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Budzu 08-11-2009 03:45 PM

sourcing some QD's
 
I'm mapping out my single tier brew system, and have been debating qd's and tri-clamps. I'm loving the idea of using qd's, and have been trying to find good cheap SS options.
I've found a site which has some amazing prices for camlocks. Do these look like good candidates? I'm hoping some people here have good experience with them. These are ready to go and hook up with 1/2" hoses, MPT or FPT, am I correct? I'm thinking type B's for all the females on the vessels and march pumps, and all type E's with hose clamps on transfer hoses.
Pro Flow Dynamics

Thanks for any advice and cheers!

Brewers Hardware 08-11-2009 03:54 PM

Those are pretty neat fittings. I don't have any experience with them though. If you do decide to go tri-clover, take a look at mine: Welcome to Brewer's Hardware

Budzu 08-11-2009 04:10 PM

Wow, thank you Derrin those look great! And at a great price.

Another thing I'm curious about is the mechanics of the camlock. What moving parts are involved, if its ball-lock, does it use a gasket, etc.

BrewBeemer 08-11-2009 04:39 PM

Open up that Brewers Hardware site and take a look at that barb fitting on the left, that thing looks rather ugly with all those holes and cracks for the nasties to nest in. That is the worse example I have seen from any manufactured item that want their products photo advertised for all to see.
A rather poor product photo, a total turnoff looking at what they have to offer.

Boerderij_Kabouter 08-11-2009 04:42 PM

BrewBeemer can be a bit harsh... but he means well.

I too have some concerns about those fittings. Are the ones you ship out the same?

I love supporting Derrin and Brewershardware.com but I am not sure these fittings are your best work.

What about polishing those faces flat?

I get my tri-clamps from KLG Stainless on Ebay. Kevin is the owner and will give you good pricing on bulk orders.

Brewers Hardware 08-11-2009 06:44 PM

Thanks for the input guys. I agree that the photos are not good. But there are no nooks, crannies or pits nor is the bead piled up like it looks, they just photograph that way because of the polishing. I probably need to get some professional photos taken of them. I've taken about 30 different images from every distance imaginable, with and without the flash and trying to diffuse the flash, but they keep picking up reflections and highlights. I'll try reshooting them again.

With any of my products if anyone purchases them and doesn't like them or feels the quality is poor I'll happily refund your purchase price including the original shipping.

Boerderij_Kabouter 08-11-2009 06:48 PM

That is what I thought, but the pics are not doing you any favors as they stand.

Budzu 08-11-2009 06:51 PM

Kabouter, I'm designing my system with your DITCHES builds in mind, they look excellent and very well planned. I'm trying to cut costs down where I can without sacrificing too much in the way of cleanliness or quality of material, and connects is one place.
Let me get this thread back on track, I'm still curious about the effectiveness/cleanliness of Camlocks.

Thanks all

Boerderij_Kabouter 08-11-2009 06:59 PM

You're link wasn't working earlier, but it just did...

Cam-locks are fine to use. I didn't use them because I could not find a reasonable source.

My only concern is that I don't know what the codes mean. If those are hose barbs and NPT threaded couplings I would say that looks like a great way to go.

FreebootersBrewing 08-11-2009 07:20 PM

Those are awesome! I wish they had more info on the site that defined each "Type."

I would go with the female couplers on my hoses and males on the kettles just to be sure that locking those levers back won't hit the ball valves or pump housings when you lock them down. Like use the Type A couplers on your pumps, Type C's on your hoses and Type F's on your kettles. Just my 2 cents.

Thanks for the link!


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