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Old 04-20-2012, 09:39 PM   #1
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I was recently lusting through the more beer catalog for there brewing sculptures. I noticed in there illustrations that the pumps have a T on the input side with a valve on the left hand side. What is this secondary input used for?

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Kurt's designing a stand for me, and he does the same thing. I asked the same question and he told me it serves two purposes, IIRC, (1) it's a bleeder to assist with priming, and (2) helps to fully drain the pump after use.

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Kurt's designing a stand for me, and he does the same thing. I asked the same question and he told me it serves two purposes, IIRC, (1) it's a bleeder to assist with priming, and (2) helps to fully drain the pump after use.
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I was recently lusting through the more beer catalog for there brewing sculptures. I noticed in there illustrations that the pumps have a T on the input side with a valve on the left hand side. What is this secondary input used for?
As mentioned - it is supposed to be a priming valve with the added benefit of a dump. Although: the priming valve should really be on the output of the head to be completely effective. You want the head full of liquid and devoid of air (as much as possible) before you start running it.
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So is it a useless feature? i have never seen it before and i find it odd that More Beer would put something on there with no added function.......

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So is it a useless feature? i have never seen it before and i find it odd that More Beer would put something on there with no added function.......
No, it helps prime a pump. Its usefulness depends on the setup. If I had self closing quick connects, I would definitely want help priming with that valve. I have camlocks, so disconnecting the output primes the pump rather well, but when connected to my BK circulating boiling sort, its pretty good at burning my hand as well. Lol

Having it there as a dump valve would be nice, but not necessary, so again it depends on your set up.
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I have enough spare SS fittings sitting around to modify my pump. Once you said boiling wort I saw how it would benefit my setup.

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Having it there as a dump valve would be nice,
but not necessary, so again it depends on your set up.
We just go the extra mile, part of what makes our stands BadAss
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We just go the extra mile, part of what makes our stands BadAss
Did you guys put your stands on Craigslist for awhile in the bay area? I though they looked familiar. Cool you made a nice little business out of it.
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That's where we got our start. Built one for my self... painted it, took pictures and posted it. 10 minutes later it was sold. It was like the light went on... huh... maybe I have something here and the rest is history.

P.S. Craigslist is NOT a good place for selling new brew stands

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