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AlcoMate Premium AL7000 Professional Breathalyzer – $77.99, Best Price

AlcoMate Premium Alcoscan AL7000 by Alcomate

DOT approved for Law Enforcement: Accuracy +/-0.01 at 0.10%BAC.  US Coast Guard approved.  Pre-calibrated replaceable sensor module technology.  Easy-replace sensor panel.

4/29/17 11 PM Central: This highly rated breathalyzer has dropped to $77.99. That’s the best historical direct from Amazon price I found. Shipping to most US addresses also is free. Price, shipping and availability can change quickly. Check the product page for up to the minute price and availability.

AlcoMate Premium AL7000 Professional Breathalyzer with PRISM Technology

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(12) 5 Ounce Taster Glasses by Anchor Hocking – $16.62, $1.39/glass

Anchor Hocking 5-Ounce Heavy Base Juice Beverage Set, Set of 12

Set of (12) 5 Ounce Heavy Base glasses.  Made in the USA.  5 ounce capacity.  Dishwasher safe.

Perfect for sample sizes and taster flights of your favorite homebrew or craft beers.

4/29/17 9 PM Central: These 12 taster size glasses are selling for $16.62, that figures to $1.39 each. Shipping to most US addresses is also free with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying order. Price, shipping and availability can change quickly.  Check the product page for up to the minute price and availability.  See Recent Amazon Finds and our Amazon Fillers Resource Page to help you put together an order that qualifies for free shipping.

Anchor Hocking 5-Ounce Heavy Base Juice Beverage Set, Set of 12

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Etekcity Non-contact IR Thermometer – $15.99 w/Instant Coupon

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Lasergrip 1022 Non-contact Digital Laser Infrared Thermometer Temperature Gun by Etekcity. -58~+1022°F, MAX Display and Emissivity Adjustable by Etekcity.  Measures in Celsius or Fahrenheit (Range: -58℉~1022℉/-50℃ to +550℃).  Max temperature, auto off and hold functions along with low battery indicator.  Backlit display.  

Since this is no touch, you can check the temp of yeast washing and yeast rehydration water and your starter wort without the risk of infection.  I find mine particularly useful for rehydrating yeast.

Infrared thermometers should not be considered a direct replacement for your standard thermometer.  A quality IR thermometer will give you a close approximation of surface temperatures.  Note that steam seems to throw off readings.  Uses include: Contained yeast rehydration water, chilled wort or starter temperature, kegerator, fermenter or fermenation area and beer tasting samples.  If you’re looking for a standard thermometer, consider these two Top FindsCDN DTQ450X – ThermoWorks Thermapen

4/29/17 8 PM Central: This highly rated IR thermometer is selling for $19.99.  Apply coupon code GU6MN5Q2 and the price drops to $15.99.   Shipping to most US addresses is also free with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying order. Price, shipping and availability can change quickly.  Check the product page for up to the minute price and availability.  See Recent Amazon Finds and our Amazon Fillers Resource Page to help you put together an order that qualifies for free shipping.

Etekcity Lasergrip 1022 Non-contact Digital Laser Infrared Thermometer Temperature Gun, -58~+1022°F, MAX Display and Emissivity Adjustable

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Brewing Process Infographic Poster – $5.23 + Free Shipping

Poster / Print 24 X 36" Brewery Infographic - Beer Brewing Start to Finish

This 24 X 36″ Poster Brewery Infographic.  Illustrates the brewing process from start to finish.  Also: Beer Room Tag | Periodic Table of Beer Styles | Keep Calm and Have a Beer Poster

4/29/17 6:45 PM Central: This is selling for just $5.23. Shipping to most US addresses also is free. Price, shipping and availability can change quickly. Check the product page for up to the minute price and availability.

Poster / Print 24 X 36″ Brewery Infographic – Beer Brewing Start to Finish

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Stainless Steel Keg Dry Hop Filter – $23.99 + Free Prime Ship

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

304 Stainless Steel Basket Beer Keg Dry Hop Filter.  300 micron mesh

Update 4/29/17 6 PM Central: This is selling for $23.99. 11.99. Shipping to most US addresses is also free with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying order. Price, shipping and availability can change quickly.  Check the product page for up to the minute price and availability.  See Recent Amazon Finds and our Amazon Fillers Resource Page to help you put together an order that qualifies for free shipping.

300 Micron Mesh Stainless Steel Dry Hopper for Cornelius Kegs Corny Keg Homebrewing,70mmx300mm

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Hands On: American Weigh 100g x 0.01g Digital Scale

Here’s a Hands On Look at American Weigh’s Model AWS-100 Digital Gram Scale.  The scale has 1/100th gram resolution making it great for accurately weighing hops, small amounts of specialty grains and water salts.  It has a 100 gram (3.52 ounce) capacity.

cln_img_6812The front of the box.  Reads: Hundredth of a gram accuracy (0.01 g), 100g Maximum Capacity, Flip-Open Protective Cover, Includes two AAA, 10 Year Warranty.

AWS-100 Side of the box.  Reads: Capacity 100 g, Readability .01g, Power Two AAA, Platform Size 2.5 x 3″, Auto Off 60 Seconds No Activity.

AWS-100Front of the scale when closed.  The protective cover is a nice feature.  You don’t want to store a scale with any weight or pressure on the platform.  The built in cover keeps that from happening.

AWS-100Back of the scale

AWS-100Front of the scale when open

AWS-100 Quick User GuideClose up of the inside of the protective lid built into the AWS-100.  This includes a handy Quick User Guide.  Click the picture above to zoom.

100g Calibration WeightI purchased this 100 gram Calibration weight at the same time I got the AWS-100.  It’s worth picking up one of these.  You’ll see why next.

AWS-100 100 gramsThe 100 gram weight reads 100.12 grams.  The manual states that “calibration and adjustment are performed at the factory.  However, the weighing range can shift slightly during shipping”.  If the scale is weighing within an acceptable tolerance the scale should be left alone.  If it is outside of tolerance, it should be calibrated.  The manual says that the tolerance for this scale is .02 grams.  .12 is 6 times acceptable tolerance.  Calibration is required.

AWS-100 CalibrationTo calibrate you hold the mode button until CAL appears on the screen.  Press Mode again and it prompts you to put a 100 gram calibration weight on the platform

AWS-100 calibrationPut the weight on and the… wait 🙂 and the scale will pop up pass.  I’m guessing it calibrates itself using the weight and then re-tests the weight to ensure that it’s within tolerance.  If it is… whammo… pass.

AWS-100 100 gramReads 100.01 with a 100 gram calibration weight

AWS-100 100 gramThis is a different 100 gram weight.  It reads right at 100.

A note on accuracy: I don’t have lab quality weights.  Slight variances in accuracy tests could be a reflection of either the scale or the weight or both.  My guess is both are generally to blame.  If 1/100th (one one-hundredth) of a gram is an issue for what you’re doing… you’re going to need a lab quality scale.

AWS-100 50 gramReads 50.01 with a 50 gram calibration weight

AWS-100 20 gramReads 20.00 with a 20 gram calibration weight

AWS-100 10 gramReads 10.00 with a 10 gram calibration weight

AWS-100 2 gramReads 2.01 with a 2 gram calibration weight

AWS-100 Homebrewing reviewReads 1 with a 1 gram calibration weight

AWS-100 Homebrewing reviewReads .50 with a 500 milligram calibration weight

AWS-100 Homebrewing reviewReads .21 with a 200 milligram calibration weight

AWS-100 Homebrewing reviewReads .11 with a 100 milligram calibration weight.  Getting a reading on this light of a weight verifies that this scale is good for both hops and water salts.  It’s not really necessary (at least in my book) to get down to tenths of a gram for hops (although it’s nice to be able to do).  It is necessary to get down to this range for water salts.

AWS-100 Homebrewing reviewWeighing 28 grams (about one ounce) of calibration weights using the AWS-100.  Hops and water salts are a couple of things that I like to weigh in metric.  The other is… yeast starter wort.  That is very easy to formulate using liters and grams.  1 liter of water goes with 100 grams  DME.  If you need a .5 liter starter it would be .5 liter of water + 50 grams of DME.

AWS 100 nickel calibration weightTip: a US Nickel is right at 5 grams

AWS 100 sizeFor size reference… next to a 3 piece airlock

AWS 100 refractometerSize reference… next to the RSG-100ATC Dual Scale Refractometer

cln_img_6910Weighing a stainless sample cup (part of my Brew Day Box).  This is a good example of the beauty of the Tare Feature.  Notice that the scale reads 39.45 grams.

AWS 100 tareA press of the Tare button effectively zeroes out the scale.

AWS 100 hops scaleBecause the container is subtracted, I’m weighing just the contents.  That means I have 35.22 grams of Amarillo hops here.

aws-100 gram scale reviewOne thing I have wondered is… Can you weigh more than the capacity of a scale using the Tare Feature.  The answer, at least for this scale, is yes.  I put a 100 gram weight on the scale, Tared it and then put a 50 gram weight on the scale.

I've owned this since December 2014I’ve owned this since December 2014

This is a great scale with excellent resolution and accuracy that is perfect for hops and water salts.

American Weigh 100g x 0.01g Digital Scale

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Bayou Classic 44 Quart Stainless Kettle… $70.39 + Free Shipping

Bayou Classic 1044 44-Quart Stainless-Steel Stockpot Homebrewing

44 Quarts/11 Gallons, Stainless Steel Kettle + Lid from Bayou Classic.  These are made from 20 gauge high grade 18/8, 304 stainless steel.

4/29/17 7 PM Central: This is selling for $70.39. Shipping to most US addresses also is free. Price, shipping and availability can change quickly. Check the product page for up to the minute price and availability.

Bayou Classic 1044 44-Quart Stainless-Steel Stockpot

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