The Steelhead™ Pump

SKU: 41077

Stainless steel quality at an affordable price

Everyone wants stainless steel brewing tools, but we're often held back by the price. That's not the case with the new Steelhead Pump.

It's built strong for homebrewers that are tired of moving large kettles full of near-boiling wort to be chilled or transferred. The Steelhead Pump is ideal for use with counter-flow and plate chillers. It also makes a great upgrade to your all-grain brewing system.

Don't break your back or the bank, let the Steelhead do the hard work on brew day.

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The Steelhead Pump


Our Steelhead Pump is a heavy-duty pump made of FDA-approved materials to handle liquid up to 250°F. Powered by a 1/20 horsepower motor to produce top-of-the-line flow and pressure, this pump has a durable stainless steel head that resists breaking and cross-threading. Silicon o-ring and housing design prevents leaking. Large 2 7/8" impeller design, full 1/2" NPT inlet to prevent cavitation. Pre-wired with a four foot cord and a three prong 115V plug. Don't break your back or the bank, let the Steelhead do the hard work on brew day.

We recommend some high-temperature 1/2" tubing in either Thermoplastic or Silicone for all connections to the pump and equipment.

Like other pumps of this style, the Steelhead is not self-priming. For best results, position the pump below the level of your kettle and allow the pump head to fill with liquid before turning on the pump.

Adding a 1/2" ball-valve to the output of the pump allows you to precisely control the flow of liquid from vessel to vessel or through a plate chiller. You can even stop the flow entirely using the valve, without turning off the pump and losing the prime!

A set of Quick Disconnects on your equipment and tubing make the brew day even easier.


  • Stainless steel head
  • Handles liquid up to 250°F
  • 1/20 Horsepower motor 
  • 2 7/8" impeller
  • 1/2" NPT inlet and outlet
  • Additional Information

    Support Documents: No

    Customer Reviews

    great pump Review by chris
    the pump was a little tricky to get primed but once i got it going (open all shut off valves in line with the pump)it worked flawlessly. great for whirl pooling your wort after the boil. as i live in a colder climate and brew out side, the fact that the pump and motor are easily separated (4 phillips heed screws) i can bring the pump portion inside to keep from freezing and cracking. if i ever need to replace or get another pump this will be the one i get (Posted on 7/24/14)
    First time user of a pump - love it Review by Liles
    I recently incorporated this tool into my set up to go along with a new plate chiller. My goal was to use this to pull water out of a cooler, through the plate chiller and back into the cooler for a recirculation cooling system. I bought the polysulfone disconnects for ease of hooking up hoses and added a ball valve on the output side to control flow. I used it yesterday for the first time and it worked like a charm. It's not self priming but sitting at the same level, I just had to open the valve of the cooler and water flowed right in. I also plugged the pump into a power strip to function as an on off switch. (Posted on 1/27/14)
    This thing is great Review by Lon
    I finally purchased a pump and am very glad I did. This pump works flawlessly and has taken the lifting out of my brew day. I only wish I had picked one up sooner. (Posted on 1/5/14)
    great pump Review by shadd
    great pump. I would reccomend it to anyone (Posted on 1/2/14)
    A very solid pump Review by Jeffrey
    This pump is doing an excellent job in my setup so far. It isn't self-priming, but priming is easy and it pumps wort like a beast through my chiller. (Posted on 1/1/14)
    Excelent product Review by Juan Felipe
    I recommend this pump, very useful and easy to use. It transfers the wort very quickly through my wort chiller, is easy to clean. (Posted on 12/30/13)
    Nice pump! Review by Christopher
    This is my first brew pump. It is simple to operate and fairly easy to clean. I like the fact that you can take the head off of the pump via 4 screws and rotate it in 90 degree increments. The pump is not self priming but not hard to prime. Keeping the keggle or brew pot above the pump aids in priming the pump with the potential kinetic energy from the wort. Adding a ball valve allows for easy flow rate control. I would purchase the pump again! (Posted on 12/30/13)
    Great pump!!! Review by Ace
    I've bought two of these pumps to replace other name brand units that have failed. No problems with priming/Flawless transfers. Don't second guess this pump, just buy it! (Posted on 12/25/13)
    Great Quality Heavy Duty Pump Review by Michael
    I do not own any other pumps but I completely agree with the other reviews already posted: this thing is rock solid and does not seem like it would break very easily. It is a heavy pump of high quality and yes you have to prime it in order for it to work. I would definitely buy this pump again if I needed one more pump in my setup. (Posted on 12/20/13)
    Great Pump for All Levels Review by Eddie G
    We recently purchased this pump for our pilot system though it will be making the move to our brewery system when we move into our building. Although it is not self priming, priming the pump is very easy once you have your hoses and setup correct.

    On our pilot system, the HLT is some five feet above the boil kettle. This pump has no problem at all pumping 20 gallons of strike water in a very short amount of time. Using quick connect makes it easy to switch from water to wort quickly with no hassles. We'll be adding another two of these in the brewery for sure. Great pump for the value. (Posted on 12/19/13)
    great product Review by brian
    once you figure out to make sure its primed, its an amazing pump. Extremely sturdy, quiet, and moves a surprising volume of product in a short time. Well worth the money! (Posted on 11/15/13)
    On/Off switch Review by Curtis
    While I have another pump (March) I've noticed many reviewers asking for and on/off switch for their Steelhead (my March pump has same limitation). The easy way around this is to plug the pump into a power-strip that has an on/off switch on it. Plug the power-strip into the wall and you now have an on-off switch and are good-to-go. Hope this helps. (Posted on 11/15/13)
    Fantastic Pump Review by Allen
    After much debate over the steelhead or march, I decided on this one, and boy am I glad. Solid construction and pumping power in a compact unit. Prone to cavitation, but that's to be expected. Be sure to prime and I recommend a short in flow hose and a longer outflow as this thing is great at pushing wort! (Posted on 11/7/13)
    Great pump Review by Josh
    Bought this to add a second pump to my system. First one was a March 809. While I still like that one, I would rather have 2 steelheads instead. Solid construction, great functionality, & SO much more quiet. Happy with my purchase. (Posted on 10/23/13)
    Good pump, may require some priming Review by PeterDrummer
    I've had this pump for a few brew sessions now. While it's solid and transfers quickly, as another reviewer noted, it may require some priming before it begins working. This especially is true as the liquid gets hotter -- suction can be slow at first. It works best when pumping between vessels that are at the same height when the wort is at or near boiling. Also wish the pump had an on/off switch. (Posted on 10/21/13)
    Makes moving the wort very easy Review by Colin
    My friend bought a Steelhead Pump recently. I also bought the Therminator plate chiller. My friend suggested the quick connectors between the kettle, pump, and Therminator.

    The quick connectors are a huge help. It cuts down on the time and trouble to start a whirlpool in the kettle, switching back over to the Therminator and back flushing the Therminator.

    One reviewer made a good comment – you must prime the pump before using (water in the tube at the pump in valve. I usually hook up the kettle to the pump to the Therminator and run 5-10 gallons of water with StarSan thru the pump and Therminator. This not only sanitizes the kettle, but the hoses, pump, and Therminator. It also then keeps my hose to the pump primed.

    The pump has been great and I highly recommend it. I highly recommend quick connects and tubing.
    (Posted on 10/18/13)
    First time pump user Review by Joseph
    So this was the first time I have ever used a pump. It operates great with a good flow output. The only reason I am not giving it five stars is because you defiantly want to purchase the quick disconnects to. It could possibly also be designed with an on off switch. (Posted on 9/19/13)
    Can't brew without this! Review by Mark
    I've brewed for over two years and have gotten really good and gravity feeds. I decided to pick this pump up along with some quick disconnects and have no idea how I've ever brewed without this pump. I promise, transfers to your mashtun and hot liquor tank has never been so easy. Don't wait any longer to buy this, but don't forget the quick disconnects either. (Posted on 8/24/13)
    Good pump Review by Kyle
    I feel if i want to break this i would have to really try. I think the only con is that i have to prime the pump inorder to work. (Posted on 7/27/13)
    Good durable pump Review by Kyle
    I feel like i will only break this pump if i really try. The only con i feel is that you have to prime the pump. (Posted on 7/27/13)

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