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Old 02-16-2013, 06:49 PM   #1
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Hey everyone,
I'm building a RIMS system and I'm looking for an affordable pump. Like a unicorn it just doesn't seem to exist. I have looked at March, chugger, and little giant. They all look great, but are very spendy. Does anybody have an example of a generic pump that has similar specifications to the name brands for a lower price? Or is there a way to buy a nice pump housing and get a less expensive motor from tractor supply, grainger, or northern tool? Thanks.

 
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Old 02-16-2013, 07:09 PM   #2
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Unfortunately, if there was something out there like you are describing, everyone would already be using it. Being able to handle high temps and still be food safe makes them more expensive because certain materials must be used to meet those requirements.

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Old 02-16-2013, 07:24 PM   #3
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I know what your saying but there has to be a company that makes a small brass pump that has an input shaft that could be coupled with a inexpensive electric motor.

 
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Old 02-16-2013, 07:31 PM   #4
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Have you looked at http://greatbreweh.com/Beer_Pump.html?

 
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Old 02-16-2013, 07:38 PM   #5
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That price is much better, anybody have reviews for this?

 
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Old 02-16-2013, 07:56 PM   #6
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http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/look...-input-317600/

 
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Old 02-16-2013, 08:22 PM   #7
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That price is much better, anybody have reviews for this?
I'm not a fan of the design of this pump. I'm speaking about the fact that the pump head is not isolated from the motor. From what I can tell in the pictures, the liquid passage is enclosed by the motor itself. On a March or Chugger, the fluid passage and magnet is completely separate and isolated from the motor. I'm glad I spent the extra $30 or $40 for my March pump.
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Old 02-16-2013, 08:45 PM   #8
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I'm not a fan of the design of this pump. I'm speaking about the fact that the pump head is not isolated from the motor. From what I can tell in the pictures, the liquid passage is enclosed by the motor itself. On a March or Chugger, the fluid passage and magnet is completely separate and isolated from the motor. I'm glad I spent the extra $30 or $40 for my March pump.

Agreed, I only posted to help the OP find a thread discussing the GBE pump. I have two chugger pumps and they are great. I personally would not chance compromising a batch of beer over a pump, it's not the cost of the ingredients or the pump (within reason), it's my time.

 
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Old 02-16-2013, 08:47 PM   #9
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Search on eBay for "12v centrifugal pump", order by price+shipping, and scroll down until you find one that claims to be food safe, works at 100C, and meets your specifications of head/rate.

 
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Old 02-16-2013, 08:57 PM   #10
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I'm not a fan of the design of this pump. I'm speaking about the fact that the pump head is not isolated from the motor. From what I can tell in the pictures, the liquid passage is enclosed by the motor itself. On a March or Chugger, the fluid passage and magnet is completely separate and isolated from the motor. I'm glad I spent the extra $30 or $40 for my March pump.
The pump is a magnetic drive so there is no contact between the motor and the fluid.

 
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