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Old 12-18-2012, 07:02 PM   #61
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Thanks for the tip on this. I did want to use a spray nozzle or some kind of cap. I wasn't aware about being rated for back pressure. I'll hunt around some more.



 
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Old 12-18-2012, 08:31 PM   #62
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I'm having a hard time finding PSI information or back pressure ability for a lot of these pumps. Would pond pumps or hyrdrofarm pumps be suited for this, however, since most of them are connected to some kind of spray head?

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Old 12-18-2012, 10:27 PM   #63
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Just about any pump will work for this washer. Check the beginning of the thread and guys are using pond pumps. I built one using a 12 volt bilge pump from harbor freight ($9.00). I use a ac to dc converter rated for 4 amps to run the pump from a wall socket. It doesnt take much paower to run the water up a pvc tube and out a spray nozzel into your keg to wash it.

 
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Old 12-18-2012, 10:50 PM   #64
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Wow, this thing is great! I just bought a 620 gph pump from harbor freight (http://www.harborfreight.com/620-gph...ump-68393.html) It's on sale for $35 now. I cleaned my sanke keg fermenters and a corny keg already. Total cost was $40 (pump, homer bucket lid, and 3/4" pvc parts)! Cleaning the sanke makes this thing well worth it.
Your pump has a removable filter in it. Do you use it while you are cleaning? Or do you run it without the filter?

 
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Old 12-18-2012, 10:53 PM   #65
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Just about any pump will work for this washer. Check the beginning of the thread and guys are using pond pumps. I built one using a 12 volt bilge pump from harbor freight ($9.00). I use a ac to dc converter rated for 4 amps to run the pump from a wall socket. It doesnt take much paower to run the water up a pvc tube and out a spray nozzel into your keg to wash it.
That's what I am starting to understand. People seem to be having success with as little as 300gph, and certainly upward from there (1500, 2000gph). I think I might just get the 600gph pond pump and call it good!

 
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Old 12-19-2012, 12:02 AM   #66
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That's what I am starting to understand. People seem to be having success with as little as 300gph, and certainly upward from there (1500, 2000gph). I think I might just get the 600gph pond pump and call it good!
Depending on what you're cleaning, you do have to be careful of having TOO MUCH flow. In addition to cleaning my cornies, I also put my sanke kegs (fermenters) on my keg cleaner. Sometimes the PBW solution doesn't come out of the keg as fast as it goes in and the pump can start sucking air.
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Old 01-31-2013, 06:53 PM   #67
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thanks all, really tired of cleaning carboy's, gonna build this bad boy with a 15% off coupon at HF. Cheers!
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Would this work?
http://www.harborfreight.com/16-hors...ump-68422.html
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Old 02-01-2013, 07:29 AM   #69
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Yes that pump will work great, its what I use for my keg/carboy cleaner.

 
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Thanks odie313. They didn't have that in stock (doh!), I ended up getting this one that most here are using http://www.harborfreight.com/620-gph...ump-68393.html
Pretty simple to set-up, I wanted to go all threaded or use adapters to do the threaded pieces so I can take it all apart. My challenge was the cap had those strips for tightening/gripping and won't fit in the carboy.
Question for all, how much water/pbw do you guys put in? Was thinking enough water to cover the pump and a tablespoon'ish of pbw? cheers! Can't wait to get this bad boy working and all set-up.


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