Model: Camlocks - A, B, C, D, DC, E, F and BrewHardware Exclusives!
Camlock style disconnects are absolutely the best compromise between cost and function for making and breaking connections between your vessels, chillers, pumps and hose sets. Eventually you get tired of pushing tubing onto hose barbs and adusting worm gear clamps. These are cheaper than triclovers and all other stainless steel quick disconnect designs. Best of all, they are milspec standard around the world so you'll never get stuck with a single vendor's proprietary disconnect system and have trouble adding on to it several years down the road. We offer the largest selection of standard and custom high flow camlocks the entire homebrewing industry. They come standard with replacable food grade silicone gaskets. Click more info for product application guidelines and ordering options.
Note: There is a lot of information and pictures on this page which is especially helpful for those who are unfamiliar with the camlock system but we're putting the buy buttons right here for convenience. Skip ahead if you need to read more about these.
The standard camlocks A,B,C,D,DC,DP,E,F are in the menu below:
Purchase the custom high flow components Big C, BL, and Big E here:
The "quick disconnect" or business portion of the camlock system consists of male and female parts. The male side is a cylinder with an external concave recess around the circumference and a front sealing face. Once inserted into the female coupling, a set of cammed arms are drawn back to apply pressure to the male's recess which locks the parts together and holds the male's sealing face tight to the captured gasket.
Utimate application is up to the user, but it is most common to use the male part on fixed brewery components while the female coupling end is typically installed on the more mobile parts like hose sets. Why? The movable cam arms need room to swing. The picture below shows the most commonly used parts. There are a couple versions not shown, but they are described in text below the picture
*********** First we'll review the standard male side fittings:
Type A - Male QD/ Female 1/2" NPT. The most common use for this part is attaching to the wort in/out ports on a plate chiller. It can also be used for recirculation ports, the in/out of a HERMS coil. etc.
Type F - Male QD / Male 1/2" NPT. Usually used on the output of brewing vessels, threaded into the ball valve. Used in place of traditional hose barbs.
Type E - Male QD / HOSE BARB. (no picture) The type E is simlar to the A and F but instead of threads, it has a 1/2" hose barb on the back end. The barb is rather restrictive, however, if you're using smaller tubing, the E is just fine.
Type DP - Male QD DUST PLUG. (no picture) The type DP has the same male part as the A/F/E but nothing else on the back side. It's just a way to close off a female end.
*********** Next we'll review the standard female side fittings:
Type B - Female QD Coupling to Male 1/2" NPT. These are usually installed on the more portable or "mobile" end. Prior to developement of better hose attachment options, users would often stretch silicone tubing over the threads. The type B can be coupled to a garden hose adapter to backflush plate chillers or to fill vessels with fresh brewing water. There are probably other good uses that we're not thinking of.
Type C - Female QD coupling to 1/2" OD HOSE BARB. We carried the stock type C for a while due to customer demand but we did so reluctantly. The interior of the barb is usually less than 3/8" and was obnoxiously restrictive when you consider the fact that we use 1/2" ID tubing all over the place. We've gone back and forth on selling or not selling these based on these restrictions but decided our customers can make their own decisions on whether the flow restriction is a problem. Note that you CAN get 3/8" ID silicone and regular rigid 1/2" ID thermoplastic tubing over the type C barb.
Type D - Female QD Coupling to Female 1/2" NPT. These are just like the Type B, only they have female NPT thread.
Type DC - Female QD Coupling to block off cap. Similar to the B and D but just a blank block off. They're sold as duct caps but it's also a liquid tight solution as sound as any other coupling here. If all you want to do is keep dust out of the male parts, check out the vinyl caps below.
********** Last we'll go over the options for some custom modified solutions that are not part of the standard camlock offerings. You may see other vendors selling these, but it all started here.
Cam BIG C - Female QD coupling to 5/8" OD x 1/2" ID compact hose barb.
There had to be a better way to do this and we finally figured out how to do it for a decent price without compromising performance. Up until this point, we recommended using a combination of the type D and a 5/8" hose barb. It worked great, but it was also bulky and expensive considering you needed one on each end of your hoses.
Cam Kit BL - This is a Type B camlock and a High Flow Elbow Barb. You still have to thread them together yourself but it can be added to the cart with one click and you'll save a buck too. This is perfect for the hose ends that connect to your vessel bulkheads. When the three or four feet of silicone gets filled with liquid, it would tend to pull down and kink the tubing if you used a horizontal barb. The only place we don't recommned this is on the suction or inlet side of a pump. Use the Big C for that.
Cam BIG E - This is our newest offering in the custom, high flow line. While it's not the most common usage, if you want a male camlock on the end of a silicone hose, this is the fitting for you. This one has the same oversized hose barb on the back measuring just over 1/2" ID and 5/8" OD. Our silicone tubing stretches over this barb perfectly for a firm fit.
Hey, if you want to keep the dust out of your male QDs in between brew sessions, check these out. The picture shows our black gloss vinyl caps with pull tabs installed on a type F camlock below. Obviously the type F camlock is not included in the price of the dust cap, don't be silly. $1.25 each.
If you're looking to create connections between your vessels and a pump, we have put together a package that includes our recommended fittings which can be found on the pump page .
Did you need a replacement silicone washers for your camlocks? The female camlocks come with silicone gaskets preinstalled but if you wanted a spare or two, they are on the gasket page.
A quick note about " FIT "
Some customers find that some male and female camlocks are a little hard to connect from time to time. More specifically, that it is hard to close the locking cam arms. In many cases this can be attributed to manufacturing tolerances from lot to lot and something as simple as gasket thickness can affect how hard you have to push on the cam arms. If you find your mating pair to be difficult to close, consider these tips before requesting a return/replacement:
- Be sure to close both cam arms at the same time, not one at a time.
- As you close the cam arms, push the two fittings together to compress the gasket a bit.
- A dab of lubricant on the cams, where they contact the groove, helps (anything food grade from vasolene to keg lube would be OK).
- Leaving mated pairs connected for a couple days will break in the gasket, making it easier to reconnect in the future.
If you try all these things and still find a particular piece to be causing difficulty, contact us and we'll take care of it.