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Old 02-14-2011, 11:02 PM   #1
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Default pumps?????

I am interested to hear all the pros and cons for the type of pumps people are using...

I noticed that March 809's appear to be the popular choice....why?
What about the little giant? or the Iwaki MD-70RLZ?

Are there base line specs needed for a pump and what are they?

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Old 02-14-2011, 11:07 PM   #2
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If you can get your hands on them, Chuggerpumps are great little champs with stainless steel heads. I have 2 that just work. Right now though, it looks like they are still out of them at chuggerpumps.com.
The March are supposed to be nice, but you also pay a premium for them.
Depending on when you are planning on purchasing your pumps, it might be worth watching Chuggerpumps.com.


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Old 02-14-2011, 11:10 PM   #3
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The March 809s are popular because they are rated to operate at boiling temps and they are the right size for pumping homebrew-size batches of liquid around.

I got a Gorman-Rupp magnetic drive pump on ebay 6-8 months ago (I think) for something like $40. Only disadvantage is that the pump head has hose barb connectors on it so on brew day I'm sitting there with a screwdriver and hose clamps getting it hooked up. I know at least one other brewer here on HBT got one when I posted about it before, but I haven't seen that pump for sale for a while so not sure if you can still get them.

I also know a guy locally who uses a food-safe RV pump that he got pretty cheap, and another guy who got a cheapo peristaltic pump at an auction.

I have a Chugger pump, but I haven't hooked it up yet so I cannot comment on how well it works.
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Old 02-14-2011, 11:14 PM   #4
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Also the Little Giant 3-MD series seem to be popular for homebrewers too.
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Old 02-14-2011, 11:24 PM   #5
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I have Aqutec pumps..they are only rated to 140 I have a friend that is an engineer who ran some test(nice to have wicked smart guys for friends), he said that they would more than handle 180. I dont need them for any boiling temps and they have worked out great...so far
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Old 02-15-2011, 01:18 AM   #6
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An iwaki model 70 would drain your system in a matter of seconds! They are good pumps. Don't know about temp rating - I use em on my aquarium.
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Chugger is having a February Promotion to be announced on FEB 8th ! Just showing some love for Valentines!
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I bought an Iwaki 15 pump 100Volt(Japan) for $20. It gets pretty warm on 110Volts, and it is volumetrically just fine. The Iwaki site says to 180 degrees F. I also just bought 2 - 110Volt Iwaki 20's for $30. They are bigger volume and head also 180 degrees. I will use my new March 815 for the BKettle and Iwakis for 2 other pumps and have a spare. Careful to do good cleaning and beware some were used in photo processing and very dark (likely silver oxide?). Mine all were very clean looking, sterilized and tested for taste. All seems good.
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Show us some pics, please!

Are they magnetically driven pumps?
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Old 10-01-2013, 10:58 PM   #10
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You can get the chugger pumps from homebrewstuff.com . I just got one and I love it. I believe they still have plenty in stock.


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