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I need a pump to use for transferring wort from a 55 gallon drum. Do you have any recommendations?

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Off-topic, vote to close. – theraccoonbrew Feb 15 '11 at 16:03
@theraccoonbrew would you feel differently if it was wort instead of sap? either can be used as a substrate for ethanol production. – David LeBauer Feb 15 '11 at 16:16
I suppose, though I'm apparently unable to rescind a vote to close. I assumed you were making syrup and the quantities you describe certainly sounded beyond typical "home" brewing. – theraccoonbrew Feb 15 '11 at 17:22
@theraccoonbrew indeed, some will be used for wort, some for syrup, and the large scale is a consequence of available resources. I have taken off the flow rate requirement though. Still, I expect that it will take as much as 200 gal of sap to make 20 gal of wort. – David LeBauer Feb 15 '11 at 17:59
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I know several brewers who use a pump made by March. You can find them at many of the larger homebrew shops.

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The March 809HS is the standard.

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For wort you can use any centrifugal pump.

Following are some important points while selecting a pump:
1. Internal for pump should be of stainless steel.
2. Inlet and outlet should be of stainless steel.
3. Use SMS union type end fitting.
4. Use EPDM/ PTFE gasket material.
5. As wort is hot liquid, it can create cavitation. So while searchingfor a pump, ask supplier to supply with low suction pressure capacity.

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