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Old 02-27-2014, 07:22 PM   #1
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Getting some parts together to build a keg/carboy washer. Have a 25% off Harbor Freight coupon so I figured I would pick one up there. Looking on their website I am thinking about this one:

http://www.harborfreight.com/34-hors...tch-69299.html

It does almost 2900GPH with a 23ft lift. Is this going to be too powerful and blow my carboys (better bottles) into the air when cleaning? Anyone have this specific pump or one with the same power? I see a lot of people using 1/4 and 1/3 HP pumps but nothing this beefy.

I like it for a few reasons.

1. I like the stainless look
2. Has a float switch that will kill the pump if water is too low.
3. Can pass solids up to a 1/2" in size so I wouldnt need to worry about trub/krausen clogging things up.
4. Its only about $5 more than the typical cheapy 1/4HP pumps people are using


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Old 02-27-2014, 07:26 PM   #2
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That thing is probably much too powerful. My marks keg washer has the little 500 gallon per hour pump and it's a pretty good stream. I have to think yours would be much too powerful. If you end up buying this, just strap it down the first time!


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Old 02-27-2014, 07:28 PM   #3
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I don't think it would have too great a flow to use with a keg washer rig. The ratings they put on these pumps tend to be a bit on the overly-generous side.

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Old 02-27-2014, 08:23 PM   #4
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No one gets blamed for too big. Too small and you will never hear the end of it.

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Old 02-27-2014, 08:41 PM   #5
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Manual lists the max temp as being 77F, so that could be a problem with hot PBW. I know other people on this forum have had luck using pumps higher than the specs say though.

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Old 02-27-2014, 10:47 PM   #6
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I bought one I intent to use for a keg washing station. I'm just going to put in a valve to control the flow.

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77°F? My tap water may be hotter than that in the summer.

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Old 02-28-2014, 02:15 AM   #8
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Manual lists the max temp as being 77F, so that could be a problem with hot PBW. I know other people on this forum have had luck using pumps higher than the specs say though.
I purchased one a few years ago with the same temp rating and has never let me down at high temps.
77°F (77°C ?) must be a miss print or most of the year those pumps can't be used.

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I bought one I intent to use for a keg washing station. I'm just going to put in a valve to control the flow.
I don't think that pump uses a magnetic coupling, so a valve could destroy the pump.
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I don't think that pump uses a magnetic coupling, so a valve could destroy the pump.


Think so?
It would just make the pump labor harder, ( as if pumping to a higher head), and heat the water up more.

Would be interesting to find out!
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