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Old 11-16-2011, 12:58 AM   #71
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I have a stainless Chugger and I love it. I'm at least 10 brew sessions into the chigger and no issues. I'm going to get a second to add to my single tier, I'm going to start soon.


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Old 11-16-2011, 02:03 AM   #72
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Why is it easier to have the female QD's on the hoses? I've never used them yet, but am going to have all camlocks on my new rig. I installed the female ends on the kettles and was going to use the males on the hoses. A buddy of mine told me to switch it as well. So, those of you that have experience with camlocks, why have the females on the hoses? Thanks!
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The female QDs are more expensive ... depending on your system, its cheaper to buy four females for two hoses than upwards of five to ten for all of the drains, whirlpool fittings, HERMS coils, pumps, chillers, etc.

Plus having the female QDs on your hoses adds a little protection to the sealing surface of the QD ... the sealing surface of the male QDs are exposed and can be easily damaged if a hose is dropped.


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Old 11-16-2011, 02:25 AM   #73
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I have the chugger ss version and really like it so far. I put the female ends on the hoses for the above stated reasons too; also easier to clean them being on the hoses instead of everything else.
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Old 11-16-2011, 03:22 AM   #74
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For me it's easier to lock and unlock the fittings. Hands are locking away from heat sources and potential burns.
+1 Followed the prevailing advice on this and glad I did...

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Old 11-16-2011, 04:27 AM   #75
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Why is it easier to have the female QD's on the hoses? I've never used them yet, but am going to have all camlocks on my new rig. I installed the female ends on the kettles and was going to use the males on the hoses. A buddy of mine told me to switch it as well. So, those of you that have experience with camlocks, why have the females on the hoses? Thanks!
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I have always had the female fitting on the hoses. As was mentioned, you are going to drop a hose at some time. With the female end, there is protection. The heat factor will also enter into it. If you are direct heating your kettle, everything will become VERY hot. Even with brewers gloves on, it will be hard to prevent burns trying to lock the cams if they are at the temp of boiling wort.

Here is a shot of my rig with lots of CamLocks.

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Old 11-16-2011, 01:55 PM   #76
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I'm still using the same chugger I posted about on here about a year ago. Two sessions a month, runs constantly during filling, mashing (90 min) and sparging and have had zero motor issues. We did a marathon brew day of three batches, I don't think the pump got a break all day.

I've replaced the plastic washer a few times and had to clean the shaft that the impeller spins on but other than that it's been maintenance free.

When it dies I have a spare new pump and head.
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I have an update on service from Chugger pumps. I e mailed them asking for a source for spares (I'm a maintenance mechanic by trade and love to have spare parts on hand) and they responded the very next day. They were able to provide the spares I requested and were delivered to my doorstep in just two days.

Great Service and response, I would differently buy from them again. Castermmt

Note: they are currently out of the Chugger pumps at this time. This is not a promotion, I'm Just commenting on my great experience that I had.
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I have two Chuggers currently and they repeatedly fail if 1) the power cord isn't plugged directly in the wall (extension cords won't work) or 2) they get too hot.

Is there anyone out there that has experience with both Chuggers and March pumps that could say whether this is specific to Chuggers? Two batches in a row with serious problems at critical times. I am beyond frustrated and if I need to spend more for March's that actually work I don't care at all. Chugger's customer service at the start was phenomenal but the repeated fails are a serious concern. I'll pay $300 for two new pumps as long as they work.
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I have two Chuggers currently and they repeatedly fail if 1) the power cord isn't plugged directly in the wall (extension cords won't work) or 2) they get too hot.

Is there anyone out there that has experience with both Chuggers and March pumps that could say whether this is specific to Chuggers? Two batches in a row with serious problems at critical times. I am beyond frustrated and if I need to spend more for March's that actually work I don't care at all. Chugger's customer service at the start was phenomenal but the repeated fails are a serious concern. I'll pay $300 for two new pumps as long as they work.
Both sound like a voltage issue - what is the voltage at the plug in the wall. If it is way below the nominal 110V then adding a extension cord would drop the voltage seen by the pump even more + at a lower voltage the pump will draw more current and get hotter. Possibly tripping the thermal protection. I'm guessing they just stop working and then after a while they start up fine again?
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Old 09-02-2013, 08:47 PM   #80
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Sounds like a voltage issue, you may need a heavier gauge or shorter extension cord. It also may be the wires on the receptacle are not making a good connection.


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