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#1 zymot

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Posted 07 September 2019 - 05:19 PM

I am looking to kit up my system with some sort of Quick Disconnect arrangement.  It help to organize my brew rig and  normalize and standardize my process. I use QD for my garden hoses, works great.

 

Looking around there appears to be three flavors of disconnects. Quick disconnect, Camlock and Triclamp.

 

#1 Unless somebody makes a compelling argument for Triclamp, this are off the table, too much extra money for little advantage.

 

#2 The conventional quick disconnect look fine. Are there different types or sizes or incompatible brands of brewing quick disconnects I should know about? On the interwebs, all the quick disconnects look the same. They are not cheap,  ~$20/00/connection point. The quick connect/disconnect feature is nice, I do not see me taking advantage of it.

 

#3 The Camlock/Snaplock have the attractive price, about half. I have no problem with extra step of locking connector in place.

 

What are the advantages and disadvantages of each flavor? Who uses something they like, who has something that is a PITA? Reliability issues? Securing inventory, it seems to me that the QD are what I see on the shelf. Camlocks are on-line source.

 

Brews-Bros Brain Trust, what say you?


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Posted 07 September 2019 - 06:40 PM

I use camlocks presently. For a long time I used hydraulic disconnects from McMaster Carr and they were good and relatively cheap but not ss. Cam locks let me go all SS and just work well. Take a look at brewhardware.com, they have a good selection.

Triclamps are great but I only use them on the cold side other than connecting the chiller hose to my fermenter.

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#3 djinkc

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Posted 08 September 2019 - 05:27 AM

I've been using the McMaster QDs forever.  I believe there is a SS option


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Posted 08 September 2019 - 03:43 PM

I've been using the McMaster QDs forever.  I believe there is a SS option

 

If you do not use stainless steel QD, what are your QDs made of?


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Posted 08 September 2019 - 03:55 PM

If you do not use stainless steel QD, what are your QDs made of?

I didn't poke around McMaster much but I think I was wrong about the SS.  Been using the same brass ones George clued us into.


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Posted 08 September 2019 - 03:57 PM

If you do not use stainless steel QD, what are your QDs made of?


They are brass. There is a link in the FAQ. Look for QD and silicone hose as the title.
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Posted 10 September 2019 - 05:09 AM

I loved my stainless tri-clamps, but I don't think these camlocks were around back then. They let me go all stainless and had obvious advantages for cleaning and sanitizing. A bit of a pain to keep track of the gaskets, but I just had a bin of them on the brew cart and grabbed one if one went missing.


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Posted 10 September 2019 - 06:01 AM

I loved my stainless tri-clamps, but I don't think these camlocks were around back then. They let me go all stainless and had obvious advantages for cleaning and sanitizing. A bit of a pain to keep track of the gaskets, but I just had a bin of them on the brew cart and grabbed one if one went missing.

I think they were around but not as widely known for homebrewing.  Heck, even the tri-clamp accessories have come down in price a lot in the last few years.  Agree on the cleaning and sanitizing advantages. 


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Posted 10 September 2019 - 06:46 AM

that's a lot of valves you've got there, drez!

 

what is that canister looking thing in the foreground of the picture?


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Posted 10 September 2019 - 07:06 AM

that's a lot of valves you've got there, drez!

 

what is that canister looking thing in the foreground of the picture?

One more that is not shown in the picture :).  The canister is a sightglass.  It will let me monitor the color as the mash goes on.


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Posted 10 September 2019 - 09:12 AM

One more that is not shown in the picture :).  The canister is a sightglass.  It will let me monitor the color as the mash goes on.

 

Fancy pants!!


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Posted 10 September 2019 - 09:30 AM

Fancy pants!!

 

It is amazing how cheap they have gotten.  A couple years ago they were close to $100 and now I got it for $27 on Amazon. Plus it looks cool ..lol


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Posted 10 September 2019 - 10:01 AM

It is amazing how cheap they have gotten.  A couple years ago they were close to $100 and now I got it for $27 on Amazon. Plus it looks cool ..lol

 

It's definitely cool. Just ribbing you.


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Posted 10 September 2019 - 10:12 AM

One more that is not shown in the picture :). The canister is a sightglass. It will let me monitor the color as the mash goes on.


Wow. Color. That is one aspect of my beer I have never ever worried about. What ever color my beer is, it is a beautiful color.
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Posted 10 September 2019 - 10:31 AM

Wow. Color. That is one aspect of my beer I have never ever worried about. What ever color my beer is, it is a beautiful color.

 I worry about all aspects of my beer.


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Posted 10 September 2019 - 11:31 AM

I was hopping that was going to be some kind of whirlpool hopping device :D


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Posted 10 September 2019 - 11:57 AM

I was hopping that was going to be some kind of whirlpool hopping device :D

 

No, but I am going to be adding one to my fermenter for dryhoping in a no(low) O2 environment.


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Posted 17 September 2019 - 05:46 AM

I use camlocks (from brewers hardware, like drez mentioned).  I think they work perfectly well.  I wouldn't use triclamps for the hot side, they are made to use on the cold side.  If you're doing a lot of fluid transfer after chilling/pitching it's probably a good idea to go triclamp but most homebrewers aren't moving the beer much after pitching.


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