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Old 03-17-2008, 09:30 PM   #1
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I am in the process of switching to a new way of business for my brewery. I am also getting rid of all the brass and going completely stainless in my kettles.

I recently bought two sets of tri-clover fittings from a guy on another board who makes them. I really like the idea of them because with my pump, I need some kind of quick disconnect system but I'm not in love with the brass fittings or the polysulfone fittings. This looks to me like the best way to do it--for my brewery anyway.

Here is what they look like (the pics aren't mine, but I did get permission to use them):









Anyone else use anything like this?


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Old 03-17-2008, 09:35 PM   #2
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What are the prices he is asking? Does he only make the threaded kind or does he make a variety of fittings? I have been looking into this for a long time (pipe dreaming) and would eventually like to upgrade my system to sanitary fittings. Those look sweet!


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Old 03-17-2008, 09:42 PM   #3
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They would be my preference on my pump, but I have only seen them for big $$$. Did you find a good deal on them?
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Contact THIS guy to learn more about them. He has a thread in the "classified ads" section on that site I just linked.

The price is awesome, IMHO. $30 bucks a set. I'd think at most an entire brewery would only need 3-4 sets depending on how you do it. Try finding a bunch of sets of polysulfone disconnects that will hold up to this price and the quality of stainless steel. Not gonna happen, IMHO.
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That's quite reasonable - thanks for the link!
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Tri-clover fittings are standard in the dairy industry.

They are sanitary and fairly easy to keep clean.

They are a PITA to connect. Especially if you have a stiff hose on one end.

You almost need three hands to connect them.

You first have to sanitize a couple of gaskets.
Then, try to hold the gasket in place when you try to get the two fittings to line up. Then hold the fittings and gasket in place while you try to find the clamp.
Try to wrap the clamp over the two fittings and gasket.
Almost always the gasket falls out from between the fittings.
Then you have to grab another gasket or re-sanitze the first one.
Hopefully the gaskets have not warped.
Finally you get the two fittings together with the gasket between and you start to tighten the clamp.
If all is good, nothing got between the gasket and the fittings, like yeast, trub, etc.
Turn on the pump.
No fluid movement. There is a bubble in the line.
Slowly loosen the clamp and try to let some fluid flow and get the bubble out.
Drop gasket and repeat.

As you could probably tell, I don't care for Tri-clover for use in a brew-pub. With 1 1/2" ID hose they can be VERY irritating to use. With 1/2" it could be better.

I always used bevel seat fittings with Teflon gaskets.



On fittings that I changed often, like in the brewhouse, I used the Snap-tite gaskets. Unfortunately the smallest bevel seat is made is 1"

Again, this is on 7 bbl or larger systems.

I am going to be putting a 10 gallon home brew system together very soon. I hope to use Cam-lock fittings.



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That looks pretty sweet! $30 is a little steep for my pocket book though, even with the stainless construction.

I made my system up using 1/2" copper unions for all my hot-side connections. It works really well but I have to use a couple wrenches to get a good seal. It's not as much of a pain in the butt as it sounds like however. Copper unions are self centering so I just tighten it by hand and give it a quick snug with the wrench and I'm off to the races.
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I would have to agree, I don't really consider tri-clover's as a quick disconnect.

Sanitary, yes. Able to disconnect and reconnect with one hand, no.

Swagman is a good guy to deal with, and if you are ever in the KC area during the fall check out their Mugs for Juggs event they put on to benefit the Susan G. Komen foundation.

Those cam lock fittings look bad ass!
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Hmmm....I've used tri-clovers in the past (dairy) and I could do it quicker than hell. I'm not worried about that at all.

I still think it is a better option than the polysulfone, which are too fragile (IMHO).
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Hmmm....I've used tri-clovers in the past (dairy) and I could do it quicker than hell. I'm not worried about that at all.
Dude,

That's wonderful. You must be a lot more co-ordinated than me (not hard to do )

Good luck with your Brutus build out. I really like the way that system is designed.

I hope to use his stand ideas on my own system.


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