Yep. They're $260+postage. Exactly the same price as Process Pumps. I also noted that Morebeer have upped the price of their pumps to US$129 (for the 120V model) and US$159 for the 240V model :angry:. Didn't they used to be the same price and used to be $109 or $115?
FWIW I went to the Riverside Morebeer retail store last week to buy some goodies, no pumps, no CFWC in stock, no tap handles that I wanted etc. Spewing. They did have 1 5Gallon brewing system with all the bells and whistle that was very nice but for the most part I was pretty disapointed with their range in that store. Some nice kettles etc though.
Just for anyone who hasn't had much to do with pumps, whether they self prime or not is very important. Many pumps will not self prime, that is pick up suction with an unfilled pipe, and they sit there spinning with no fluid flowing, very quickly heat up bearings and melt/burn/self destruct.
Has anyone seen the pumps that attach to drills? I did see one in I think a Grundfoss catalogue.
I have a drill powered 'gear' pump lager it used to work a treat and iam sure if i fixed the seals it would work great again, i threw it in the corner of the shed one nite after it sprayed half a tun of first runnings out everywhere.
Anyway that one was found on top of a scrap metal pile, i got nearly 50 brews out of it, and iam sure given one in good order it should last forever.
As for priming other pumps i just lay the outlet hose on the ground and wait for wort to flow through it before turning it on, its ussually that simple.
Ouch, I keep reading about bad brew days where people loose first runnings, or all the runnings, including your tale when the mates burnt the brewshed door, you all drank too much beer and you lost one batch on the shed floor.
I was thinking about when the pump is unprimed and above the level of the fluid being pumped, this is when priming is an issue. Some pumps will happily run "dry," others will self destruct.
Most of the time, gravity is my friend, but from time to time, maybe a pump would be very useful.
if you want to siphon from a vessel with no tap, I recommend you get a racking cane. I got mine from my brewshop 2 years ago and it has worked a treat for me every brew! It's great for those brews that get giant yeast cakes that fill the fermenter tap and you waste litres of beer throwing out the crud when you transfer to secondary.