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Title: Going to buy a pump
Post by: BroncoBob on December 12, 2014, 03:43:49 PM
What is the advantage of a Center Inlet Pump over a Inline Inlet Pump?

1 - Chugger Stainless Steel Inline 1/2" Inlet Home Brewing Pump


2 - Chugger Stainless Steel Center Inlet Home Brewing Pump


Title: Re: Going to buy a pump
Post by: dwarven_stout on December 12, 2014, 10:05:23 PM
Is there actually an advantage? I always assumed it was just preference for the orientation.


Title: Re: Going to buy a pump
Post by: dale on December 12, 2014, 10:46:14 PM
Is there actually an advantage? I always assumed it was just preference for the orientation.

I think that is correct. Either way, it's best to have the pump towards the bottom of your brewing system since they aren't self-priming, meaning you need to run some liquid into them before they will pump anything.

About the Chugger pumps... I had a March pump with the plastic head. I accidentally dropped it  (http://itcomesinpints.grafidog.com/2012/12/equipment-upgrade.html)while cleaning up a couple of years ago and broke the inlet side. Since I needed a new pump, I bought the Chugger stainless inline head, which bolts right on to the March pump motor without any modification. I haven't been as happy with the Chugger head as I was with the March pump head. I get a lot more cavitation with the Chugger head and it doesn't handle nearly as much back-pressure (http://itcomesinpints.grafidog.com/2013/06/batch-139-panama-red.html) as the March. Emails to Chugger about the cavitation problems have not been answered. On the other hand, it sure looks pretty! If I had to do it over again, I'd go with the high temp plastic March pump, like this one:

http://morebeer.com/products/march-high-temperature-brewing-pump-flow.html

This link to morebeer.com is just an example, I'm sure you can find the same pump cheaper elsewhere.



Title: Re: Going to buy a pump
Post by: BroncoBob on December 15, 2014, 04:23:27 PM
Is there actually an advantage? I always assumed it was just preference for the orientation.

I think that is correct. Either way, it's best to have the pump towards the bottom of your brewing system since they aren't self-priming, meaning you need to run some liquid into them before they will pump anything.

About the Chugger pumps... I had a March pump with the plastic head. I accidentally dropped it  (http://itcomesinpints.grafidog.com/2012/12/equipment-upgrade.html)while cleaning up a couple of years ago and broke the inlet side. Since I needed a new pump, I bought the Chugger stainless inline head, which bolts right on to the March pump motor without any modification. I haven't been as happy with the Chugger head as I was with the March pump head. I get a lot more cavitation with the Chugger head and it doesn't handle nearly as much back-pressure (http://itcomesinpints.grafidog.com/2013/06/batch-139-panama-red.html) as the March. Emails to Chugger about the cavitation problems have not been answered. On the other hand, it sure looks pretty! If I had to do it over again, I'd go with the high temp plastic March pump, like this one:

http://morebeer.com/products/march-high-temperature-brewing-pump-flow.html

This link to morebeer.com is just an example, I'm sure you can find the same pump cheaper elsewhere.


Thanks Steve....I will check it out.   Looking forward to adding some automation to my system....do away with most of the heavy lifting......