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Old 10-12-2008, 06:42 AM   #1
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I have always had some problems getting my march pump primed. Can anyone give me any tips on how to easily use this stupid thing. Sometimes, i get so f'ing frustrated.. lol

thanks! (its an 809 btw)

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Old 10-12-2008, 12:18 PM   #2
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Here is my system and pics showing how my pump is mounted. I took a little grief from ppl because this is not the traditional way to mount the pump, BUT, after 4 brews I have never once had to start and stop the pump to prime it. The INlet is on the left and I am still waiting for it not to prime the FIRST time...

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/new-...ms-pics-76773/

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Old 10-12-2008, 03:07 PM   #3
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Just keep it below the the liquid and it will prime itself automatically, or atleast it does for me that way.

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Old 10-12-2008, 04:26 PM   #4
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Yeah, I just sit mine on the ground, below the kettle, open the valve and the wort passes right through.

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... and make sure that you have the outflow above the intake to bleed air.

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Old 10-12-2008, 06:31 PM   #6
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The problems I've always had was bleeding the air out of it initially. I use quick disconnects on everything, so it makes it pretty easy to just pop the hose connected to the output of the pump long enough to prime the it...

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For what it is worth...I have mine mounted on a 12"x12"x1" ply board. I prop the board next to the kettle I am using so the "out" side is in the up position. This seems to burp the line prior to turning the pump on.

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Old 10-12-2008, 09:15 PM   #8
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If you lose your prime and its hooked between kettles, disconnect the outlet side at the kettle to purge the air.

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I have the pump mounted vertically (with the head in this position <---0---<)

I cannot get the damn thing to prime, it is under my kettles, I have the outflow hose above the kettle to fill the next kettle. All my pump is doing is making a churning noise, and sometimes i get a trickle..

in what order do i open the valves? i have valves on each side of the head, and on the kettles.

This seems so overly difficult.

---EDIT---

NM, i think i figured it out.. used a smaller amount of hose to the inlet, and switched the pump orientation around so that it ran up and down..

works fine now.. thanks..

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Old 10-13-2008, 11:18 PM   #10
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I had the same problem... I finally gave up and got a peristaltic pump. Twice the money half the pain in the ass.

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