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Are Tri clamps worth the cost?
« on: December 12, 2011, 09:23:37 PM »
Still looking for a larger fermenter and I'm pricing out some options. Tri clamps add almost $300 to the cost of a 14 gal conical. Are they really worth that?  Anyone have good experience with both?  I was looking at a 27 gal with tri clamps but I can buy two 14 gal regular conicals for about the same. This would give me more flexibility.
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Re: Are Tri clamps worth the cost?
« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2011, 09:40:27 PM »

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Re: Are Tri clamps worth the cost?
« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2011, 12:42:15 AM »
http://store.proflowdynamics.com/modules/store/-Couplings-for-Homebrewers-_C12074.cfm

Cam lock couplers are much cheaper than tri clamps, just as sanitary using either a buna n or silicone gasket, and easier to connect and disconnect than a tri clamp.
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Re: Are Tri clamps worth the cost?
« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2011, 07:37:25 AM »
They are nice but you can certainly do without them.
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Re: Are Tri clamps worth the cost?
« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2011, 10:39:09 AM »
Sure you can certainly do with out them, but man after years of hose barbs why would you want to do without them.  I got sick of going through hoses because they get tore up.  The sanitary benefits of using cam locks are most beneficial when weighed against the cost.   
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Re: Are Tri clamps worth the cost?
« Reply #5 on: December 13, 2011, 10:44:48 AM »
I use both tri-clamps and cam-locks depending upon the application. One thing I'd like to do, however, is migrate to all of one or the other. In my situation, it's not possible to go one way or the other, but whatever you decide be consistent.

Just my 2 cents, but there's a reason why most (if not all) commercial brewing equipment is fitted with tri-clamps. But then again, for homebrewing purposes cam-locks would be fine.

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Re: Are Tri clamps worth the cost?
« Reply #6 on: December 13, 2011, 11:46:53 AM »
I will say that cam locks do need to need to have the gaskets pulled out and the socket ends need to be soaked/cleaned, but with the sockets on the hoses it makes it really easy to clean them.
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Re: Are Tri clamps worth the cost?
« Reply #7 on: December 13, 2011, 06:45:46 PM »
I would like to gradually make the shift to tri-clamps. They are easier to work with and clean, not to mention very sanitary. I currently have QD's that work fine but tri-clamps are definitely better IMO. The initial cost will set you back, but I think they're worth it in the long run.
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Re: Are Tri clamps worth the cost?
« Reply #8 on: December 14, 2011, 01:06:31 AM »
Yes, well worth it.
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Re: Are Tri clamps worth the cost?
« Reply #9 on: December 14, 2011, 01:23:21 AM »
Anyone got a tri-clamp link? IIRC they are something like 10 times the cost of the camlocks. That's what has me balking at the outlay.
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Re: Are Tri clamps worth the cost?
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Re: Are Tri clamps worth the cost?
« Reply #11 on: December 14, 2011, 07:03:13 AM »
St. Pats of Texas has them too. 
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Re: Are Tri clamps worth the cost?
« Reply #12 on: December 14, 2011, 07:16:25 AM »
Punatic, don't you ever sleep?

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Re: Are Tri clamps worth the cost?
« Reply #13 on: December 14, 2011, 07:21:08 AM »
Only one eye at a time.   ;)
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Re: Are Tri clamps worth the cost?
« Reply #14 on: December 14, 2011, 12:14:07 PM »
Isn't the guy at St Pat's militantly anti-homebrewer? :o

Anyway I don't see any sizes of tri-clamp usable in my brewery while the camlocks do come in the appropriate sizes.
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