Who uses a pond pump to cool their beer lines? - Home Brew Forums
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Bottling/Kegging > Who uses a pond pump to cool their beer lines?
Sign-up To NEW HBT Article Newsletter - Brewing Articles Direct To You!

Thread Tools
Old 04-08-2009, 09:59 PM   #1
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 55
Liked 2 Times on 1 Posts

Default Who uses a pond pump to cool their beer lines?

Especially if their taps are on the floor above the kegerator. I have my kegerator in the basement, and my taps are about 8 ft above, in the kitchen. I ran a loop of 1/4 OD copper line, along with my beer lines, insulated in a bundle, inside 2 inch PVC. My problem is that I can't find a pond pump that will pump the water all the way up to the taps. I bought a $20 on and a $40, and i doesn't seem like the more expensive one is any better. So if anyone is using a pond pump in a similar application, what size pump did you get? Where did you get it, and how much was it? I'd like something that is small enough to not require a giant bucket of water in my fridge, if possible. Any help or input is appreciated. I'm sick of foamy first pours, and I've only had my taps for 2 days!!!

IanIanBoBian is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2009, 10:10 PM   #2
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
malkore's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Nebraska
Posts: 6,922
Liked 37 Times on 35 Posts
Likes Given: 9


Its gonna take more than a $40 pump to clear 8 feet of head. I can't tell you much more than that, but I spent $60 on a pump just to clear 5 feet head and still have enough flow rate.
Primary: English Mild
On tap: Pale Ale, Lancelot's Wheat, English Brown Ale, Steam Beer, HoovNuts IPA
Bottled: MOAM, Braggot, Raspberry Melomel, Merlot, Apfelwein, Pyment, Sweet mead, Cabernet
Gal in 2009: 27, Gal in 2010: 34, Gal in 2011: 13, Gal in 2012: 10
malkore is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2009, 11:15 PM   #3
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
david_42's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Willamina & Oak Grove, Oregon, USA
Posts: 25,578
Liked 148 Times on 139 Posts


You need a fountain pump, not a pond pump. The WT470 can handle an 8' lift, $35.
Remember one unassailable statistic, as explained by the late, great George Carlin: "Just think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of them are even stupider!"

"I would like to die on Mars, just not on impact." Elon Musk
david_42 is offline
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Inline Coolant Chiller - No pond pump required. Bobby_M Chillers and Stir Plates 55 10-22-2009 08:17 PM
Pond pump...good deal? Alamo_Beer Equipment/Sanitation 4 04-18-2008 12:05 AM
chiller- pond pump killian General Techniques 8 12-11-2007 09:18 PM
Hand pump for cleaning beer lines chrome_burner_420 Equipment/Sanitation 11 09-11-2007 06:07 PM

Forum Jump