Category Archives: Brew Day

24″ Stainless Steel Whisk [Extract and All Grain Brewers] – now $9.99

Winco 24″ Stainless Steel French Whip


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

  • Stainless steel construction
  • Measures 24″ in length
  • Ideal for mixing eggs, sauces and batter
  • Heavy gauge wire loops
  • Dishwasher safe

This looks similar to my 24″ Stainless Whisk.  That whisk is an easy upgrade that I generally recommend for all but small batch only brewers.  Check out my Hands on Review of that great tool.

Use this on brew day in your mash tun and brew kettle.  In the mash tun… a whisk like this makes quick work of breaking up up doughballs.  In the brew kettle… Use to incorporate extract, stir the brew kettle or start a kettle whirlpool.

9/17/18 7 AM Central: This has dropped back to $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 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.

Winco Stainless Steel French Whip, 24-Inch


Also Consider: Update International FW-24 Stainless Steel French Whip, 24-Inch

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Half Gallon Commercial Rubbermaid Pitcher [up to 212 F] for Brew Day & Beyond – $9.27, Best Price

Rubbermaid Commercial Bouncer Measuring Cup, 2-Quart, Clear, FG321700CLR

64 Ounce/Half Gallon Measuring Pitcher by Rubbermaid Commercial.

This is the half gallon version of the 1 gallon pitcher [Review] that I regularly use, especially on brew day.  NSF Certified and food safe to 212 deg F.


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

  • Constructed from break-resistant polycarbonate
  • Easy-to-read measurements in high-contrast blue or red
  • For use with temperatures ranging from -40-degree F to 212-degree F
  • Certified to NSF STD. #2
  • Measures 6-1/4″ x 5-5/8′ x 7-3/8″

9/6/18 2 PM Central: This has dropped to just $9.27.  That’s a 64% discount from list and the best historical direct from Amazon price I found. 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 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

Rubbermaid Commercial Bouncer Measuring Cup, 2-Quart, Clear, FG321700CLR


Also Consider: Rubbermaid Commercial Products FG321800CLR 4-Quart Bouncer Measuring Cup – [Review]

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Reader Tip: Stainless Steel Condiment Dispenser for Tracking and Portioning Boil Additions

Thanks to HBF Reader Jordan for this tip!  [8 Ways to Connect with HBF]New Star 48049 Stainless Steel Condiment Dispenser with 6 Compartments

New Star 48049 Stainless Steel Condiment Dispenser with 6 Compartments


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

  • Durable 18/0 stainless steel body, food safe plastic inserts and clear acrylic lid
  • Includes a 6 compartment dispenser with lid and 6 pint size inserts
  • Stainless steel features a satin finish
  • Open bottom and removable trays for easy clean up and storage, this product does not hold ice
  • Each condiment dispenser measures approximately 18-inches by 6-inches by 3.5 inches

Jordan says he uses each of these removable trays to weigh or portion out hop, whirlfloc and other boil additions.  He works his way down the tray for each addition.

New Star 48049 Stainless Steel Condiment Dispenser with 6 Compartments

Individual Condiment Sauce Cups- One Dozen – 2½ Oz. Ounce by Update International


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Camco 50′ Premium Quality, NSF Certified Drinking Water Hose

Camco 50ft Premium Drinking Water Hose - Lead Free, Anti-Kink Design, 20% Thicker Than Standard Hoses (5/8"Inside Diameter) (22853)

50′ Premium Quality Drinking Water Rated hose by Camco


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

  • Heavy-duty hose is 20 percent thicker than standard drinking water hoses
  • Drinking water safe, lead free, BPA free, phthalate free and leaves no strong plastic taste in your drinking water
  • Machined fittings and strain-relief ends for added durability
  • UV stabilized for longer life and made with NSF certified hose
  • Compliant with all federal and state level low lead laws. CSA Low Lead Content Certified to NSF/ANSI 372

I have this hose.  It’s a nice high quality hose.  See some pictures of this hose.  Use to collect water on brew day and lots more.

What are others saying? Search this product’s Amazon reviews for “brewing”

Camco 50ft Premium Drinking Water Hose – Lead Free, Anti-Kink Design, 20% Thicker Than Standard Hoses (5/8″Inside Diameter) (22853)


Also Consider: Hands On: 5 Stage Reverse Osmosis Water Filter by Reverse Osmosis Revolution

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100 x Medicine Cups [Hops, Samples & More] – $1.95, 2 cents each

Dynarex 4252-1 Medicine Cup (Polyethylene), 100 Count

Dynarex 4252-1 Medicine Cup (Polyethylene), 100 Count


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

  • 1 oz. Medicine cup manufactured of strong flexible virgin polypropylene with easy to read graduations
  • Each sleeve contains 100, 1 oz. Clear medicine cups
  • The perfect size cup to dispense medicinal tablets from or small amounts of liquid
  • See through cup which allows patient and medical personnel to view contents
  • Easy to read gradations

Possible homebrew related uses: measuring, small sample cups, collecting refractometer and pH samples on brew day and beyond, use to hold hop and other boil additions (maybe a bit on the small side for this use).

9/1/18 9 PM Central: These are selling for a paltry $1.95. That’s the best historical direct from Amazon price I found. Shipping to most US addresses is also free, with a qualifying order, as part of the Amazon’s Add On promotion. 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. Also: Recent Amazon Finds and Amazon Fillers Resource Page

Dynarex 4252-1 Medicine Cup (Polyethylene), 100 Count

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Craftsman Multi-tool + Putting Together a Brew Day Box

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CRAFTSMAN 943998 1 In 1 Mini Multi Tool Red Snips


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

  • Anodized aluminum handle
  • Light weight, rust resistant, durability and longer life time
  • Compact folding design
  • Snips head

I keep a similar Multi-tool (different manufacturer and specs) in my brew day box.  SeePutting Together A Brew Day Box

CRAFTSMAN 943998 1 In 1 Mini Multi Tool Red Snips



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6′ Folding Table [Brew Day Work Table] – $29 at Target

6' Folding Banquet Table - Plastic Dev Group®

6′ Folding Banquet Table – Plastic Dev Group via Target


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

With this Plastic Development Group Banquet Table, you can do it all. From catering and buffets to flea markets and garage sales, this sturdy yet lightweight table will display your treats and treasures. Use it for outdoor dining or entertainment, family reunions and parties, or as a work table in the basement or garage. The durable resin tabletop is water- and scratch-resistant, and the sturdy steel legs lock in place. You can even add a tablecloth and some stylish chairs for a more sophisticated look. When not in use, the metal legs fold flat and the table folds in half for easy storage.


Note from HBF:  This has folding legs and then the entire table folds in half to easy and compact storage.  I use a similar table as a brew day work table to hold ingredients, (not hot or too heavy) gear, recipes, notes and odds and ends.

As of this posting, Target has this marked down to just $29.  Buy online to reserve yours and select in store pickup to skip the shipping charges.  Target card holders save an extra 5%.  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 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

6′ Folding Banquet Table

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Heat Resistant Glove [Minding Yeast Starters & Brew Day] – $5.76, Best Price + Free Prime Ship

G & F 1689L Heat Resistant Glove Commercial Grade, Large

G & F Heat Resistant Oven Glove, Large  by G & F


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

  • Same material used by fire fighters
  • Maintains integrity and strength at high temperatures
  • Thermal regulating
  • Ambidextrous, fits right or left hand
  • Soft and pliable for easy grasp

I use a similar type of 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.

These are not waterproof.  Safety Note: Always use caution when handling hot items or ingredients and always read and follow manufacturer directions.

8/13/18 7 PM Central; These have dropped to $5.76. That’s the best historical direct from Amazon price I found. Shipping to most US addresses is also free 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 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

G & F 1689L Dupont Nomex & Kevlar Heat Resistant Oven Gloves, for BBQ, Fireplace,and Grilling. Commercial Grade, Large, Sold by 1 Piece

Also Available in Medium: G & F 1689M Dupont Nomex® & Kevlar® Heat Resistant Oven Gloves, BBQ Gloves, Fireplace Gloves, Commercial Grade, Medium, Sold by 1 Piece


Related: Yeast: The Practical Guide to Beer Fermentation & Best Sellers in Lab Erlenmeyers – via Amazon | StirStarter Stir Plate | Yeast Starters and Fermentation Resource Page

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Great Deal On – StirStarter Stir Plate

Rubbermaid Commercial 1 Gallon High Temp Pitcher – Great for Brew Day

Rubbermaid Commercial Products FG321800CLR 4-Quart Bouncer Measuring Cup

1 Gallon Bouncer Pitcher/Measuring Cup by Rubbermaid Commercial.

I use this pitcher on brew day and for general around-the-brewery measuring.  It’s food safe 212 deg F.  I use it for recirculating, topping up water, collecting wort from my mash tun, holding utensils on brew day and more.  This small upgrade has made a big difference for me on brew day.  This is a great pitcher.  I’ve owned and used it since May of 2013.  Check out my Review for more info.

Clear, durable polycarbonate construction.  Break resistant.  Volume markers in both english and metric.  Temp range of -40 to +212 degrees F/-40 to 100 degrees C for use with hot or cold contents. Capacity: 4 qt./3.8L. Made in the USA.

Rubbermaid Commercial Products FG321800CLR 4-Quart Bouncer Measuring Cup


Also: Putting Together a Brew Day Box | Review – 1 Gallon Pitcher

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Four Easy Upgrades for Brew Day

Looking for some simple upgrades to make brew day go more smoothly?  Consider these three gear purchases.

#1 –  24″ Stainless Steel Whisk.  This whisk is great for: 1.  Stirring in extract.  It easily breaks up clumps, 2.  Stirring the mash 3.  Starting a whirlpool and 4. Helping chill more quickly (place in the middle of your wort chiller to agitate wort).  If you’re a homebrewer, I think you should consider owning one of these babies.  Hands on Review

Update International FW-24 Stainless Steel French Whip, 24-Inch

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