23 thoughts on “Upgrade Your March or Chugger Brewing Pump With A Blichmann Riptide Brewing Pump Upgrade Kit”

  1. Pimp your pump! And yes Brian, the latest version of the Riptide has a metal pressure relief valve.
    As far as value goes, it's in the same ballpark as a replacement stainless head from either Chugger or March with the added bonus of much easier cleaning. Great video, great information…..

  2. Hi Brian, great video, i think this will be invested in soon haha. What are the actual liters per minute of the pump vs stock vs the riptide?

  3. T shirt missing something? Riptide conversion might be for some, but I`m very happy with my two March with huge center inlet, cheers Brian

  4. I'm curious to know why both of the Riptide pumps shown in the video have ball valves installed in addition to the integrated linear flow valve on the head. Thanks for the review!

  5. That seems like a very worthwhile upgrade. I clean my pump every time I brew (BIAB, like to make sure nothing is growing). Great video.

  6. Thanks Brian! Looks like a very awesome upgrade. And I can't speak for others, but I like how noisy my Chugger is… Its a good reminder that its running! 🙂 If I upgrade, would I own a ChugTide? Or a Ripper?

  7. Hey Brian, the MKII is a six lug pattern. I don’t think the pattern will fit. Nice upgrade tho. My opinion, it’s too pricey, at least for me. Cheers🍻

  8. I'm not a fan of the valve on the head. If they would ever create a version with the typical chugger/march setup with the tri clamp attachment I'd be all over it. Cheers Brian!

  9. I'm currently using a March pump I was given from a friend during a upgrade and I need a new pump head for it along with a valve. So for a little more then that would cost I can have a Poppit valve, sanitary TC Fitting, and better flow rate. I will definitely be looking to invest in the pump head kit once they are available in Canada 😀

    Thanks for another great review, and how to!

  10. I think that if you have a march or chugger and want a riptide, it is worth it. However, if you do not have any pump, just spend the extra money and go with a riptide. Purchasing a march or chugger and then this upgrade, you are into it more that just a riptide. Cheers!

  11. I just upgraded my Chugger with this and brewed today. I used it for the whirlpool, looked stronger than the stock Chugger, biggest improvement was controlling the flow through the Therminator. The linear flow valve is way better than the ball valve I used previous. My only concern is the thrust washer on the impeller shaft. It's small, and I'm guaranteed  to loose it one day! I'm happy with the $99 price tag, worth it.

  12. I guess I got lucky with my initial pump selection. I have 2 of the SS Chugger pumps and they are great. The flow is pretty strong, even with a lot of tubing to travel through…at max I have it going from BK > Pump > Plate Chiller > Whirlpool port and it still runs like a champ. Great to see that you can convert them to something a little more powerful if you need. Cheers!

  13. The black impellers are defective so if you have one still, call Blichmann and they’ll replace it. It will sieze up on you. I found out the hard way

  14. SAW YOUR ROBOBRUE DEMO WHERE THE PUMP CHOAKED UP AND STOPPED RONNING JUST A BUZZZZZZZ NOISE-UNIT SHOULD HAVE A DIRECT DRIVE IMPELLER RIGHT???ALSO THE LIVE BRUE DAY VIDEO YOUR TEMP STOPPED @150DEGREES AND TOOK 15 REAL TIME MINUTES TO GET TO 152 DEGREES PROOF THIS 110VOLT 1500 WATT UNIT IS UNDER POWERED.MAKE YOUR OWN SYETEM WITH A GIGAWARTPOT @110VOLT AND 2200WATTS FOR THE BOIL POT AND MAKE A SPARGE ARM TO MASH OUT. [email protected] NORTHERN BREW.

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