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Buy a Cereal Killer Grain Mill + $83.40! + Free Shipping & AG Kits that Ship for Free + Hands on Review

The Cereal Killer Grain Mill gets consistently great feedback and is one of our Top Finds.  This is a great mill!  Check out my Hands on Review.

Milling your own grain… 1.  Gives you control over the crush of your grain.  That’s a big factor in efficiency.  2.  A mill allows you to fine tune for your equipment and process.  You know what the crush is going to be since you set it.  3.  A mill allows you to save money by buying whole bags of grain at a discount, and 3.  The shelf life of unmilled grain is longer than pre-milled grain.  Freshly milled grain = better tasting beer.

As of this posting, this great mill is on sale for $99.99 and includes free shipping to addresses in the lower 48 US states.  Check AHS for up to the minute price and availability.

Stacks With: As of this posting AHS is discounting most things by a whopping 16.59%.  That’s the largest % off sale we’ve seen and matches Black Friday 2018.  That makes this great mill just $83.04 AND… free shipping is still in play.

Cereal Killer Grain Mill – from Austin Homebrew Supply

Free Shipping on All Grain Kits: While you’re at it, AHS has a selection of all grain recipe kits that also ship for free.  Those are also discounted by 11% as part of this promo.

Also: All Grain Tips & Gear | 10 Gallon Mash Tun Conversion Kit [Review] | Cereal Killer Grain MIll |  Batch Sparge SpreadsheetBIAB Brew Day Spreadsheet | The Brew Bag – Purpose Made BIAB

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Announcing: The Steam Slayer – from Brew Hardware

STEAM SLAYER - KETTLE BOIL STEAM CONDENSER ASSEMBLY

The Steam Slayer via Brew Hardware is designed to eliminate the need to vent steam from your brewing room.

More Info

From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

The Steam Slayer(tm) is a brand new product that eliminates the need to vent steam from your brewing room. More and more people are converting over to electric brewing systems allowing brewing indoors and even in quite confined spaces. The rude awakening occurs when you evaporate a gallon or more water into the air and your walls and ceiling drips with condensation. In some cases it is impossible or unreasonable to install fan-based exhaust systems to vent that steam. Enter the Steam Slayer!

Condensing boil steam is a relatively common practice in large scale industry and some breweries. Homebrewtalk.com user “Brundog” did a lot of experimentation and documentation and many folks built clone systems in turn. When it came time to install one on the shop brewing kettle, we couldn’t leave well enough alone with off the shelf parts.

How It Works:
You will install a 1.5″ TC port in the upper sidewall of your electric powered boil kettle, typically as high as you can get it without interfering with the closure of the kettle’s lid. The unit is equipped with a fine mist sprayer that fits inside the main body and is fed with cold tap water. When you reach a boil in your kettle, you will put the lid on and start the flow of cold water into the unit. Steam will enter the tee and encounter the spray turning the steam back into water. The waste water runs out the bottom of the unit into the included silicone hose which you will position over a catch bucket. Depending on your tap water pressure, and the selected sprayer option, you will typically consume 6-10 gallons of water in a 60 minute boil. This water can be discarded or saved for cleaning your equipment afterwards.

What’s Included:

  • Main Body Tee with 1.5″ TC top and side flanges and welded 5/8″ hose barb on the bottom.
  • 1.5″ TC sprayer adapter with your choice of 6 or 9 gallon per hour sprayer tip. The GPH ratings are at 40 PSI. We find the 6GPM works great on 45 PSI on a 7 gallon boil. If you have low pressure, you may need the 9GPM sprayer. If you are doing 10 or 15 gallon batches, you may need the 9 GPH. We are still trying to figure out better guidelines.
  • Right angle water shut off valve with push in connection five feet of 1/4″ poly supply line (5ft is standard, select longer runs in the dropdown selection above.
  • Water supply connection fitting with push in connection: Your choice of 3/4″ Female Garden Hose or In-Line faucet connection valve (select in the drop down above). More about this in the instructions below.
  • 3 feet of 1/2″ ID silicone hose for waste water drain. The tubing must reach from the bottom of the steam slayer body to the TOP of your catch bucket. If you need more tubing, it can be purchased by the foot and we can combine the added length onto the standard 3′ if you direct us to.
  • Hose holder clip to keep drain hose positioned at the inside top of your collection bucket.

* Note that the clamp and gasket to attach the unit to the kettle is not included, nor is the hardware to install the actual TC port in the kettle. See the list of available accessories if you need any of those parts.

Instructions:
First, keep in mind that this is a new process for small scale homebrewing and we’re all learning the best practices. When you buy this unit, consider yourself a part of a beta test. These instructions will evolve.

  1. Clamp the main unit to the existing kettle port and the sprayer TC to the top of the unit. The integrated hose barb should be facing down towards the floor.
  2. Install your water source fitting. If you selected the Garden Hose fitting, attach it to your garden hose bib, a garden hose, a slop sink faucet, or a washing machine supply port. If you selected the inline faucet supply fitting, shut off the cold water valve under your sink, remove the hose feeding your faucet and install the inline fitting. Replace the faucet hose on top and turn the water back on to check for leaks. The inline faucet fitting is shown on the right. Just below that we show where it would install under a sink or toilet.
  3. Connect the 1/4″ Poly line to your source water fitting and the shutoff valve on the top of the Steam Slayer. Making sure the ends are cut cleanly, simply push the tubing into the fittings all the way and install the C-shaped retaining clips.
  4. Install the silicone waste tubing on the unit’s barb and attach the holder clip to the end. We include a 5/8″ OD stainless steel ring that should be inserted into the end of the silicone to expand the tubing large enough to fit the holder clip tightly. The waste tubing should be trimmed so that it only extends into your catch bucket/vessel by 1-2 inches. The open end of this tubing must never be submergedor the steam slayer will not work properly.
  5. Once your boil begins, turn on the cooling water and place your kettle lid on the kettle. Since the condensing action creates a mild vacuum, the lid does not need a gasket. If you notice steam leaking out of the lid, make sure it is not warped creating extra spaces.
  6. Adjust your boil intensity to approximately HALF of what you’re used to using and plan for about half as much boil off. For a typical example, we used to run our 5500 watt element at 65% when the kettle is full of 7 gallons and the lid off. We experienced 1.5 gallons per hour of boil off. With the Steam Slayer installed, we run at 32% and experience .75 gallons of boil off per hour. In other words, to use the Steam Slayer, your electric kettle must be equipped with a power controller.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Can I go through the lid?

Yes. In order to through the lid, you will need to install a 1.5″ TC port towards the edge and then clamp on a 1.5″ TC 90 degree elbow. From there the Steam Slayer gets clamped on as noted above. You may need to place a counterweight on top of the lid, opposite the TC port to keep it firmly seated on the kettle.

2. I use the BIAB method and I’m concerned that a side mount TC port will reduce my kettle capacity.

You can put a TC blank cover over the port during the mash and then fit the Steam Slayer after you pull the grain bag.

3. How do I run the hot waste water directly to a plumbing drain.

We don’t know for sure. We do know that you want the water to freely drain out. Even in cases where the output hose bends into a loop where water collects in the hose is enough to stop the vacuum on the kettle. You may get steam to escape via the lid if there is any back pressure on the drain hose. If your sewer pipe is well below your brewing location, you can run a horizontal drain line over to the kettle, install a P-trap and then end in an oversized vertical entrance pipe. Treat this like the catch bucket and run the silicone drain hose to it using the holder clip to hold it to the upper lip of the pipe.

About, from Brew Hardware: “Sometimes we have a grand plan for a given fitting. This time we’re just spit balling to see what sticks. We took the profile of a ball lock keg post and replaced the poppit and spring with just two large bored out holes. The other end is a generous 3/8″ OD hose barb that will work with 3/8′ ID silicone, 5/16″ Racking tubing, or whatever.”

 

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Make sure the components you use are compatible and rated for your intended application.  Contact manufacturer with questions about suitability or a specific application.  Always read and follow manufacturer directions.

1/4″ NPT Male x 1/4″ JIC Male Stainless Fitting – $6.99 + Free Shipping & Building a Spunding Valve Step by Step

HFS (R) Twin Fitting, Adapter 1/4" male SAE 37 Degree Flare to 1/4" Male NPT ; Stainless Steel 304 - (SIZE)

HFS (R) Twin Fitting, Adapter 1/4″ male SAE 37 Degree Flare to 1/4″ Male NPT ; Stainless Steel 304

These fittings could be used for a lot of things including putting together a Spunding Valve Build.   cln_tn_spundingA Spunding Valve allows you to ferment under pressure, naturally and precisely carbonate in the keg, fix over-carbonated beers and more.

See: [Build a Spunding Valve].  Take a look at Build Option 2 for a version that uses this exact fitting including a photo of the build.

12/10/18 7 PM Central: This is selling for just $6.99. Shipping is also free to many US addresses. Prices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

HFS (R) Twin Fitting, Adapter 1/4″ male SAE 37 Degree Flare to 1/4″ Male NPT ; Stainless Steel 304 – (SIZE)


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12″ x 12″ Interlocking NSF Certified Drying Mats – lots of uses – $4.41 + free add on shipping

San Jamar VM5280 Versa-Mat Interlocking Bar Mat, 12" Length x 12" Width, Clear

12″ by 12″ interlocking bar mat by San Jamar.  These interlocking mats are versatile.  Multiple mats can be joined for larger areas and they are flexible and easy to cut to shape.  Allows for airflow under glassware.  NSF certified.

I purchased a number of these in 2015 and have since found them very handy.  I use them for drying brew day gear and glassware and also underneath my fermenter in my fermentation deep freeze to improve airflow and keep the fermenter out of any condensation that might show up).  I also use this in bottom of my kegerator.  More info on that here – Upgrade Your Kegerator – 6 Improvements

12/10/18/18 7 PM Central: These have dropped to $4.41. Shipping is also free to many US addresses, with a qualifying order, as part of the Amazon’s Add On promotion. Prices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability. Also: Recent Amazon Finds and Amazon Fillers Resource Page

San Jamar VM5280 Versa-Mat Interlocking Bar Mat, 12″ Length x 12″ Width, Clear


Also available in different colors and quantities – search san jamar interlocking bar bat on Amazon

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20% Off MoreBeer’s Fresh Squeezed IPA – bundles with 12 Deals of Christmas!

from MoreBeer: “What is better than an awesome brew day? An awesome brew day you saved 20% on! We are excited to announce the MoreBeer! Kit Of The Week. Every week we will feature one of our amazing Homebrew recipe ingredient kits and discount it 20%. The new kit appears every Monday around Noon Pacific Time and will be available all week, while supplies last. The featured kit will be available in both Malt Extract and All-Grain versions. To save 20% simply add the kit to your cart and enter promo code: KOTW at checkout!”

Check out this week’s Kit of the Week – remember coupon code KOTW – shipping is also free to many US addresses with a qualifying $59 order.

Note: This is set to change soon.  Get in on this week’s deal before it’s over.

Since MoreBeer’s cart accepts multiple promo codes you can get in on this and their Deal of the Day (while supplies last).

What’s going on at MoreBeer Today?  Today’s Deal of the Day | Sale Items | MoreBeer! Hop Market – limited time, rotating deep discount hops

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Brewer’s Friend Gift Subscriptions + TWO x Homebrew Gift Guides from HBF

From Brewer’s Friend:

What’s better than homebrewing?
Homebrewing with a friend!

Purchase memberships for your homebrewer friends, or let your friends & family know you’d love Brewer‘s Friend as a gift.  Even if your lucky gift recipient already has a membership, a gift will add more time to their Premium status, giving them another year of beer!

Check out the full details and start giving at our Gift Membership page.

Not only does a Premium Membership help show support for the Brewer’s Friend community, but it comes with special upgrades!

  • No Ads
  • Unlimited Recipes
  • Unlimited Brews
  • Ability to delete recipes
  • Premium Member badge

Two Gift Guides from HBF…

1.3L Wine and Fruit Press – $33.99 – Beats AIH’s Black Friday Sale!

Fruit Press 1.3 L Aluminum / Stainless Steel

Fruit Press 1.3 L Aluminum / Stainless Steel.  Description from AIH: “Perfect for pressing soft skinned fruits for small 1 gallon batches of homemade wine. This press will not work with nuts, whole lemons, or other similarly hard foods.”

As of this posting, these are marked down to just $39.99. That’s a bargain. Price, promotions and availability can change quickly.  Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit the product page.  Check the product page for current price, description and availability

Stacks With: Adventures in Homebrewing is offering 15% off most items sitewide.  No coupon or promo code is required.  Nearly everything, including many items that are already on sale work with this sale.   A few exceptions apply.  See Terms and Conditions for complete details.  This sale stacks and makes this fruit press just $33.99.  That beats AIH’s 2018 Black Friday price by $6 and makes a great deal even better.

Fruit Press 1.3 L Aluminum / Stainless Steel

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16.59% Off Chapman Brew Equipment Thermobarrel Mash Tun OR UniVessel Fermenters

10 Gallon Thermobarrel Mash Tun

As of this posting AHS is discounting most things by a whopping 16.59%.  That’s the largest % off sale we’ve seen and matches Black Friday 2018.

This deal works with Chapman gear!

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ThermoWorks Fun-Size Mini Thermapen Style Thermometer – $12

Fun-Size Thermometer (RT345) from ThermoWorks makers of the nearly universally lauded Thermapen Mk4 – Review


From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • Tiny thermometer goes anywhere
  • Fits on a keychain
  • Fold-away probe design
  • °C/°F Switchable

Measure temperature everywhere you go! Friends and family will be amazed at your devotion to physical science! Just a tad slower and less accurate than our more serious, professional tools, you can’t beat its convenience. The short penetration probe is blunted and folds away for pocket safety. Temperature affects virtually every aspect of daily life. Show the world how well you understand that! Get one for yourself and each of your buddies.

Has an accuracy of ±3°F. Switches between °C and °F. Includes keychain ring and battery. 30-day warranty. (Not designed for professional food safety.)


Note from HBF: This used to be called a mini Thermapen but has been renamed to the Fun-Size thermometer.

As of this posting, this is on sale for $12.  Price, promotions and availability can change quickly.  Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit the product page.  Check the product page for current price, description and availability

Fun-Size Thermometer (RT345)

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4 Way CO2 Manifold with Check Valves [Serve Multiple Kegs] – $32.11, $8.03 per trunk + free shipping

4-way 5/16" Barb CO2 Distributor Manifold with integrated check valves

4 Way CO2 Manifold by the Weekend Brewer


From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • LIGHT AND DURABLE aluminum body is lighter than steel but remains durable and long lasting. Aluminum is the industry standard for CO2 manifolds for their strength and resistance to corrosion. This manifold is ideal for homebrewers, bars, or anyone who is looking to easily split gas for beer or beverage dispensing and even for force carbonation.
  • INTEGRATED HIGH QUALITY CHECK VALVE OUTPUTS prevent liquid from flowing into the manifold and your regulator. Don’t worry about dirty lines or ruined regulators ever again! Every integrated check valve ensures that your beer stays on the right side of the line.
  • NO LEAKS due to ample thread tape and vigorous water testing after assembly. All manifolds are internally cleaned before assembly for the purest air possible. Don’t settle for mass produced, low quality manifolds from overseas. The Weekend Brewer manifold is the highest quality manifold on the market due to rigorous testing and quality control.
  • MOUNTING HOLES allows for easy installation on walls or kegerators. Two screws or nails will easily secure your manifold to any surface for ease of use.

Use to pressurize multiple kegs off one co2 regulator.  Aluminum body.  5/16″ Barbs.  Each trunk has a ball valve and integrated check valves.  Check valves stop beer or other liquids from back feeding into other lines or your regulator.  Personally I prefer barbed connections for gas lines because flare type connections can work loose.

12/10/18 2:30 PM Central: My general rule of thumb for what constitutes a good deal on a CO2 manifold is anything less than $10 per trunk.  This one is selling for $32.11.  That figures to just $8.03 per trunk.  This is also the best historical direct from Amazon price I found. Shipping is also free to many US addresses. Prices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

4-way 5/16″ Barb CO2 Distributor Manifold with integrated check valves


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