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Inkbird ITC-308 Dual Stage Digital Temp Controller – $29.75 + free shipping, w/instant coupon

Dual Stage, Pre-Wired Digital Temperature Controller by Inkbird

  • Plug and play design, easy to use;
  • Dual relay output, be able to connect with refrigeration and heating equipment at the same time
  • Support reading with Centigrade or Fahrenheit unit
  • Maximum output load: 1100W(110V)
  • Dual display window, be able to display measured temperature and set temperature at the same time

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.  Maximum output is 1,100 watt at 110 volts.  Dual Display shows both measured and set temperature.

Use to control fermentation or kegerator temperatures. This is a great controller. Check out my [Hands on Review]

1/15/18 6 PM Central: this is selling for $35.  Apply coupon code JFOZN2EH and the price drops to $29.75. Shipping to most US addresses also is free. Price, shipping and availability can change quickly. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

Inkbird Itc-308 Digital Temperature Controller Outlet Thermostat, 2-stage, 1100w, w/ Sensor

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Hands on Review: Milwaukee MA871 Digital Refractometer

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.

Those floating glass bobbers seem cool when you start homebrewing. They make you feel like you’re doing something complicated and sophisticated with your test tubes and fine crafted thin-glass instrument, and have a cool name- hydrometer. Then you break it. Oh well, bound to happen eventually, right? So you buy another one, and it eventually meets its doom, too. Soon, you start to do the math on the attrition rate, and figure out how long before you’d pay for a refractometer and you make that step.

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Safbrew S-33 Ale Yeast… $1

SAFBREW S-33 ALE YEAST

Safbrew S-33 Ale Yeast,  11.5g sachet via love2brew

About Safbrew S-33, from the offering description… “A general purpose, widely-used ale yeast with low sedimentation properties. This strain is extremely consistent, with excellent wort attenuation and a superb flavor profile.”

As of this posting, love2brew has these marked down to just $1 on their their clearance page.  This bundles with free shipping on most orders over $75 to select US addresses.

Compare: Safbrew-S33 at MoreBeer

SAFBREW S-33 ALE YEAST – via love2brew

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Anpro Dual Scale Refractometer – $21.49

Anpro Dual Scale Refractometer.  Aluminum construction.  Reads 1.000 – 1.120 specific gravity and 0-32% Brix.  Features Automatic Temperature Compensation: 50°F ~86°F (10°C~30°C).  Comes with refractometer, plastic sample pipette, mini screwdriver for calibration adjustments, manual, cleaning close and storage box.

For me, getting a refractometer was one of those upgrades that made a lot of difference.  With a refractometer you need a sample size of two drops.  I figured that this would pay for itself in beer savings alone.  I also had just broken my hydrometer and came to the realization that hydrometers are made of breakable glass that can break! 🙂

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 Sean Terrill’s excellent refractometer calculator.

1/15/18 12 AM Central: This is selling for $21.49. Shipping to most US addresses is also free with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying order. Price, shipping and availability can change quickly.  Check the product page for current price, description and availability.  Also: Recent Amazon Finds and Amazon Fillers Resource Page

Anpro Brix Refractometer, Beer Wort and Wine Refractometer, Dual Scale – Specific Gravity 1.000-1.120 and Brix 0-32%, Replaces Homebrew Hydrometer

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Wyeast Smack Packs [slightly aging] – from $3.99

As of this posting, Brew Hardware has discounted select Wyeast Smack Packs, labeled slightly aging.  Prices start at $3.99.

Wyeast at Brew Hardware

Shipping is a Flat $7.99 with a $150 order or free with a $299 order.  Check out recently featured Brew Hardware Finds.

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Reader Tip: Mangrove Jack’s M44 West Coast Yeast – from $4.44 per pack + free shipping

Thanks to HBF Reader Chris for this tip!  [8 Ways to Connect with HBF]Mangrove Jack's M44 WEST COAST ALE $4.44 Ea@10 Pack Dry Beer Brewing Yeast 10 Gr

Mangrove Jack’s M44 US West Coast Ale Yeast.  I’ve been using M44 for beers that I would normally use US-05 with great results.  This has become my go to dry yeast for pale ales and IPAs.

About, from Mangrove Jack’s strain guide (link below): “A top-fermenting ale strain suitable for American style ales. This yeast produces an exceptionally clean flavor, ideal for when you want the hop character to really punch through.”

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STRAIN CLASSIFICATION: Saccharomyces cerevisiae
RECOMMENDED TEMPERATURE RANGE: 64 – 73°F (18 – 23°C)
PERFORMANCE CHARACTERISTICS: (5- high, 1- low)
ATTENUATION: (77 – 85%)
FLOCCULATION RATE: 4
COMPACTION: 3
VIABLE YEAST CELLS: >5 x 109 cells per gram
DRY WEIGHT: 93 – 96%
WILD YEAST: <1 per 106 cells
TOTAL BACTERIA: <1 per 106 cells
GMO STATUS: GMO Free

AROMA CHARACTERISTICS:

A very neutral strain even when fermented in higher gravity worts and warmer
temperatures. Tangy citrus and pine hops aromas will be enhanced, as well as toasted
and dark malt aromas..

FLAVOR/MOUTHFEEL CHARACTERISTICS:

Beers fermented with this strain will finish dry and crisp. This strain is at its best in
hop prominent American style ales. Very light ales may turn out a bit stripped, thin or
astringent if care is not taken with the mash temperature and avoiding over-extraction.
Acidity is moderately high, boosting hop flavors and creating a clipped finish.

HIGHER ALCOHOL BEERS:

Remaining very neutral, this strain excels in strong ales with simple malt bills. Alcohol
will be a d… “A top fermenting ale strain suitable for American style ales. This yeast produces an exceptionally clean flavour, ideal for when you want the hop character to really punch through.  Suitable for American style pale ale, American double IPA, American style imperial stout and more.”

 

As if this posting, this is eBay offering features several counts of M44.  From 1 to 10.  The 10 counts is $44.40 or $4.44 per pack.  Shipping to most US addresses is also free. Check the listing for up to the minute price, description and availability.

Mangrove Jack’s M44 WEST COAST ALE $4.44 Ea@10 Pack Dry Beer Brewing Yeast 10 Gr

Related: Mangrove Jack’s Craft Series Strain Guide | Mangrove Jacks Yeast @ William’s

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Announcing: Chapman SteelTank Stainless Steel Fermenter – updated design

7 GALLON CHAPMAN™ FERMENTER

About from William’s Brewing: “This versatile Chapman™ 7 gallon fermenter is made entirely of stainless, and features a silicone gasket in the lid for positive sealing. Gallon markers are inside, and a 1/2″ NPT three piece stainless ball valve (weldless) is included. 21″ tall including airlock, 13″ in diameter. An excellent value in a stainless fermenter for both beer and wine. Includes airlock and sealing gromet.”

Chapman Brewing… makes great fermenters!  Check out: Hands On Review: Chapman Brewing SteelTank Fermenter – that’s of the previous version of this fermenter.

This new version of the Chapman stainless fermenter features an improved valve attaching method, and is a great value in an all stainless fermenter for 5 gallon batches. Limited supplies available.

7 GALLON CHAPMAN™ FERMENTER

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