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Leatherman Multi-Tool – $29.97 + Putting Together a “Brew Day Box”

Leatherman Wingman Multi Tool

This Leatherman Multi Tool is a trusted part of my Brew Day Box – Hands on Review

Features:  420HC Combo Knife, Spring-action Regular Pliers, Spring-action Needlenose Pliers, Spring-action Wire Cutters, Wire Stripper, Small Screwdriver, Medium Screwdriver, Phillips Screwdriver, Spring-action scissors, Wood/Metal File, Bottle Opener, Can Opener.

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9/2/15 9:45 PM Central: This has recently sold for $34.50.  It’s down to $29.97.  Shipping is free with Prime or a qualifying $35 order.  Check the product page for up to the minute price and availability.

Leatherman 831426 Wingman Multi-Tool

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Aqua-Tainer 7 Gallon Rigid Water Container – $14.39

Reliance Products Aqua-Tainer 7 Gallon Rigid Water Container

Aqua-Tainer 7 Gallon Rigid Water Container by Reliance

7 gallon capacity.  Space saving, stackable design.  Includes hand and spigot.  Five year warranty against manufacturer’s defects.

Possible homebrewing uses including collecting and transporting brew day water.

8/30/15 5 PM Central: These have dropped to $14.39.  That’s just $1.65 off the best historical Amazon price I found.  Shipping is free with Prime or a qualifying $35 order.  Check the product page for up to the minute price and availability.  I picked a couple of these up for use around the brewery.

Reliance Products Aqua-Tainer 7 Gallon Rigid Water Container

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Heat Resistant Mitt for Tending Starters & Brew Day… $6.59 w/Instant Coupon

G & F 1682 Heat Resistant Fireplace and Barbecue Pit Mitt

Heat Resistant Mitt by G & F.  Made of DuPont Nomex and Kevlar.  Heat and flame resistant.  Silicone palm to provide additional heat resistant and to aid with grip.  Fits right or left hand.

I use a similar type of glove (Ove Glove) when I’m making yeast starters in an Erlenmeyer Flask.  It’s really handy (pun intended) to swirl around the flask or to quickly remove to keep the flask from boiling over.

These are also handy on brew day for handling hot (but not wet) ball valves and such.

Before someone brings this up: These are not waterproof. Along those lines, I wouldn’t suggest that you stick your hand in hot wort with one of these on. Or, without one of these on for that matter. I guess the take away here is… don’t stick your hand in hot wort. :)

8/27/15 6:54 PM Central: This has recently sold for as much as $11.36.  It has dropped to $8.23.  That in and of itself is the best historical Amazon price I found.  If you click the “Click Coupon & Save” button the price drops another 20% (during checkout) to $6.59.  Shipping is free with Prime or a qualifying $35 order.  Whammo.  Check the product page for up to the minute price and availability.

G & F 1682 Heat Resistant Fireplace and Barbecue Pit Mitt

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Tip: Using a Pedal Foot Switch for Easy Pump Operation

MLCS 9089 Billy Pedal Foot Switch, 2 Step ON-OFF Continuous Running

I use this on/off foot pedal foot switch for easy, hands free control of my March Pump while brewing.  I’ve used the same one since of March of 2011 and it works great.  I keep it at the base of my Blichmann TopTier, relatively close to where my pump sits.  One foot press turns the pump on or off.

MLCS 9089 Billy Pedal Foot Switch, 2 Step ON-OFF Continuous Running

I use my March pump for: recirculating my mash, transferring from mash tun to brew kettle, chilling using a recirculating immersion chiller and transferring to my fermenter.

Always be cautious when using your pump with hot liquids and read and follow manufacturers directions.

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Hands On: Rubbermaid Commercial Product 1 Gallon Bouncer Pitcher

Review Rubbermaid Commercial Products FG321800CLR 4-Quart Bouncer Measuring Cup

There are several equipment purchases that I look back on and say… I’m really glad I got that, it’s made a big difference.  Sturdy, Food Safe One Gallon pitchers fit that bill.  I went from a mish-mash of too small plastic pitchers, found around the house, that bent under the weight of wort, dripped and leached who knows what into my beer to two commercial quality 1 gallon pitchers.  What a difference.

I started out with pitchers similar to these those work well, but have a couple of drawbacks.  I still use those for some purposes.   A while back, May of 2013, I picked up Rubbermaid Commercial’s 4 Quart Bouncer Pitcher.  Here’s a look at that.

Here’s the Rubbermaid commercial pitchers quart markings.  Clear sides make it easy to see what you’re measuring.

Liter markings.

Rubbermaid Commercial Products Division

BPA Free

NSF Certified

Easy peel off label.  That’s a pet peeve of mine.  This actually comes off clean.Made in USA

Thick, heavy duty plastic.  This pitcher feels sturdy.  My assumption is that these are called Bouncers because you can bounce them off the floor.  Have not tried that on purpose yet, but I do plan to mistakenly drop this at some point.  :)Bus Tubs HomebrewThree of my favorite brew day things – commercial bus tub for carrying gear and ingredients and catching drips, Rubbermaid Commercial Pitcher and my Brew Day Whisk.    Taken while brewing Brain Eater Pale Ale,

High Temps.  This pitcher is designed with commercial kitchen use in mind.  It’s made for both hot and cold use -40 to 212 deg F.

Two Pitchers.  If you are vorlaufing/recirculating, you’re going to want two pitchers and even if you’re not two pitchers are handy.

What I use this pitcher for.  Vorlaufing/recirculating, collecting water, topping up water, collecting wort from my mash tun, holding utensils on brew day, as a cleaning vessel for smaller items, mixing up PBW and Star San, general measuring.  I’m sure there’s more.

Rubbermaid Commercial Products FG321800CLR 4-Quart Bouncer Measuring Cup

I can highly recommend this pitcher to you.  I’ve been using it on brew day and beyond for years.  It’s on a short list of my favorite upgrades.

Rubbermaid Commercial Products FG321800CLR 4-Quart Bouncer Measuring Cup

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