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Hands on Review: Blichmann Engineering AutoSparge!

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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.

Blichmann AutoSparge

The Blichmann AutoSparge is an ingenious device that gives you “digital like” control precision, but uses no electronics to accomplish it. Its function is to automatically maintain a water level in your mash tun during sparging or recirculation of wort. If your brewing process uses sparge water transfer or recirculating wort, the AutoSparge turns this into a hands-free operation where you set it up once and then can go worry about other things (or RDWHAHB).

The AutoSparge uses some cool engineering principles to maintain the liquid level in your mash tun. The main function is a slider piston valve that uses hydraulic pressure to let liquid flow into your kettle. This screws into a 1/2″ NPT port on your kettle. With fluid pushing on the valve (either from a pump or from a gravity feed), it pushes the valve back and lets beer in the kettle. There’s a barbed fitting and a length of hose that comes with it to take circulating wort from the top of your kettle down to the grain level. Attached to the other end of the valve is a long rod and stainless-clad hollow ball. This ball floats on the water level in your kettle. As the fluid level rises, the ball floats up and pushes the slider valve closed, shutting off the flow of wort into your kettle.

The rod and floating ball is adjusted simply by a wing nut you loosen and adjust the float to sit at the level you want, then hand tighten it down. With laws of physics and lever arms, the ball can easily contain the high flow rate of a recirculating pump you may have hooked up. Another nice detail is the hose that delivers the wort down to your grain bed has its own little floating ball. In this way, it will sit on the top of your fluid level, and not be buried down in your grain bed blasting its own trench.

Once you have your float level set, you just let your pump(s) run. As you pull wort out from the bottom of your mash tun, the fluid level goes down in the kettle and the float arm opens up the valve and lets more wort come in. If you’re pulling fluid out slowly, the wort level drops slowly and therefore the valve only opens a little bit to replace that wort slowly. If you’re pulling out wort quickly, the level drops more quickly and the valve opens up more.


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Blichmann Therminator Wort Chiller & Flushing Assembly – Beat MAP Pricing! Get a Free $25 Gift Card

BLICHMANN THERMINATOR STAINLESS PLATE WORT CHILLER

Therminator Wort Chiller via Beer & Wine Hobby

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

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

The Therminatorª is the fastest way to chill your wort to yeast pitching temperature and get your fermentation off to a quick bacteria-free start.

  • All 316 stainless steel plates and fittings.
  • Chill like the pros as the Therminatorª is identical to commercial brewery chillers.
  • Brazed together with pure copper in an oxygen-free furnace with no potential leaks like a gasketed unit!
  • Chill 10 gallons in 5 minutes to 68¡F using 58¡F cooling water at 5 gallons per minute (gpm).
  • Great for southern climates!
  • Ultra compact (7.5` W 4` D 3` H)
  • Super-low restriction is ideal for gravity feed.
  • Easy to clean and sanitize small enough to boil!*
  • Garden-hose thread connections on the water side means no extra adapters to buy!
  • 1/2` male NPT fittings on wort side mates up with virtually all common hose-connector types and they`re easier to sanitize than female fittings!
  • With the lowest water consumption on the market it saves you money!
  • Comes with heavy-gauge stainless mounting bracket.

 

As of this posting this is selling for $199.99. 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

Typically, this is not discounted.  Why?  This is a MAP item.  MAP = Minimum Advertised Price.  It’s an agreement between sellers and manufacturer’s not to sell an item below a certain price.  This generally sells for about the same price no matter where you purchase it from and rarely discounted.  Having said that, there are some loopholes…

Works With: As of this posting, Beer & Wine Hobby is throwing in a free gift card based on order total.  The stacks with sale items and there are no exclusions (other than, I’m guessing gift cards do not work).  Stacks with sale itemsAdd on this filler item and you’ll qualify for the maximum $25 gift card.  No coupon code is necessary.  Check the front page of Beer & Wine Hobby for the banner above to make sure this is still available.

Up to $25 back from Beer and Wine Hobby | Sale Items

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Rare Discount: 15 Gallon Blichmann BoilerMaker G2 Boil Kettle on Sale

blichmann boilermaker kettles

Blichmann G2 Kettles come in a variety of sizes and configurations.  They are tricked out and designed for homebrewing.  They includes a sight gauge, thermometer, revolutionary valve design and more.  Check out my review… Hands on Review – Blichmann BoilerMaker G2 Kettles!

Discounts on Blichmann gear are rare. They are under MAP (minimum advertised pricing) agreements that make sales difficult.  There are periodic workarounds.

As of this posting, Adventures in Homebrewing has the 15 gallon BoilerMaker marked down to $354.99.  From what I can gather, that’s about $21 less than typical MAP pricing.  Shipping to addresses in the contiguous 48 US states is also free.

15 gallon BoilerMaker™ G2 Brew Pot by Blichmann Engineering™

Also: Hands on Review – Blichmann BoilerMaker G2 Kettles!

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Stacking Deals On: 15 Gallon Blichmann BoilerMaker G2 Boil Kettle! = best deal I’ve ever seen on this kettle

blichmann boilermaker kettles

Blichmann G2 Kettles come in a variety of sizes and configurations.  They are tricked out and designed for homebrewing.  They includes a sight gauge, thermometer, revolutionary valve design and more.  Check out my review… Hands on Review – Blichmann BoilerMaker G2 Kettles!

Discounts on Blichmann gear are rare. They are under MAP (minimum advertised pricing) agreements that make sales difficult.  There are periodic workarounds.

Deal #1: As of this posting, Adventures in Homebrewing has the 15 gallon BoilerMaker marked down to $354.99.  From what I can gather, that’s about $21 less than typical MAP pricing.  Shipping to addresses in the contiguous 48 US states is also free.

Deal;  #2: As of this posting, Adventures in Homebrewing is giving up to 750 additional bonus rewards points based on how much you purchase. No promo code is needed. Bonus points figure to about a 5% value.  Example: 750 points is about $37.50.  This kettle qualifies for 355 points + the full 750 bonus points.  That comes out to 1,105 points or the equivalent of about $55.25 back on a future purchase AND free shipping to most US addresses is still in play.

Best Deal I’ve Ever Seen: I’m pretty sure this ties (we’ve seen this same combo in the past) for the best deal we’ve ever run on this kettle.  There may have been an eBay promo that took 20% off.  That would have been about $75 off.  This equals to a total savings about about $76.25, so even if one of those applied to a MAP priced offering this deal beats it.

15 gallon BoilerMaker™ G2 Brew Pot by Blichmann Engineering™

Update: This promo has expired or pricing, availability or description has changed – Check the supplier’s site or product page for current availability

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Compare: 15 Gallon G2 at Great Fermentations$375.99 + $8.99 shipping

Also: Hands on Review – Blichmann BoilerMaker G2 Kettles!

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Blichmann Therminator Wort Chiller – Beat MAP Pricing! Get a Free $20 Gift Card

Therminator Wort Chiller

Therminator Wort Chiller via Austin Homebrew Supply


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

The Therminator is the fastest way to chill wort to yeast pitching temperature and get fermentation off to a quick, bacteria-free start. The Therminator is able to Chill 10 gal (37.8 L) of wort in 5 minutes to 68°F (20°C) using 58°F (14.4°C) cooling water flowing at 5 gal/min (19 L/min).

  • All 316 stainless steel plates and fittings.
  • Identical to commercial brewery chillers.
  • Brazed together with pure copper in an oxygen free furnace.
  • No potential leaks like a gasketed unit.
  • Super low restriction makes this ideal for gravity feed.
  • Easy to clean and sanitize.
  • Male garden hose thread connections for water in/out.
  • 1/2″ male NPT fittings for wort in/out.
  • Low water consumption.
  • Comes with heavy gauge stainless mounting bracket.
  • Compact: 7.5 x 4 x 3 (19 x 10.2 x 7.6 cm)

The therminator has male garden hose fittings for the water in and out. If you are attaching a regular garden hose to it, you will need a female to female adapter.

The Plate Chiller Backflush Adapter makes it easy to attach a garden hose to the NPT threads of the heat exchanger to simplify washing. It can either be looped to pump hot cleaning solution (such as PBW) using a pump, or it can be attached to a faucet using a kitchen sink-to-garden hose adapter to push hot water through in the opposite direction of the normal wort flow.

Also recommended are the Blichmann QuickConnect fittings. These allow you to easily attach either 3/8″ or 1/2″ tubing to the wort side of the chiller. With these fittings, everything that touches the wort is either stainless steel or silicone. They install without tools, are easy to disassemble, and sanitizing is easy. You need one fitting for the wort in, and one for wort out. See below to add.


As of this posting this is selling for $199.99. 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

Typically, this is not discounted.  Why?  This is a MAP item.  MAP = Minimum Advertised Price.  It’s an agreement between sellers and manufacturer’s not to sell an item below a certain price.  This generally sells for about the same price no matter where you purchase it from and rarely discounted.  Having said that, there are some loopholes…

Works With: As of this posting, Austin Homebrew Supply is giving away a free $20 gift card with all purchases of $100 or more.  I believe that the only exclusion is… gift cards.  This equates to a back door discount on lots of product lines that typically are not discounted.  It also stacks with items that are already on sale.  No coupon code is necessary.  The promotional gift card will be automatically added to your cart when you place $100 of qualifying merchandise in your cart.

Therminator Wort Chiller

Update: This promo has expired or pricing, availability or description has changed – Check the supplier’s site or product page for current availability

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BoilerMaker Brew Pots by Blichmann Engineering – Get a FREE $20 Gift Card + Hands on Review

blichmann boilermaker kettlesBlichmann BoilerMaker G2 Kettles are awesome.  They come in a variety of sizes and configurations, they are tricked out with thoughtful features and are well made.   See my  Hands on Review of these great kettles

These great kettles as they are generally on MAP (minimum advertised price) agreements that don’t allow retailers to discount to discount them. Having said that, there are some loopholes…

Works With: As of this posting, Austin Homebrew Supply is giving away a free $20 gift card with all purchases of $100 or more.  I believe that the only exclusion is… gift cards.  This equates to a back door discount on lots of product lines that typically are not discounted.  It also stacks with items that are already on sale.  No coupon code is necessary.  The promotional gift card will be automatically added to your cart when you place $100 of qualifying merchandise in your cart.  That means, buy and Blichmann kettle… get a free $50 gift card toward a future AHS purchase.

BoilerMaker Brew Pots by Blichmann Engineering

Update: This promo has expired or pricing, availability or description has changed – Check the supplier’s site or product page for current availability

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Blichmann QuickCarb – Beat MAP Pricing! Get a Free $20 Gift Card

Blichmann QuickCarb

Blichmann QuickCarb via Austin Homebrew Supply


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

The Patent Pending QuickCarb from Blichmann Engineering is a revolutionary simple new way to carbonate a 5 gal keg of beer in less than an hour! This uses a simple circulating pump and a unique stainless steel diffusion stone to carbonate your beer precisely and quickly with no chance of accidentally overcarbonating your beer!

  • 90% carbonated and ready to drink in less than an hour with no risk of overcarbonation! Let it sit for a day for dialing in that final few percent.
  • Quiet and dependable operation
    Great for all beer styles!
  • All stainless diffusion stone and QuickConnector fittings makes cleaning a breeze
  • 10 micron stainless diffusion stone is durable and is porous enough to penetrate with sanitizer. Other manufacturers are fragile and must be boiled and handled with gloves.
  • Circulating pump is gentle and is powered with a simple DC transformer (included)
  • Easy to clean and sanitize
  • Simply add an optional oxygen regulator and you’ll be able to use the components to oxygenate your wort before pitching your yeast!

As of this posting this is selling for $179.99. 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

Typically, this is not discounted.  Why?  This is a MAP item.  MAP = Minimum Advertised Price.  It’s an agreement between sellers and manufacturer’s not to sell an item below a certain price.  This generally sells for about the same price no matter where you purchase it from and rarely discounted.  Having said that, there are some loopholes…

Works With: As of this posting, Austin Homebrew Supply is giving away a free $20 gift card with all purchases of $100 or more.  I believe that the only exclusion is… gift cards.  This equates to a back door discount on lots of product lines that typically are not discounted.  It also stacks with items that are already on sale.  No coupon code is necessary.  The promotional gift card will be automatically added to your cart when you place $100 of qualifying merchandise in your cart.

Blichmann QuickCarb

Update: This promo has expired or pricing, availability or description has changed – Check the supplier’s site or product page for current availability

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Our Top Posts of 2018 #10… Hands on Review: Anvil Bucket Fermentor

To celebrate a great year, we’re going through some of our top content of 2018.  This was our #10 most visited post…

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.

Anvil Stainless Steel Bucket Fermentor

It’s well known that you don’t have to just ferment in that plastic bucket that came with your homebrew beginner’s kit. When you are ready to upgrade there are multiple material options, and varying levels of size/features. As it goes with most homebrew gear, brewers love stainless steel. So, of course you can get your fermentor in stainless steel, too.

Stainless provides a better oxygen-proof barrier than the plastic brew buckets and is easy to clean. The easy cleaning not only makes the worst job in homebrewing (brew day clean-up) slightly better, it also means you don’t have to worry about things hiding in crevices to sneak out and do funky things to your beer. Stainless is also durable and long-lasting, meaning you can look at it like a longer-term investment. Typical price tags on steel fermentors also make you consider it from a longer-term investment perspective as well.

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Blichmann HellFire Floor Burner – Beat MAP Pricing! Get a Free $20 Gift Card

Blichmann HellFire Floor Burner

Blichmann HellFire Floor Burner via Austin Homebrew Supply


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

A 140,000 BTU/hr burner that is a great blend of heating power and efficiency – and does so whisper quietly! It’s NEW dual mode capability allows you to switch between high power mode and high efficiency mode (140,000 BTUs VS 80,000 BTUs).

In addition, low flame combustion is clean, wind performance is outstanding, and the heavy stainless construction is built to last a lifetime. For operation on natural gas expect 15% less power and 15% longer heating times due to the lower BTU content of natural gas vs. propane.

  • Dual Mode Capability – High Power Mode and High Efficiency Mode
  • Up to 140,000 BTU/hr
  • Patent Pending clip-on heat shield
  • Infinitely adjustable kettle retaining bars
  • Non rusting fume free stainless steel frame
  • Excellent outdoor flame stability
  • Quiet operation\
  • Low setting performance without yellow flame ( blackens bottom of pot)

As of this posting this is selling for $149.99. 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

Typically, this is not discounted.  Why?  This is a MAP item.  MAP = Minimum Advertised Price.  It’s an agreement between sellers and manufacturer’s not to sell an item below a certain price.  This generally sells for about the same price no matter where you purchase it from and rarely discounted.  Having said that, there are some loopholes…

Works With: As of this posting, Austin Homebrew Supply is giving away a free $20 gift card with all purchases of $100 or more.  I believe that the only exclusion is… gift cards.  This equates to a back door discount on lots of product lines that typically are not discounted.  It also stacks with items that are already on sale.  No coupon code is necessary.  The promotional gift card will be automatically added to your cart when you place $100 of qualifying merchandise in your cart.

Blichmann HellFire Floor Burner

Update: This promo has expired or pricing, availability or description has changed – Check the supplier’s site or product page for current availability

Recent Deals!  Last Fifty Finds

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Adventures in Homebrewing Overstock Sale

As of this posting, Adventures in Homebrewing is marking down a large number of items by up to 40% as part of an overstock sale.  Limited availability.  Check sale page for current selection and availability.

Adventures in Homebrewing Overstock Sale

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