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Water Wand


When I was putting my brewery together, I finally decided to get a pump. It has made my life much easier, and I no longer have to use a 3-tiered gravity-fed design. This design was dangerous, as I would have to boil up 10+ gallons of water, put it into my Hot Liquor Tank, then lift this up to a high level. 10 gallons of water weighs in excess of 80 pounds. Lifting 80 lbs. of hot water over your head is not a smart thing to do.

I set my brew kettle, HLT and Mash Tun all up with female quick disconnects. The "in" port of the pump is fitted with braided, hi-temp hosing with a male quick disconnect.

I set the "out" port with the same braided hose. The easy thing to do would have been to fit it with another male QD and just plug the hose into each of the female QD's that were going to be filled. My worry was that the building head pressure of a full or near full kettle or tun that was being filled would not allow all of the liquid from the "sending" kettle or tun flow freely.

OK, I'm not a fluid dynamics kinda guy, I panicked and I wussed out!

What I did, was build a very simple wand or cane from off-the-shelf copper tubing (click on either image for a larger view in a separate window).

The "out" hose from the pump plugs into the female QD at the bottom of the wand. The wand is then hung on the edge of the kettle or tun that's being filled. Start the pump, and let 'er rip!

Here's another angle so you can see the "bent S" shape of the wand.

Enjoy. JMS


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