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Old 01-24-2011, 04:35 PM   #1
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Default Help! My chugger pump just isn't working out. . .

This weekend I set out to try my new pump for the first time. I have it mounted in a toolbox in the configuration below.

For the moment I am trying to use it on my stovetop to push water from my HLT to MLT to fly sparge (with a silicon hose) and then from the bottom on my boil kettle to a port towards the top to whirlpool.

I have the pump on the floor of my kitchen. I had it working well enough to sparge, but when I tried to go from the bottom ball valve towards the bottom of my kettle to the one up by the rim, the pump just didn't work. The wort in my tubing wouldn't move beyond the liquid level in the kettle.

Did I do something wrong here? Is the autovent installed properly?

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Old 01-24-2011, 06:07 PM   #2
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Based on my understanding of the auto-vent and how people are using them (I haven't installed one on my pump yet), you need to switch the location of the output and where you currently have the auto-vent so that it let's out all the air out of the line bringing the liquid to the return tee where it will pump back up to the kettle. However if you were able to pump the wort back up to the bottom of the kettle then it may not be your auto-vent and it could be you're reaching the maximum head for the pump (which doesn't seem likely if you're just pumping from the floor up to the stove top).

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Old 01-24-2011, 06:09 PM   #3
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I actually had the autovent where the outlet is when I began. . . I was having problems so I switched it to the configuration above.

I was having a hell of a time either way I tried it.

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Old 01-25-2011, 05:10 PM   #4
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Not one of the 150+ people who looked at this have any wisdom to impart?

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Old 01-25-2011, 05:49 PM   #5
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You are sure the pump is still pumping? Not a lot of choice here.

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Old 01-25-2011, 05:55 PM   #6
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Hmmmm. . . I just purchased it new and it was the first time I used it.

When I remove the head I can see that the motor is spinning. I suppose the impeller could be jammed.

I will check that out tonight.

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Old 01-25-2011, 05:57 PM   #7
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Do you have a diptube installed in the boilkettle?

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Old 01-25-2011, 05:57 PM   #8
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Yes, I have a dip tube in both my kettle and my HLT.

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Old 01-25-2011, 06:18 PM   #9
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can you get it pumping if you manually prime it?

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Old 01-25-2011, 06:22 PM   #10
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Are you connecting both ends of the tubing while dry then opening the ball valve? The dip tube can cause an air bubble. Connect one end of the hose to the kettle, and hold the other end high than the valve. Open the valve and lower the tubing until it's full. Close valve. Connect to pump. Then try.

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