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Posted: 4/25/2014 7:38:45 AM EDT
I keep seeing stuff about pumps and was wondering how I'd fit one in to my rig.  I use a 10 gal cooler to mash.  Then I batch sparge.  Then I boil.  Then I use a wort chiller to get it to pitching temps.  

I guess I could add the pump to the boiling/chilling side of brewing.  I could use the pump to whirlpool and recirculate wort until it's chilled.  

Where did you add a pump in your rig?
Link Posted: 4/25/2014 9:16:31 AM EDT
I'm about ready to pull the trigger on one. For years I used gravity to get my wort from one place to another. However, the past 18-24 months or so I've made significant upgrades to my equipment in the form of a Blichman 15 gal kettle, 7 gallon conical fermentor, burner with leg extensions, and a plate chiller.

I don't have the height that I use to have with my new burner so it's a little tricky to use gravity to transfer from my kettle to my fermentor. Right now I'm making it work through sheer brute force but that's getting old. I've thought about getting something like the Blichman Top Tier, however I BIAB so that's really a bit overboard for one brew pot. The leg extensions work wonderfully on the burner and that's really all I need. The cheapest solution is using a pump to transfer my liquids around.

As always YMMV.
Link Posted: 4/25/2014 11:10:39 AM EDT
You can use quick disconnects and use the pump for multiple purposes.
Link Posted: 4/25/2014 1:02:29 PM EDT

Originally Posted By AR-Josh:

Where did you add a pump in your rig?
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all phases. I don't know why you would waste the money and not use it for everything.

I use it for preheating the mash tun, filling the mash, sparging, wort transfer.

if you meant a simple pump for the wort chiller, then I got nothing

Link Posted: 4/26/2014 12:35:41 AM EDT
Yes, I use one on my top tier but it's not self-priming so I use gravity to prime. Having a pump is very handy but you need to think out your location if you don't go with a self-prim pump. I don't believe there's a self primer out there that can take boiling worth.
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