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Old 06-26-2012, 01:29 AM   #1
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Default Need a pump for CIP Spray Ball from Stpats

I am going crazy trying to find a pump that has enough power to spin the spray ball I have. I have seen quite a few online but they are so expensive. My wife is going to kill me if I keep spending all of our money...Any help that someone can offer would be amazing.

I have a brewhemoth and bought a spray ball from stpats. The only thing it says on the stpats site as far as the spray ball goes is 50 gallons a minute and 30 psi. I don't even know if this is a max the ball will take or if this is the minimum. Can anyone help me????

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Old 06-26-2012, 01:44 AM   #2
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I'm using this:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/XP-1100W-1-5...ht_2955wt_1351

I have a 1" spray ball and a Brewhemoth. Actually this 1.5HP pump putpaces the drains even with both valves wide open, so it periodically slows untilthe solution drains out. I'd get the 1HP or 1.25HP version, that ought to keep up about right.

I tried a small DC voltage pump that supposedly pushed 50psi but it wasn't enough pump.

During the summer I've just been wiping the trub ring with a plastic scrubbie and hosing out the conical. I'll probably resort to the CIP this winter.

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Old 06-26-2012, 04:01 AM   #3
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http://www.generatorfactoryoutlet.co...652WP.asp?rt=2

Can anyone tell me if this will work or is it a no go?
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Old 06-26-2012, 11:05 AM   #4
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Had a stainless one from st pats - a version that is no longer sold there btw. I kept upping the pump hp until 1hp, then gave up and got a plastic rotator from mcmaster. Works a treat. Brewhemoth btw.

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Old 06-26-2012, 04:45 PM   #5
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Wow, it really doesn't take that much pumping power. You guys might need to just up the size of the hose to the spray ball to increase flow.
I'm pretty sure mine is a 1/4hp sump pump with 3/4" ID braided vinyl tubing. It drives the stpats sprayball in an 85 gallon fermenter more than well enough, with a pumping height of 7 feet. Got the pump at home depot, and its worked great for 18 months now in a commercial setting. When I first tried it I used 1/2" ID hose, and it was MUCH slower/less effective.

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Can anyone tell me if this will work or is it a no go?
I'd say thats overkill by a good bit.
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My spray ball is one of these.

http://www.brewershardware.com/CIP-Spray-Balls/

I am fairly sure a 1/4HP pump wouldn't push mine. Maybe the StPats one is smaller though. Really if I had it to do over again I'd probably go with the small plastic McMaster one and a $45 dollar DC voltage pump from Harbor Freight. Either way, a little scrubbing of the ring is a good idea. Or maybe I'm not using enough PBW in my water and I also use cold water.

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Old 06-26-2012, 09:48 PM   #8
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I'd say thats overkill by a good bit.
Haha...but will it work? I can live with overkill for the price.
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Its a gasoline engine powered 7 hp pump so can't be run indoors, that does around 10,000 gallons per hour, and it weighs 60 pounds. Will it work? I would be afraid it would blow my tubing up. It might work, but its gnomishly impractical.

The 1/4 hp flotec sump that I use is much cheaper, and the sprayball is a full 1.5" triclamp version. I think those brewers hardware ones are the same if not even smaller.

There's plenty of pressure with this setup.

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Old 06-26-2012, 11:28 PM   #10
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Can you post a link to the one you have? I tried the best waste water pump that lowes had and didn't work...maybe the sump pump will pump more gpm then the waste water ones.

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