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(10) 10 CC Syringes

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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.

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Tip: Some Thoughts About… Homebrew Shop Sales Timing and Traffic Patterns

When is the best time (price-wise) to buy something?  I would say the answer (generally speaking)… is when you don’t want it.  Winter coats are the cheapest when winter is over because nobody wants them.  Holiday decorations are drastically marked down after the holidays.  Retailers make these decisions because demand is low.

After running Homebrew Finds for years and years, I can tell you that there are some patterns that seem to repeat themselves.  I’m not going to share everything, not that you would want to hear it, but I will share a couple snippets with you.

  1.  Traffic drops a bit toward the end of the week going into the following week…  Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Yet, many homebrew shops run sales during this exact time period.  Why?  I think it’s a mix.  Mostly retailers understand that their sales traffic and sales volume tend to drop off, so to counteract that, they run sales during this slower time.
  2. Summer months are slower than fall, winter and spring.  People aren’t homebrewing as much.  It’s hot in many places and people are taking vacations and enjoying the good weather.

Why does this matter? Some homebrew shops recognize this pattern and basically sit out the summer.  Their thinking is… why fight it?  Others continue to repeat the same things regardless of time of year.  Still others recognize this pattern and offer some of their best offers during the summer time or toward the end of the week.  It’s that reason that I’m telling you about this.  I think you should Connect With Us and read Homebrew Finds on a regular basis.  If you want to maximize savings be prepared to purchase gear and ingredients that you won’t actually use until “brewing season” kicks back up.

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If you’re a homebrew shop proprietor reading this… I’m not saying to move all of your sales to the weekend or to the summer.  Don’t do that.  For the reasons I’ve outlined above… numerically speaking, those aren’t the best times to run sales.  Of course, that depends on your goal.  If you’re looking to stir up traffic during a slow time, then, yep, go for it.  My general guidance would be come out to play often – early week, mid week, end of the week and every month of the year.  If you aren’t playing…  someone else is.  If you’d like some specific guidance from me or you’d to just to chat about the homebrew industry… I’d love to talk!  Send me an email.

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Tip: MoreBeer, MoreWine and MoreCoffee Combined Cart & Promotions

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You probably know this, but… MoreBeer sells homebrew, winemaking and coffee roasting supplies under three websites.  MoreBeer, MoreWine and MoreCoffee.  Although there is some overlap, selection and promotions do vary.  As an example, you can buy green coffee beans and roasting equipment on MoreBeer, but the selection on MoreCoffee is wider.

Here’s a tip… If you log in to each site (the same username and password work on all sites) your cart will follow you and you can make a combined order across all three.  That means you can combine multiple orders together to qualify for free shipping!  Many times, but not always, one website’s coupons work at the other website.  Since the shared cart accepts multiple coupon codes, you can get in on the MoreWine Deal of the Week AND the MoreBeer Deal of the Day!  And… bundle that with free shipping!

MoreBeer | MoreWine | MoreCoffee

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Reader Tip: Amazon Tap – Alexa Enabled Portable Speaker – for Brew Day

Thanks to HBF Reader Steve for this tip!  [8 Ways to Connect with HBF]

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Amazon Tap – Alexa-Enabled Portable Bluetooth Speaker by Amazon

Bluetooth speakers aren’t something you see often (maybe at all) on Homebrew Finds.  HBF Reader Steve uses Amazon’s Tap as a sort of brew day assistant…

Steve Says: “I use my Amazon Tap extensively for music, conversions, ambient temperatures, timers, etc. Invaluable now to my brew days.”

Steve also points out the Hopstand Alexa skill [What is an Alexa Skill?].  Hopstand is a voice activated brix to gravity calculator.

Features
  • Just tap and ask for music from Prime Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn
  • Uses the Alexa Voice Service when connected to Wi-Fi or a mobile hotspot to play music, read the news, provide weather reports, and even order a pizza
  • Streams all your music via Bluetooth from your phone or tablet
  • Delivers crisp sound powered by Dolby, with dual stereo speakers that provide 360º omni-directional audio
  • Provides up to 9 hours of playback
  • Always getting smarter and adding new features and skills
    Includes Charging Cradle

 

Amazon Tap – Alexa-Enabled Portable Bluetooth Speaker

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Reader Tip: (100) 10 CC Syringes + Star San Tips, Tricks and Guidelines

Thanks to Facebook Friend Bob for this tip!  [Connect with HBF on Facebook]

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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 100 of 10 CC Syringes.  These do not have needles.  10 ml (2 tsp capacity).  Includes caps.  .2 ml graduations.

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AlsoStar San Tips, Tricks and Guidelines

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CO2 Tank Tips – New or Used & Tank Size

1737Pictured: 20 lb CO2 Tank from MoreBeer

New or Used?  Do you have a local spot to get your CO2 tank refilled or does your local provider swap empty tanks for full?  If you have a vendor that refills tanks, that’s likely your best bet.  In that case new or used tanks can make sense.  If your vendor swaps out tanks, I recommend considering a good used CO2 tank.  Don’t buy a new CO2 tank unless you’re certain that you have a good local source that will refill tanks.  It doesn’t make any sense to buy a shiny new tank and then swap it out for a used tank right away.

Get a big CO2 tank.  At my supplier, it costs around $20 to swap out an empty 5 lb tank.  It costs around $25 to swap out an empty 20 lb tank.  It’s more than 3 times the cost to refill the smaller tank!  With the example prices, 20 lbs of CO2 would cost $80 with a 5 lb tank vs $25 for a 20 lb tank.  That’s a $55 savings.  I recommend getting as large of a CO2 tank as you can for your space.  This will pay for itself in both in time and money.

CO2 Tanks: Search at Amazon | at Adventures in Homebrewing | at MoreBeer 5 lb and 20 lb

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

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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.

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