying glasses and such. I just let them dry and put them in the dish washer.
How about some pics of your setup?

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