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

  • Off-topic, vote to close. Commented Feb 15, 2011 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. Commented Feb 15, 2011 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. Commented Feb 15, 2011 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. Commented Feb 15, 2011 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.


The March 809HS is the standard.


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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