Category Archives: All Grain

6 x ALL GRAIN Recipe Kits for about $138.84… $23.14 per kit AND Free Shipping

As of this posting, Austin Homebrew Supply has a selection of ALL GRAIN homebrew recipe kits that include free shipping to most US addresses.  Prices are starting at just $27.94 shipped to your door.  Check AHS for current selection and pricing.

About from Austin Homebrew Supply: “These recipes are crafted by the talented brewers of Austin Homebrew, the leader in Homebrew Recipes.”

Free Shipping All Grain Recipe Kits

Stacks With: As of this posting AHS is discounting most orders based on order sizeSpend $50, get $10 off. Spend $150, get $30 off. Spend $250, get $50 off.  No coupon code is required, savings will be automatically reflected at checkout. 

Five Kits for $130.43:  As of this posting, 12 recipes are available.  The lowest price kit is Deluxe Spring Lager clone.  That costs just $28.14.  6 of those is $168.84.  You’ll save $30 making your total $138.84 or just $23.14 per all grain kit AND… free shipping is still in play.  Of course, you don’t have to get 6 of the same kit, just aim for a total of just over $150 to qualify for $30 off.  This is a great deal!

Also: Check out Austin Homebrew Supplies Sale Items – Selection Changes Regularly

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Extra Large Reusable Bag with Drawstring for BIAB – $9.99 + free prime ship

Extra Large (26" x 22") Reusable Drawstring Straining Brew in a Bag
Extra Large Reusable Drawstring Brew in a Bag by the Weekend Brewer.  Made of durable polyester.  Can be washed and reused.  26″ x 22″.  Fits kettles up to 17″ in diameter.  Can hold up to 20 lbs of grain.

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

  • SAVE TIME AND MONEY versus traditional mash tuns when all-grain brewing. Brew in a bag lets you move to all grain or partial mash brewing easily, and the BIAB method is very simple to set up and execute, even with limited space. The brew in a bag method eliminates the need for a mash tun, lauter tun, or hot liquor pot.
  • DURABLE – These bags are made of durable polyester and can be washed and reused multiple times. Durable polyester and rugged stitching ensures no grains slip into the wort. Easy removal of the grains makes the rest of your brew day and cleanup a breeze. Drawstring closure ensures a complete seal before removal.
  • EXTRA LARGE – 26″ wide and 22″ tall to ensure you can brew even the largest of recipes without spilling any grain. Use your existing kettle setup for an easy transition to all-grain brewing! The large size makes the bag versatile enough for any application; from jams to cold brew to cider and fruit wine making, this bag can do it all!
  • This bag will fit kettles up to 17″ in diameter and will hold up to 20lbs of grain! The Weekend Brewer Drawstring Brew in a Bag is used by large scale craft breweries and first-time homebrewers alike. Trust the bag used by thousands of homebrewers for any application!
  • This listing is for a (1) Homebrew Mesh Brew in a Bag

 

2/20/19 7 PM Central: This is selling for $9.99.  Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying order. 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 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. Also: Recent Amazon Finds and Amazon Fillers Resource Page

Extra Large (26″ x 22″) Reusable Drawstring Straining Brew in a Bag


Also:  BIAB Brew Day Spreadsheet | The Brew Bag – Purpose Made BIAB | BIAB: Brew in a Bag – Easy All Grain Homebrew! – Gear, Resources & Reviews

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Apera AI209-T PH20 Value pH Tester Combo Kit – $66.85, Best Price + Free Ship

Apera AI209-T PH20 Value pH Tester Combo Kit

Apera AI209-T PH20 Value pH Tester Combo Kit by Apera Instruments.  Includes calibration and probe care combo kit.

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  • The top-rated pH tester now comes with a complete CALIBRATION and PROBE CARE Combo Kit, ensuring reliable test performance
  • Comes with a probe cleaning brush for easy removal of contaminants on probes, maximizing probe’s life-span
  • Comes with Apera’s unique CalBox, heping you organize all the solutions and save cost on buffers by at least 50%
  • Apera quality pH sensor with low impedance, greatly improving response speed and shorteninb stablizing process
  • Easy auto. calibration with buffer recognition; auto. temp. compensation (ATC) ensures accuracy in various temperatures (32 to 122˚F)

 

You can use a pH meter to check the pH of your water, mash, [test Star San effectiveness] and finished beer.

2/20/19 4 PM Central: This combo has dropped to $66.85. That’s the best historical direct from Amazon price I found, notwithstanding Lighting Deals or coupons. 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 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.

Apera AI209-T PH20 Value pH Tester Combo Kit with 8oz Calibration buffers (4,7,10), 4oz 3M KCL Storage Solution, Probe Cleaning Brush & CalBox – note, multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may show up at this link


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

More: Recent Amazon Finds

Hands on Review: Spike Brewing Equipment Mash Tun! + v3 closeout sale

This review is by Homebrew Finds Contributor Brad Probert.  Brad is an engineer, expert homebrewer and experienced reviewer.  Grab a link to Brad’s website at the end of this review.

Spike Mash Tun

Spike kettles come in sizes from 10 gallons all the way up to 50 gallons. The 10, 15, and 20 gallon kettles all share a common trait of 1.2 mm thick walls and a 5 mm thick base. The 30 and 50 gallon units up those numbers to 1.5 mm walls and a 6 mm base. Spike is quick to point out that these are the thickest kettle walls on the market. At first that might not seem like something that matters, it just seems like something that makes them heavy to lift and move around. But if you accidentally bang it into a doorway or a table you’re thankful for sturdy kettle walls that keep it looking new rather than beat up.

The heavy bottom is sturdy enough to hold a level flat bottom rather than a slightly convex shape thinner kettles experience from stamping pressures. This lets it sit truly flat on your brew table and keep its weight centered low for a sturdy footing. The bottom is a tri-clad design that has layers of stainless steel on the bottom and top for strength and stain resistance, and a layer of aluminum inside to make use of its thermal conductivity properties to help distribute heat across the bottom of the kettle. The heat distribution helps avoid wort scorching on cooktops and gas burners.

Cut-away view showing stepped bottom

The bottom has a step designed in that helps simplify the false bottom. With the step, the false bottom rests on this and lets gravity and the hydrostatic pressure of the wort keep the false bottom sealed to the bottom of the kettle without requiring a grommet or seal on it. And the Spike custom false bottom is unique. It’s heavy-gauge and sturdy like the rest of the kettle, but that’s not what makes it unique. It’s perfectly sized to the stepped bottom of the kettle, and provides 2 stages of filtering. The top layer that the grain rests on has slots cut into it, and the bottom has a supporting ring that has holes cut into it. The Spike custom pickup tube extends to the center of the false bottom, collecting wort from inside the ring. So most of the wort getting to the pickup tube has to first pass through the top layer slots, and then through the holes surrounding the pickup tube.

A look at the top of the false bottomOutlet Port and Inlet Port Level Inside

The bottom port of the standard kettle sits at about the 2.5 gallon level with the 15-gallon kettle. If you’re using the Spike pickup tube, this extends in and touches down on the bottom. So if you’re transferring wort out with a pump, you can vacuum out the last bits of wort, leaving almost nothing behind. The temperature port sits a bit higher, and a temperature probe requires about 4 gallons of wort to be submerged. The Spike thermowell accessory that mates to the TC port is extremely well made. A polished, smooth surface extends in and has no visible gaps or crevices at the joints and a mirror-like shine.

Outside TC Fitting Weld


A Rare Sale, Review Continues Below:

With the announcement of their V4 lineup of Kettles, Spike Brewing Equipment is also clearing out all V3 stock.  These are featured filled, high quality kettles that are rarely discounted.  The closeout is a rare chance to get a deal.  NOTE: Limited to stock on hand, when these are gone.. they’re gone.  Check out the Bargain Cave for complete selection and availability.

V3 Kettle Closeout – a v3 Spike+ kettle is reviewed in this post

Get the Gear, Review Continues Below:

The reviewed mash tun is a Spike+ Kettle + false bottom, pickup tube, TC Valve, Gaskets & Clamps


Hands on Trial

Butterfly Valve Attached to Pickup Tube

The heft of the 15 gallon kettle was noticeable while moving it around my brew area (30 lbs empty weight with butterfly valve, center pickup tube, false bottom, and thermowell w/ temperature gauge). But its strength was impressive, and definitely seemed liked something you’d use until you passed it down to your kids (or something like that). The 15-gallon size was just about the limit for my 2 ft x 2ft stainless sink to fit in for cleaning. With the weight of it, I was definitely having to be more creative with more of bringing the water to the kettle and less filling at the sink and lugging it around.

The weld quality of the TC flanges was phenomenal. The surface of the weld was so smooth and uniform, it made for very easy cleaning. Which of course is great, since that’s the whole point of the TC ports. This was my first experience with these ports. Cleaning was made so easy, as fittings were removed just by hand loosening the clamps and pulling hardware out. And when putting them back on, I kept thinking that I would end up needing to fiddle with the clamp/gasket to get a good seal, but they were flawless. There really is no comparison to NPT fittings with Teflon tape, or weldless fittings with O-rings in this regard. You pay more money, but there are tangible results with speed/ease of cleaning and hassle free no-leak operation.

The dial temperature gauge was large and readable, with markings every 2 degrees, making it easy to read within 1 degree (i.e. if you’re on a line or in between two lines). The gauge did require some adjustment to be accurate, but luckily the adjustment screw was easy to reach. After adjustment it maintained accuracy in the couple batches I brewed after.

Conclusions

These kettles come with a price tag that’s a step up. Sometimes you can’t afford that, and there are other options out there. But if you do pony up some extra money for nice gear, you expect to see a benefit from it. The Spike kettle/mash tun definitely delivers on that, with durability and super high quality that’s plain to see. The TC fittings fall into that category as well, providing you extra benefits with ease of use and ease of cleaning. Overall, the whole line up from kettle to accessory is exactly what you’d expect to see in a high quality offering.

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Closeup TC Weld Quality – Inside the Mash TunBottom View of the False BottomA look inside Spike Brewing Equipment’s Mash Tun – note that a Blichmann AutoSparge is installed in this photo
TC Clamps and Silicone Gaskets

Special Thanks to Spike Brewing Equipment for for providing the unit used for evaluation in this review.

By Brad Probert.  Check out Brad’s website – beersnobby.com

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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MoreBeer’s Old Raputin Clone – All Grain & Extract – Save 20%, from $25.59 + free ship eligible

Old Rasputin® Clone - Old Bearded Stout (All Grain)

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!”

Note that the deal on this particular kit has expired.  Check out this week’s KOTW to see what’s next!…

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.

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MKII High Temp Brewing Pump – 65 Watt, 13.5 Gallons Per Minute – $159.99, compare at $199.99+

MKII High Temp Magnetic Drive Pump (65 Watt) – 13.5 Gal/min

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

A more powerful version of our best-selling MKII pump. This magnetic drive pump has 65 watt power, ideal for homebrewing and micro brewers. The impeller housing is made from food-grade polysulfone, which is temperature rated to 248°F. Works like a March or a Chugger but with a sealed case that is more water resistant (not water proof). The pump head can be rotated in 60-degree increments, allowing for 6 different pump head orientations. The optional stainless steel head is a very nice upgrade and one that most customers choose.

Made from Polysulfone
110v/60hz
11.15 ft. (3.4 m) max head
13.5 Gal/min max flow
Rotatable pump head
Max temperature – 248 F/ 120 C
3/4 inch fittings

 

As if this posting, this is eBay offering is back down tor $159.99.  That’s a bargain.  Shipping is also free to many US addresses. For some pricing clarity, William’s Brewing has what appears to be the same pump for $199.99 (+ shipping is extra for that offering).  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 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.

MKII High Temp Magnetic Drive Pump (65 Watt) – 13.5 Gal/min Pro Beer Brewers

Also: Hands on Review: Mark II Homebrew Pump w/Stainless Head – lower flow rate & stainless head – different than the pump featured in this post.

Also: Homebrew Pump Discounts, Deals and Resources

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Reader Tip: THREE Roller Grain Mill – $99.77 + free shipping

Thanks to HBF Reader Jeremy for this tip!  [8 Ways to Connect with HBF]XuanYue Barley Grinder Crusher Stainless 3-Roller Grain Mill Homebrews Beer Brewing Grain Crusher Machine For Grains Corn Barley

XuanYue Barley Grinder Crusher 3-Roller Grain Mill


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

  • Hand-Cranked & Electric Drill–The mill can be cranked with the help of electric drill.It can greatly improve the working efficiency.
  • 6061 aluminum block frame with three 6″ long x 1.5″ dia.knurled steel rollers riding on SAE 841 oil- impregnated bronze bushings.
  • Dual eccentric adjusters made with stainless steel for no galling.
  • Easy to adjustment-Just loosen the adjustment screws,adjust the gap and tighten the adjustment screws.
  • This 3-Roller barley crusher can use with malted various grains,corn.Great for beer making at home.

Some thoughts about crush… Crush is a pretty big deal when it comes to efficiency.  Homebrew shops have a tendency to under mill grain.  I think the reason for that is ease of use, with the thinking that a more coarse crush equals few stuck mashes and more happy customers.  I guess it’s possible that a shop mill could over mill grain too.  The point is, when you’re using someone else’s mill, it’s up to them how you mill your grain.

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.

2/19/19 8 AM Central: This has dropped to $99.77.  That’s 79 cents shy of the best historical third party Amazon price I found, notwithstanding Lighting Deals or coupons. 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 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.

XuanYue Barley Grinder Crusher Stainless 3-Roller Grain Mill Homebrews Beer Brewing Grain Crusher Machine For Grains Corn Barley


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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Free Shipping on Extract, Mini Mash and ALL GRAIN Homebrew Recipe Kits at Austin Homebrew AND up to $50 off

As of this posting, Austin Homebrew Supply has a selection of recipe kits that ship for free to addresses in the lower 48 US states. Choose from Extract, Mini Mash and All Grain. Check AHS for current selection and pricing.

About from Austin Homebrew Supply: “These recipes are crafted by the talented brewers of Austin Homebrew, the leader in Homebrew Recipes.”

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

Stacks With: As of this posting AHS is discounting most orders based on order sizeSpend $50, get $10 off. Spend $150, get $30 off. Spend $250, get $50 off.  No coupon code is required, savings will be automatically reflected at checkout. 

Also: Check out Austin Homebrew Supplies Sale Items – Selection Changes Regularly

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10 Gallon Igloo Mash Tun AND HLT Tank – $169.99, Save $80 w/stacking sales

10 Gallon Igloo Cooler Mash Tun With False Bottom AND Hot Liquor Tank

10 Gallon Igloo Cooler Mash Tun With False Bottom AND Hot Liquor Tank via Austin Homebrew Supply

About, from AHS: “This is a pair of 10 Gallon Converted Igloo Coolers made into ar Mash Tun With False Bottom AND a Hot Liquor Tank,  This package includes 2 Igloo coolers. One 10 gallon cooler will be used as a hot liquor tank. The HLT will include a ball valve and hose for sparging. The mash tun is a converted 10 Gallon Igloo cooler with a stainless steel false bottom, a stainless tube, and ball valve.  Color may vary due to availability.”

As of this posting, Austin Homebrew Supply has a selection of ALL GRAIN homebrew recipe kits that include free shipping to most US addresses.  Prices are starting at just $27.94 shipped to your door.  Check AHS for current selection and pricing.

About from Austin Homebrew Supply: “These recipes are crafted by the talented brewers of Austin Homebrew, the leader in Homebrew Recipes.”

As of this posting, this combo marked down $50 to $199.99.  Check AHS for current availability.

Stacks With: As of this posting AHS is discounting most orders based on order sizeSpend $50, get $10 off. Spend $150, get $30 off. Spend $250, get $50 off.  No coupon code is required, savings will be automatically reflected at checkout.  That savings you another $30 for a total savings of $80.

10 Gallon Igloo Cooler Mash Tun With False Bottom AND Hot Liquor Tank

Also: Free Shipping All Grain Recipe Kits – via AHS to many US addresses

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

Also: Check out Austin Homebrew Supplies Sale Items – Selection Changes Regularly

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New Selection! The MoreBeer Kit of the Week – Save 20%

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

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