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Update: Review – 750 mL Stainless Wine and Beer Growler – Includes Temp Trials

Review Lifeline Stainless Wine Growler

I’m a big fan of Lifeline Products’ Line of Stainless Steel, Double Wall, Vacuum Insulated Growlers.

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They recently released a 750 mL Size for wine lovers.  Here’s a hands on look at that including two temperature time trials.

Lifeline Wine Growler ReviewIn the box.  This comes nicely packaged.  Ready to be wrapped up as a gift for yourself or others.  Oh, you don’t wrap gifts you buy for yourself?

Lifeline 7512 Wine Growler ReviewLifeline’s 7512 Stainless Wine Growler.  This is the uncoated stainless version.  It comes in other colors.

Lifeline 7512 Wine Growler ReviewClose up of the front of the label.  Reads Seven Fifty.  Wine Growler.  Double Wall Vacuum Insulated

Lifeline 7512 Wine Growler ReviewReads: No Liner.  No Condensation.  No Taste or Odor.  Holds a Full Bottle of Wine.  BPA Free.

Lifeline 7512 Wine Growler ReviewDiagram of how the vacuum insulated design works

Lifeline 7512 Wine Growler ReviewA look inside the growler

Stainless Growler Homebrew WinemakingA look at the cap

cln_img_6205This note about general usage comes inside the growler.

Lifeline 7512 Wine Growler ReviewBottom of the growler.  Reads: Vacuum Insulated, 750 mL, 18/8 Stainless

Lifeline 7512 Wine Growler ReviewI tared out my Escali Primo and filled up the growler with water to get an idea of capacity.  It comes out to about 801 grams.  801 grams = 801 mLs.  That’s a bit more than the stated capacity of 750 mL.  But… the lid/stopper combo takes up a bit of the neck.  I think the usable space is pretty well right at 750 mL.  That’s perfect for a bottle of… wine.

cln_img_6223A look at the same water in my 1 Gallon Brew Day Pitcher - Review

Lifeline 7512 Wine Growler ReviewHey this is the growler next to a 2013 bottle of Cupcake Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc.

Lifeline 7512 Wine Growler ReviewHere is the growler filled with an entire bottle of wine.  The cap just fits.  Perfecto.

Lifeline 7512 Wine Growler ReviewTemperature Trials.  I put the bottle of wine and growler in my fermentation deep freeze (currently in cold crash mode) to chill everything down.  I put my kegerator fan - See: Reducing Foaming with a Recirculating Fan - in there to get things chilled down more quickly.  Also Pictured: Speidel Fermenter - Review.  It contains RiteBrew’s Oatmeal Stout.  Also Pictured:  If you look closely you’ll see a gigantic rubber band creation that my son made for me to hold on the temperature probe.  What a great kid!  Oh, he charged me $10.

Stainless Growler Homebrew WinemakingStart of the test.  My ThermoWorks ChefAlarm - Review - shows 33.2 deg F

Stainless Growler Homebrew WinemakingThe ambient temperature was about 67 deg F

Insulated Stainless Growler Homebrew Winemaking19 hours and 39 minutes later, the wine reads 47.6 deg F.  That figures out to .733 deg per hour.  Much like the rest of the line, the insulation capabilities of this thing are amazing.  Gift Idea: You could fill one of these with chilled wine, wrap it hours before it will be unwrapped and the gift recipient will receive an amazing growler along with a chilled, ready to drink bottle of wine.  Whammo.

Stainless Growler Homebrew WinemakingThis is also a great size for 22 ounces of beer.  I tried another trial using a 22 of Green Flash’s Imperial IPA.  Also pictured: Oxo Cast Stainless Bottle Opener - Review.

Stainless Growler Homebrew WinemakingHere’s where the 22 fills comes up to.  Temperature Trial.  Started at 31.8 deg F.  19 hours and 2 minutes later it read 46 deg F.  That’s a loss of .734 deg per hour, nearly identical to the wine test.  Update:  I received a question about whether or not this growler is rated to hold carbonated beverages.  From my experience, I can tell you that it works great for carbonated beverages.  I also contacted Lifeline Products to double check that they recommend it for that use.  Indeed, it is officially rated to hold carbonated beverages.

Much like the rest of the line, this container looks great and works great.  I’m glad to have one for myself and I also think it would make a great gift.

Lifeline 7512 Silver Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Double Wall Bottle Style Growler – 750ml. Capacity

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Hands On: 750 mL Stainless Wine and Beer Growler – Includes Temp Trials

Review Lifeline Stainless Wine Growler

I’m a big fan of Lifeline Products’ Line of Stainless Steel, Double Wall, Vacuum Insulated Growlers.

Lifeline Gear and ReviewsLifeline 7508 Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Double Wall Barrel Style Growler • Review • Lifeline Growler Carrier • Review • Lifeline 7502 40 Ounce Growler • Review • Lifeline 7512 Silver Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Double Wall Bottle Style Growler – 750ml. Capacity • Review

They recently released a 750 mL Size for wine lovers.  Here’s a hands on look at that including two temperature time trials.

Lifeline Wine Growler ReviewIn the box.  This comes nicely packaged.  Ready to be wrapped up as a gift for yourself or others.  Oh, you don’t wrap gifts you buy for yourself?

Lifeline 7512 Wine Growler ReviewLifeline’s 7512 Stainless Wine Growler.  This is the uncoated stainless version.  It comes in other colors.

Lifeline 7512 Wine Growler ReviewClose up of the front of the label.  Reads Seven Fifty.  Wine Growler.  Double Wall Vacuum Insulated

Lifeline 7512 Wine Growler ReviewReads: No Liner.  No Condensation.  No Taste or Odor.  Holds a Full Bottle of Wine.  BPA Free.

Lifeline 7512 Wine Growler ReviewDiagram of how the vacuum insulated design works

Lifeline 7512 Wine Growler ReviewA look inside the growler

Stainless Growler Homebrew WinemakingA look at the cap

cln_img_6205This note about general usage comes inside the growler.

Lifeline 7512 Wine Growler ReviewBottom of the growler.  Reads: Vacuum Insulated, 750 mL, 18/8 Stainless

Lifeline 7512 Wine Growler ReviewI tared out my Escali Primo and filled up the growler with water to get an idea of capacity.  It comes out to about 801 grams.  801 grams = 801 mLs.  That’s a bit more than the stated capacity of 750 mL.  But… the lid/stopper combo takes up a bit of the neck.  I think the usable space is pretty well right at 750 mL.  That’s perfect for a bottle of… wine.

cln_img_6223A look at the same water in my 1 Gallon Brew Day PitcherReview

Lifeline 7512 Wine Growler ReviewHey this is the growler next to a 2013 bottle of Cupcake Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc.

Lifeline 7512 Wine Growler ReviewHere is the growler filled with an entire bottle of wine.  The cap just fits.  Perfecto.

Lifeline 7512 Wine Growler ReviewTemperature Trials.  I put the bottle of wine and growler in my fermentation deep freeze (currently in cold crash mode) to chill everything down.  I put my kegerator fan – See: Reducing Foaming with a Recirculating Fan – in there to get things chilled down more quickly.  Also Pictured: Speidel FermenterReview.  It contains RiteBrew’s Oatmeal Stout.  Also Pictured:  If you look closely you’ll see a gigantic rubber band creation that my son made for me to hold on the temperature probe.  What a great kid!  Oh, he charged me $10.

Stainless Growler Homebrew WinemakingStart of the test.  My ThermoWorks ChefAlarmReview – shows 33.2 deg F

Stainless Growler Homebrew WinemakingThe ambient temperature was about 67 deg F

Insulated Stainless Growler Homebrew Winemaking19 hours and 39 minutes later, the wine reads 47.6 deg F.  That figures out to .733 deg per hour.  Much like the rest of the line, the insulation capabilities of this thing are amazing.  Gift Idea: You could fill one of these with chilled wine, wrap it hours before it will be unwrapped and the gift recipient will receive an amazing growler along with a chilled, ready to drink bottle of wine.  Whammo.

Stainless Growler Homebrew WinemakingThis is also a great size for 22 ounces of beer.  I tried another trial using a 22 of Green Flash’s Imperial IPA.  Also pictured: Oxo Cast Stainless Bottle OpenerReview.

Stainless Growler Homebrew WinemakingHere’s where the 22 fills comes up to.  Temperature Trial.  Started at 31.8 deg F.  19 hours and 2 minutes later it read 46 deg F.  That’s a loss of .734 deg per hour, nearly identical to the wine test.  Update:  I received a question about whether or not this growler is rated to hold carbonated beverages.  From my experience, I can tell you that it works great for carbonated beverages.  I also contacted Lifeline Products to double check that they recommend it for that use.  Indeed, it is officially rated to hold carbonated beverages.

Much like the rest of the line, this container looks great and works great.  I’m glad to have one for myself and I also think it would make a great gift.

Lifeline 7512 Silver Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Double Wall Bottle Style Growler – 750ml. Capacity

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Blichmann 1/2″ Linear Flow Valve… Install in any kettle! + Hands on Review

Blichmann 1/2" Linear Flow Valve

To me, this is the most revolutionary part of Blichmann’s new G2 BoilerMaker KettleReview is the Linear Flow Valve.  This valve replaces standard ball valves and offers great control (linear flow), flexibility (adjusts to any orientation) and superior cleanability (center pops out with no tools).

Bryan over at Great Fermentations just gave me the heads up that Blichmann just released the Linear Flow Valve as a separate component.  Bryan says it can be installed in a G1 Kettle – Related: Discounted G1 Kettles with Slight Cosmetic Damage – all on it’s own.  It can be installed in any other kettle with the aid of Blichmann’s Dip Tube Kettle Fitting Bulkhead.

I’ve received questions about whether this would be released as a separate product and I can tell you that I’m very glad Blichmann has released this.

Blichmann 1/2″ Linear Flow Valve - $44.99

Dip Tube Kettle Fitting for Blichmann BoilerMaker - $30.96

Hands on Look at the Linear Flow Valve (a portion of my G2 Review)…

Here’s the “wow shot”…

cln_img_4522That’s light you see through the Linear Valve’s body.  No tools are required to take the Linear Valve apart.  The valve simply unscrews and the entire inner workings pop out.  No tools.  When the thing just came off, it was a near jaw dropping moment for me.  I’ve got my fair share of 3 piece ball valves that can be taken apart for thorough cleaning.  How often do I take those apart for thorough cleaning?  I wouldn’t use the word… often.  The Linear Valve comes apart so easily that it will be cleaned every time I use the kettle.

cln_img_4515The inside of the linear valve.  There isn’t much to it.  Easy to clean and sanitize.

cln_img_4518Side view of the inside of the Linear Valve

cln_img_4536The valve body

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Hands On: Blichmann G2 BoilerMaker Kettle!

Review of Blichmann Engineering G2 BoilerMaker Kettle

The recently announced G2 Kettle is available in 7.510152030 and 55 gallon sizes.  The BoilerMaker G2 is designed and manufactured in the US.  It includes a Sight Glass w/Laser Etched Volume Markers, Adjustable Angle BrewMometer Thermometer, Linear Flow Valve and tool-less dip tube.  The G2 also features a 1.2 height to diameter ratio.

Here’s a hands on look at the Blichmann G2 BoilerMaker kettle.

cln_img_4415Here’s the box

cln_img_4420In case at any point you thought to yourself “I should probably drop this box”, there is a handy sticker that reminds you not to.

cln_img_4441A look at the kettle straight out of the box.  The new “Linear Flow Valve” comes installed, the Brewmometer Thermometer is not installed upon delivery.

cln_img_4465Here is the Blichmann Engineering name plate and BoilerMaker G2 name plate.  They’ve really stepped it up a notch here vs the G1 as the G1 just has a sticker.  This has no functional importance, but it does look cool.

cln_img_4467Just above the Linear Flow Valve, there is a small plate that reads… “Made in the USA”

cln_img_4448Here’s a look at the sight gauge

cln_img_4449This picture shows the laser etching for the sight glass

cln_img_4537The included Allen wrench allows you remove the top portion of the sight gauge for cleaning

cln_img_4545A brush is included to clean the sight gauge.

cln_img_4423A look inside the kettle.  The included dip tube is on the left hand side.

cln_img_4435A close up of the installed dip tube.

cln_img_4510The dip tube is a tool-less design, meaning, no tools are required to install or remove it.  From what I can gather, it’s the same as the G1.  Works great and it’s easy to use.

cln_img_4477When a first unboxed the G2, I went directly to the Linear Flow Valve.  After turning it a bit, I thought, yeah… it’s pretty cool.  After figuring it out, I can tell you that it is… revolutionary.  Keep reading.

cln_img_4478The Linear Valve’s Cool Touch Handle.  Cool Touch should maybe be “Cooler Touch”.  It is helpful, but still use caution when grabbing for the valve.  It can get warm, even hot.  Most of the time I am able to adjust with my bare hand, but there have been times I’ve grabbed something to shield my hand for the heat.  Heat-wise I would say this is a big improvement from the ball lock handle.

cln_img_4483The side of the Linear Valve, emblazoned with a Blichmann Logo B.  Note that the Linear Valve can be configured at any angle.

cln_img_4522This is the revolutionary part.  That’s light you see through the Linear Valve’s body.  After a while, I started looking through the manual to see how the Linear Valve comes apart.  What would I need to do to clean this?  What tools are required?  The valve simply unscrews and the entire inner workings pop out.  No tools.  When the thing just came off, it was a near jaw dropping moment for me.  I’ve got my fair share of 3 piece ball valves that can be taken apart for thorough cleaning.  How often do I take those apart for thorough cleaning?  I wouldn’t use the word… often.  The Linear Valve comes apart so easily that it will be cleaned every time I use the kettle.

cln_img_4515The inside of the linear valve.  There isn’t much to it.  Easy to clean and sanitize.

cln_img_4518Side view of the inside of the Linear Valve

cln_img_4536The valve body

cln_img_4484New handle design

cln_img_4492New lid handle design

cln_img_4505The lid handle is designed to fit in the kettle handle.

cln_img_4567G1 and G2 10 Gallon Blichmann BoilerMaker Kettles Side by Side

cln_img_4553The G2 with Brewmometer installed

http://www.homebrewfinds.com/2014/11/12-3-piece-stainless-steel-ball-valve-14-95.htmlAfter using it the first time, I decided to orient the valve facing to the side.  Changing the valve orientation is as easy loosening the back nut, changing positions and re-tightening.  The ring on the dip tube can be re-oriented so that the aligning pin fits correctly and the dip tube points down.  I’ve found a side benefit to this orientation.  If you have the valve facing away from you, you can lean the kettle back while carrying it to prevent stray wort from dripping while you’re carrying around the kettle.  I like that a lot, since I usually brew in the garage and do most cleaning in my basement.

Blichmann G2 Kettle Hands on ReviewHere’s a picture of the valve working on the new position.

Blichmann G2 Kettle Hands on Review Linear Valve TestAfter my “First Looks” Post, I received questions on the flow rate of Blichmann’s new linear valve design.  I had that same question.  To test, I filled both G1 and G2 kettles up to the bottom of their valve outlets.  I actually overfilled and then let the excess drain out.  With both valves opened, I dumped in three gallons of water (from a 5 gallon bucket) and (with my son’s help, despite rumors to the contrary I only have two arms :) timed how long it took to drain that three gallons.  We kept timing until the water level hit the top of the interior valve nut on both kettles.  I did that because I didn’t want to try and time the last dribbles coming out.  So, this was a 3 gallon-ish test.  Results: G1 – 2 Minutes and 4 Seconds, G2 1 Minute 46 Seconds.  The linear valve was 16 seconds slower.  Part of that may be because I have the valve oriented to the right.  The net result is that the flow rate is a bit less for the Linear Valve.  I have a suspicion that the difference will be less when using a pump.  I plan to try that in the future.  Either way, I would much rather have the Linear Flow Valve vs a Three Piece Ball Valve.  I have easily cleaned this every single time I’ve used the G2.

Blichmann G2 Kettle Hands on Review BIABBrewing MoreBeer’s M80 IPA BIAB Style with The Brew BagReview.  The G2′s Handles make nice spots to secure the bag.  Facebook Friend Brian asked if the BrewMometer’s interferes with the bag when brewing BIAB.  The answer is that BrewMometer’s probe is a short 2″.  It’s not sticking half way into the kettle.  It works well with Brew in a Bag.

Blichmann G2 Kettle Hands on Review BrewMometerThe BrewMometer showing the mash temp for M80

Blichmann G2 Kettle Hands on Review ChefAlarmI pulled out my ChefAlarmReview – to test out-of-the-box accuracy of the BrewMometer while brewing M80.  I’d say that is very close.  Of course, you can calibrate the BrewMometer as needed.

Blichmann G2 Kettle Hands on Review HopburstBrewing RiteBrew’s Amarillo HopBurst using the G2.  The string is the tied off specialty grains steeping bag.  Also Pictured: Brew Day WhiskReview and TopTier BrewStand.

Blichmann G2 Kettle Hands on Review RiteBrew Oatmeal StoutThis is the grain bill of RiteBrew’s partial mash Oatmeal Stout.

After using the G2 for a while, I can… wholeheartedly recommend it.  In true Blichmann fashion, it is a great piece of purpose designed brewing equipment from small thoughtful details to innovative new features (like the revolutionary Linear Flow Valve) to first quality materials and construction.  The Blichmann BoilerMaker G2 is a great homebrewing kettle!

The G2 line is available at a number of retailers including Great FermentationsMore BeerMidwest Supplies and Adventures in Homebrewing

Related: Same Day Shipping on Select Blichmann Gear

Also Consider: BrewEasy Systems – MoreBeer - Great Fermentations (ElectricGas)

Shopping Tip: Blichmann gear is price controlled.  You’re not going to see a lot of difference from retailer to retailer, other than shipping fees and taxes.  For this particular purchase, I went with Adventures in Homebrewing because they are currently offering free shipping and I received the equivalent of 5% back via their rewards program.  That offer also applies to the TopTier Stand (and any options you include on the TopTier page) and the Tower of Power – Check it out - Here

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First Looks: RiteBrew Partial Mash Oatmeal Stout

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RiteBrew‘s Partial Mash Oatmeal Stout Kits have been out of stock.  They just became available again.  That combined with the fact that I’m planning to brew this tonight is occasion to give you a first look at the kit.

RiteBrew Oatmeal Stout HomebrewA look at the box.  The box pretty well details the recipe for this beer.  What I really, really like about RiteBrew’s Kits is their “Packed On” Date.  This one was packed on 9/18 and I received it on… 9/19.  I think RiteBrew is concerned about freshness.  You see that with their periodic Wyeast Preorders, the fact that they regularly rotate older yeast stock out to their Bargain Bin and with these packed on dates.

cln_img_5373A look at the complete recipe kit

Ritebrew Oatmeal Stout Partial MashA close up of the grain bill.  I love the layering here.

At $20.99, I think this kit is a bargain.  It’s back in stock and ready to order as of this posting.  I’m planning to split my batch in half.  I’ll keep half as the recipe suggests.  I haven’t decided what to add to the other half.  I picked up both Cocoa Nibs (a bargain at $6.79/lb) and Vanilla Beans (a bargain at $2.79/3) along with this kit and haven’t decided which to add.  I’m leaning toward vanilla beans.

851532 – Oatmeal Stout (Partial-Mash) – Dry Yeast – $20.99

827583 – Madagascar Vanilla Beans – 3 pack – $2.79

827511 – Cocoa Nibs – 1lb. – $6.79

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Hands On: Lifeline Collapsible Two Growler Carrier

Lifeline Growler Carrier Review

If you’ve read Homebrew Finds for long it will come as no surprise to you that I am a big fan of Lifeline’s line of Stainless, Double Wall, Vacuum Sealed GrowlersReview.  These growlers look amazing, are generally a very good deal and have epic insulation capabilities (See: Temp Trials section of Lifeline 7500 Review).  Along those lines, I was excited to see that Lifeline had released a Two Growler Carrier.  This is a hands on look at that.

cln_img_5810The Lifeline Growler Carrier

Lifeline Growler Carrier ReviewClose up of the packaging.  It says: Holds Two.  Collapsible.  The easiest way to carry your growlers!  No more juggling two full growlers while trying to get your keys out of your pocket!  The lightweight carrier is comfortable to hold with one hand and also keeps your growler upright and stable.  Fits most growler sizes.  Take home your favorite beverages with ease.

Lifeline Growler Carrier ReviewSide view

Lifeline Growler Carrier ReviewCollapsed.  Top Down.

Lifeline Growler Carrier ReviewCollapsed. Side View.

Lifeline Growler Carrier ReviewThe top rim of the growler carrier is approximately 6 inches tall.  That means any growler handles must be higher than this.

Lifeline Growler Carrier ReviewEach of the two growler openings are approximately 5 inches wide.

Lifeline Growler Carrier Review with 7508 GrowlersThis fits two Stainless, Double Wall, Vacuum Insulated Lifeline 7508 GrowlersReview

Lifeline Growler CarrierIt can also hold standard size growlers

stainless growler carrierUpdate: Yes this does work with Lifeline’s 7500 growler.  In this picture the 7500 is on the left and the 7508 is on the right.

In my book, this is another home run for Lifeline.  It has a simple job and does it.  It is durable and folds up for easy storage.  I’m also glad they designed it in such a way as to accommodate their own 64 ounce growler design and standard glass growlers.   I own 4 of their 64 ounce growlers, one of their 40 ounce growlers and an 18 ounce double wall container.  I’m a big fan of Lifeline’s growler lineup and I’m glad add their new growler carrier to the mix.

Lifeline Growler Carrier

Lifeline 7508 Silver Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Double Wall Barrel Style Growler – 64 oz. Capacity

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Lifeline 7512 Silver Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Double Wall Bottle Style Growler – 750ml. Capacity

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Hands on Review: Mark’s Keg and Carboy Washer

Review Marks Keg and Carboy Washer

Here’s a Hands on Look at Mark’s Keg and Carboy Washer, including a couple of videos with it in action.

Mark's Keg and Carboy WasherThe front of the box.  “Clean and Sanitize Carboys, Corny Kegs, Brew Pails and Hoses” and “1 Year Guarantee”

Mark's Keg and Carboy WasherSide of the box.  It says: •Clean and Sanitize Carboys. No need for a bottle brush. Clean every square inch of the inside of a carboy in minutes. •Clean and sanitize Corny Kegs. No need to disassemble the keg. Clean the inside of the keg and the dip tube. •Clean and Sanitize Brew Pails and Hoses. •Spend your time brewing beer, not cleaning your equipment.

Mark's Keg and Carboy WasherOther side of the box.  It recaps features and then let’s you know what’s in the box: 1.25 gallon high density polyethylene basin, center holding rack with powerful jet nozzle, 520 gallon-per-hour pump with three adapters, instruction manual and warranty.

cln_img_4168The Keg and Carboy Washer unboxed.

Mark's Keg and Carboy WasherA look at the individual components.

Mark's Keg and Carboy Washer1.25 gallon basin.

Mark's Keg and Carboy Washer NozzlesA look at the four included nozzles/adapters.  From left to right: 1. T for use with cleaning Corny kegs.  The barb goes to tubing that feeds you keg’s dip tube, 2.  Barb for cleaning 3/8″ ID tubing, 3.  Jet nozzle for both carboys and kegs.  For carboys it goes directly on the vertical pipe, for kegs the T goes on first followed by the jet nozzle, 4.  Barb for cleaning 1/4″ ID tubing.

Mark's Keg and Carboy Washer PumpTop of the Pump

Mark's Keg and Carboy Washer PumpThis is the back side of the pump.  It has an adjustable louvre for regulating intake.  You’re probably going to want to just always have this wide open.  If you’re having flow issues, double check this to make sure it’s open.

Mark's Keg and Carboy WasherFully assembled and rigged to clean a carboy.  The bottom part of the basin holds about 1 gallon of water, cleaning solution or sanitizer.

Keg and Carboy Cleaner TubingFully assembled and rigged up to clean a ball lock keg.  You provide the Ball Lock or Pin Lock QD along with tubing.

cln_img_4246The Keg and Carboy Cleaner, cleaning a… Carboy

Keg and Carboy Cleaner BucketIt also works with buckets

Keg and Carboy Cleaner Ball Lock Kegand of course… kegs

cln_img_4401and can clean and sanitize tubing

cln_img_4255Mark's Keg and Carboy Washer Speidel Fermenterand… it works with Speidel Fermenters.  This is the 5.3 Gallon SizeReview.  The 7.9 Gallon Size has the same size opening and also works.  I will say that with a bucket, carboy or keg I feel pretty comfortable walking away for a bit while it’s working.  Not so with the 5.3 and 7.9 Gallon Speidels.  The opening is about the same size as the top of the carboy washer.  That means it sits on top instead of inside (like a carboy) or outside (like a bucket).  If you use this for your 5.3 and 7.9 gallon Speidels, you’re going to want to keep your hand on it to keep the fermenter in place.  I’m guessing, but do not know first hand, that larger Speidels, with their larger openings, work well with the Keg and Carboy Washer without such support, much like a bucket.

B2CAGkiIYAA1PBAUpdate: and… some kettles and keggles!  Thanks to Twitter Follower Christian for this tip and photo!

Mark's Keg and Carboy Washer Keg LidOne of the great things about this washer is that you do not need to disassemble your kegs to clean and sanitize them.  I ran through 5 kegs the first night I used it.  All were clean and sanitized when all was said and done.  Of course, you do have to take the lid off.  That, along with other small parts, can be tossed in the basin for cleaning and sanitizing.


This video shows the kind of flow rate you’re getting to the keg QD.   Looks good to me.

Mark's Keg and Carboy Washer Ball Lock KegFor keg cleaning, the instructions say to run with the QD connected for about 15 minutes and then disconnect the QD.  “This will maximize the pressure for cleaning the keg’s interior”.

One issue that I had with it when I first started using the washer for kegs was… the QD was a bit difficult to get on.  There isn’t a lot of spare tubing (and you don’t want a lot for pressure purposes) and requirement to exert pressure up on the QD while trying to hold the keg down is an awkward set of motions.  There isn’t a lot of leverage.  This problem ended up being a poppet issue.  I use universal poppets on nearly every keg.  Those work great, but can be on the tight side with some kegs.  I know that can be an issue.  The fix for that is and has been… simply trim a bit of the spring with a wire cutter.  I just hadn’t noticed it as a problem when trying to use the kegs in question in the typical orientation.  Using a wire cutter to trim a bit off the poppet spring fixed the issue making it a lot easier to hook up to the carboy washer.


Here’s a video of the Keg and Carboy Cleaner cleaning a 6 Gallon PET Carboy from MoreBeer – Review

I’ve owned this keg and carboy washer for quite a while now.  I had been using a DIY cleaning pump setup and that worked pretty well.  The purpose built Mark’s Keg and Carboy Washer works markedly (did you see what I did there :), better.  It uses less cleaning and sanitizing solution, it’s more versatile, takes up less space and… I don’t have to take apart my kegs to clean and sanitize them.

I’ve heard great things about this unit for some time now.  I’m happy to confirm that it works really well.

I purchased my unit at More Beer.  As of this writing, it’s selling for $99.99 Shipped – Here

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