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View Poll Results: QD's vs Cams vs Tris
Tri Clover 45 25.86%
Camlocks 95 54.60%
Quick Disconnects 34 19.54%
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Old 11-16-2010, 09:16 PM   #11
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My QD's are stainless, though more expensive than tc's, not by much.

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Old 11-16-2010, 09:20 PM   #12
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I don't think you're giving the brass QD's enough credit. They are about $10 for a set of male/female. Granted they reduce the diameter to 3/8" but most people are using dip tubes made of 1/2" (which is 3/8 ID). Not to mention any additional flow beyond what you get with the brass QD's is almost useless to a homebrewer in the <15 gallon range.

Admittedly, I have some ugly baby syndrome going on here, and if I the SS camlocks were more well known when I bought QD's, I probably would have gone that route. But saying that the brass QD's don't make any sense when they are still the cheapest option that has been proven to work well isn't accurate.


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Old 11-16-2010, 09:29 PM   #13
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I didn't mean to knock the brass QD's... they just don't make sense to me. The SS cams are also $10 per set but have many more advantages IME.

I haven't dropped the coin on the SS QD's (ala MoreBeer) so I don't really know about those. They look nice.
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Old 11-16-2010, 10:00 PM   #14
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I went with a combination of Tri's and Camloks.....mostly Tri's for bling factor and infrequent disassembly....but I got camloks for those areas that I KNOW will be frequently accessed, like on my plate chiller when backflushing.

I absolutely LOVE triclover stuff....but you can't beat the prices on cams, and they're 316 SS to boot.
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Old 11-16-2010, 10:33 PM   #15
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Cams came after I put all Tri's on my build. Brewing with it for the first time next weekend. We will see how they are for moving around. Worked with cam locks for years and never had a problem with one, just didn't think of them for my rig.
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Old 11-16-2010, 11:57 PM   #16
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I have all SS QD's on my equipment and I love them. They are fast, easy to use and are 1/2 inch all the way through, but not cheap. If I were to start over I would definitely consider the cam locks. They seem about as easy to use but cost a lot less.
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Old 11-17-2010, 12:02 AM   #17
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I use the stainless QDs from morebeer on my hot side and triclamps on the cold side... I also agree that I probably would have gone with camlocks on the hot side if I had known about them at the time I bought the QDs.
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Old 11-17-2010, 11:12 AM   #18
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Originally Posted by lamarguy View Post
Cam-lock - Not sanitary, easy to attach/detach, reliable seal, and inexpensive.

Tri-clover - Sanitary, not as easy to attach/detach, reliable seal, and expensive.

IMO, for cold-side fittings (e.g., fermenter), tri-clover is best. For hot-side fittings (i.e., brew rig), cam-lock is best.
I'm going to second Lamarguy here and add a few points. I have and use all three and they all have their good and bad points. I'm not voting cause there is no "all of the above" to vote on.

Tri- All my cold side stuff is tri-clamp, except my wort pump which gets heat sanitized anyways and has threads itself, so there's no getting around that. The best part of TC is that it's sexually androgynous. You don't have to worry about an Adam and Steve in there, or what not. This is a concern for me as I have in-line everything (Ox,Carbing,Filtering,blowoff,yeast harvesting, etc...). This is the only really sanitary disconnect too so I think better for fermenters and such. Also, the large internal diameter of a 1.5" tri-clamp makes for putting things inside like an in line diffusion stone (which you can do with pipe too, but that's not sanitary) or a sock screen gasket for, as in my case, second stage filtering pre plate chiller.

Cam-lock- As much as I wanted to just stick to one or two, I ended up just purchasing the cam locks for the hot side. They are way more useful for 'patch-bay' type applications where you need NPT anyways, like a plate chiller.

Quick Disconnects- I'm assuming you mean the CPC plastic ones. They are useful for things, although I am sending many of them back to McMaster.. For one, they are the only one of the three that comes in an elbow configuration (without adding a street elbow) and also a "thru-the-wall" mount configuration too, which I use for my water in. Also of note is that they can come with shut-off valve configs too (just like ball locks, basically). The bad thing is that they have a little cross thingy in the inside (really only there to push open the shut-off valves, but the non shutoffs come with them too... so you can intermingle). So if you are using them for mash recirc, they can trap grains. I'm replacing that particular one with the proflows camlocks.

D- All of the above.
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Old 11-17-2010, 02:36 PM   #19
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Old 11-17-2010, 03:41 PM   #20
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Well as far as I know the SS Quick Disconnects are only available from MoreBeer (www.morebeer.com) and the PNs are H503A and H503B

The Tri-Clovers I was looking at I sourced from www.brewershardware.com but I think they are available elsewhere as well (I just happen to like BrewersHardware )

I haven't found suitable sets of SS Cams with MPT on both sides yet...but I'm still looking.

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