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Old 04-02-2013, 06:08 PM   #1
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Was just curious if someone makes a rotary style transfer pump that would be food safe (for brewing of course) that is manually operated instead of electric motor?

I have been doing some searching around the web and see nothing that fits this bill, just trying to see if anyone knows of any or has better google-fu than I.


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Old 04-02-2013, 07:22 PM   #2
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Google diy peristaltic pump. If you're handy you can make one with stuff you might already have around the house and/or a few bucks.

FYI: I'm a big DIY person and after I built something "acceptable" for small batches, I still ended up buying some pumps, a few cheap and one march pump. Check this thread if you decide to go the cheap route http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/chea...v-100c-337933/


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Those things spin pretty fast- you'd have to be doing a ton of cranking for a very long time to get any significant flow. Why would you want a manual one?
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Those things spin pretty fast- you'd have to be doing a ton of cranking for a very long time to get any significant flow. Why would you want a manual one?
Seems to me if it were a manual pump it would be gear driven to compensate for the high rpm needed so a person didn't wear out their arm spinning it up, this is assuming it is designed to be used as a manual pump.

Even if it was still high geared it wouldn't be all that difficult to gear it down through various means to get a comfortable spin pace to keep rpms up for desired transfer rate.

Why? No real reason just curious if anyone builds one or has experience with one and with a 5-10 gallon system it would be a simple option IMO.
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You could probably hook up a DIY peristaltic pump to a bike wheel. Make your friends pedal for their beer.
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You could probably hook up a DIY peristaltic pump to a bike wheel. Make your friends pedal for their beer.
While you're at it, make them pedal to crush the grain too.
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While you're at it, make them pedal to crush the grain too.
Well some people manually crank crush their grains so why not?
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Well some people manually crank crush their grains so why not?
I agree, make them work for your delicious homemade brew :-)


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