Whether you're a home brewer or a large brewing company, one of the most important pieces of equipment you will have is your brewery pump. With a vast array of pumps to choose from, deciding what pump best suits your needs can be overwhelming. We have written the below guide to the types of Brewery Pumps we offer to help you along with your decision. Should you require any further information, or have any additional questions then please call us on +44 1332 913500.
The amount of fluid a pump can expel is measured in either Litres Per Minute (LPM), Gallons Per Minute (GPM) or Cubic Metres Per Minute (m3/hr), this allows you to gauge how quickly a pump can transfer liquid from A to B.
Vertical Suction Lift
This measures the length that a pump can lift liquid up from it's original destination.
If you're pump is sat on a tank, your suction lift would be from the bottom of that tank.
Maximum Head Lift
The head lift relates to how far in height the pump will need to expel the liquid.
If you're pump is on the ground and pumping into a tank, then the head will be the height of the tank.
Certain pumps allow for solids to flow through. This is usually measured in millimetres and available on the pump's datasheet.
Passing larger solids than the pumps recomended will result in clogging of the impeller and downtime for your application.
Pumps are available as Air Powered or Electric Powered (in both single and three phase). It's important to know what power you need before looking to purchase a pump.
Perfect For Small / Medium Sized Breweries
Centrifugal pumps are ideal for transferring thin water like products, such as hot liquor (water) & wort (please note that it is not recomended to transfer liquid higher than 90 degrees celsius). Certain pumps are available with either Standard Mechanical Seals or Hard-Faced Mechanical Seals, if you are looking to transfer wort or use the pumps in a CIP application please ensure the pump has a hard face seal and you do not exceed 5% Caustic Soda solution.
The pumps are either closed impeller design, which are ideal for clean liquids, capable of passing solid particles of up to 2mm in diameter or open impeller design, which are ideal for liquids with solid particles in suspension of up to 10mm in diameter, i.e. grain & hop particles. This measurements will vary per pump and manufacturer.
Centrifugal pumps will not tolerate dry running and will need a positive suction head or flooded suction, they do not naturally pull a product up & out of a vessel below the inlet port/centre line of the pump, without being manually primed.
Please also note, if using a centrifugal pump to transfer finished un-carbonated or carbonated beer, these pumps are often selected to operate at 3,000 revolutions per minute (50 Hertz) or 3,600 rpm (60 Hertz), which will whisk & can cause aeration.
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