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Offline bendbrew

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Pumps
« on: February 17, 2010, 06:42:30 PM »
I am considering getting the march 809HS pump.  Does anyone have that one?  Is it a good option?

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Re: Pumps
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2010, 06:46:08 PM »
If I had it to do over I would order one with the brass head.  I ended up buying a replacement head for the junk one March sends.

Like this:  http://www.homebrewing.org/March-Pump-125_p_1015.html
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Re: Pumps
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2010, 07:07:14 PM »
I have over 200+ batches on my junk ones without a single flaw. Both are over 6-7 years old. This pump has set the brewing pump standard.

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Re: Pumps
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2010, 07:13:32 PM »
I have the brass head.  That is what my guy was sellling. 

The pump is good, and wish I had another.
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Re: Pumps
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2010, 09:10:18 PM »
I have over 200+ batches on my junk ones without a single flaw. Both are over 6-7 years old. This pump has set the brewing pump standard.

Pump is great...Pump head not so.
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Re: Pumps
« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2010, 11:59:31 PM »
Been on the cusp of buying one of these for months. The only thing stopping me is the drilling on my kettle to convert. Got the step-bit too and practiced some already. :P

Good to know they last so long. Maybe next payday...?
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Re: Pumps
« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2010, 06:14:47 AM »
I have two of the "Non-brass" pumps . . never a problem, though I've not made it to 200 batches on them!

One thing that might contribute to a shortened life span is excessive cavitation . . I suspect that could be just as detrimental to the brass head as well.
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Re: Pumps
« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2010, 08:57:21 AM »
I think you will find a good price on the pump here, along with the brass head.  I did not buy from this company, so have no experience.  If I recall though, others have had good things to say about them over at HBT.

http://www.homebrewing.org/March-Pump-125_p_1015.html
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Re: Pumps
« Reply #8 on: February 18, 2010, 09:27:49 AM »
Does anyone ever use a peristaltic pump? 

It seems this would offer the best cleaning/sanitation option.  However LPM would be down and you would have to take note of the heat the tubing is rated for if transferring boiling wort.

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Re: Pumps
« Reply #9 on: February 18, 2010, 11:07:47 AM »
I just got my roll of Tygon tubing for the peristaltic. It's good to 250, I haven't used it yet. The pump will do up to 2300ml/min which is adjustable by a little dial on the front of the pump, just trying to finalize in my head how exactly I will use it. Don't need valves or gravity since it can suck the wort up the tube.
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Re: Pumps
« Reply #10 on: February 18, 2010, 11:24:53 AM »
The peristaltic is over $300 right? Seen some pics on HBT of one.
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Re: Pumps
« Reply #11 on: February 18, 2010, 12:11:54 PM »
Ebay!
Mine went for somewhere between 1K and 2K when new.
I am under $200 with it even after purchasing a higher capacity head (again, Ebay) which by itself goes for over $200.
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Re: Pumps
« Reply #12 on: February 19, 2010, 08:50:49 PM »
I've used the march-809.  It's flow rate is a little anemic, but it works.  I just purchased a Little-Giant 3-MD-HC, which is reported to have about twice the throughput as the 809.  It is also a centrifugal mag-drive pump, like the march, and comes with a Ryton head (similar to the March plastic one).

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Re: Pumps
« Reply #13 on: February 19, 2010, 11:43:20 PM »


I'm liking this March 1/25. For only 135 bones too.

This is the $139 plastic 809:



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Re: Pumps
« Reply #14 on: February 20, 2010, 09:45:04 AM »
Once you put copulling on plastic head it works with no problems.
Cross threading of soft plastic is another issue.
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