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AIH Good Batch Guarantee + Customer Favorites & Free Shipping

Adventures in Homebrewing Good Batch Guarantee

Good Batch Guarantee.  Adventures in Homebrewing is now offering a Good Batch Guarantee.  In a nutshell… “AIH guarantees the success of your Brew, if you followed proper cleaning and sanitation methods throughout the brewing process, using our “All Clean Brewery Wash and Santizing Kit“, (99-Wash) AIH guarantees the success of your Brew”

Check out the Full Details AIH’s Good Batch Guarantee

Customer Favorites.  On the recipe front AIH has also recently published a list 16 of their most popular recipes kits based on customers purchases.  These are what fellow homebrewers are buying and brewing the most.

The list (currently) includes… homebrew clone recipe kits for Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Two Hearted, Racer 5, Pliny the Elder, Hopslam along with AIH originals like Summer Shandy, Vanilla Porter and more.  Check it out – Here

Free Shipping on Recipe Kits.  AIH is also offering Free Shipping on 12 Beer Kits

About the All Clean Cleaning and Sanitizing Kit…

This kit contains 1 lb All Clean Oxygen Brewery Wash and a 4 ounce bottle of Iodophor sanitizing solution. Everything you need to make sure your equipment is cleaned and sanitized to protect your beer and/or wine!

All Clean is an oxygen based cleanser is perfect for cleaning your brewing equipment before and after use. It will remove tough krausen on fermenters or protein and hop residue on boil kettles. Simply mix 1 ounce of cleaner per gallon of warm water. Let sit for 5 minutes and the stubborn residue should wipe away easily. Container comes with a 1/2 ounce scoop for easy measuring.

The BTF Iodophor is an odorless and tasteless sanitizer. It is safe to use on all your brewing equipment: kettles, tanks, bottles and more. It is a low-foaming formula. The concentrate is a no-rinse formula and requires only 1 tsp per 1 1/2 gallons and 2 minutes of contact time to be effective.

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Alpet D2 Surface Sanitizer and Scrubby Pads on Sale

alpet d2 surface sanitizer

Earlier today, MoreBeer put Alpet D2 Surface Sanitizer – $9.99 – and 3 Packs of White Scrubby Pads – $8.99 – on Sale.  Check those out on MoreBeer’s Sale Page.

Alpet D2 Surface Sanitizer: “Gone in 60 seconds… Kills bacteria and wild yeast after a 60 second contact period! A mixture of Isopropyl alcohol, water and a residual bacterial killer, QUAT. Very handy to have on hand for santizing valving on conical fermenters, or anything else that needs quick sanitizing. Features: No rinse. Allow to air dry. Short contact time.”

White Scrub Pads: “These pads are made of soft, woven fibers making them great for equipment cleaning. They will not scratch most surfaces and are the best choice for cleaning stainless steel. Also good for chrome, copper, and porcelain. Sold in packs of three.”

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Keg and Carboy Cleaner – $84.99 Shipped + Hands on Review

Mark II Keg and Carboy Washer

Mark’s Keg & Carboy Washer is discounted today as MoreBeer’s Deal of the Day.   The sale brings it down to $84.99 and shipping is free.  I have this and like it very much.  Clean… Kegs, Carboys, Fermenters (including Speidels), tubing and more.  Check out my Hands on Review

Product Description – Here  Use coupon code BEERDEAL to get this discount.

Keg & Carboy Washer KEG300 – $99 $84.99 + Free Shipping

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Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Build

Recirculating Kegerator Draft Line Cleaning Pump

The directions on most line cleaners call for recirculating the cleaner for some period of time.  Most cleaning kits that are out there include a hand pump operating one of these for 15 to 30 minutes, for each faucet, doesn’t sound fun.

To really clean your draft lines, you need to keep solution flowing for a length of time, not just fill and wait.  Initially I tried to clean my system by pushing line cleaner out of a keg.  This was a waste of CO2.  I also found it tough to keep solution running slowly enough to get enough contact time.  It’s easy to quickly push a cleaning or sanitizing solution through your system under CO2 pressure, but I found it to be a pain to try to do so slowly.  This also requires quite a bit of cleaning solution versus a recirculating pump.

I decided to put together a recirculating draft line cleaning pump setup.

First I needed a pump.  I have a utility pump that I use for various tasks around brewery.  I decided that that pump was too powerful.  I didn’t want to deal with foaming issues that I thought may be caused by the high flow this pump would produce.  I wanted something with less power that could slowly circulate liquid through draft lines.

After looking around, I settled on the EcoPlus-132 Submersible Pump.

EcoPlus Submersible Pump - 132 gph - 4.3 ft. max - 9W - 3/8 in. ID

It’s variable speed, submersible and it has a number of included barb sizes including a 3/8″.

EcoPlus Submersible Pump – 132 gph – 4.3 ft. max – 9W – 3/8 in. ID

Note that the current picture shows a slightly different pump from the one I have.  My guess is that that this is a stock image issue and that the current pump looks just like my pump.  Either way it doesn’t really matter as long as it functions the same way and has the same specs.

I picked up the rest of the fittings from Midwest Supplies.

Liquid Post
Standard liquid post to attach the pump to your draft line quick disconnects.  You may already have an extra one of these around.

Cornelius Plug Adapter – 1/4″ MPT
The liquid post screws into this.

3/8″ Barbed to 1/4″ FPT Elbow
Put some teflon tape on the MPT side of the Cornelius plug adapter and attach this FPT elbow to it.  Note: The design has changed on this just slightly since I put mine together.  Just a slightly different look.

This basically gives you a Corny keg quick disconnect post to 3/8″ barb converter.

Now you’ll attach a length of 3/8″ ID tubing to this followed by the included 3/8″ pump adapter.  As far as sizing the length of 3/8″, use enough tubing to allow your draft lines to reach the bottom of a bucket you will use for reservoir liquid.

Assembled

The only thing that’s left is routing the faucet discharge back to the recirculation bucket. I’ve found 1/2″ ID Silicone tubing works great for this. The size is perfect and the silicone is stretchy enough to easily fit on the faucet. It is a bit pricey, but you really only need a few feet of it, just enough to get from the faucet down to the reservoir bucket. I’m guessing any 1/2″ ID tubing would also work for this, but I can’t attest to it from experience.

This design cleans your whole draft system:
This design cleans the faucet, the shank, the quick disconnect and the tubing.  Some designs that 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.

BLC solution after cleaning all of my faucets.  Umm… they needed cleaned I guess.  I recirculated for 15 to 20 minutes per faucet.

 Recirculating rinse water

Recirculating Star San

Pump and connection assembly

Flow Rate:
As I stated I wanted a slow, steady flow of solution.  Here’s a video illustrating what kind of flow I’m getting with 7′ of draft line.  The 132 gallon per hour pump is working great for me.

If you want a higher flow rate, I suggest moving up to next largest pump in this line.

EcoPlus 185 Submersible Pump, 185 GPH

According to the specs on that pump, that pump also has an included 3/8″ barb.

Also consider picking up some Beer Line Cleaner (BLC)….

BLC Line Cleaner

BLC Beer Line Cleaner 32 OZ – $10.99

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Possible v2 Build…

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

I have sourced on of these to be used to replace all of the fittings on the ball lock side.  I have that but have yet to try it in place of the fittings outlined in this post.  Note that this ships directly from Asia, so it takes a while to arrive.

 

Free shipping Stainless steel Carbonation Cap w/ 5/16″ Barb, Ball Lock Type, fit soft drink PET bottles, Homebrew Kegging – $12.80 + Free Shipping

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Draft Line Cleaning Kit + Tips and Gear for your Kegerator

Kegconnection Kegerator Beer Line Cleaning Kit

Kegerator Line Cleaning Kit from Keg Connection.  You 8 oz Brew Clean Cleaning Powder, Plastic Bottle, Adapter Hose, Ball Lifter, Standard Faucet Wrench and Directions.

Kegconnection Kegerator Beer Line Cleaning Kit

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Keg and Carboy Cleaner – $83.99 Shipped

Mark’s Keg & Carboy Washer is discounted today as MoreBeer’s Deal of the Day.   The sale brings it down to $84.99 and shipping is free.  I have this and like it very much.  Clean… Kegs, Carboys, Fermenters (including Speidels), tubing and more.  Check out my Hands on Review

Product Description – Here  Use coupon code BEERDEAL to get this discount.

Keg & Carboy Washer KEG300 – $99 $83.99 + Free Shipping

Availability: This is a More Beer Deal of the Day.  Quantities are limited. Check the Deal of the Day section – Here – to see if this is still available.

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(10) 10 CC Syringes + Sanitizing for Pennies a Batch

10 CC Luer Lock Syringes

Why would these have anything to do with homebrewing, you ask?  Great question.  These are an easy way to measure 6 mL of Star San.  Put 6 mL of Star San in 1 gallon of distilled water and you’ve got sanitizing solution.  Fill up a spray bottle and you’re ready to sanitize for pennies a batch.  See: Tip: Using Star San In a Spray Bottle

Quantity 10 of 10 CC Syringes.  These do not have needles.  The do have Luer Lock Tips.  The syringes that I use for measuring Star San also have Luer Lock Tips.  There is no need to put anything on this connection.  You can draw Star San with the Luer Lock end.

10 cc/ml 10 pcs Syringe w/o Needles New Sterile Disposable Luer Lock Tip

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