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2 Hot Surface Handlers – Yeast Starters and Brew Day – $5.50

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. :)

2/12/16 1 AM Central: These are selling for just $5.50.  Shipping is also free with Prime or a qualifying $35 order.  Check the product page for up to the minute price and availability.

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

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(10) 10 CC Syringes – $3 Shipped + 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.

2/1/16 8 AM Central: These highly rated syringes are selling for just $3.  Shipping is free.  That figures to 30 cents each shipped.  Check the product page for up to the minute price and availability.

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]

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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

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

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Oetiker Stepless Clamps for Kegerator Gas and Beer Lines

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I use stainless steel Oetiker Stepless clamps for most gas and beer applications.  I like the fact that they are… stainless steel, stepless (keep reading) and the fact that they stay tight (keep reading).  These clamps are designed so that there are no steps (gaps) on the inside.  That reduces the possibility that tubing will be torn or damaged.  These are single use clamps.  The upside of that is… Oetiker Stepless clamps will not loosen over time.  When they’re tight, they’re tight.  I really like that for kegerator applications because… A: I don’t like to empty CO2 tanks for no good reason and B: I don’t like standing beer in my kegerator.

A sizing note – Oetiker Stepless clamp sizes generally refer to the largest diameter in mm.  So a size 13.3 means that the Oetiker Stepless clamp is 13.3 millimeters (about .52″) in diameter uncrimped.  The largest size is usually easy to figure out.  The smallest (crimped) size sometimes can be harder to figure out.  Check out Oetiker’s Technical Data Sheet for that info.  Just search for the model number you’re interested in.

Some sizes to consider…

Size 1/2″ (13.3 mm), Oetiker Stepless® Ear Clamps, Single Ear Hose Clamps, 7 Pack Sizes Available (25) – model 16700010 – 7 mm (about .275″) band width, 10.8 mm (about .425″) to 13.3 mm (about .525″) diameter – from Oetiker’s Technical Data Sheet

Size 35/64″ (14.0 mm), Oetiker Stepless® Ear Clamps, Single Ear Hose Clamps, 7 Pack Sizes Available (25) – model 16700012 – 7 mm band width, 11.5 mm (about 453″) to 14 mm (about .551″) diameter – from Oetiker’s Technical Data Sheet

Size 3/4″ (19.8 mm), Oetiker Stepless® Ear Clamps, Single Ear Hose Clamps, 7 Pack Sizes Available (25) – model 16702498 – 7 mm band width 16.6 mm (about .653″) to 19.8 mm (about .779″) diameter – from Oetiker’s Technical Data Sheet

I use a pair of nail nippers (meant for cutting heads off nails) but there are also purpose made tools for clamping Oetiker Stepless clamps…

Oetiker 14100329 Economy Tool-Standard Jaw Pincers

Oetiker 14100083 Side-Jaw Ear Clamp Pincers (formerly 1099), Plastic-Coated Handles

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Woods Remote Control Outlet

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Weatherproof, Outdoor Remote Outlet.  Weatherproof base with 6″ grounded cord.  125-Volt, 13 Amp, 1625W Resistive / 8 Amp, 1000W Tungsten.

Possible homebrew uses – control brewing pump, turn on and off carboy washer [review] turn on and off your draft cleaning pump – See: Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump

Woods 32555 Outdoor Remote Control Outlet Converter Kit

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

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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: Tip: Using Star San In a Spray Bottle

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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20 lb CO2 Tank – $130 – Save $30 + Free Shipping & Tank Tip

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Brand new, 20 lb, aluminum CO2 tank.  Aluminum will not rust.  Tank is shipped empty.

Tip: 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!  This will pay for itself quickly both in time and money.

CO2 Tank – (20 lb) D1052 – $159.99 $129.99 + Free Shipping

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