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Old 02-27-2013, 01:59 PM   #41
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Ok, returned that pump and got the one on the link at the top of the page. it works much better, but i still only get maybe 12 inches or so of flow, not nearly what your getting. I am going to try to increase the hose to 3/4 and see if that helps.

everything else seems the same, not sure why mine is less then yours...

still , i can see how much of a time saver this is going to be.

Do you have any issues with pumping PBW or anything through the pump?

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Old 02-27-2013, 02:10 PM   #42
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Ok, returned that pump and got the one on the link at the top of the page. it works much better, but i still only get maybe 12 inches or so of flow, not nearly what your getting. I am going to try to increase the hose to 3/4 and see if that helps.

everything else seems the same, not sure why mine is less then yours...

still , i can see how much of a time saver this is going to be.

Do you have any issues with pumping PBW or anything through the pump?
Glad to hear it's working! Twelve inches should be plenty of flow. The mechanism here isn't blasting gunk off with physical pressure, but rather eroding it with a heavy flow of water. With enough time, I've found this is as or more effective than the jet washers.

In any case, there are a number of things that could effect the height of the stream coming out of the nozzles. If your copper diameter is slightly larger, for example, you'll have equivalent flow but less height. Alternately, if you're getting constriction from your fittings anywhere along the way, this could be restricting your net flow.

I've had no problem with PBW, though I get a fair bit of foaming with StarSan. It's never been a problem for me, but if you start overflowing your sink you could use SaniClean or another non-foaming sanitizer. I can't say for certain that the chemicals don't shorten the life of the pump. I've used mine thirty times or so now and it's still going strong. I also take comfort in the fact that these pumps are designed to pump filthy water out of flooded basements.

Keep us posted on how it's working for you!
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Old 02-27-2013, 02:28 PM   #43
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On the to-do list.

For the all copper version people might investigate hot water radiant flooring copper manifolds. They'll be more cost than cpvc but potentially cheaper than fabrication from a bunch of t fittings.

I use brass garden hose quick disconnects on my other keg & cornie washers. Seems like a great opportunity to add cost to a simple build.

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Old 02-27-2013, 04:39 PM   #44
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Interesting.

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Old 02-27-2013, 05:14 PM   #45
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This is freaking awesome! My main reason for going to kegs was cleaning bottles. I still have TONS of bottles that seem to want something in them and this would greatly help. Great job!

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Old 02-27-2013, 06:28 PM   #46
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This looks awesome and I think I will build one, but is there any concern about the pump seal leaking and getting grease from the motor bearing in the water?

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Old 02-27-2013, 07:14 PM   #47
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This looks awesome and I think I will build one, but is there any concern about the pump seal leaking and getting grease from the motor bearing in the water?
That's a good question. I ran a lot of water through the pump before I used it, and now I don't notice any oil sheens on the top of my reservoir after recirculating water. Anything else I should be looking for?
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Old 02-27-2013, 10:03 PM   #48
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If I'd seen this a couple years ago, I might have kept bottling and not started putting together a keezer. Looks like there's a Harbor Freight pump that might work: http://www.harborfreight.com/14-hors...tch-68486.html It's only rated to 1200 GPH, though. I'm also thinking if I build this, I'll adapt it to a square milk crate that can be had locally, rather than shelling out 2/3 again as much for shipping as the rectangular crate costs.

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Old 02-28-2013, 02:12 AM   #49
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Just for reference, a standard square crate will fit 25 bottles, plan on building one this weekend.

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Old 02-28-2013, 06:16 PM   #50
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subscribed. Nice build. Thanks for sharing.

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