Ends Soon: 24 Beer Kits That Ship for Free (Selection Changing) + New Keg Deal

AIH has a selection of beer kits that ship for free.  That selection changes periodically.  It’s supposed to change tomorrow, so… today is the last day for current selection.

Adventures in Homebrewing has a selection of 24 extract beer kits that ship for free.  Kits start at just $24.99.

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Also Consider: Brand New Ball NSF Certified Lock Kegs for $79.99.  Use promo/coupon code “AIH Keg Now”.  That sale also ends today 9/30/14.

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Kegerator Beer Line Temperatures & Reducing Foam with a Recirculating Fan

I have what I would call a reasonably well put together and balanced kegerator.  In spite of that, for years, I have dealt with the dreaded first foamy pint of beer.  After that, the beer pours great.  That is until a significant delay between pours – overnight or a few hours..

The cause of the problem is pretty clear.  Heat rises.  That means the top of your kegerator is going to be warmer than the bottom of your kegerator.  That warmer beer foams when it comes out.  The faucet and shank are also warmer.  That warmth adds to the problem.

How much is the temperature variance?  Of course, this will vary from setup to setup and climate to climate.  I was relatively shocked by the temperature difference in my own kegerator.

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The top reading about mid keg and the bottom reading is the top the top of my beer lines.  These are about 22″ apart.  This graph shows a point in time variance between the two of 14.9 degrees F.   My beer is about the temperature I want it, but the top of my serving line is much warmer.  That difference in temperature causes the first pint to have too much foam.  Pours that happen soon after the first are fine.  The tubing, shank and beer are relatively cool.

cln_img_5476The setup.  I have two temperature probes in my kegerator.  One is zip-tied to the top of a beverage line.  The other is zip-tied to a can of beer.  That’s how I have kept the probe in my kegerator for a long time with the thinking that the mass of the can of beer will help to stabilize temperature readings and give overall stable and accurate readings.  That can is sitting on the compressor hump of my Kenmore Deep Freeze (8.8 Cu ft Model 16932, out of production).  That puts it about mid keg.

cln_img_5457I placed the fan on my CO2 tank, leaning up against a keg.  Yes, you will notice that there’s no beer in the keg.  That keg was formerly filled with 1 Hr IPA and I’m sad it’s gone.  More Beer’s M-80 IPA is in the fermenter now, with RiteBrew’s Amarillo HopBurst on deck.

61hCqLgiTAL__SL1500_I used AC Infinity’s Pre-Wired LS8038A-X 115 Volt AC Fan, because it is reasonably priced, gets great reviews and it’s already setup to use AC.  I will say… My guess is that the manufacturer would not recommend this application.  If you decide to do something similar, proceed as you see fit.  I’m only telling you what I am doing myself.

Results…

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This graph illustrates the effects of adding the recirculation fan inside of my kegerator.  Prior to the fan, the tubing temperature spiked to around 55.4 deg F.  After the deep freeze kicked on, the tubing dropped to around 53.15 deg F.  Not a big change.  That averages out to 54.275 deg F.

You can see the point in this graph where the fan is turned on.  The temperature drops sharply.  The new is high 47.3 deg F and the new low is 42.13 deg F for an average of 44.715 deg F.

Before – Avg Tubing Temp = 54.275, Avg Mid Keg Temp = 38.83, Dif = 15.445 deg F

After – Avg Tubing Temp = 44.715, Avg Mid Keg Temp = 38.89, Dif = 5.825 deg F

The recirculation fan dropped my tubing temperature by 9.62 deg F (62%).  Practically speaking, that difference is enough to make every pint pour right.  My first pint pours correctly… I like that!

AC Infinity LS8038A-X Standard Cooling Fan, 115V AC 80mm by 80mm by 38mm Low Speed – $14.99 + Free Shipping with $35 order

Some more photos…

cln_img_5467A look down.  You can see my Eva Dry E-500 (Hands on Review) standing by taking care of condensation.  I’ve heard from others that a recirculation fan makes the Eva Dry work even better.  My kegerator has remained dry (with the help of the Eva Dry) since installing the fan.

cln_img_5480A look down my collar.  As you can see, I’m no wood worker.  Having said that, I spent a lot of time working on the fit and finish of this collar.  The end result was good.  If you let the deep freeze door fall shut the resulting noise, sounds like a factory seal sort of thump.  I did put weather stripping on the bottom to seal between the collar and the deep freeze.  Adding insulation to the collar would, presumably, also help maintain temperatures and reduce foaming.

Reader Feedback:  Google+ Friend Justin Says: “I use the same fan in my keezer and it works great.”

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Ends Soon: Free Breakfast Stout Kit with $120 Northern Brewer Purchase

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Spend $120 at Northern Brewer and get a free Breakfast Stout Ingredient Kit.

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Dual Scale Refractometer – $22.99 w/Corrected Scale

This highly rated dual scale refractometer is selling for $22.99.  Shipping is free with Prime or a qualifying $35 order.  It reads in both Brix and Gravity.  This refractometer features a corrected scale.  What is a corrected scale?  Read on.

Gravity to Brix Accuracy
Typical dual scale refractometers use a linear 4 x gravity to Brix conversion.  That’s fine and dandy up until around 1.049.  At that point this linear scale starts to become inaccurate.  Brix 11 does equal 1.044, but Brix 12 does not equal 1.048.  It is 1.049.  It’s only 1 point off here, but up at Brix 24, it’s up to 5 points off.  Brix 24 equals 1.101 not 1.096.

All this to say that this model of refractometer uses a more accurate, non-linear gravity to Brix scale.

From the manufacturer: “This is the only inexpensive Wort SG to be corrected. The only other corrected refrafractometers in existence are the BREWfractometer and the BREWfractometer Extreme.”

Refractometers can be used to measure gravity throughout the brewing process.  You can also estimate the alcohol content of your beer if you forget to take an OG with the use of a refractometer and a hydrometer.  Check out Northern Brewer’s Refractometer Calculators.

Magnum Media DUAL SCALE 0-32% Brix and 1.000-1.130SG Wort Refractometer RSG-100ATC Beer Home Brew - $22.99 + Free Shipping with $35 order

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I recently picked up these transfer pippettes.  They are a whopping 300 mm/11.8″ Long.  After using these for one beer, I can tell you that they are long enough to grab a refractometer sample from a 5 gallon batch in a Speidel 7.9 Gallon Fermenter.  You get 100 for $15.40.  That’s 15.4 cents each.

Globe Scientific 139050 LDPE Extra Long Transfer Pipet, Non-Sterile, 300mm Length, 23.0mL Capacity (Box of 100) - $15.40 + Free Shipping with $35 order - Filler Items

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6 Hole Sampler Paddle – $5.99

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6 Hole Sampler Paddle via RiteBrew for $5.99.  Compatible with these tasting glasses.

871456 – Sampler Paddle – 6 hole – $5.99

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Update: New Chrome Spigot Option Available for Speidel Fermenters

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More Beer just recently added a new Chrome Spigot Option of their line of Speidel Fermenters.

I own both 5.3 and 7.9 gallon Speidels.  These are great fermenters.  Check out my Hands on Review of these two fermenters.

Update: When I originally posted about this new spigot, I received some questions about what kind of attachment it actually has.  I followed up with MoreBeer for clarification.  Here’s what they told me… “The outlet is a 3/8″ barb, and actually screws into the spigot. The threads for that are 1/4″. The barb attachment has MPT, the spigot has FPT.”

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Chrome Spigot for Speidel Plastic Fermenters FE788 - $17.99 + Free Shipping with a $59 order

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MoreBeer: SS Technologies BrewBucket and Chronical Conicals In Stock – from $225 Shipped

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MoreBeer has SS Brewing Technologies Brew Bucket and Chronical Conical Fermenters in stock and ready to ship.

The BrewBucket Stainless Steel Fermenter is selling for just $225 and includes free shipping.  The 7 Gallon Size of SS Tech’s Chronical Fermenter is available for $395 shipped and the whopping half barrel Chronical is available for $595 + calculated shipping.

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