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# Flow Rate Question for Alcohol

08/30/2013 5:40 PM

Anyone know how to answer this:

[1] Flow rate of white wine, OG of 1.02, temperature of 45F, flowing through a 6 foot section of 3/8" ID plastic tubing (straight run) at 20psi. No spout - free flow. And more importantly, how important is the temperature here?

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### Re: Flow Rate Question for Alcohol

08/30/2013 5:52 PM

Pipe Flow Calculation

20 psi 42.6 feet of head.

This sounds like homework now.

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### Re: Flow Rate Question for Alcohol

08/30/2013 6:10 PM

if the home owrk would come in beer I would be inclined to answer.

And yes the temperture matters!

Free flow is the best and dont ask how my head is the next morning!

more beer!

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08/30/2013 7:13 PM

Of course the whine matters. I have a different answer for my student's whine, than my boss's whine than my wife's whine.

Oh wait a minute, you asked how important is the temperature. Do you really think that wine at 45°F, 45°C, 45°R and 45K will act the same?

Oh, as far as the flow rate at 45°F, since the tubing run is a straight run at the exact same elevation (straight run) there will be NO flow regardless of this wine being a liquid or solid or even if the tubing has been properly primed. I recommend you review the fundamentals of a siphon.

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### Re: Flow Rate Question for Alcohol

08/30/2013 7:23 PM

Wine is driven from a pump at 20psi through a tube with the mentioned parameters. This has nothing to do with a siphon.

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08/30/2013 7:43 PM

From the CR4 FAQ presented when you started this thread.

• Do your own homework. CR4 is not a homework cheat site. While some here might relish the opportunity to sharpen up old rusty skills by working the homework problem, consider the following and consider it well. If you cheat on your homework by using someone else's answers, you are only cheating yourself, because the purpose of any homework or other academic assignments is to help you learn - by practice, repetition, and self-discovery.
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### Re: Flow Rate Question for Alcohol

08/31/2013 11:56 AM

Just needed help with a formula. You probably would have been better off moving on to the next question no? You just wasted both our times. Please, no lectures. Just move on to the next post.

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08/31/2013 7:54 PM

Obviously you are new here. We never move on as long as there is another view point left untouched...

If you are pumping uphill in a wine fountain little difference will be seen as that pump can probably pump wine uphill about a hundred feet in a 3/8" line.

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08/30/2013 7:31 PM

This is running through a 12V 3.5GPM 20psi rated pump. I was conerned more with the flow rate drops based on increased head pressure.

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08/30/2013 8:14 PM

This is getting tedious.

Look at the pump curve for the pump, whose identity you have failed to disclose.

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08/30/2013 8:15 PM

quite tempting but, ill let others pick this one apart. 4 feet of head? will it be lifted 4 feet too? get a check valve in that line or it will run back and cause short cycling of the pump.

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08/30/2013 8:23 PM

I'm done picking this one apart. I dislike people that mark my comments as OT because they're told to obey the stated rules of the forum.

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08/30/2013 9:19 PM

Bucket and stopwatch.

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08/31/2013 12:27 AM

In whose mouth does the tube terminate? Results may vary.

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08/31/2013 12:29 AM

Next time some student needs a research project....

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08/31/2013 9:57 AM

May the goldey-flaves mellow in the throcus.

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08/31/2013 12:18 PM

I normally do not not return to a thread I leave but this news report on a theft of vodka just reminded me of this thread. This makes me wonder why the OP needs to predict the flow rate of wine with a pump. Particularly somebody that obviously knows nothing about fluid mechanics or pump dynamics.

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08/31/2013 12:52 PM

I just came back around out of boredom.

I think the OP is legitimate and just curious about how his pump will work.

OP, look here on page 12: beverage pumps - Xylem Flow Control to view a typical pump curve.

For every foot of elevation you will lose the equivalent of 2.31 PSI.

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08/31/2013 4:15 PM

Thanks. I was really trying to figure out how much effect temperature and specific gravity had on the overall dynamics as well. If this seemed like an obnoxious post, the previous responders should have just "passed" and moved on. Some of the responses were just so odd and off base. Thanks again.

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08/31/2013 7:15 PM

Temperature lowers viscosity, SG increases the work required to move the fluid.

Water - Temperature and Specific Gravity - Engineering ToolBox

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09/01/2013 12:38 AM

Welcome to CR4!

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08/31/2013 8:19 PM

there will only be 8.5 fluid oz of wine in the 4' section of tubing creating the head which will weigh about 2 ounces so negligable flow loss.

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09/01/2013 10:19 AM

This is homework, this is a trick question. IT IS WINE! Of course the temperature matters! Not to the flow rate, but to the destination container system. If it is not kept below 55F it will have to go to the vinegar making supply tank instead of the barrel room tank.

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09/01/2013 6:04 PM

Seems like the % of alcohol may impact performance as well due to lower vapor pressure but I could be wrong because I'm a newbie with pumps.

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09/01/2013 9:28 PM

If performance is the issue, then get a bigger pipe. This is wine, and temperature and cleanliness is the most important issue. I think this is a trick question. I work for wineries here in Sonoma county and temperature is the most important process consideration after cleanliness. Most tanks are in temperature controlled warehouses already, but when the doors are open it can get hot in there.

Four feet of head means a tank that is four feet taller or four feet higher than the receiver tank, and so this must be a racking question. No pumps are used for racking because you do not want to suck the sediment from the bottom of the source tank, so a free flow gravity system is often used. Flow rate effects only how long you have to stand there and watch it move from the source to the second ferment tank or the barrel source tank.

Again, what is important in this process is the cleanliness of the piping and the temperature. The pipe or hose should be insulated or insulating or just cold. You are moving wine from one tank to another.After the wine is moved from one tank to another, it will stay there for months. Speed is NOT an issue here!

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09/03/2013 12:11 PM

Thanks. Great points. But the larger the pipe, the more wine must sit stale while the unit is not dispensing. 3/8" is the absolute largest ID we can go.

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09/01/2013 10:00 PM

Where is the 20 psi measured? When adding the head pressure, which end of the hose? But even with answers to these, calculation is likely to be imprecise.

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09/02/2013 9:39 AM

Stop whining, and install a cheap signet paddle wheel flow meter to measure in the range of 0.5 l/m to 40 L/m (you can do the conversion to fifths of a gallon can you not?), and then you will know well enough for your process. Otherwise do your homework, and once again stop whining.

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09/03/2013 12:16 PM

By any chance you have a good source? All I see are units in the hundreds of dollars. Thanks though.

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09/03/2013 5:01 PM

The above is a picture of a flow meter up to a few gpm available from Cole-Parmer. This is not intended to be an advertisement. I have seen a few of these around on different applications, and I did not recall seeing the word "sanitary anywhere.

OR find a GFsignet distributor in your region. The ones I am used to are in Texas. Look on the GFSignet website and find the right flow meter for your size of tubing, and for sanitary service (at least I think you should want that).

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09/04/2013 2:29 PM

That's exactly what I would need. I'm actually trying to measure small qtys though. Although my issue is speed, I'm inevitably looking to measure between 2-6oz. But this is great thank you so much.

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