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6 Foot Fold In Half Commercial Table for Brew Day – $54 Shipped

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6 Foot Fold in Half Commercial Table from Lifetime.

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, gear, recipes, notes and odds and ends.

5/3/16 12:30 PM Central: This has dropped to $54. That’s the best historical direct from Amazon price I found. Shipping also is free. Check the product page for up to the minute price and availability.

Lifetime 25011 6-Foot Fold-In-Half Commercial Table, White Granite Tabletop Gray Frame

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Hands On – 24″ Stainless Steel Whisk – Extract, All Grain and Whirlpooling

Toward the beginning of 2013, HBF Reader [8 Ways to Connect with HBF] Kirk encouraged me to look around for a suitable whisk for stirring up the mash.  This was a new idea for me.

Others chimed in that this works well as a mash paddle or spoon replacement, making quick work of breaking up dough balls.  I found this 24″ stainless whisk and decided to pick one up myself.

It’s a full 24″ long

I use a 10 gallon Igloo Cooler for my mash tun.  As you can see this is plenty long enough to get to the bottom.

This is a nice sturdy whisk.  I came up with about 2.2 mm for the wire thickness.

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This works great for stirring up the mash.  I’m using it here to stir up the mash for a BIAB brew session of More Beer’s Pliny the Elder Kit [See: Brewing Pliny the Elder].

This whisk also works great for stirring in DME and LME.  In this picture, I’m brewing a Zythos IPA Extract Kit.  After incorporating the LME in this recipe, like a super hero, with this whisk.  I poured in the DME and Maltodextrin called for and let it sit there for a little bit.  This, of course caused a substantial clump to form.

 After a little bit of whisking

After a little more whisking.  This whisk makes easy work of stirring in extract.  It also feels like it’s doing a better job of thoroughly mixing extract versus a spoon.

It’s hard to catch it in a picture but this thing makes it easy to get a kettle whirlpool going.  I’ve always had a hard time getting any sort of a whirlpool going with a spoon or mash paddle.  The whisk is circular, so it’s always working with you in the task of starting a whirlpool.  This just makes it downright easy.

This works amazingly well in the mash tun, to stir in extract and to get a whirlpool going.  It can generally be had for a very reasonable price.  Because of the affordability and it’s effectiveness, I think that every full batch (5 gal+) homebrewer should consider picking one up.  This is a solid member of our Top Finds list and would be added to the Super Top Finds list if that list existed… :).  As of this update in August of 2015 this continues to work well and be one of my go-to pieces of equipment.

Some of the Reader Feedback We’ve Received…

Scott: I used this for the first time yesterday with 11.5 pounds of grain and it worked like a champ! No dough balls at all – mixes the grain so quickly!

Facebook Friend Kirk: I used mine yesterday. I have dubbed it the Dough Ball Decimator!

Ricky: I got one of these the last time it was posted. They work great. You stir your mash differently. You can’t really muscle your mash the same way. It works better despite this. It’s much easier to break clumps up. A little two handed whisking gets everything is evenly mixed.

Facebook Friend Andrew : I have used one for my last 2 yeast starters to mix the DME before boiling… Amazing.

Jared: After following your site for quite some time now, and purchasing many items because you let me know about them, I just received the 24″ whisk. I can’t believe how awesome this thing is just by pulling it out of the shipping package! I am so excited about this I might just have to brew this weekend even though I don’t really have the time. Not only would this piece be awesome for the mash, but dissolving LME and DME and keep it off of the bottom. What a great piece of equipment and thanks for sharing it!

Aaron: I have this exact same French Whip and love it, works way better than the old mash paddle I used before. It really cuts through the grain and helps ensure no dough balls etc. Definitely recommend this above any other stirring tools I’ve used!

Facebook Friend Wayne: I discovered using one of these about 3 years ago. Don’t know how I ever got along without it. Never have a problem with doughballs. Just make sure you get one that is stiff enough.

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

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22″ Stainless Steel Whisk [Great for Brew Day]

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22″ Stainless Steel French Whip/Whisk by Update International.  Made of 18/8 Stainless.

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

This is from the same line as the Top Find – 24″ whisk that I use.  Check out my Hands on Review.  This 22″ version is just 2″ shorter.

Update International FW-22 Stainless Steel French Whip, 22-Inch

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50 ft Premium Drinking Water Rated Hose

Camco 22853 5/8"ID x 50' Premium Drinking Water Hose

50′ Premium Quality Drinking Water Rated hose by Camco.  20% Thicker than standard drinking water hoses.  Drinking water safe, lead free, BPA free.  Leaves no strong plastic taste.  Durable, machined fittings.  UV stabilized.  Made with NSF certified hose.

img_purchdateI have this hose.  It’s a nice high quality hose.  Check out my first looks post

Camco 22853 5/8″ID x 50′ Premium Drinking Water Hose

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6 Foot Fold In Half Commercial Table for Brew Day

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6 Foot Fold in Half Commercial Table from Lifetime.

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, gear, recipes, notes and odds and ends.

Lifetime 25011 6-Foot Fold-In-Half Commercial Table, White Granite Tabletop Gray Frame

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Propane Tips – Refill vs Swaps and Extra Tanks

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Pictured: Worthington 303955 20-Pound Steel Propane Cylinder With Type 1 With Overflow Prevention Device Valve via Amazon

Refill vs swap.  The capacity of the standard 20 lb propane tank is, well.. around 20 lbs.  Several years ago, some swap services started to underfill tanks.  For example, it’s my understanding that Blue Rhino fills to 15 lbs and Heritage Propane fills to 17 lbs.

For me, refilling a tank to 20 lbs is actually less expensive than swapping it out. For the purpose of comparison, let’s say that refilling and swapping are the same… $20 to swap and $20 to refill.  The fill costs you $1/lb.  If you’re refilling with a vendor that fills to 15 lbs, you’re paying $1.33/;b or 33% more.

When you refill your tank – You’re, generally, saving money,  You’re supporting a local business and saving yourself time because you don’t have to get propane as often.

Extra tanks.  I suggest having an extra tank (or two) of propane on hand.  Running out of propane mid brew is a bummer.  It is inconvenient and you can end up with a different beer than you intended because of the delay.  This can also be a money saving thing too if you refiller charges by the tank.  Since you don’t want to run out of propane on brew day, you may be more likely to swap or refill a tank that still have propane left in it.

Worthington 303955 20-Pound Steel Propane Cylinder With Type 1 With Overflow Prevention Device Valve

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Taylor 4 Event Whiteboard Timer – Time Hop and Boil Additions

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4 Event Whiteboard Timer by Taylor Precision Products.  0.75″ digits in a 0.8″ readout.  Time up to 4 events simultaneously.  Each event can time either up or down..  Built in clock.  Unique tones for each event.  Includes 4.5″ by 3.5″ whiteboard.  Uses 2 AAA Batteries, which are included.

Use to time hop and other boil additions on brew day and more.  The whiteboard lets you document each addition.

Taylor 4 Event Kitchen Timer with Whiteboard, Large

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