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Old 02-28-2012, 03:50 PM   #1
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I just got a March pump for my birthday and now I need some quick disconnects to set everything up. I was looking to put it together in a toolbox like I have seen in some other threads. The question is, which quick disconnects should I use?

So far i have been looking at the Camlocks and the Chromed Brass quick disconnects on bargainfittings.com. I have also been looking at the plastic quick disconnects from minibrew.com as I have heard good things about them.

I have used the regular brass versions of the quick disconnects from bargain fittings and they are pretty nice. I don't have much experience with the others. I am also trying to avoid spending more $$ than I have to.

It is looking like I will need 6 female and 8 male fittings to set up my system the way I want it. Any advice or input would be greatly appreciated. I have done a search and all I really found were a few "these are good" posts. I am looking for any info that might swing me in either direction. Thanks in advance for your help!

Here are some links:
http://www.bargainfittings.com/index...ory&path=51_54
http://www.bargainfittings.com/index...ory&path=51_55
http://www.minibrew.com/index.php?ma...f4f7602cfac6c3

 
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Old 02-28-2012, 03:55 PM   #2
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I use cam locks. It's the cheapest way to get stainless. Before them I used mcmaster Carr brass qd's and they were pretty nice but restricted flow as they are less than half inch id.
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Old 02-28-2012, 04:15 PM   #3
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+1 on the camlocks. Theyre great!

 
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Old 02-28-2012, 05:09 PM   #4
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Colder HFC35 series or Morebeer has some new inexpensive ones.

 
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Old 02-28-2012, 05:46 PM   #5
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camlocks are awesome! Huge flow.

 
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Old 02-28-2012, 05:48 PM   #6
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The plastic poly ones are what I've got. I've only used them on 2 brews so far and they seem to be ok, not sure how long the o-rings will last, but we'll see. The only drawback I'd say is that they have a "x" in the middle of the flow, so my first brew had some issues with getting clogged because of them and I was using whole leaf. Just something to consider.
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Old 02-28-2012, 06:00 PM   #7
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+1 for cam locks. I just converted everything over to them with my new March Pump. Works great. I made up some adapter locks to hose barb too just to have.

 
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Old 02-28-2012, 06:01 PM   #8
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I went with the cam locks after reading a bunch of stuff about flow. I like them. I was going to use the McMaster type but the cost was about the same. If cost savings is an issue they also make them in aluminum, and they are very low cost. I wouldn't think the contact time or cleaner type would be an issue with them.

 
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Old 02-28-2012, 06:20 PM   #9
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I have used the colder polysulfone QD for about 8 years. I replace the o-rings at the beginning of every season. If you don't replace them annually, you will have the occasional torn o-ring on brew day. I prefer annual maintenance. Colders are significantly more expensive than ss camlocks. Colders are durable as I only have had to replace only one male fitting and one female fitting in 8 years. One advantage to the Colders is that they do not get hot enough to burn you.
All that said, if I was starting from scratch, I would definitely go with ss camlocks. Cheaper, more durable, no restrictions to flow (small hose barb holes and internal cross member pieces).

 
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Old 02-28-2012, 07:09 PM   #10
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I have used the colder polysulfone QD for about 8 years. I replace the o-rings at the beginning of every season. If you don't replace them annually, you will have the occasional torn o-ring on brew day. I prefer annual maintenance. Colders are significantly more expensive than ss camlocks. Colders are durable as I only have had to replace only one male fitting and one female fitting in 8 years. One advantage to the Colders is that they do not get hot enough to burn you.
All that said, if I was starting from scratch, I would definitely go with ss camlocks. Cheaper, more durable, no restrictions to flow (small hose barb holes and internal cross member pieces).
Where do you get your o-rings for your Colders? I've had them on my brew rig for about 13 years now and have resorted to using wrapped teflon tape where the o-ring fell apart. Works, but I get a slow leak and need to replace them if not outright replace everything with camlocks.

 
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