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Adding a pump - how much beer will I lose in the lines?

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Wasn't sure how to search this one, so I figured I'd just toss it out there - how much beer can one expect to lose in the pump and lines?

I ask because I am adding a pump to my system (5-gallon batches, 10-gallon cooler for the tun, 10-gallon BK) and my initial use will be to circulate the wort during chilling (using an IC) and introducing my new Hop Rocket to the mix as a filter at first - just to get used to working with a pump.

I'm adding a ball-valve near the top of my BK for a return. A hose will go from the bottom of the BK to the pump, then to the Hop Rocket, then back up to the BK. My total line length will be about 12 feet.

Is there a "standard" procedure to get that wort out of the lines and into the kettle once the pump is turned off? Or is anything left in the lines considered "waste" and just dumped during the cleaning process? If so, I can note how much is lost and add it to my batch size to compensate - just wondering what other folks are doing.

Jeff M:
IF you are still boiling you could probably just blow the wort back in, otherwise i just use gravity when im done to get the wort out of the pump/lines

I find that the losses are minimal.  I usually only loose about a quart in all my lines.  My line from the Mash Tun to the BK is less than 6' of 1/2" ID tubing, and that loss is maybe between a cup and a pint, so I don't even bother with blowing it through.

about 3/4 x ID squared  times the length.   8)

I hate losing wort, so once the wort is out of the kettle but before the last drops reach the pump, I shut off the valve and put ~1/2 gallon of boiling water in the kettle.  I then push the last of the wort out of the lines and into the fermenter and shut off the pump once the water arrives.  I'm not sure how that would work with your setup, but it also serves a dual purpose for me in that the chiller, lines and pump are all soaking in water rather than wort while I'm oxygenating, pitching yeast, etc.


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