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Has anyone tried the Wonder Pump ?
« on: April 15, 2010, 01:51:23 PM »
Hi -
My  auto-siphon died and I've been looking for something better.
I was at the local big-box home store the other day and
saw the "Wonder Pump"


http://www.amazon.com/American-Specialty-Wonder-Pump/dp/B0000BYM3Z/ref=sr_1_3/175-3914856-3796662?ie=UTF8&s=sporting-goods&qid=1271356343&sr=8-3


the package suggests all kinds of uses but nothing food related. The hose is some kind of plastic tubing with a copper fitting on the end. Has anyone used one of these to move wort or beer between vessels?

Thanks,

Dave

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Re: Has anyone tried the Wonder Pump ?
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2010, 05:12:16 PM »
No, but the Wonder Bra can really do wonders  ;)

Seriously though, something similar was recently discussed in another thread on here...

http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=1592.msg19260#msg19260
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Re: Has anyone tried the Wonder Pump ?
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2010, 06:29:16 AM »
I have used it and it works fine, but I like the autosiphon better. One advantage is the little cap on the end of the autosiphon that prevents picking up too much trub. Get the 1/2 one and it moves 5 gallons pretty quick.

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Re: Has anyone tried the Wonder Pump ?
« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2010, 04:20:33 PM »
Well ...

for what it's worth I went with a new auto siphon. My results with the Wonder Pump were less than wonderful ..
I found it very difficult to get the siphon going on a reliable and predictable bases ...

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Re: Has anyone tried the Wonder Pump ?
« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2010, 05:46:15 PM »
I also need to find something better than the autosiphon.  This is the third time my plastic autosiphon has cracked on me. I’m playing with different ideas.
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Re: Has anyone tried the Wonder Pump ?
« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2010, 06:29:16 AM »
dmzlater, I'm surprised that you had a hard time starting the siphon with it, I have one and I just shake it vigorously and it primes that quick.  Just make sure the outlet is lower and you shouldn't have a problem.  I don't use it anymore though... it transfers too fast for my liking, just a guess I would say 5 gallons in a minute, or less.  So you better be on your toes with it!  :o   :o   :D

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Re: Has anyone tried the Wonder Pump ?
« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2010, 08:30:39 AM »
I am interested in hearing people's experience with the self priming pump to avoid the lifting, moving, and siphoning of full carboys.  I want to put the fermenters in their place and pump wort into them and pump beer back out.  I don't want to lift to siphon.

Otherwise, is there anyone using their March pump to move beer out of carboys or does everyone think that it would overly oxygenate the beer.

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Re: Has anyone tried the Wonder Pump ?
« Reply #7 on: May 31, 2010, 12:18:29 PM »
that's exactly why i don't use the march pump to transfer beer, because i don't want to risk oxidation and or sanitation.  On my SS conical fermenters and glass carboys, i use a stainless steel racking crane attached to a clear plastic hose to transfer the beer to a keg or what ever other vessel i need the beer in.  I use a cork with two holes drilled, one hole for the racking crane, and the other hole for the CO2 inlet hose that exerts pressure and pushes the beer to the keg; it works even if one vessel is not lower than the other. Yet i am sometimes cautious to use CO2 pressure when applying it when racking out of my glass carboys.  I just sometimes get freaked out about glass exploding. 
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Re: Has anyone tried the Wonder Pump ?
« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2010, 12:22:59 AM »
We use pumps every day to transfer beer from our fermenters to our bright tanks.  There is no harm in using a pump to transfer finished product, as long as the the materials are SS or plastic.  Use a Grant to sanitize everything with and it couldn't be easier.
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