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RipTide Brewing Pump by Blichmann Engineering
BL295

RipTide Brewing Pump by Blichmann Engineering

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Description

Imagine a brewing pump that eliminates cavitation, is easy to clean, has a built in valve, and is quiet. Introducing The RipTide pump from Blichmann, the first pump designed specifically for homebrewing.

We love this brew pump. Like a brewer wired on coffee, let us rattle off some of our favorite features.  First, the pull style relief valve that allows air to exit the pump head so the impeller won't cavitate is a genius addition. Our next favorite feature is the bad-ass, built-in flow control valve so you don't have to add additional ball-valves. While we dont manually clean our pumps very often we like the idea that we can easily do that with the clover clamp style connection. That might be particularly important if you are transferring cool wort where extra sanitation might make a difference.  Equally cool is the noise, or lack thereof, when operating. It just wears on you to hear your pump grinding away all day. The RipTide pump isn't silent, but it is much quieter.  And to top it all off we like the mounting base and the extra long 9' cord. 9' gets the plug connection a few feet away from where we are brewing and less likely to be exposed to water - a simple upgrade that is really nice.  Oh, and we almost forgot the power switch which is always a nice feature on something electric!   

All in all this is a no brainer upgrade for the difference in cost.  

 

Features:

  • Strong rare earth magnets and a curved blade impeller provide 7 GPM and up to 21 ft of lift
  • Tri-Clamp head disassembles easily for cleaning
  • 1/2" NPT inlet and outlet
  • Motor is enclosed in a splash proof and super quiet case
  • Rotatable stainless steel head
  • Integrated air release vent allows you to easily prime the pump everytime without those frustrating air bubbles and cavitation
  • Linear flow valve provided for excellent flow control
  • Power switch on base
  • 10 ft. long power cord with 120V plug

 

 
Item # BL295
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Availability California - In Stock
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Weight 10 LBS
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Why did you choose this?
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Blichmann makes superior products. This pump has very well-engineered features. Also, lowest price of comparable pump.
Steven I R on Sep 27, 2022
Quality of build
Ty K on May 5, 2022
Blichmann makes superior products. This pump has very well-engineered features. Also, lowest price of comparable pump.
Steven I R on Sep 27, 2022
Versatile pump with extra features including relief valve for priming and control valve. Desirable feature that it does not have is run dry capability like an X-Dry chugger pump.
Leslie D M on Jul 25, 2022
Quality of build
Ty K on May 5, 2022
Has a solid reputation for quality
Dan D on Apr 27, 2022
good reviews
Mark G on Feb 10, 2022
good reviews and added benefits vs chugger pump
ed s on Feb 8, 2022
Replacing same pump
Gini von C on Feb 7, 2022
Awesome sounding pump with all the features I'm looking for.
Lisa L on Jan 22, 2022
Quiet operation and strength of pump
Tim O on Jan 22, 2022
Upgrade
Mike N on Jan 22, 2022
The chugger pumps were not available and this thing has amazing reviews.
Dave P on Jan 22, 2022
Quality / opens to clean.
David H on Jan 6, 2022
better design than old pump, switch and valve on pump
Tom M on Dec 31, 2021
quality
Arnie L on Oct 15, 2021
Heard that it was the best
Aaron H on Oct 15, 2021
After researching the options I feel the features of this pump are worth the extra cost.
Brian H on Oct 14, 2021
I’ve been very happy with other Blichmann products so far, the designs are solid and well-considered.
Christian Lindemer on Oct 8, 2021
to use as a transfer pump
AUGUSTINE M on Oct 8, 2021
Highly recommended. Quiet. Bleed valve.
Paul W on Sep 16, 2021
Need pump for pumping wine right after press
Edward Hyde on Sep 16, 2021
need to replace siezed pump
Brian Root on Sep 16, 2021
It has it all!
Christopher S on Sep 7, 2021
Quality & reputation
Curt on Aug 30, 2021
Relief valve for priming. integrated flow valve, easy to take apart to clean
PAUL ALDRICH on Aug 30, 2021
I Saw the positive write-up in BeerSmith newsletter. Look forward to the improved bleed-off feature.
Mike S on Jun 21, 2021
Said to be the best
Jay F on May 26, 2021
Quality and recommendation
Valued C on May 25, 2021
gift for home brewer
Sarah R on May 25, 2021
From what I have read this is the best lump for home brewers
Richard C on May 8, 2021
Already have one and it gets the job done. This pump is both solid and quiet.
Terry Z on May 8, 2021
It's a clever design and it's Blichmann.
Daniel Lehr on May 4, 2021
Nothing better
Mike B on Apr 30, 2021
Great reviews and built in flow gauge
John C on Apr 30, 2021
good reviews
Chad M on Apr 22, 2021
Because
Diane L on Apr 22, 2021
Have one already and it's a good pump. Need another one to effectively sparge
Dan H on Jan 12, 2021
Best brewing pump on the market
Mark Van D on Jan 6, 2021
Because it is the best one made.
Kenneth S on Jan 5, 2021
Pump
Tim T on Dec 30, 2020
Best pump
Grayson S C on Dec 29, 2020
Good reviews
Stephen P on Dec 28, 2020
For the priming feature
Scott S on Dec 23, 2020
Pumps beer, right?
Daniel R S on Dec 18, 2020
best reviews
Gary P on Dec 17, 2020
My son chose it and suggested it as a gift.
Laura S on Dec 17, 2020
This is the 6th riptide i have purchased. 2 bbl brewery. Love this pump
1905 Brewing C on Dec 11, 2020
Christmas present
Lorinda R on Dec 11, 2020
Replacement
Rhonda T on Dec 11, 2020
gift
Tracey T on Nov 24, 2020
Obviously better than my chuggers. Easier to take apart.
Peter K on Nov 13, 2020
Versatile pump with extra features including relief valve for priming and control valve. Desirable feature that it does not have is run dry capability like an X-Dry chugger pump.
Leslie D M on Jul 25, 2022
Has a solid reputation for quality
Dan D on Apr 27, 2022
What’s the amp rating for this pump?
neal dekoeyer on Sep 23, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Hi Neal - I am unable to find documentation on amperage.
Does the tower of power pump bracket fit the riptide pump?
Mark on Nov 12, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I do not believe so. The tower of power pump bracket was developed before the Riptide. The Riptide does not fit in the old pump brackets that were practically standard back then. We apologize for the inconvenience.
I run a small winery, would pump would work as a transfer pump? Currently using a surflo at 3 gpm.
Kirk Taylor on Jun 29, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It can work great as a transfer pump, but it will depend on your setup. The Riptide will transfer at a faster rate than the surflo, but won't build as much pressure. Transferring long distances, to higher elevations, or into the bottom of a large tank might slow or even stop the flow. That said, it's a great pump and I love mine. Tech support at Blichmann is great, let them know how you plan to use it and I'm sure they can give you an idea how well it will work. They want their customers to be happy
what is the temperature rating for this pump? can it be used with boiling liquids?
Eric Albrecht on Jun 29, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes. I use it for BK recycle during boil and have had no problems at all.
will this pump work with a 2 barrel system?
Lewis Brewer on Oct 21, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yeah it should work out just fine, even if you are pumping liquid vertical. We use is to assist with emptying beer from barrels.
The dial on the face of the pump head is supposed to be for speed control, however we keep it wide open all the time. Not sure what the actual flow rate gpm is.
Hi Where can I buy The O ring for that pump?
Yury Aksenov on Aug 15, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We offer them under SKU H316. Happy brewing!
Replacement O-Ring For March and Chugger Pumps
Replacement O-Ring For March and Chugger Pumps
Does the pump need to be horizontal to function or can it be mounted vertically? (Like on a wall)
Benton K on Oct 7, 2019
BEST ANSWER: This can be mounted vertically or horizontally, it does not affect function of the pump. The pump does need to be primed, we do that by filling the inlet tube with water, then immediately submerging it in the liquid we will pump, and turning the pump on. Works every time, and it doesn't matter what position the pump is in.Enter an answer to this question.
Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
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Rated 2 out of 5
It works OK when it works.
I've had this for a couple of years with occasional use and it just died on me. I tried replacing every gasket in the thing and it just will not pump, and just makes a buzzing noise. I've had this happen in the past and usually replacing a specific gasket will allow it to work. I'm giving up on this thing as it is frustrating when it doesn't work when I am ready to use it and have it set up.
June 16, 2022
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
It’s a beast of a home brew pump.
This pump is a game changer for me. It’s perfect for whirlpool and the flow control built in to the pump give you great control over recirc as well as transfers through chillers into fermenters.
June 10, 2022
Purchased
4 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Easy to use and clean
A real boon if you are brewing alone. Just move hoses and you can send liquid anywhere. I used it to recirculate sparse water and to transfer wort to the boil pot. Then the finished wort through the chiller into the fermenter. Eliminates almost all the lifting on brew day.
May 14, 2022
Purchased
7 months ago
Rated 2 out of 5
Riptide Quit after 5-6 uses
Go this thing a little over a week ago, used it for 2 brews, 2 cleans and a test run for a CIP ball I just got.

Started acting up today in the middle of my Pale Ale mash.

Out of nowhere it just turned off. Motor was still humming, but nothing was turning. Unplugged it and cleaned it, and adjusted the head, and a million other things, no joy.

When it was working, it was amazing...... but thats an awfully short lifespan.
April 23, 2022
Purchased
5 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
GREAT PUMP
Easily control the flow and clean out after, it was perfect for our needs!
February 11, 2022
Purchased
8 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great pump
What I like best is the pressure relief valve.
November 21, 2021
Purchased
11 months ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Solid
Good Pump, but I wish it was self-priming. I would buy this again.
October 29, 2021
Purchased
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Best pump ever.
The best pump I've ever used. So easy to clean and can move so wort.
October 28, 2021
Purchased
11 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
The best -- and you want the best
I upgraded my chugger by adding the Blichmann pump head and that was an improvement. But I still had problems with the motor and the torque on the head mounting screws had to be perfect to have no leaks and not squeal. When the motor itself started having problems, I replaced it with a Rip Tide and what an improvement! Slightly more capacity and much quieter. I also like not having the motor exposed to splashes and drips. If you are going to buy a pump, get this one.
August 30, 2021
Purchased
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
I have two now
Best pump you can buy period. I have two of these both Tri-Clamp. They are fantastic pumps. easy to clean, mount in any position, great flow rate, and of course it's from Blichmann. All their products are fantastic and well made. DON"T CHEESE OUT ON A CHEAP PUMP! for the few extra dollars you get everything in one pump with unmatched performance.
August 1, 2021