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Whether you're a start-up distiller, or a well-establishped distillery, one of the most important pieces of equipment you will have is your 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 Distillery 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.


Flow Rate

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.

Atex Requirements

As spirits are flammable and located in a non-safe area, pumps will have to be ATEX Rated.

ATEX Certification is a product regulation which ensures the safety of equipment intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres in the European Union.

Non-Atex Applications

Not all applications will require a ATEX Rated pump, for example in a non-atex environment, removing botanicals after flavouring could be done using a non-atex pump.

Air Driven Double Diaphragm Pumps (Atex Compliant)

ATEX Rated air driven double diaphragm pumps are ideal in flammable distillery environments. They are pretty versatile and are capable of handling a wide range of hot, cold, thick, thin, clean or solid laden liquids.

They are what we call true self priming pumps, capable of pulling dry suction lifts of 3 metres plus (dependant on size & manufacturer of pump).

These pumps are available in a wide selection of anti-static/food grade materials plastic materials (Acetal, polypropylene & polyethylene), as well as cast metallic & highly polished hygienic designs in 316 stainless steel.

These pumps can be dry ran for short periods of time without damage. However, this will depend on the air pressure being used to drive the pump, the higher the air pressure, the higher the risk of dry run damage. Dry Running is not something we would recommend and suggest that you avoid.

Electrically Driven Double Diaphragm Pumps (Atex Compliant)

Once again electrically driven double diaphragm pumps offer all the same pros & cons of air driven double diaphragms, but they do not require costly compressed/pneumatic air to operate them; making them far more cost effective to operate & run, especially if you are planning to use them for long periods of time.

The down side to electrically driven double diaphragm pumps is the upfront initial capital cost required to purchase the unit, but in time you shall receive all the benefits of this design of pump and they shall be very cost effective to operate & own.

Electrically Driven Peristaltic Hose Pumps

Peristaltic pumps are ideal for pumping away botanical waste after the flavours and fragrances have been extracted via the distilling process. They are a very simple, quiet & hygienic design of pump that use the principle of peristalsis (i.e. similar to your intestine), the liquid is simply and easily pushed through a rubber hose, causing minimum disturbance and damage to the product being pumped.

They can be used to handle a wide range of hot, cold, thick, thin, clean or stringy/solid laden, abrasive liquids, with solid particles such as pips and fruit peels. They are capable of pulling dry suction lifts of 3 metres plus (dependant on the size) and are capable of dry running without damage, but like every pump design this is not something we would recommend and would suggest that you avoid if you can.

The initial capitol purchase price is more expensive that a centrifugal pump, but the pros far out way the cons of a centrifugal pump when it comes to pumping away your finished product. Enviroflex peristaltic hose pumps are very energy efficient to run & lifetime ownership is very common.


It's important to think about your job from start to finish, a pump is a main part of your application but it's important to consider what else you'll need. Below you'll find some items that may be be considered essential, depending on your application. If you're ever unsure on your requirements, our team is available to help you.


We sell a wide range of hoses for you to transfer your liquids, including a Clear Braided Hose which is Food Grade.

Air Regulators

If you are using AODD pumps, air line regulators provide controlled, consistent air pressure as required for specific pneumatic equipment connected to the air system.


A trolley is especially useful for pumps that you use for more than one application, allowing you to easily maneuver the pump around your space.

Pulsation Dampeners

A pulsation dampener can be used to reduce pulsation and remove pressure variations on the discharge of your pump, ensuring a smoother flow and less disturbance to your product.

Get in touch

Our friendly team of experts are on hand to give you any advice you require for your job. If you require more information or help on choosing the right pump for your application, then fill in the contact form or call us on +44 1332 913500 to speak to a member of our team.

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