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Old 11-14-2012, 10:07 PM   #1
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I only brew 5 gallon batches because of a few different reasons. Any reasons why not to consider using a March pump to transfer liquids between sparge tank, mash tun to boil kettle? I do a gravity brew so I think that alleviates the priming issue.

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Old 11-15-2012, 12:19 AM   #2
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pumps are great?

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Old 11-15-2012, 12:24 AM   #3
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Don't think that just having gravity feed will alleviate priming issues, there's way more to it than just having the pump downhill. My pump makes me grumpy at least once a brew day, but it still beats lifting the heavy pots over and over!

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I don't use a March pump at all, never ever.

I use a Chugger pump. One of the better investments I have made in my brewing extravaganza.

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Old 11-15-2012, 12:34 AM   #5
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I don't use a March pump at all, never ever.

I use a Chugger pump. One of the better investments I have made in my brewing extravaganza.
Good point. I suppose it's worth mentioning that I also use a chugger pump. It definitely still has some priming issues, but it can shoot some wort like I never imagined so it's darn worth the money!
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I have a chugger and a march. Both have priming issues, but work well. The chugger is more powerful but screams bloody murder if there is any air in the chamber. I can't use it when I am near a boil to circulate because the bubbles fill the chamber and make it scream.

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Old 11-15-2012, 12:49 AM   #7
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Just to throw it out there, Little Giant is another option. I have been very happy with mine (TE-3-MD). Maybe it's just my setup but I can't ever remember a priming issue.

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The march pump is the best return-of-investment of anything I've bought for brewing. Regardless of the brand, I think a pump is top on the list of things that can make your brewing life easier.

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I also have a little giant and have never had a priming issue. You can also run them dry for quite a long time before there is any damage, unlike the march or chugger which can't be run dry

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The usual reason given for avoiding pumps is that they shear proteins. As do so many of us I use pumps all the time (including for recirculation in the mash tun). The beer still comes out pretty good and as there really isn't any alternative I guess I'll never know what 'unsheared' beer tastes like.

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