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New Hop Variety: HBC 366 Equinox

Equinox is a new hop variety from the breeders of Citra, Mosaic and Simcoe.  

Description: Also known as HBC 366, Equinox was developed by the Hop Breeding Company, and is now available to you the homebrewer. A pronounced aroma profile with citrus, tropical fruit, floral and herbal characteristics, this hop is sure to be great for your next hoppy masterpiece.


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A video about Equinox from Brooklyn Brewery’s Garrett Oliver

From Hop Union: “A pronounced aroma profile with citrus, tropical fruit, floral and herbal characteristics. Specific descriptors include lemon, lime, papaya, apple, and green pepper.” and “The diversified and pronounced aroma characteristics combined with extremely high oil content and a tight cone structure make this hop variety very unique”

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Cold Activated Oxygen Caps Back in Stock + If you touch it and it’s cold… it’s cold

These cold activated oxygen caps are back in stock and selling for $7.99 for 144 count.  They ship free with Prime or with a qualifying $35 order.

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How To Brew with Malt Extract DVD – John Palmer and Brad Smith


John Palmer, author of How to Brew and all around legendary homebrewer, and Brad Smith, the guy behind BeerSmith, have teamed up to put together an instructional DVD on brewing with malt extract, aptly named How to Brew with Malt Extract.  This DVD is set to ship the first week of July.

Adventures in Homebrewing has it on an Early Release Sale.  Check it out – Here

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Video: New Big Mouth Bubbler Wide Mouth 6.5 Gallon PET Fermenter + Free Shipping

This new 6.5 Gallon Large Mouth PET Fermenter is available via both Northern Brewer (Here) and Midwest Supplies (Here)

Via Northern Brewer it bundles with $7.99 Flat Rate Shipping.  Via Midwest Supplies it bundles with the current (limited time) Free Shipping Promo.  The free shipping offer also works on heavy glass items including Glass Big Mouth Bubbler FermentersGlass Carboys and Bottles

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    Northern Brewer – How to Build a Keezer, Step by Step


    Step by Step – building a Multi-Tap Kegerator out of a Chest Freezer.


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    Update – Hands On: ThermoWorks Thermapen – Including Response Time Trials + Buddy Sale


    I’ve had a chance to use ThermoWorks much lauded Thermapen thermometer for a while now.  Here’s a hands on look including some response time tests.

    Unboxing:

    In the box


    The shipping box says… ThermoWorks.  
    That’s good because you know it’s from ThermoWorks that way. :)

    Back of the package.  Note: Identifying numbers including serial numbers and UKAS Certificate number have been blanked out in several of these photos, including this one.

    The NIST Traceable Certificate of Calibration.

    The Thermapen unboxed

    Back side

    Unfolded.  This automatically turns on and off as the probe is unfolded and folded back in.  I was a bit surprised by how large this is.  I think that’s a good thing.  The larger body size makes it easy to hold on to.  It also feels solid and well made.

    For size comparison.  Unfolded next to the Top Find - CDN DTQ450X - Review

    For size comparison.  Folded next to the CDN DTQ450X.


    Accuracy:

    I used the Top Find - Lifeline 7500 Stainless Growler - Review - to create a consistent ice bath.  Hey, guess what.  It reads exactly 32 degrees.

    The Thermapen measuring boiling water. It reads 211.8. The boiling point of water varies based on elevation/barometric pressure and mineral content of the water.  On two separate days, I’ve gotten two consistent and different readings for the boiling point of water.  The last time I tested, it was consistently 211.4 deg F.  The day this picture was taken with the water I was using, the boiling point of water was consistently 211.8 deg F.  Although I’m sure you could figure out what the boiling point of water should be at any one point in time based on atmospheric conditions, it’s really… a moving target.  Ice water is a much more consistent temperature.  The good news for calibrating thermometers at boiling temperature is that, for homebrewers, a variance of .4 to .6 isn’t usually a big deal.

    How do you know that your highly accurate Thermapen (+- .7 deg F) with NIST Traceable Calibration is really accurate?  You use a even more accurate Reference Thermapen  (+- .07 deg F) that is calibrated to 5 points and reads to the nearest 1/100th of a degree.  This shows the Thermapen next to the Reference Thermapen, reading the same temperature.  By the way… I wouldn’t recommend using a Reference Thermapen on brew day.  What you gain in accuracy, you give up in response time.  It’s about 20 seconds, which is great for 5 point accuracy, but an unneeded trade off for most brewing applications.  The Reference model is good for double checking and calibrating other thermometers.


    Response Times:

    Test 1 – This video shows a response time test using the Thermapen.  I tried to do this with water that was around mash temperature.  I’m counting the start of the test as right when the metal basket hits the water.  The probe of the Thermapen is submerged at 3.42 seconds into the video.  It levels out at 149 deg F at 4.98 seconds.  That’s a response time of… 1.56 seconds.  That’s crazy.  It’s like this thing knows what you’re going to put it into and uses xray vision to start testing as it’s traveling.

    Test 2 – By default, the Thermapen displays whole degrees.  I changed that setting to tenths and did another response time test.  The Thermapen is submerged at 1.06 seconds.  It levels out at 130.4 deg F at 6.46 seconds.  That’s a response time of 5.4 seconds.  It’s not quite as eerie as the whole degree test, but it’s still an excellent response time.

    Brew Day:

    Here is the Thermapen checking the temperature on the grain bill for 
    More Beer’s Citra Pale Ale Kit.


    Checking mash temp.  My mash for this beer came in a little low, I was aiming for 152 deg F.


    Specifications:

    • Range -58.0 to 572.0°F (-49.9 to 299.9°C)
    • Accuracy ±0.7°F (±0.4°C) from -58 to 392°F (-49.9 to 199.9°C), ±1.8°F (±1.0°C) from 392 to 572°F (200 to 299.9°C)
    • Resolution 0.1°F/°C full range (user reconfigurable to 1.0°F/°C)
    • Response Time From 75°F to 32°F: ≤ 3 seconds to within 1°F
    • Probe 4.5 L inches, High Performance Type K Thermocouple
    • Display 0.55 inches (14mm) LCD
    • Auto Shutoff 10 Minutes (user reconfigurable to disable auto-off)
    • Environmental Range -4 to 122°F (-20 to 50°C)
    • Battery CR2032 (3V) lithium coin cell x 2, 1500 hours
    • Dimensions 1.85 H x 6.1 W x 0.75 D inches (47 H x 153 W x 19 D mm)
    • Weight 0.25 lbs (97g)
    • Certificate Includes NIST-Traceable calibration certificate

    Bottom Line:
    Because of my work on Homebrew Finds, I own a lot of thermometers.  A lot.  Overall, this is the nicest brewing thermometer I own.  It feels very well built, it has an amazing response time and it is spot on accurate.  This is a great brewing thermometer.

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    Buddy Sale:
    Right now Thermoworks has a buddy sale going on.  Under that promotion you get a discounted price when you purchase two.  That applies to the Thermapen in addition to Backlit Thermapens and Limited Edition Models.  This sale is on it’s last leg, it was supposed to end 5 days ago, but is still kicking as of this posting.

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    Hands On: ThermoWorks Thermapen – Including Response Time Trials


    I’ve had a chance to use ThermoWorks much lauded Thermapen thermometer for a while now.  Here’s a hands on look including some response time tests.

    Unboxing:

    In the box


    The shipping box says… ThermoWorks.  
    That’s good because you know it’s from ThermoWorks that way. :)

    Back of the package.  Note: Identifying numbers including serial numbers and UKAS Certificate number have been blanked out in several of these photos, including this one.

    The NIST Traceable Certificate of Calibration.

    The Thermapen unboxed

    Back side

    Unfolded.  This automatically turns on and off as the probe is unfolded and folded back in.  I was a bit surprised by how large this is.  I think that’s a good thing.  The larger body size makes it easy to hold on to.  It also feels solid and well made.

    For size comparison.  Unfolded next to the Top Find - CDN DTQ450X - Review

    For size comparison.  Folded next to the CDN DTQ450X.


    Accuracy:

    I used the Top FindLifeline 7500 Stainless GrowlerReview – to create a consistent ice bath.  Hey, guess what.  It reads exactly 32 degrees.

    The Thermapen measuring boiling water. It reads 211.8. The boiling point of water varies based on elevation/barometric pressure and mineral content of the water.  On two separate days, I’ve gotten two consistent and different readings for the boiling point of water.  The last time I tested, it was consistently 211.4 deg F.  The day this picture was taken with the water I was using, the boiling point of water was consistently 211.8 deg F.  Although I’m sure you could figure out what the boiling point of water should be at any one point in time based on atmospheric conditions, it’s really… a moving target.  Ice water is a much more consistent temperature.  The good news for calibrating thermometers at boiling temperature is that, for homebrewers, a variance of .4 to .6 isn’t usually a big deal.

    How do you know that your highly accurate Thermapen (+- .7 deg F) with NIST Traceable Calibration is really accurate?  You use a even more accurate Reference Thermapen  (+- .07 deg F) that is calibrated to 5 points and reads to the nearest 1/100th of a degree.  This shows the Thermapen next to the Reference Thermapen, reading the same temperature.  By the way… I wouldn’t recommend using a Reference Thermapen on brew day.  What you gain in accuracy, you give up in response time.  It’s about 20 seconds, which is great for 5 point accuracy, but an unneeded trade off for most brewing applications.  The Reference model is good for double checking and calibrating other thermometers.


    Response Times:

    Test 1 – This video shows a response time test using the Thermapen.  I tried to do this with water that was around mash temperature.  I’m counting the start of the test as right when the metal basket hits the water.  The probe of the Thermapen is submerged at 3.42 seconds into the video.  It levels out at 149 deg F at 4.98 seconds.  That’s a response time of… 1.56 seconds.  That’s crazy.  It’s like this thing knows what you’re going to put it into and uses xray vision to start testing as it’s traveling.


    Test 2 – By default, the Thermapen displays whole degrees.  I changed that setting to tenths and did another response time test.  The Thermapen is submerged at 1.06 seconds.  It levels out at 130.4 deg F at 6.46 seconds.  That’s a response time of 5.4 seconds.  It’s not quite as eerie as the whole degree test, but it’s still an excellent response time.

    Brew Day:

    Here is the Thermapen checking the temperature on the grain bill for 
    More Beer’s Citra Pale Ale Kit.


    Checking mash temp.  My mash for this beer came in a little low, I was aiming for 152 deg F.


    Specifications:

    • Range -58.0 to 572.0°F (-49.9 to 299.9°C)
    • Accuracy ±0.7°F (±0.4°C) from -58 to 392°F (-49.9 to 199.9°C), ±1.8°F (±1.0°C) from 392 to 572°F (200 to 299.9°C)
    • Resolution 0.1°F/°C full range (user reconfigurable to 1.0°F/°C)
    • Response Time From 75°F to 32°F: ≤ 3 seconds to within 1°F
    • Probe 4.5 L inches, High Performance Type K Thermocouple
    • Display 0.55 inches (14mm) LCD
    • Auto Shutoff 10 Minutes (user reconfigurable to disable auto-off)
    • Environmental Range -4 to 122°F (-20 to 50°C)
    • Battery CR2032 (3V) lithium coin cell x 2, 1500 hours
    • Dimensions 1.85 H x 6.1 W x 0.75 D inches (47 H x 153 W x 19 D mm)
    • Weight 0.25 lbs (97g)
    • Certificate Includes NIST-Traceable calibration certificate

    Bottom Line:
    Because of my work on Homebrew Finds, I own a lot of thermometers.  A lot.  Overall, this is the nicest brewing thermometer I own.  It feels very well built, it has an amazing response time and it is spot on accurate.  This is a great brewing thermometer.

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    Video: Brewers Publications Presents: Water A Comprehensive Guide for Brewers

    A video from Brewer’s Publications about the soon to be shipped title “Water: A Comprehensive Guide for Brewers”…



    This is available for pre-order right now from Amazon for $10.71.  Shipping is free with a $25 order.  Amazon also offers a pre-order price guarantee.   If the price drops before this title is released, you’ll automatically get the lower price.

    Midwest Supplies… Dark Star Burner + Video


    Midwest Supplies is now carrying the Dark Star Burner.  Check it out – Here

    Northern Brewer has been carrying this burner for a while and, at times, they’ve had a hard time keeping them in stock.  They are available again from NB – Here

    Here’s a video on the Dark Star Burner from Northern Brewer:

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    Video: The Governor Regulator from Northern Brewer


    Northern Brewer has a new video out about their “Governor” CO2 Regulator.  This regulator has some pretty nice features including a MFL ball valve with integrated check valve, a manual pressure relief valve, rubberized gauges and hand operated adjustment knob.


    The Governor – $69.99