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AcuRite Digital Thermometer for Monitoring Kegerator and Fermentation Temps – $6.52 + free shipping

AcuRite 00325 Home Comfort Monitor, Pack of 1, Black

AcuRite 00325 Home Comfort Monitor


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

  • Measures humidity and temperature
  • Humidity Level Icon indicates high, low or ideal indoor conditions
  • Daily high and low temperature and humidity records
  • Temperature and humidity trend arrows
  • Tabletop and magnet-mountable design

Possible homebrew-related applications… Monitor the temp of your fermentation area or place inside your kegerator or fermentation chamber to monitor temps.

What are other people saying?Search this item’s Amazon reviews for “brew”

12/18/18 1:45 PM Central: This is back down to $6.57.  That’s 32 cents shy of the best historical direct from Amazon price I found. 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 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

AcuRite 00325 Home Comfort Monitor, Pack of 1, Black


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Mark II Keg and Carboy Washer- for $88, Save $12 – via Brewer Dude Two Step Workaround + Hands on Review

From Brewer Dude: “Mark’s Mark II Keg Washer™ is designed to clean and sanitize large vessels like cornelius kegs and carboys. It is also intended to provide a sanitation container for miscellaneous items such as airlocks, thermometers, tubing, keg fittings, and more.”

I have this and like it very much.  It’s one of my favorite pieces of brewing gear.  It’s saved me a lot of time and hassle.  Check out my Hands on Review

This deal requires a two transaction work-around…

Transaction #1: Purchase a $100 gift card for $88.  From Brewer Dude: “We deliver our gift card claim code instantly with your order confirmation email. Meaning in a last minute situation you can print that card onto your own design, include in a holiday card or create your own unique way to present the gift to another.

Transaction #2: Use the gift card code (emailed instantly after the first transaction) to purchase the Mark II Keg & Carboy Washer – Your net cost will be $88 and you’ll have 1 cent remaining on the gift card.

Mark II Keg & Carboy Washer

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Inkbird Dual Stage Digital Temp Controller AND NTC Sensor – $30.59 + free shipping

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Itc-308 Dual Stage, Pre-Wired Digital Temperature Controller by Inkbird

Dual stage means that the Itc-308 can control both a heating and cooling device.  Alternatively, it can control a heating or a cooling device.  This controller displays in Fahrenheit and Centigrade.  Dual Display shows both measured and set temperature.

Use to control fermentation or kegerator temperatures.  I have a similar (although not identical) controller from Inkbird.  The base unit is the same (ITC-308), the temperature sensors are different.  Check out my [Hands on Review] of that unit.

12/18/18 8 AM Central: This is selling for $35.99.  Apply coupon code 9475EWMS and the price drops to $30.59.  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.

Inkbird Aquarium Dual Stage Temperature Controller + NTC Sensor, AC 100V – AC 240V. (ITC-308S + 1.97″ NTC Probe)


Also: Yeast Starters & Fermentation | Kegerator Tips & Gear | ITC-308 Review | Homebrew Temp Controller Roundup! – Kegerator and Fermentation – concepts, applications and models


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12″ x 12″ Interlocking Drying Mats – lots of uses – $3.99 + free shipping

Update International BMI-12CL Interlocking bar Mat Square, 12" x 12", Clear

Update International BMI-12CL Interlocking bar Mat Square, 12″ x 12″, Clear


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

  • Interlocking bar mat perfect for lining shelves and counters to protect glassware and china
  • Interlocking design system snaps together to fit most places
  • Made of non-skid pvc and is lightweight
  • Diamond-shape cutouts allow for even airflow and sanitary drying
  • Each square measures 12″ x 12″; dishwasher safe

I use similar mats (different model and manufacturer) and find 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

12/18/18 7:30 AM Central: These are selling for just $3.99. 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.

Update International BMI-12CL Interlocking bar Mat Square, 12″ x 12″, Clear


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Ends Soon: Inkbird ITC-608T, 1,800 Watt Dual Stage Temp Controller w/12 Programmable Timers – 30% off coupon

Inkbird Temperature and Humidity Controller ITC-608T Pre-Wired AC Dual Stage Outlet Thermostat with 12 Period Time Stage, 1800w, ETL Listed (with Temperature and Humidity Sensor)

Inkbird Temperature and Humidity Controller ITC-608T Pre-Wired AC Dual Stage Outlet Thermostat with 12 Period Time Stage, 1800w, ETL Listed (with Temperature Sensor)

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  • US ETL Certificate Listed and Warranty. ITC-608T thermostat temperature and humidity controller is ETL listed, and rigorously tested for quality control and safety. The unit itself has 2 years warranty. (The temperature and humidity sensor have 1 year warranty.)
  • Three in one Multifunctional Temperature and Humidity Control Mode with Dual Relay Output. ITC-608T can work as a temperature controller, a humidity controller, a temperature and humidity controller. First, only plug temperature sensor with cooling and heating equipment. Second, only plug humidity sensor with humidifier and dehumidifier equipment. Third, plug both temperature and humidity sensor with cooling/heating and humidifier/dehumidifier equipment.
  • Supporting calibration, compressor delay and saving reset setting values. Centigrade or Fahrenheit degree display, easy to set, PV and SV dual display windows. And with compressor delay for protecting cooling device. ITC-608T can save the original setting values in case accidentally power-off.
  • More power up to 1800W. Temperature control range is -40-212°F(-40-100℃), humidity display range is 5 -99.0%RH. Max Loading: 120V 15A 1800W. Temperature senor is waterproof while humidity sensor is not.
  • Multifunctional usage. Temperature and humidity controller ITC-608T can be used in home brewing (refrigerator), fermenting, Greenhouse, terrarium, reptile, planting (mushroom), meat storage and cooking.

“Temp and humidity controller ITC-608T has certificate of ETL (US and Canada approved). The product will be safer when using. ITC-608T has multifunctional control mode. It can control both temp and humidity at the same time. (Plug both temp and humidity sensor). Or control single temp and has 12 different time stage periods for temp control mode. Or only control humidity with plug humidity sensor. This unit supports both F and C degree, compress delay, calibration and reset setting values saving. Heating/Cooling differential function could be set separately for refrigeration and heating to protect temp controller from violent change. Same as humidity control.”

 

This is a digital dual stage pre-wired temp control with 12 timers and a humidity sensor and controller. The temp controller part of this is pretty straightforward.  As homebrewers we’d usually use that with a heating and/or cooling device for fermentation temp control or as part of a kegerator.

Dual stage means this can control both a heating and cooling device.  Alternatively, it can control a heating or a cooling device.  This controller displays in Fahrenheit and Centigrade.

I would say that 1,800 Watt is a higher capacity than many of the homebrew controllers out there.

The humidity part could be handy for judging whether your Eva Dry (or similar) needs recharged.  See: Damp Kegerator? Fix Kegerator Condensation.  I suppose you could also control an appropriate electronic dehumidifier.  It’s my understanding that if you plug in the optional humidity sensor the temperature controller portion is limited to one stage – heating or cooling.  That may not be a bad thing as the only scenario I think this could be helpful in the homebrew context is a kegerator and most of the time you’ll probably only use one stage (cooling) anyway for a kegerator.  My guess is that most homebrewers will not have a need for the humidity feature of this controller.

Note: This product has multiple variations – choose between multiple sensor options (temperature and/or humidity).  I would guess that most homebrewers would be interested in the temperature sensor only version and that is the version that’s linked below.

12/18/18 12 AM Central: As of this posting coupon code GXMUUA7P takes 30% off this controller. 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.

Inkbird Temperature and Humidity Controller ITC-608T Pre-Wired AC Dual Stage Outlet Thermostat with 12 Period Time Stage, 1800w, ETL Listed (with Temperature Sensor)


Also: Inkbird Itc-308 Digital Temperature Controller Outlet Thermostat, 2-stage, 1000w, w/ Sensor – [Review] | Yeast Starters & Fermentation | Kegerator Tips & Gear

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16 x Propper Starter Canned Wort – $45.20, $2.83 Each + Hands on Review

Propper Starter Condensed Wort Can (4 Pack)

Propper Starter Condensed Wort Can (4 Pack)


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

Propper Starter is a a 4 pack of 16 oz. cans of condensed wort that is perfect for making yeast starters. Yeast starters increase both the biomass and vitality of your yeast, ensuring your fermentation goes smoothly and your batch turns out tasting great. Propper Starter Condensed Wort Cans are great for giving your yeast a “Propper” start, whether bring a lager, a high gravity brew, a yeast pack nearing expiration or just whenever a yeast started is needed. Quickly and easily prepare the yeast for your next batch of beer, cider or mead without waiting for water to boil and cool, or dealing with messy DME. The cans could not be easier to use. Simply mix one 16 oz. can of condensed wort and 16 oz. of bottled, distilled or boiled & chilled water to create your starter solution, add to a sanitized 2 L flask, pitch your yeast and add to a stir plate for at least 24 hours. Each 16 oz. can of Propper Starter makes one 1 L starter.


For more info, visit the product pages for FAQS

As of this posting, AIH has this four pack for $12.99. Check the product page for up to the minute price, description and availability.

Stacks With: For a limited time AIH is discounting most orders of $49 or more by 13%.  Buy four of these to qualify.  That will make your discounted total $45.20 just $2.83 per can.

Propper Starter Condensed Wort Can (4 Pack)

Hands on Review: Propper Starter Canned Starter Wort!

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Freshly Dumped Balcones Distilling French Oak 5 Gallon Whisky Barrels – $135.99 + free shipping to most US addresses

Freshly Dumped 5 Gallon Whisky Barrel - French Oak - Balcones Distilling Waco TX

Freshly Dumped 5 Gallon Whisky Barrel – French Oak – Balcones Distilling Waco TX

As if this posting, Lion Brewing Solutions has a slew of items on sale.  This is included in the mix and is on sale for $135.99.  Shipping is also free to select US addresses.  Canada and International shipping options are available.  Check the listing for up to the minute price, description and availability.

Freshly Dumped 5 Gallon Whisky Barrel – French Oak – Balcones Distilling Waco TX

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Hands on Review: Propper Starter Canned Starter Wort!

Propper Starter Canned Wort by Omega Labs

This review is by Homebrew Finds Contributor Brad Probert.  Brad is an engineer, expert homebrewer and experienced reviewer.  Grab a link to Brad’s website at the end of this review.

Propper Starter Canned Starter Wort

I never used to be a fan of starters. I willfully ignored stories people would tell about their starters because I didn’t want starters to matter. Extra work strung out to a few days before brew day was something I just couldn’t get excited about. But then I did some experiments splitting a batch and fermenting one with a starter and one without. I then saw firsthand how the starter saved a couple of challenging lager fermentations. I could no longer be a denier.

I set about trying to make the process as easy as possible with a flask, stir plate, and even a small electric coffee kettle to allow me to keep the process contained to my basement brewing area. It was manageable, but I still couldn’t overcome the dislike of having to buy DME (and running short when I needed it), and the whole cooling process after I boiled the wort starter. Then I stumbled upon the Propper Starter canned starter wort in my LHBS. Could this be my savior?


Finding Propper Starter Canned Wort


Propper canned starter wort is made by Omega Yeast Labs. Omega yeast labs opened in mid-2013, which makes it a newer kid on the block of homebrewing yeast suppliers. Based in St. Louis and Chicago, you will mostly find their yeast in the Midwest and East Coast areas. A yeast producer making a yeast starter seems like a natural/logical fit.

The can of Propper Starter contains concentrated wort and yeast nutrient. It’s made to be diluted to the proper concentration. One 16 oz. can of concentrated wort poured into your flask, then you fill up the empty 16 oz. can with water again and you’ve got 1 Liter of 1.040 gravity starter wort.

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Fermentation Heating Mat – $15.97 + free shipping

Round Kombucha Heater Kit for Continuous Brew Crocks & Dispensers. 10" Brewing & Fermentation Heat Mat, Works with any Ceramic, Glass, Stone or Porcelain Containers (10"-120VAC 7-Watts)

Round Kombucha Heater Kit for Continuous Brew Crocks & Dispensers. 10″ Brewing & Fermentation Heat Mat, Works with any Ceramic, Glass, Stone or Porcelain Containers (10″-120VAC 7-Watts)


From the product description, check product page for current description:

  • PERFECT SIZE – 10″ Inch round fits most common sized 1.5 to 2.5 Gallon Kombucha Brewing Crocks
  • NATURAL HEAT – Bottom radiant heating mimics natures normal process in organic fermenting
  • EASY TO USE – No Wrapping, No Tape or Belts. Simply place under your Fermentor and plug in!
  • TEMPERATURE REGULATION – Built in thermal control shuts off heater preventing overheating

Use in conjunction with a temperature controller to dial in fermentation temps.

12/17/18 11 AM Central: This is selling for just $15.97.  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.

Round Kombucha Heater Kit for Continuous Brew Crocks & Dispensers. 10″ Brewing & Fermentation Heat Mat, Works with any Ceramic, Glass, Stone or Porcelain Containers (10″-120VAC 7-Watts)


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Inkbird ITC-308 – Dual Stage Digital Temperature Controller | Review | Inkbird Deals

Arctic King 5 cu ft Chest Freezer [Fermentation or Kegerator] – $154.99 + Free Shipping & Top Draft Resources

Arctic King 5 cu ft chest freezer model WHS-185C1WSB via Wal-Mart

Possible homebrew uses include conversion to a kegerator/keezer or use as a temp controlled fermentation chamber.

As of this posting, Wal Mart has this for $154.99.  Shipping is also free to many US addresses. 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

Arctic King 5 cu ft Chest Freezer

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