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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 11-17-2010, 02:47 PM   #21
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Well as far as I know the SS Quick Disconnects are only available from MoreBeer (www.morebeer.com) and the PNs are H503A and H503B

The Tri-Clovers I was looking at I sourced from www.brewershardware.com but I think they are available elsewhere as well (I just happen to like BrewersHardware )


I haven't found suitable sets of SS Cams with MPT on both sides yet...but I'm still looking.
Style F is male camlock by male npt
Style B is female camlock by male npt
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Old 11-17-2010, 02:49 PM   #22
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Don't make any sense to me. Not stainless, more expensive than cams, restricted flow, few connectivity options. I would not purchase these.
This to me is a big consideration. I personally prefer good flow over ease of use.
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Old 11-17-2010, 03:10 PM   #23
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Thanks Wayne,

Those are exactly the ones I was looking for...

I think I may have found my choice =D

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Old 11-17-2010, 03:20 PM   #24
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This to me is a big consideration. I personally prefer good flow over ease of use.
I would recommend the "dump" technique then. Best flow with little ease of use!

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Old 11-17-2010, 03:57 PM   #25
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Good thread. Timely as I'm trying to decide between camlocks and tri-clovers. I'm leaning towards a mix. Camlocks on the hot side, and tri-clovers on the cold side.

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Old 11-17-2010, 05:42 PM   #26
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I think it's funny how concerned people are with a minor increase in flow, then they have to choke down their pumps to avoid a stuck sparge anyway. I use the brass QD's and still have to slow my runoff. I guess it makes filling the mash tun and draining the boil kettle about 2 minutes faster...


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Would anyone post product links for us noobes?
Brass QD's:
http://www.mcmaster.com/#6739k59
http://www.mcmaster.com/#6739k64

SS QD's
http://morebeer.com/view_product/764..._Set_1_set_MPT

Cam Locks:
http://www.bargainfittings.com/index...tegory&path=51
http://www.proflowdynamics.com/cam-a...couplings.html

Triclovers:
http://www.stpats.com/sanitaryfittings.htm
http://klgstainless.com/
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Old 11-17-2010, 06:19 PM   #27
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The poll is flawed in that the "QD" is such a generic term that it could include triclover, camlock, mcmaster brass coolant sleeve locks, Morebeer stainless sleeve-locks etc. I assume you mean sleevelocks in general... you know, pull the sleeve to disconnect. I suppose you can mean the poly pushbutton ones.

I think stainless camlocks are the obvious winner in value. Cost the same as the brass sleevelocks from mc with the stainless longevity and wide open flow. TC's aren't any easier to connect/disconnect but they are more than twice the price. There's no sense in talking about sanitary or not if you use any threaded fittings inline. In other words, unless you convert your pump heads to native TC and use TC butterfly valves, it ain't sanitary anymore.

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I'm thinking about getting 1/2" female NPT to triclamp adapters


And thread them onto the chugger pump head

Then have the adaptor sanitary welded at the face.

I'm not sure if this would give you a sanitary pump or not considering the internals, but it would eliminate contamination from threads.

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Myself I favor the Tri's. My system is hard piped and not many changes of hose. I tried quick connects and found over time they will fail at the O-ring.




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Sanitary is a relative term....camloks are pretty dang sanitary if you keep em clean. That being said, unless you are using a triclover pump that is designed to be broken down repeatedly and have the impeller cleaned, you're not really accomplishing what the industry would call "sanitary". So it's relative, in that NO homebrewer that I've seen has one of these pumps and they just do their best to keep things clean. You can do that using any type of QD with the right chemicals/procedures, so I guess it comes down to whether or not you take care of your gear.

If you're cleaning properly, then the next question is how do you like to brew? Switching hoses, completely hard piped, wearing gloves, etc.

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