Stainless Steel 1/2″ Home Brewing Quick Connects and Disconnects
To many home brewers one of the primary marks of a good home brewer is efficiency, both in grain conversion and time. Quick disconnects are a means of achieving a shorter brew day while at the same time preserving the integrity of the threads on your home brewing equipment. In addition to the time savings during the brewing process, it may also help save time during cleaning and storage.
I switched over to 1/2″ stainless steel quick disconnects on my brew kettles, march pumps, wort chiller and sparge arm about 4 months ago and have been very happy with the decision thus far. It allows me to connect and disconnect hoses in a matter of a couple of seconds which is nice when the gear is burning hot! The hose swaps are quick and best of all I no longer have to worry about where I left my wrench or screw driver. I had previously tried the Blichhman quick disconnects but found these spring loaded version to work much better. They have been leak free for me and have made clean up allot easier and quicker. The only downside that I can really see is the cost. You are looking at about $10 per connect and disconnect as compared to a 50 cent worm clamp. Personally, I think it is a good long term investment.
If you are looking to pick up a few quick connects and disconnects, you can find them here at a good price: