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Old 02-28-2012, 12:27 PM   #131
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Would love to get a Chugger on that rig...call me 800-810-1053...MIKE
Hi Mike,

I am currently running chuggers. I did my homework before I committed to the brand of pumps I was going to run. It came down to the customer service. I knew that at some point I would run into an issue and "chugger's" customer service was raved about.

As I posted yesterday I did have a problem with one of my...your...our, pumps. I thought it was cavitating, But no air would bleed out of the fittings when loosened. Then it just stopped running.

The second pump ran like a dream. Smooth, quite, no issues at all.

Yesterday I contacted Chugger through your website.this is the thread of e-mail;


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Michael Denniston
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Urgent, please contact me right away.
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I have two of you brewing pumps. They are configured the same on my brew stand. Yesterday I used them for the first time. One worked flawlessly, but the other one not so well. The pump squeeled really bad. I thought it was cavitating but there was no air in the system. The liquid temp was only 150. It seems like the impeller is sloppy, causing a vibration. The pump ran like this for about a minute then the motor stopped. It did come back on after about 15 minutes. Not sure if these issues are related or not.

CHUGGERS RESPONSE : (less then 10 minutes later!)

Send me your address we will send a replacement pump…which pump is it plastic or SS? Michael Caringi


Mike, You guys are awesome. I have no regrets about my decision to run chuggers. I highly recommend that anybody trying to decide which pumps to run to go with the chuggers. They offer value, great customer service, and top notch craftsmanship. These really are nice pumps!

Cheers Mike
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Old 03-20-2012, 12:25 AM   #132
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Very nice build!

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Old 03-20-2012, 01:57 AM   #133
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Thanks Stevo,
Its been a long road. Being a Pipefitter/Welder and having welding to do at home is comparable to being a painter whose house needs to be painted. I do it all day at work and then have to do it when I get home. Some days I really lack the motivation. At least at home my welds are not being x-rayed.

Heres a tig weld I made at the local neighborhood nuclear power plant.
Nice cap, good to see another pipefitter/welder on the site, I too run the power house shuffle. I know what you mean by not wanting to weld at home its a real pain when you have to buy your own argon, don't realize how much you use till your paying for it. Makes you watch that purge gas flow a little better though. Are you a UA brother? Also nice work on the rig.
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Old 03-20-2012, 12:04 PM   #134
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Nice cap, good to see another pipefitter/welder on the site, I too run the power house shuffle. I know what you mean by not wanting to weld at home its a real pain when you have to buy your own argon, don't realize how much you use till your paying for it. Makes you watch that purge gas flow a little better though. Are you a UA brother? Also nice work on the rig.
I am out of Local 230 in San Diego. Started apprenticeship in 1996 there.

Speaking of the purge, at work I let it scream, at home just crack the flow meter.
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Old 03-20-2012, 12:07 PM   #135
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Very nice build!
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Old 03-21-2012, 01:10 PM   #136
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I'm out of 166 Ft. Wayne IN working in town in a fab shop and plan on milking it out as long as I can. Started in the program in 2001. And when at work the purge is a humming

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Old 03-22-2012, 12:00 AM   #137
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I'm out of 166 Ft. Wayne IN working in town in a fab shop and plan on milking it out as long as I can. Started in the program in 2001. And when at work the purge is a humming
I was working on the BP in Whiting for a few months last year for AMS. Then it started to get cold (thats anything less than 50 in the daytime for us SoCal boys), then I headed home. Really enjoyed Threefloyds and Crown Point brewing while I was there.
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Old 03-22-2012, 02:23 AM   #138
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Whiting is going hard right now as well good scale there to, next time your around that area try some darkhorse brews fairly close in MI. they have a great smoked stout. I also like threefloyds.

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Old 03-22-2012, 05:06 PM   #139
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I have a question for you both, since you're professional welders (mikelikesit2000 and Welderbydaybrewerbynight).

Why is it that everyone seems to be using such large tubing for their brewstands? (You two included) Most of the stands seem to be overbuilt to me. 2 x 2 is an awful lot of steel! Hypothetically, if you were doing 15 gal batches and had HLT, Mash and Boil Kettle full, we're talking a total weight of less than 450 lbs including kettles.

I think I could park my car on top of some of these stands and roll it around the driveway.

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Old 03-22-2012, 05:39 PM   #140
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Gorgeous looking sculpture. I'm green with envy, especially of all those nice pretty welds.

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