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Rubbermaid Professional Heavy-Duty Spray Bottle + Sanitizing for Pennies Per Batch

Rubbermaid Professional Plus Heavy-Duty Spray Bottle

Rubbermaid Professional Plus Heavy-Duty Spray Bottle by Rubbermaid.  Durable spray bottle with heavy duty sprayer and adjustable nozzle.  Trigger sprays 3.3 ml per spray.  HIgh density polyethylene bottle.  Made in the USA.  This appears to have a 32 oz capacity.

Use for cleaning and sanitizing solutions around your home brewery.  See: The Spray Bottle Technique – Sanitizing for Pennies Per Batch

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Rubbermaid Professional Plus Heavy-Duty Spray Bottle

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Propane Tips – Refill vs Swaps and Extra Tanks

Pictured: Worthington 303955 20-Pound Steel Propane Cylinder With Type 1 With Overflow Prevention Device Valve via Amazon

Refill vs swap.  The capacity of the standard 20 lb propane tank is, well.. around 20 lbs.  Several years ago, some swap services started to underfill tanks.  For example, it’s my understanding that Blue Rhino fills to 15 lbs and Heritage Propane fills to 17 lbs.

For me, refilling a tank to 20 lbs is actually less expensive than swapping it out. For the purpose of comparison, let’s say that refilling and swapping are the same… $20 to swap and $20 to refill.  The fill costs you $1/lb.  If you’re refilling with a vendor that fills to 15 lbs, you’re paying $1.33/;b or 33% more.

When you refill your tank – You’re, generally, saving money,  You’re supporting a local business and saving yourself time because you don’t have to get propane as often.

Extra tanks.  I suggest having an extra tank (or two) of propane on hand.  Running out of propane mid brew is a bummer.  It is inconvenient and you can end up with a different beer than you intended because of the delay.  This can also be a money saving thing too if you refiller charges by the tank.  Since you don’t want to run out of propane on brew day, you may be more likely to swap or refill a tank that still have propane left in it.

Worthington 303955 20-Pound Steel Propane Cylinder With Type 1 With Overflow Prevention Device Valve

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Also ConsiderLasco 17-5361 Propane Fitting Tee with 1-Male QCC and 2-Female QCC

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Rubbermaid Commercial Bus Tubs for Brew Day

Rubbermaid Commercial Products FG335100BRN 7 1/8-Gallon Brown Undivided Bus/Utility Box

I use two similar bus tubs on brew Bus Tubs Homebrewday and I find them invaluable.  I keep one below my March Pump setup.  It catches drips and also offers a place to store wet items such as stirring spoons, mash paddles, my mash stirring whisk and my equally invaluable 1 gallon pitchers.  I reserve the other tub for clean and dry items.  Having two of these helps me keep dry/clean and wet/dirty items separate and means less lugging stuff around on brew day.

Rubbermaid Commercial Products FG335100BRN 7 1/8-Gallon Brown Undivided Bus/Utility Box

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Tip: Use a Wallpaper Prep Tray for cleaning, sanitizing and storage


I use a wallpaper try to clean and sanitize longer items like racking canes, auto-siphons, spoons, tubing and beverage out dip tubes.  It works great.

These also work well for storing longer items.  If you’re going to store things in these, I would recommend stacking a couple together to give them some extra strength.

Zinsser 98030 30-Inch Wallpaper Prep Tray

Note: You can often find these for a good price at your local hardware or home improvement center.

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2 Hot Surface Handlers – Yeast Starters and Brew Day

Handy Trends Model 00770 Deluxe Hot Surface Handler 2-Pack New Ultra Thick Amazing Glove

2 Pack Hot Surface Handling Gloves.  Made from cotton.  These are meant to withstand extreme dry heat up to 480 deg F.  Fits right or left hand or both (since you get two).  Meant for use in the kitchen, for BBQ-ing, changing lightbulbs and more.

I use something similar (an Ove Glove) when I’m making yeast starters in an Erlenmeyer Flask.  It’s really handy (pun intended) to swirl around the flask or to quickly remove to keep the flask from boiling over.  No reaching for a pot holder because I already have the Ove Glove on.

These are also handy on brew day for handling hot (but not wet) ball valves and such.

These are not waterproof. Along those lines, I wouldn’t suggest that you stick your hand in hot wort with one of these on. Or, without one of these on for that matter. I guess the take away here is… don’t stick your hand in hot wort. 🙂

Handy Trends Model 00770 Deluxe Hot Surface Handler 2-Pack New Ultra Thick Amazing Glove

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(10) 10 CC Syringes + Star San Tips, Tricks and Guidelines


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: Star San Tips, Tricks and Guidelines

Quantity 10 of 10 CC Syringes.  These do not have needles.  They 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.

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

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Reader Tip: 3/4″ to 1/2″ Reducer for Center Inlet Chugger Pumps

Thanks to Facebook Friend Joe for this tip and photo!  [Connect with HBF on Facebook]


Center inlet Chugger Pumps are a little different compared to most high temp homebrew pumps with regards to fittings.  Most homebrew pumps are 1/2″ NPT threads on both the “in” side and the “out” side.  The center inlet pump is 1/2″ NPT on the “out” side and 3/4″ NPT on the inlet side.  Some people want this to be 1/2″ also, so a fitting is required.

Joe’s picture shows this 3/4″ female to 1/2″ male adapter in action.

Brass Adapter 3/4″ Female x 1/2″ male

Adventures in Homebrewing also has a stainless 1/2″ FPT to 3/4″ FPT reducer.  That as the “F” indicates is female to female.  That fitting is also included as an option on their Center Inlet Chugger offering.

AIH: 1/2” FPT x 3/4″ FPT Stainless Steel Reducer

AlsoChugger Stainless Steel Brewing Pump Center Inlet (Comparable to March 809-SS-HS-C) |Chugger Pump Stainless Steel-Center

1/2″ SS Fittings: Street Elbow | Elbow | Tee | Hex Nipple | NippleCoupler | Plug | Cross

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