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Roundup… Pumpkin Beer Kits & Related

NightShadeRecipePictured: AIH’s Night Shade Pumpkin Stout

It’s Pumpkin time guys.  Here’s a roundup of some of the recipe kits that are out there and some related resources.

Pinned: $128:Brew Stand · $7:Spoon · Hops Sale · Pin Locks · 16 Gallon Kettle

Stock Up: Great Grain Sale – Specialty and Base Grains

Recent Great Deals:

Ends Soon: 2 Siphonless Big Mouth Bubblers – $49.99

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For a limited time, buy two Siphonless Big Mouth Bubbler Fermenters from Midwest Supplies (either 5 or 6.5 gallons) and you get them for $49.99.  That’s a savings of $19.99.  Siphonless Big Mouth Bubblers have an installed spigot for easy transfer, they are made of plastic (light and safe) and include a single port lid.  Additional accessories are available including dual port lid, carrying strap and more.

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Mark II Keg & Carboy Cleaner… As a Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump!

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The Mark II Keg and Carboy Washer [Review] can clean a lot of your homebrewing gear.  Kegs, Carboys, Speidel Fermenters, Tubing, Small Parts & Pieces, Buckets, Keggles and more.

A small hardware purchase can convert your Keg and Carboy Washer over to an efficient ball lock draft line cleaning pump.

Cue drumroll.  And… It’s this thing…

Free shipping Stainless steel Carbonation Cap w/ 5/16" Barb, Ball Lock Type, fit soft drink PET bottles, Homebrew Kegging
Stainless steel Carbonation Cap w/ 5/16″ Barb, Ball Lock Type, fit soft drink PET bottles, Homebrew Kegging

It’s a stainless steel ball lock carbonator cap that is typically intended to use with 1L and 2L PET (soda type) bottles for force carbing and transporting beer (soda, etc).  Why does it include a barb?  I have no idea, but it comes in really handy for this purpose.

cln_img_9641A photo of just the carbonator capcln_img_9644A carbonator cap would typically work with a gas QD and this does.cln_img_9642However, it also works (easily) with a liquid QD.  Not sure why it’s designed like this, but it is and this is another important feature.cln_img_9646To adapt the Keg and Carboy Cleaner for Ball Lock draft lines just attach the stainless carbonator cap to a length of 1/4″ ID tubing (the shorter the better).  Attach the unused end to the smaller of the two included barbs (intended for cleaning tubing) and whammo… you’ve got a line cleaner.  I didn’t use any clamps.  Things held together fine and disassemble for easy cleaning.

cln_img_9654I use a piece of 1/2″ ID silicone tubing over my faucets to return cleaning, rinsing and sanitizing solution back to the Keg and Carboy Cleaner’s basin.  Recirculating means you can run this for a long time (according to your cleaner’s recommendations).  You may also save money by using less cleaner and sanitizer.

This has the advantage of cleaning everything in your draft system.  It cleans the faucet, the shank, the quick disconnect and the tubing.  Some line cleaning pump designs I’ve seen have you removing the beer nut and placing the hand pump apparatus directly on the shank.  That’s some work disassembling and reassembling and it also skips the line and quick disconnect.

cln_img_9657Here is a photo that should hopefully give you an idea about flow rate.  If you look at my original Draft Line Cleaning Pump Build, you’ll see that I don’t believe you need a gushing fire hose-like flow rate.  The important thing, in my book, is touching all parts and constant flow.  Along those lines, if you’re looking for your draft cleaning pump to resemble a pressure washer, I’d suggest looking for something different.  I spent no time on trying to increase flow for this build.  It’s going to depend on your line length and where you place the Keg and Carboy Washer in relation to the top of your shank.

cln_img_9660A look at the 1/2″ ID tubing over my Perlick faucetcln_img_9666The Keg and Carboy Washer can be a bit unwieldy to pick up when full.  You can drain a good bit of liquid off by redirecting the discharge tubing to a bucket.

cln_img_9649I have added this switch to my Keg and Carboy Washer setup.  It allows me to easily turn the pump on and off without plugging and unplugging it.  This switch appears to be similar although not the exact same part number… [GE 52149 Handy Switch Grounded White].  You may want to add a GFCI Adapter and for safety, always read and follow manufacturer’s warnings.

1312Alternative for Pin Lock, Sankey and Ball Lock Systems.  I know of no similar Pin Lock style carbonator cap.  You get nearly the same benefit by replacing that with a 1/4″ Male Flare to 1/4″ Barb Fitting.  Remove your MFL Pin Lock QDs and attach to this fitting.  The only thing you’re missing is including the Pin Lock QDs in the cleaning process.  This would also work for Sankey and ball lock setups, you just need to have 1/4″ MFL lines.

Prior to getting a Keg and Carboy Washer myself, I consistently heard great things about it.  I can confirm the praise.  This is a great piece of equipment that saves me time.  The additional ability to clean lines with little additional expense sweetens the deal further.  The Mark II Keg and Carboy Washer is one of our Top Finds.

Mark’s Keg & Carboy Washer can be found at…

Carbonator Cap: Free shipping Stainless steel Carbonation Cap w/ 5/16″ Barb, Ball Lock Type, fit soft drink PET bottles, Homebrew Kegging – Note that this ships directly from Asia

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Pinned: $128:Brew Stand · $7:Spoon · Hops Sale · Pin Locks · 16 Gallon Kettle

Stock Up: Great Grain Sale – Specialty and Base Grains

Recent Great Deals:

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2 Siphonless Big Mouth Bubblers – $49.99

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For a limited time, buy two Siphonless Big Mouth Bubbler Fermenters from Midwest Supplies (either 5 or 6.5 gallons) and you get them for $49.99.  That’s a savings of $19.99.  Siphonless Big Mouth Bubblers have an installed spigot for easy transfer, they are made of plastic (light and safe) and include a single port lid.  Additional accessories are available including dual port lid, carrying strap and more.

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Recent Midwest Finds:

20% Off $100 or More at Midwest Supplies

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As part of a “Last Blast of Summer” sale, Midwest Supplies is discounting their entire site (with a few exceptions) by 20% when you spend $100 or more.  Kegging systems, pumps, wort chillers, the new “Center of Gravity” Brew Stand, Edelmetall Bru Burners, Megapots and lots more are included.

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Recent Midwest Finds:

Orders Over $49 Ship FREE at Midwest Supplies

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For a limited time, orders over $49 at Midwest Supplies ship for free.  Applies to Captain Crush Grain Mill, most Kettles, Draft Brewer Keg Systems, Recipe Kits, Maelstrom Stir Plate, MegaPot 1.2 Kettles, Wort Chillers, All Grain Systems and Lots more.  There are a few exclusions.

Depending on your order, this could represent a significant savings.

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Ends Soon: Free Dark Star Propane Burner with $125 Midwest Supplies Purchase

Spend $125, Get a Free Dark Star Burner

Spend $125 at Midwest Supplies and they’ll throw in a free Dark Star Propane Burner.  That’s a $49.99 savings.  This promotion ends soon.

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