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Old 08-05-2010, 02:02 AM   #1
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I'm in the process of building a reverse flow wort chiller. It will be built inside a stainless steel box with 4 stainless steel quick connectors. The female end will be hard mounted on the side of the box with the chiller inside. I will be coming into the wort chiller with a 1/2" barb fitting to a male quick connect, connected to female quick connect to a barb fitting to a hose going to the pump input, from the pump output to a copper T. The 1/2" copper tubing will be inside 3/4" black plastic and will be 50' long. Out of the other end of the copper will be another T to a female quick connect mounted on the side of the box, to a mail quick connect to a 1/2" hose to the fermenter. On the cold water side, it will be similar except the male quick connect will be going to male and female garden hose fittings. I will need 2 extra female quick connects as I will have one set permanently mounted to water input/drain into my sink in the garage. I will want another set to take on the road when I travel to my brew club to brew where we will hook up regular garden hoses for the water input/output. My question is has anyone got any experience with what stainless steel quick connects to buy and where to get them. I will need at least the wort input set to be boil rated.



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Old 08-05-2010, 02:13 AM   #2
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A fair amount of us use McMaster-Carr for things such as this...



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Old 08-05-2010, 02:23 AM   #3
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I am currently using snaplocks from proflowdynamics.com... So far, no complaints... There are a few threads about them...

And the prices are WAY reasonable...

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Old 08-05-2010, 03:44 AM   #4
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I am currently using snaplocks from proflowdynamics.com... So far, no complaints... There are a few threads about them...

And the prices are WAY reasonable...
I totally agree!

I replaced all my McMaster brass connectors with the Snaplocks from ProFlowDynamics. They work quite a bit better and look fantastic.

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Old 08-05-2010, 01:13 PM   #5
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+1 on the proflow dynamic snaplocks. I just purchased a few to test with and now plan to outfit the entire brewery. Can't beat the price and they are extremely cool looking!

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morebeer has both hose barbed and male threaded stainless quick disconnects that look pretty decent. they're claim to fame too is that they're a true straight through and have these specially manufactured for them.

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On the proflowdynamics.com fittings, what are the thread sizes and barb sizes? I assume the 1/2" (or 3/4 or 1"...) is the nominal coupling size, but I don't see the other connection size listed and I don't want to assume. I could see me purchasing "a few" of these as well!
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You may want to look through this thread http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/stainless-camlocks-review-158649/
for in depth discussions on what size and what style fittings may work for you.

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A+ on the more beer ones I really like them for one handed operations.

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A+ on the more beer ones I really like them for one handed operations.
I currently use the McMaster ones, but really wanted to switch to the Morebeer ones. The only problem I have is that I need 16 sets of them and they are EXPENSIVE!! Another negative on the Morebeer ones is that their "per pair" pricing is always for a pair of threaded or barbed, you can't mix. Most people use threaded on the equipment side and barbed on the hose side which means you don't get the "per pair" price break.

Someone needs to source these and bring them to market at a reasonable price. I wasn't a big fan of the ProFlow ones, but I'm now leaning that way simply because of cost.


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