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    What kind of flow meter

    Hey all,
    I am in the market for a cip friendly sanitary flow meter to hook into a 1.5" TC line between:
    Whirlpool and FV
    FV and Filter
    Filter and BT
    Measuring water to grist ratio in Mash
    pretty much anywhere

    Want to measure flow rate, and total volume through.

    Can a "sanitary" model with a rotor be reliably CIP'd?
    Should I go magnetic?

    Hoping I don't need to go over $2000

    LOOKING FOR SUGGESTIONS OF BRANDS TO PURCHASE NEW.

    Thanks,
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    Kushal Hall
    Common Space Brewery
    Hawthorne, CA

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    I love GPI's digital meters. I know they make some that are stainless, they might have one that can be CIPd, worth looking into

    http://www.gpimeters.net

    Edit: This one says it is used with acid and caustic so could surely stand up to the task.
    http://catalog.gpi.net/viewitems/g2-...ainless-steel?
    Last edited by wailingguitar; 05-11-2013 at 01:07 PM.

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    Thanks Bham.

    Anyone else out there have options I should look at?

    Currently I am looking at:
    GW Kent
    GPI
    Blancett
    Omega Flow
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    I second Bham Brewer's recommendation of the GPI flowmeter. We called up a local distributer (found on GPi's website) and found that the price was much better than the MSRP. I believe it was in the $675-700 range.

    One very nice thing about the 1 1/2" Tri-clamp model is that it is exactly the same size as a standard T fitting, so it can be easily slipped into any place in your hard piping where there is an existing T.

    Cheers-Mike

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    Hi there,

    I would normally use a sanitary flow meter from the larger industrial instrumentation companies - Endress & Hauser have very good quality equipment, and this is where I would usually go to as the first stop (here is an example: http://www.uk.endress.com/#product/10H). Then there are others like Emerson, Yokogawa, Siemens... All of these may be more expensive than the sanitary GPI option, but would be worth a look. From memory I think GPI just takes a battery? So maybe it is an all around more simple solution for your needs...

    Cheers,

    Alex

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    GPI Temp Range

    We're finishing the buildout of our brewery and realized we hadn't sourced our flow-meter yet. The previous three breweries I worked at all used the GPI stainless steel flowmeters for cold-side transfers and two used them for mash/sparge water volume calculations. I've never seen one fail even at higher-than-rated temps up to 180. Has anyone had any issues with the computer failing at higher temps? I never run chemicals through it, but do use 180 deg water to pasteurize.

    I know they are rated to 140 degs and you can remotely mount the electronics, but I like the convenience of the single unit. Any advice would be appreciated. And sorry for the revival of such an old post, but I hate posting new threads for related topics.

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    Second the Input

    Would love to use this meter as well, also concerned about running strike and sparge water through it.

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    We run strike water through our GPI just fine, but we did remotely mount the electronics on our brewhouse panel.
    Russell Everett
    Co-Founder / Head Brewer
    Bainbridge Island Brewing
    Bainbridge Island, WA

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    just picked up the meter and remote kit from buygpi.com and spoke with a helpful individual who said the unit is rated for 250* with the remote kit here are the part #'s G2S10T09GMA (Meter)
    1132265-1 (Standard Remote Kit)

    Cheers

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    FWIW I believe we fried our gpi meter's computer by using it to measure our strike water. Worked for a while but gradually started to read way off (reported values much higher than could have possibly been flowing thru it). Didn't note its 140 F specified temp limit until that point. Still acted as though it were otherwise functioning normally, so I figured we had damaged something inside mechanically. Was unaware until reading this thread that there was a remote kit for the computer, so we might give that a shot with a new unit.

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    flowmeter

    We use the Econo Turbine Flow Meter from GWKent for mash and sparge waters as well as cip water. Good up to 300F. Works great

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    Whitewall, could you give me an overall length measurement on that unit (and whether yours is 1 or 1.5 inch)? GWKent does not provide specs, and I can never seem to get a response from them.

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by fmeric View Post
    Whitewall, could you give me an overall length measurement on that unit (and whether yours is 1 or 1.5 inch)? GWKent does not provide specs, and I can never seem to get a response from them.

    Cheers
    Ill be at the brewery in the morning. I can get you the info then. It is 1.5" BTW

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whitewall View Post
    Ill be at the brewery in the morning. I can get you the info then. It is 1.5" BTW
    6.75 from flange to flange. 11" from pipe to top meter display.

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    I've noticed people online using the GPI meter listed above to measure flow rate of wort going into ferm vessels.

    We were recommended the Piusi Turbinox flow meter with Tri-clamp ends. The flow meter is rated for food (in addition to AdBlue, Antifreeze, Water, Windscreen). It was recommended as a substitute for the GPI meter.

    Flow meter info can be found here: http://www.piusi.com/products/flow-m...4-and-turbinox

    We should be good to use this meter inline, after knockout, right?
    Last edited by Sean_KillsBoro; 01-25-2018 at 10:09 AM.

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