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Buy a Cereal Killer Grain Mill + $83.40! + Free Shipping & AG Kits that Ship for Free + Hands on Review

The Cereal Killer Grain Mill gets consistently great feedback and is one of our Top Finds.  This is a great mill!  Check out my Hands on Review.

Milling your own grain… 1.  Gives you control over the crush of your grain.  That’s a big factor in efficiency.  2.  A mill allows you to fine tune for your equipment and process.  You know what the crush is going to be since you set it.  3.  A mill allows you to save money by buying whole bags of grain at a discount, and 3.  The shelf life of unmilled grain is longer than pre-milled grain.  Freshly milled grain = better tasting beer.

As of this posting, this great mill is on sale for $99.99 and includes free shipping to addresses in the lower 48 US states.  Check AHS for up to the minute price and availability.

Stacks With: As of this posting AHS is discounting most things by a whopping 16.59%.  That’s the largest % off sale we’ve seen and matches Black Friday 2018.  That makes this great mill just $83.04 AND… free shipping is still in play.

Cereal Killer Grain Mill – from Austin Homebrew Supply

Free Shipping on All Grain Kits: While you’re at it, AHS has a selection of all grain recipe kits that also ship for free.  Those are also discounted by 11% as part of this promo.

Also: All Grain Tips & Gear | 10 Gallon Mash Tun Conversion Kit [Review] | Cereal Killer Grain MIll |  Batch Sparge SpreadsheetBIAB Brew Day Spreadsheet | The Brew Bag – Purpose Made BIAB

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20% Off MoreBeer’s Fresh Squeezed IPA – bundles with 12 Deals of Christmas!

from MoreBeer: “What is better than an awesome brew day? An awesome brew day you saved 20% on! We are excited to announce the MoreBeer! Kit Of The Week. Every week we will feature one of our amazing Homebrew recipe ingredient kits and discount it 20%. The new kit appears every Monday around Noon Pacific Time and will be available all week, while supplies last. The featured kit will be available in both Malt Extract and All-Grain versions. To save 20% simply add the kit to your cart and enter promo code: KOTW at checkout!”

Check out this week’s Kit of the Week – remember coupon code KOTW – shipping is also free to many US addresses with a qualifying $59 order.

Note: This is set to change soon.  Get in on this week’s deal before it’s over.

Since MoreBeer’s cart accepts multiple promo codes you can get in on this and their Deal of the Day (while supplies last).

What’s going on at MoreBeer Today?  Today’s Deal of the Day | Sale Items | MoreBeer! Hop Market – limited time, rotating deep discount hops

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The MoreBeer Kit of the Week – Save 20%! + Hop Deals & 12 Deals of Christmas

from MoreBeer: “What is better than an awesome brew day? An awesome brew day you saved 20% on! We are excited to announce the MoreBeer! Kit Of The Week. Every week we will feature one of our amazing Homebrew recipe ingredient kits and discount it 20%. The new kit appears every Monday around Noon Pacific Time and will be available all week, while supplies last. The featured kit will be available in both Malt Extract and All-Grain versions. To save 20% simply add the kit to your cart and enter promo code: KOTW at checkout!”

Check out this week’s Kit of the Week – remember coupon code KOTW – shipping is also free to many US addresses with a qualifying $59 order.

Since MoreBeer’s cart accepts multiple promo codes you can get in on this and their Deal of the Day (while supplies last).

What’s going on at MoreBeer Today?  Today’s Deal of the Day | Sale Items | MoreBeer! Hop Market – limited time, rotating deep discount hops

MoreDeals! at MoreBeer:
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A Rare Sale on Robobrew All Grain Brewing System + Hands on Review

Robobrew All Grain Brewing System via Adventures in Homebrewing

from AIH: “The easiest way to start all grain brewing today! The Robobrew All Grain Brewing System is a 9.25 gallon (35 L) capacity electric brewing system that makes it simple for homebrewers to step up to all grain brewing without a mountain of equipment and costs. This system includes a stainless steel mash tun/boil kettle, recirculation arm and pump, water resistant control panel, grain basket/malt pipe, spigot, and immersion wort chiller.”

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From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

The Robobrew features dual heating elements, one 1000 watt and one 500 watt, to give you full control over the heating process. Individual switches control the elements, allowing you to fire both elements to quickly heat your water to mash temperature or bring your wort to a boil, or just use one element when you want to maintain a constant temperature. The on-board water resistant control panel allows you to set and monitor temperatures. The delayed start feature allows you to set your temp (up to 23 hours in advance) and have your brewing water hot and ready for when you wake up or return home from work.

A built-in magnetic drive pump recirculates your wort through the recirculation arm. Make sure to add on some high temp silicone tubing to gain even more control over the recirculation process; it also serves as a great transfer/drain tube for the include stainless steel ball valve. Recirculating your wort will increase your efficiency and lead to better beers with greater yields.

A stainless steel malt pipe makes converting from a mash tun to a boil kettle super simple. The easy to left handles on the malt pipe lets you raise the pipe above the Robobrew system, with bottom tabs to stabilize the malt pipe while allowing your wort to properly drain. The interior of the Robobrew features etched gallon/liter markings and has a 1/2″ stainless steel ball valve to easily drain and transfer your brew. Once your done boiling, the included immersion wort chiller will bring your brew back down to pitching temperature in no time!”

  • Dual Heating Elements (1000W & 500W)
  • Magnetic Drive Pump
  • Recirculation Arm
  • Stainless Steel Malt Pipe
  • Stainless Steel 1/2″ Ball Valve
  • Digital Temperature Controller
  • Immersion Wort Chiller
  • Glass Lid
  • Stainless Steel Construction
  • 9 Gallon Capacity (35 L)
  • 110 volt plug
  • Dimensions: 21.625″ H (32.75″ with Recirculation Arm) x 12.5″ D

 

As of this posting AIH has this system for $479.99. This is a MAP item. MAP = Minimum Advertised Price.  That means that this will generally sell for about this price and will be rarely discounted.  Check each product page for up to the minute price, description and availability.

As of this posting, Adventures in Homebrewing has this marked down $80 to $399.99. Price, promotions and availability can change quickly.  Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit the product page.  Check the product page for current price, description and availability

Robobrew All Grain Brewing System with Pump 9.25 Gallons

More about AIH’s Rewards Program

Also: Hands on Review: Robobrew All Grain Brewing System

Also: Check out AIH Sale Items – Selection Changes Regularly

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The Grainfather Connect – $799.98 + free shipping

The Grain Father Connect


From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • Original grain father brewing system, original controller and connect Bluetooth control box included *not available from all sellers. While supplies last
  • 304 grade stainless steel superior body, with 8 us gal (30 l) capacity
  • Expandable grain basket to suit grain bills up to 20Lb

The grain father is an all-inclusive fully electric 120V all grain brewing system. With digital temperature controls that are accurate to the degree, complex processes like step mashing have never been easier. The unit also features a built in mash re-circulation pump for high efficiency, and a convoluted counter flow Chiller for quick cooling. The steps to brewing with the grain father are intuitive and simple, even with its compact footprint. Mash inside the unit with continuous circulation, raise the grain bed for sparing, and after removal your mashtun is now your boil kettle! the connect control box allows for automation without removing the fun of brewing, be as involved as you want to be! more automation means you can multitask or simply relax while brewing and then be alerted when to return for your next step. Use the connect control box in conjunction with the connect app for the ultimate brewing experience.


11/29/18 8 PM Central: It’s my understanding that the Grainfather is on MAP pricing.  MAP = minimum advertised price.  It’s an agreement between manufacturer’s and resellers to sell an item for a minimum  price.  That’s why some things sell for about the same no matter where you buy them.  Grainfather must have authorized a temporary promotion for Black Friday and Cyber Monday because a slew of retailers discounted these great systems (I have one without a Connect controller) by $200.  Since the conclusion of Cyber Monday, retailers have mostly rolled back that sale and it’s selling for about $999 from most places.  I’ve found two holdouts.  If you missed out on this on BF/CM, here’s a second chance.  Amazon’s offering is selling for $799.98.  Shipping is also free to many US addresses.  Also: via William’s Brewing – that is $799.99 + shipping, but includes a free hop spider. Prices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

The Grain Father Connect


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Airtight Storage Container [~18 lb+ Grain Capacity] – $10.99 + free shipping

IRIS Premium Airtight Pet Food Storage Containers

IRIS airtight storage container.  Airtight seal.  Made of FDA compliant, BPA free material.  Translucent sides so you can see contents.


From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • Premium airtight plastic food container features an airtight seal and snap lock latch to keep moisture, humidity and pests out.
  • Airtight storage bins are tapered so they’re easy to clean and scoop food from.
  • Airtight containers for food hold up to 12.5 pounds of dry pet food.
  • BPA free material.
  • Dimensions: 13.8″L x 8.3″W x 14.8″H

According to specs on the manufacturer’s website model #NMP-S has a capacity of 15 quarts.  15 quarts = 3.75 gallons.  My rule of thumb for grain storage is 5 lbs per gallon.  At that rate this would hold about 18.75 lbs of grain.  That’s only an estimate.

What are others saying?  Search this container’s Amazon reviews for “malt” – note… I think these reviews are for multiple sizes of this container, but I’m not sure

12/5/18 12 AM Central: This is selling for just $10.99.  That’s $2 shy of the best historical direct from Amazon price I found. Shipping is also free to many US addresses. Prices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

IRIS Premium Airtight Pet Food Storage Containers – multiple sizes and colors available

Also: Storage Options – Base Grain, Specialty Grain and DME

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Buy a Craft Series Clone Kit and Help Support Independent Breweries

Pictured: Rock House Brewery’s Logo via Brewer Dude’s Uncle Jon’s Brown Ale Kits

The Craft Beer Kit series from Brewer Dude.

About the Craft Kit Lineup, from Brewer Dude:  “Big Beers” encroachment into the craft of independent breweries is no joke. Many of our cherished and most popular brands are now under the ownership of global beverage companies. The power of big beer to control what you see on the store shelves is surely felt by the small breweries trying to promote their product.
In the spirit of preserving the craft and culture of independent breweries we launched our Craft Brew Kit program. We will showcase different independent breweries and their beers in our catalog and website.

With their cooperation, we present to you popular beer from the brewery that you can make at home. A portion of your purchase will go directly to the brewery, supporting the working families and entrepreneurs that keep craft beer alive and well.”

There you have it, buy one of these kits, get a commercial beer recipe directly from the brewery and help support independent craft beer!

Craft Kits at Brewer Dude!

Would you like to see your favorite craft beer in this lineup?  Let’s help grow Brewer Dude’s selection and in turn support independent beer!  Contact your favorite independent brewer and ask them to get with Brewer Dude to be a part of this program.  Also let Brewer Dude know what breweries and beers you’d like them to work with.  Better yet, work this from both sides and let your favorite independent brewer know about this program AND contact Brewer Dude.

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IRIS Airtight Container [50 to 80 lb Capacity Grain Storage] – $24.99 + free shipping

IRIS Airtight Container.  Rated for 50 lbs of pet food.  BPA free and with FDA compliant material.  Airtight.


From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • Airtight seal and snap lock latch keep out moisture, humidity, and pests
  • Tapered container makes it easy to scoop out pet food
  • Holds up to 50-lbs dog food or 40-lbs cat food
  • Includes 4 wheels for easy mobility
  • Dimensions: 18.7″D x 15.7″W x 21.4″H
  • Made in the USA with BPA-free material

The 50 lb size is listed as model number 300591 on the product page.  According to the manufacturer that model has a 65 quart capacity.  My rule of thumb for grain storage is 5 lbs per gallon.  65 quarts is 16.25 gallons.  At 5 lbs per gallon a 16.25 gallon container would hold about 81.25 lbs of grain.  That’s only an estimate based on an assumed capacity, which may not be right.

12/9/18 12:30 PM Central: This is selling for $24.99. Shipping is also free to many US addresses. Prices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

IRIS Nesting Airtight Pet Food Container – multiple sizes available


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Free Shipping on Wine Kits, Extract Beer Kits and All Grain Kits

As of this posting, Austin Homebrew Supply has a selection of beer and wine recipe kits that ship for free to addresses in the lower 48 US states. Check AHS for current selection and pricing.

Free Shipping (to lower 48 US states) on Select Recipe Kits Extract | Mini Mash | All Grain | Wine Kits

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BIAB Brew Day Spreadsheet – Water Calculations + Narrative Directions

Brew in a Bag (BIAB) is a quick, easy and economical way to brew all grain batches of beer.  I released my brew day spreadsheet some time ago along with a version of that to be used for small batch beers.  See below for links.  Either of those could be modified to work with BIAB by changing variables,  This version is specifically designed for full size BIAB batches.

Related: Hands on Review: The Brew Bag – Purpose Made BIAB

How do I use brew day spreadsheets?  First, I do use recipe formulation software.  Some of those programs have brew day components.  I’ve just never gotten into using those features.  For better or worse, I use a spreadsheet.  I make a copy and name it using the batch number and beer name and then quickly plug in the basics.  This creates a one sheet printable page that I can use on brew day.  That gives me a single piece of paper with all of my numbers and a spot for brew day notes.  Notes can go back into the spreadsheet for archival.

Brew Day Sheet (click to enlarge):

homebrew brew in a bag biab spreadsheetThis is the main sheet where you will fill in information about your beer and your mash parameters.

Color Coding: Green Cells are information that you can fill in and Blue/Light Gray Cells are calculated.

General Layout and Flow: Start with Beer Name, Brew Date, Batch Number and 1:Beer Info.  Fill in current grain temp under 2:Strike Water Temperature and step by step directions are populated under 3:BIAB Directions.  Constants on the right hand can be set once for your setup and adjusted as needed.  The bottom section of this sheet contains three calculators explained below.

1:Beer Info: Basic information about your beer and mash profile.

 “Reserve (gallons)” B12 Cell: Allows you to set aside a set number of gallons for sparge, dunking, topping off, etc.  This is subtracted from the total strike water value.  It is assumed that you will add or use this at some point.

“Mash Volume – Can I mash it?”: This field estimates total mash volume including grain and water.  This is an estimate.  The cell turns red if the projected volume of your mash exceeds the size of your mash tun.  This is an adaptation of the formula found on the Green Bay Rackers Calculators Page.

2:Strike Water Temp: Fill in the Beer Info section and your Grain’s current Temperature (cell B5) and the spreadsheet calculates your strike water temperature (cell B6).  Note that the temperature will be offset by the “Undershoot Mash Temp” (cell H7).  Read the constants section for more info on that.

Strike Water Volume: Calculates the amount of water you will need in both quarts and gallons.

Volume Needed – Start of Boil and 15 Minutes Remaining: These sections list required water volume at two important times.  The 15 minute calculation attempts to take into account expansion of wort at boiling.  Take a measurement at 15 minutes and use this figure to correct a low volume.

Constants: The constants section has some variables that you can adjust based on your setup.  For example, I’ve found that grain absorption for my crush is right around .11 gallons/lb.  I think that will be close for you but you can tweak it here if you observe something different.

A note on “Undershoot Mash Temp” – This cell allows you to come in under your desired mash temp.  Why would you want to do that?  It’s easier to ramp up a degree or two vs cool down a degree or two.  This number is subtracted from the calculated Strike Water Temperature recommendation (cell B6).

I suggest reviewing the Constants section to make adjustments for your setup.

3: BIAB Directions: These are narrative step-by-step directions that you can follow after you fill in Beer Info, Grain Temp and Constants.  Note that you can use the table from the “Summary Tab” for on the go adjustments to the strike temp referenced in step 1.

Calculators – The bottom three sections of this tab are calculators.  These calculators can pull from cells in the top portion of the tab, but they do not affect 3:BIAB Directions.

Gravity: This is an adaption of Sean Terrill’s Refractometer Calculator (used by permission).  Thanks Sean for your excellent work on this!

Efficiency: This calculation uses your recipe software’s efficiency setting for a particular recipe along with target gravity to figure efficiency.  That means no re-entering fermentables for every batch.  I figure efficiency when going from the mash tun to the boil kettle.  This is a calculator in the sense that it is standalone and has no bearing on other calculations or cells.

Anytime Gravity Estimate and Correction:  Plug in volume, boil time and gravity figures at any time during your brew day and this calculator will suggest volume and gravity corrections.  Accepts either gravity or Brix (if both are present the Brix value is used).  If you are under volume, I would suggest correcting volume and then re-checking gravity.  This calculator makes no attempt to correct volumes or gravities that are too high.

Summary Sheet (click to enlarge):BIAB Water Calculation Spreadsheet Homebrew

This is setup to print on a regular 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet of paper and gives a rundown of essential brew day tasks and data.  I use this print out on brew day.

Prepare:  This is a simple to do checklist.  You can modify this section as you see fit based on your procedure.

Water Volumes/Gravity:  This projects the volume and gravity you should have at three stages (start of boil, 15 minutes remaining and end of boil).  The last two columns (lb DME/pt and grams) are meant to allow you to easily correct your gravity at those stages.  Each of those amounts should add 1 gravity point to your beer.  Let’s say you’re three points down at the start of the boil.  With the example in this graphic, you would add .42 lbs of DME to correct the gravity of the 6 gallon batch.  Bam… that’s easy!

Hop/Adjunct Schedule: You can choose either grams or ounces.  If you choose ounces it will also be converted to grams.

Strike Temp:  This is a table version of the calculated strike temp found on the brew day sheet.  The initial temperature can be changed.  This changes subsequent values.  If you’re using a summary printout, you can measure the temp of your grain and refer to this chart for the appropriate strike temp.

Log and Notes Sheet (click to enlarge):homebrewing excel spreadsheet

Log: This section is meant to log actions taken on the beer (fermentation temp changes, dry hopping, oak additions, etc).  It calculates the time that has elapsed since brew day, between actions and since the action took place.

Notes: Simple notes section.

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This is a Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet.  I would suggest running this through your previous calculation methods to double check that all this makes sense for you and to verify constants.  I don’t want you coming back to me and complaining the your double IPA is a Pale Ale because of me. 🙂

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If you have a question or suggestion for the spreadsheet, send me an email.

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