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Thread: Transferring purée from a 55gallon plastic drum to the fermenter

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    Transferring purée from a 55gallon plastic drum to the fermenter

    I am guessing I could modify the two white filling tops to receive a co2 fitting on one side and and out tube on the other to the tank but am really wondering what kind of pressure the drum can handle as the fruit is about 9 brix and pretty thick.

    Fyi, We only have a standard brewhouse transfer pump, nothing that is powerful enough to move the purée.

    Any help would be appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Double A View Post
    I am guessing I could modify the two white filling tops to receive a co2 fitting on one side and and out tube on the other to the tank but am really wondering what kind of pressure the drum can handle as the fruit is about 9 brix and pretty thick.

    Fyi, We only have a standard brewhouse transfer pump, nothing that is powerful enough to move the purée.

    Any help would be appreciated.
    Peristaltic or diaphragm pump would be the ticket.

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    I used my cellar pump to move puree and it did just fine.

    https://morewinepro.com/products/fle...euro-30-1.html

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    I've never tried it but this hand operated drum pump https://www.uline.com/Product/Detail...E&gclsrc=aw.ds claims that it can handle fluids with a viscosity of up to 8,800 centipoises. And according to this chart, http://www.cstsales.com/viscosity.html that is about the viscosity of black strap molasses.
    At 75 bucks it might be worth a try...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Double A View Post
    I actually think that is a flexible impeller pump. Which should work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard Pivo View Post
    I've never tried it but this hand operated drum pump https://www.uline.com/Product/Detail...E&gclsrc=aw.ds claims that it can handle fluids with a viscosity of up to 8,800 centipoises. And according to this chart, http://www.cstsales.com/viscosity.html that is about the viscosity of black strap molasses.
    At 75 bucks it might be worth a try...
    Lot of hand pumping.

    I use this pump for cleaning chemicals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thirsty_Monk View Post
    Lot of hand pumping.

    I use this pump for cleaning chemicals.
    You would end up with the forearms of a pimple faced sixteen year old boy who just discovered the internet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard Pivo View Post
    I actually think that is a flexible impeller pump. Which should work.
    How would you prime it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Junkyard View Post
    How would you prime it?
    in the description it says that it is self priming up to 7 feet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Junkyard View Post
    How would you prime it?
    You can also use a standard cellar pump, prime it by letting beer/wort back flush into the drum for a bit and then start the pump. I have done this several times with great success.

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    Aodd

    We use an air operated diaphragm pump.

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