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View Poll Results: QD's vs Cams vs Tris
Tri Clover 40 25.64%
Camlocks 85 54.49%
Quick Disconnects 31 19.87%
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Old 11-16-2010, 04:20 PM   #1
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Default Poll: TriClover vs Quick Disconnects vs Camlocks

I'm trying to decide what type of connections to use on my setup...as I'm getting to that final step.

What do you use?

What are the advantages/disadvantages of your selection?

Thanks for sharing!

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Old 11-16-2010, 04:46 PM   #2
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Cam-lock - Not sanitary, easy to attach/detach, reliable seal, and inexpensive.

Tri-clover - Sanitary, not as easy to attach/detach, reliable seal, and expensive.

IMO, for cold-side fittings (e.g., fermenter), tri-clover is best. For hot-side fittings (i.e., brew rig), cam-lock is best.
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I have used tri clovers and qd's. I definitely prefer qd's especially when I am changing the connections around at/after boil with liquids in the lines. I agree with the previous post that tc's and with the sanitary quality are the best for fermentation. I scolded my hands to many times with tc's when priming the pump after boil.

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I have quick disconnects on the brew rig and really like them. The tri-clovers I've used are nice, but more trouble than they are worth IMO.

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I use the brass QD's and while they are not sanitary fittings, a dip in star san and pumping boiling wort through them, I haven't had any infections using them on the cold side.

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I had a few of the brass QD's, and before my last batch moved to the camlocks (upgraded my brew stand to single tier with pump). They are pretty awesome. They are about the same price, and the camlocks are stainless. Thats why I ended up going with them over the brass QD's.

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I currently have the brass QD's on my setup now...but on the E-Rig I'm using all SS and the prices are getting interesting.

Tri's and QD's seem to be in the same ballpark and I can't find Male and Female Camlocks with 1/2" MPT ... all the females seem to be FPT.


Still can't make up my mind

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I have used all three pretty extensively.

Tris:
Most interchangable, easiest to clean, rock solid connection that can stand up to heavy mechanical loads. These are the best for systems that do not need to make a lot of connect-disconnect actions or where you need mechanical strength. They are also very nice because they can be adapted so many ways, add sensors, gauges etc. without any work.

Cams, polysulphone or brass
A little cheaper than tris and definitely easy for changing connections. I really like these a lot and will use them in the future as well. I will still use tris though in certain spots around my rig for rigid connections, sensor placement, etc.

QD's
Don't make any sense to me. Not stainless, more expensive than cams, restricted flow, few connectivity options. I would not purchase these.

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I have used all three pretty extensively.

Tris:
Most interchangable, easiest to clean, rock solid connection that can stand up to heavy mechanical loads. These are the best for systems that do not need to make a lot of connect-disconnect actions or where you need mechanical strength. They are also very nice because they can be adapted so many ways, add sensors, gauges etc. without any work.

Cams, polysulphone or brass
A little cheaper than tris and definitely easy for changing connections. I really like these a lot and will use them in the future as well. I will still use tris though in certain spots around my rig for rigid connections, sensor placement, etc.

QD's
Don't make any sense to me. Not stainless, more expensive than cams, restricted flow, few connectivity options. I would not purchase these.
Very well put. I have tri-clamps all over my rig and changing them at times can be cumbersome but the positives outweigh all that for me. The camlocks look like a good product so nothing bad to say about them even though I've never used them
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I think changing tris is easy and quick, its just that the cams are quicker.

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