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Old 07-15-2014, 01:27 PM   #31
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they are 5 gallon carboys. I haven't made another run to the store, but I am sure a 1/2" pipe will fit just fine, leaving plenty of room for run out.
I use Better Bottle so the neck of the carboys was large enough for that. I have added info to the OP to add the necessary parts for using glass carboys. Thanks for pointing that out.
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Old 07-15-2014, 11:36 PM   #32
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Sub'd!
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Old 07-20-2014, 04:20 PM   #33
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Hey raysmithtx,

With your setup, how much water are using now? Do you see a significant savings in water/cleaning solution? I ask because using a plastic tub to accommodate the manifold looks much wider than some of the bucket solutions out there and as far as I understand the pump needs a minimum level of water to run safely. I am by no means looking to save the world here, but I wouldnt mind saving some $$$ on PBW...

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Old 07-21-2014, 07:11 PM   #34
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With your setup, how much water are using now? Do you see a significant savings in water/cleaning solution? I ask because using a plastic tub to accommodate the manifold looks much wider than some of the bucket solutions out there and as far as I understand the pump needs a minimum level of water to run safely. I am by no means looking to save the world here, but I wouldnt mind saving some $$$ on PBW...
I don't know how much less water, cleaner and sanitizer I'm using now but it's certainly less than I was using.

I don't think you can justify the system based on savings on chemicals/cleaners/sanitizers. I built the system for the convenience of being able to have the system do the cleaning chores for me while I do other things.

I did recently find a smaller tub which fits the manifold perfectly so I am using less water and products now. I will post a pic when I get more time.
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Old 07-21-2014, 07:19 PM   #35
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The tub that I use takes 2.5 gallons of water to keep from sucking air into the pump.

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I don't think you can justify the system based on savings on chemicals/cleaners/sanitizers. I built the system for the convenience of being able to have the system do the cleaning chores for me while I do other things
Great point... after the cost of the pump and PVC it sort of negates a lot of the savings I would be gaining from the cost of chemicals. The reward then I guess lies in the instant gratification of potentially using less cleaner per session, convenience and ease of operation and the satisfaction of stepping back and saying, "F*** yeah, I built that!"
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I've decided to build one of these and thought that I would take a slight gamble on the pump. Amazon lists some used pumps. Given the number of them, I thought that they probably had a batch of damaged boxes instead of actually used pumps. I bought one for about $38. As I suspected, the pump is brand new and the box was damaged and taped back together.

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Sweet. That is a good deal.

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Care to share a link on said "used" pump?..........

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Care to share a link on said "used" pump?..........
http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listi...condition=used

The prices have actually gone down a little bit
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