Quantcast

My new toy... March AC-1A-MD Pump

HomeBrewTalk.com - Beer, Wine, Mead, & Cider Brewing Discussion Community.

Help Support Homebrew Talk:

Funkenjaeger

Well-Known Member
Joined
May 8, 2007
Messages
1,595
Reaction score
18
Location
Nashua, NH
Just recently picked this little guy up.



March AC-1A-MD pump, with hose nipples that fit 1/2" ID tubing, and a kynar wet end so it can handle high temps. It's even smaller than I expected, and I doubt it's got anywhere near the power of the bigger march pumps most people use (809's?) but I think it'll be quite useful for me... I've got plenty of projects in mind that need a pump so now I'm anxious to get started on them - it may not be a very big pump, but it still opens a lot more doors than not having a pump at all. Tested quickly with water, it seems to do a good job, getting about as high a flow rate as I'd hope for through the 5/16" tubing I am using. Can't wait to do real vorlauf, and whirlpool recirculation during chilling (a la Jamil)!

Best part is, this thing ran me just $30 shipped. A month or so ago there was a company selling a ton of these things on ebay for $22 shipped, and I was pretty disappointed to find that I'd missed the boat on that one, and I'm sure there's some others out there who might feel the same. There is one up as a regular auction right now, but no more buy-it-now I don't think.

The seller 'tescopumps' on ebay is selling off the 240V version of the same pump for $22 shipped right now though, for those of you that can make use of that version.
 
OP
Funkenjaeger

Funkenjaeger

Well-Known Member
Joined
May 8, 2007
Messages
1,595
Reaction score
18
Location
Nashua, NH
Virtuous said:
Good deal, make sure you use a gfi on that puppy with that exposed transformer.
Yeah, that's one of my first orders of business for today, along with sticking it in some kind of enclosure for convenience and splash resistance.
 

CodeRage

Death by Magumba!
Joined
Aug 22, 2007
Messages
2,214
Reaction score
67
Location
Melbourne, Fl
Funkenjaeger said:
Yeah, that's one of my first orders of business for today, along with sticking it in some kind of enclosure for convenience and splash resistance.
Heh, I was a little druck last night when I saw this and didnt realize you were OP Funkenjaeger. Dont need to tell you about GFIs ;)
 
OP
Funkenjaeger

Funkenjaeger

Well-Known Member
Joined
May 8, 2007
Messages
1,595
Reaction score
18
Location
Nashua, NH



Got the pump mounted in an enclosure today. Found this little airtight, snap-lid container at Target for $3 that is almost a perfect fit for the small pump. The holes in the side (done with a step drill) fit the large tubing snugly, so the whole thing is close to being waterproof - which is fine, since I only need it to be splash-resistant.

Also got an in-line GFI, basically a GFI plug with a short extension cord on it, so I think I'm good to go with this thing!
 
OP
Funkenjaeger

Funkenjaeger

Well-Known Member
Joined
May 8, 2007
Messages
1,595
Reaction score
18
Location
Nashua, NH
Virtuous said:
You're not worried about the pump over heating though?
Yes and no... I just left it running for about an hour recirculating some room-temp water and the pump did heat up a bit, though not enough to burn you on touching it or anything. I don't expect to be leaving it running for all that long in one sitting during normal use (at least initially) but I will be keeping an eye on it, and if it does get to be a problem I'll figure out a way to deal with it.
 
OP
Funkenjaeger

Funkenjaeger

Well-Known Member
Joined
May 8, 2007
Messages
1,595
Reaction score
18
Location
Nashua, NH
The pump worked great yesterday on its first brewing trial. I used it for several purposes: filling the MLT with strike water prior to mashing in, vorlaufing during the mash and sparge, and recirculating during chilling with my immersion chiller.

Note to self, when vorlaufing, make sure the outlet tube is actually held securely in place above the MLT, so it doesn't fall off and hose down your wall/microwave/toaster/shelves with wort... Lesson learned! (that was fun to clean up)

I got some nice clear wort from the mash/sparge, so I consider the vorlaufing to be a success. Pumping the strike water was really not necessary, but I don't have a dedicated HLT with spigot or anything, so my alternative is to either ladle the water in with a small saucepan or pour it over (when I can lift it...), so it's still an improvement.

Where I was really blown away was with the chilling. I know stirring the wort makes a big difference, and generally I use a spoon to gently whirlpool every few minutes... But recirculating during chilling totally blew that away. I was expecting to be able to get some other brews racked into kegs while waiting for this batch to chill, and hardly had time to do one of them... I didn't time the whole chilling process (was busy fumbling with the hoses and things for the first few minutes anyway) but I do recall timing its drop from 115F to 85F in a matter of about 3-4 minutes, and from there to 70F was just a few more minutes.

The pump may not be the biggest one out there, but the flow rate was MORE than adequate for me - I had to throttle it way down with the MLT valve during vorlauf. VERY happy with this addition to my brewing equipment arsenal!
 

CodeRage

Death by Magumba!
Joined
Aug 22, 2007
Messages
2,214
Reaction score
67
Location
Melbourne, Fl
Thats awesome man. I was just about to go and convert my IC to a CF but after hearing your expierience with a pump assisted whirl pool I may just stick with the IC.

I bet that was one hell of a sticky mess though...
 

tescopumps

New Member
Joined
Mar 24, 2008
Messages
2
Reaction score
0
Location
Charlotte
Funkenjaeger said:
Just recently picked this little guy up.



March AC-1A-MD pump, with hose nipples that fit 1/2" ID tubing, and a kynar wet end so it can handle high temps. It's even smaller than I expected, and I doubt it's got anywhere near the power of the bigger march pumps most people use (809's?) but I think it'll be quite useful for me... I've got plenty of projects in mind that need a pump so now I'm anxious to get started on them - it may not be a very big pump, but it still opens a lot more doors than not having a pump at all. Tested quickly with water, it seems to do a good job, getting about as high a flow rate as I'd hope for through the 5/16" tubing I am using. Can't wait to do real vorlauf, and whirlpool recirculation during chilling (a la Jamil)!

Best part is, this thing ran me just $30 shipped. A month or so ago there was a company selling a ton of these things on ebay for $22 shipped, and I was pretty disappointed to find that I'd missed the boat on that one, and I'm sure there's some others out there who might feel the same. There is one up as a regular auction right now, but no more buy-it-now I don't think.

The seller 'tescopumps' on ebay is selling off the 240V version of the same pump for $22 shipped right now though, for those of you that can make use of that version.

I am glad you are enjoying your pump!!
 
OP
Funkenjaeger

Funkenjaeger

Well-Known Member
Joined
May 8, 2007
Messages
1,595
Reaction score
18
Location
Nashua, NH
Dude said:
Where did you get the inline GFCI?
I got it at home depot. They were selling this heavy-duty plug strip made by Belkin, something like this (think it may have just been rebranded Stanley anyway):
http://ak.buy.com/db_assets/large_images/773/202541773.jpg
And it came with a free in-line GFCI (same one as in the above photo), which has a 6' cord. The combo was about $30, and considering a cheap, crappy plug-in GFCI box (with no cord, just goes right between the wall and plug) is close to half that price, I figured it was worth it.
 

HarkinBanks

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jun 20, 2009
Messages
962
Reaction score
101
Location
Wayne
I know this is an old thread but I wanted to thank the OP for the build. I found one of these little guys on ebay for $25 bucks and built it the same way. That little pump rocks for recirculating during my mash, during chilling and quickly transferring into my fermenter (with a nice aeration) on my single vessel small batch system. And man is it quiet, you can barely hear it running! So much quieter than my March 809. If you just need a little pump for transfers or recirculation, this pump is awesome and cheap.
 
Top