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Title: Quick disconnects
Post by: bluesman on September 28, 2010, 01:52:14 AM
I'm planning to add QD's to my Brutus10 stand. I need to order some very soon and was wondering if anyone had any suggestions. 

Any particular online stores? Don't be shy.  8)
Title: Re: Quick disconnects
Post by: hoptomation on September 28, 2010, 02:13:51 AM
i've been eye balling the ones at bargainfittings.com
Title: Re: Quick disconnects
Post by: BarleynYeast on September 28, 2010, 02:43:54 AM
I have been using the More Beer stainless QD, and really like them. There a little pricy but will last for years. http://morebeer.com/view_product/7642/102348/Threaded_Stainless_Steel_Quick_Disconnect_Set_1_set_MPT
Matt
Title: Re: Quick disconnects
Post by: bluesman on September 28, 2010, 11:50:11 AM
I have been using the More Beer stainless QD, and really like them. There a little pricy but will last for years. http://morebeer.com/view_product/7642/102348/Threaded_Stainless_Steel_Quick_Disconnect_Set_1_set_MPT
Matt


Ohhh...I've been eying them as well.  I am leaning towards them but I see alot of stands using brass.

Thanks!
Title: Re: Quick disconnects
Post by: bluesman on September 28, 2010, 11:50:42 AM
i've been eye balling the ones at bargainfittings.com

I'll give them a look see.

Thanks!
Title: Re: Quick disconnects
Post by: richardt on September 28, 2010, 12:21:23 PM
Be sure to check out:

http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=1776.msg21114#msg21114 (http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=1776.msg21114#msg21114)

Other options to consider:

SS Cam lock QD

CPC Poly QD's
Title: Re: Quick disconnects
Post by: majorvices on September 28, 2010, 12:38:21 PM
I'm not sure how much you are wanting to spend but I am using the tri-clamps at the brewery and starting to incorporate them into my homebrew stuff as well. The smallest 1/2" size will fit most homebrew ball valves. They are awesomely awesome!

http://breweryparts.com/index.php/fittings-and-valves/fittings-amp-valves-tri-clamp-174.html

I use all my old polysuphone (sp?) plastic QDCs on the wet side side now. I even have a polysuphone to tri-clap connection for ceaning. Makes like so much easier!
Title: Re: Quick disconnects
Post by: dshepard on September 28, 2010, 02:27:15 PM
I have been using the SS Cam lock QDs and I am very happy with them. They are reasonably priced and if you use the red silicon o-rings ($5.90 for 25 size 210 delivered from Oringsandmore.com) you can attach and remove your tubing with one hand. I took the key-rings and cotter pins off of mine.
Title: Re: Quick disconnects
Post by: bluesman on September 28, 2010, 02:55:12 PM
Thanks for all of the suggestions.  I have quite a few choices. 
Title: Re: Quick disconnects
Post by: Matt B on September 28, 2010, 03:24:57 PM
Also check out prices at McMasterCarr, the 'high flow' ones are the same style as the morebeer stainless QD's. I personally would avoid the CPC ones, they clog and I had problems with the o-rings breaking all the time. I would love to go the triclamp route, but way more pricey, but probably worth it if you're brewing all the time. And while making beer, if the brass ones are significantly cheaper, I would say go that route. The limited exposure to wort won't be enough to leach lead out.

I went the morebeer SS QD route, love 'em. But, I spent a gawdawful amount of money on them. If I were to do it again, I'd go brass.
Cheaper. Less shiny though.

Title: Re: Quick disconnects
Post by: majorvices on September 28, 2010, 03:43:55 PM
I drilled the center "corss hairs" out of my CPCs and never had them clog. They are "nice enough", but go stainless if you can.  The CPC ones, while they handle heat well, never felt sanitary. Especially after I drilled them out.

The thing about the Tri Clamps, they are pricey but they will last almost forever if you take care of 'em. And they are truly sanitary.
Title: Re: Quick disconnects
Post by: micsager on September 28, 2010, 04:19:46 PM
I drilled the center "corss hairs" out of my CPCs and never had them clog. They are "nice enough", but go stainless if you can.  The CPC ones, while they handle heat well, never felt sanitary. Especially after I drilled them out.

The thing about the Tri Clamps, they are pricey but they will last almost forever if you take care of 'em. And they are truly sanitary.

I started with SS.  But then at a beer fest in Yakima, saw the demo brew guys were using plastic.  I switched over.  SS get's hot.  (I have a bunch of SS ones to sell, PM me if interested.)
Title: Re: Quick disconnects
Post by: MrNate on September 28, 2010, 04:23:10 PM
Also check out prices at McMasterCarr, the 'high flow' ones are the same style as the morebeer stainless QD's. I personally would avoid the CPC ones, they clog and I had problems with the o-rings breaking all the time. I would love to go the triclamp route, but way more pricey, but probably worth it if you're brewing all the time. And while making beer, if the brass ones are significantly cheaper, I would say go that route. The limited exposure to wort won't be enough to leach lead out.

I went the morebeer SS QD route, love 'em. But, I spent a gawdawful amount of money on them. If I were to do it again, I'd go brass.
Cheaper. Less shiny though.



I never had any clogging issues, but I pulled all of my CPC discos out of service because of the o-rings stretching and breaking. I use ordinary GHT couplings now. It got to the point where I asked myself just how quick I needed these connections to be, and decided that they really didn't.
Title: Re: Quick disconnects
Post by: bluesman on September 28, 2010, 04:32:54 PM
Great info. gentlemen.  Keep the ideas coming!
Title: Re: Quick disconnects
Post by: majorvices on September 28, 2010, 04:48:01 PM
That's other nice thing about the Tri Clamps. Sure, the actual fitting itself gets hot. But the crank is always cool enough to touch. That said, thats the one sure advantage of the CPC over the stainless. You can always handle them. But, as was mentioned, keep those O rings handy!
Title: Re: Quick disconnects
Post by: tom on September 28, 2010, 04:56:41 PM
These folks have good prices on SS QDs, they don't have hose barbs though:  http://www.dultmeier.com/catpages.asp?page=E0170

I have also been using tri-clamps on my post-boil side. They work well. Tri-clamps also come in a smaller 3/4" size, but they are hard to find.
Title: Re: Quick disconnects
Post by: henrythe9th on September 28, 2010, 06:12:32 PM
cam and groove  form pro-flow dynamics
http://store.proflowdynamics.com/modules/store/316-Stainless-Steel_C68.cfm

love them, just upgraded to 3/4in on the boil pot/plate chillers
Title: Re: Quick disconnects
Post by: bluesman on September 28, 2010, 06:35:28 PM
Blichman's triclamps look very robust.

Anyone know where they get their clamps from?
Title: Re: Quick disconnects
Post by: majorvices on September 28, 2010, 06:40:10 PM
Probably GW Kent - just a guess.
Title: Re: Quick disconnects
Post by: bluesman on September 28, 2010, 06:43:55 PM
Probably GW Kent - just a guess.

I give them a look see.
Title: Re: Quick disconnects
Post by: majorvices on September 28, 2010, 07:09:58 PM
That was the link I posted previously.
Title: Re: Quick disconnects
Post by: bluesman on September 28, 2010, 07:18:33 PM
That was the link I posted previously.

OK...got it. Very nice clamps and pricey but worth it in the long run.
I'm seriously considering the Tri-clamps. It's roughly $45/connection.
Title: Re: Quick disconnects
Post by: tom on September 28, 2010, 08:20:08 PM
Also check out KLG stainless at http://klgstainless.com/index.html
or their ebay store.
Title: Re: Quick disconnects
Post by: bluesman on September 28, 2010, 08:26:20 PM
Also check out KLG stainless at http://klgstainless.com/index.html
or their ebay store.

Thanks Tom.  I'll check them out too.
Title: Re: Quick disconnects
Post by: jeffy on September 28, 2010, 10:37:24 PM
I drilled the center "corss hairs" out of my CPCs and never had them clog. They are "nice enough", but go stainless if you can.  The CPC ones, while they handle heat well, never felt sanitary. Especially after I drilled them out.

The thing about the Tri Clamps, they are pricey but they will last almost forever if you take care of 'em. And they are truly sanitary.
I bought these (through my LHBS through Fox Equipment) and found out right away the cross-hairs had to be removed to prevent clogging.  I've had them on my rig for about 4 brews so far and find them pretty easy to use and not hot to the touch.
If you plan it right you can make a couple of hoses that do more than one application.  I use a hose from the hot liquor tank to the mash kettle and then use it from the ice bath (formerly hot liquor tank) to the wort chiller with another hose returning to the ice bath.
The only QD that seems difficult to snap on and off is the one on the outlet of the boil kettle.  Heat may be a factor there.
Title: Re: Quick disconnects
Post by: IHBHS on September 29, 2010, 08:06:28 PM
http://store.proflowdynamics.com/modules/store/316-Stainless-Steel_C68.cfm    These are awesome and are dirt cheap, and so is shipping.