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Ready Made Spunding Valve – $29.99 + Free Pint Promo

via William’s Brewing Adjustable Pressure Relief Valve Assembly with 0 to 60 PSI gauge.  The PRV valve has a range of 15 to 50 PSI.  Has a 1/4″ female flare fitting (connect to your pin or ball lock QD).

A Spunding Valve has lots of applications…

Spunding Valve Uses
  1. Pressurized fermentation.  Ferment in a 5 or 10 gallon corny keg and use your Spunding Valve instead of an airlock.  This allows you to ferment at your desired pressure.
  2. Dry hop under pressure.  This allows you to dry hop earlier while reducing oxygenation.  Active yeast are more likely to metabolize oxygen that’s introduced during dry hopping during active fermentation.  Since CO2 is not exiting beer as vigorously under pressure, wanted compounds, flavors and aromas are more likely to stay in your beer under pressure.
  3. Naturally and accurately carbonate beer right in the keg.
  4. An airlock replacement.  Keep the valve wide open for non-pressurized fermentations.  Only do this if you have plenty of head space.  This wouldn’t make a great blow off tube.
  5. Keg to keg transfers.  Use the Spunding Valve to allow excess gas to exit the receiving keg as you transfer under pressure.  Helps you achieve a slow, controlled and pressurized transfer.
  6. Fix over-carbonated beers.  Use the same general process as for carbonation (skipping the addition of fermentable sugar).  Use a carbonation chart to determine proper pressure for the temperature the keg is at.  The Spunding Valve allows excess pressure to vent until the new carbonation level is achieved.  You can agitate the keg to fix carbonation more quickly.
  7. Test for keg leaks.  Pressurize your keg to serving pressure.  Put the Spunding Valve on (with the pressure set well above your serving PSI) and note the reading.  The gauge should remain steady.  If pressure drops, you know you have a keg leak.  It’s worth noting that this checks the entire keg including gas body o-ring.  That spot is hard to check and other way as it’s only in function when the gas QD is on.  When the gas QD is on… it’s difficult to spray and check for bubbles underneath the gas QD.  Thanks to Scott Janish for this tip!
  8. As an airlock for long term aging of beers.  Airlocks can run dry over time.  A Spunding Valve will not.

 

If you’ve been eyeing our Spunding Valve Build, but don’t want to put it together yourself, here’s your chance.  As of this posting, William’s Brewing has this for $29.99.  Check the product page for up to the minute price and availability.

HBF Reader Christian Says… “I have four of these. Use them for fermenting under a controlled pressure. Also use them for counter pressure transfers. Highly recommend.”

0-60 ADJUSTABLE PRESSURE RELIEF VALVE

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2 Way Expandable CO2 Manifold System – $23.99, Save $6 + Hands on Review

co2 manifold

This manifold allows you to split a single tank into multiple runs and control each with an independent ball valve.  Each ball valve also contains a check valve that stops one beer from backflowing into another line.  Pressure changes can cause this to happen with a simple T-type system.  This manifold prevents the issue.  This system can also expand as needed by adding an additional outlet.  Check out my Hands on Review of this great system.

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Updated: Build a Spunding Valve! – 3 Ways

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A Spunding Valve allows you to maintain a set pressure.  If pressure in the pressure vessel exceeds the set point, it is expelled.

Some homebrewing applications…

  1. Pressurized fermentation.  Ferment in a 5 or 10 gallon corny keg and use your Spunding Valve instead of an airlock.  This allows you to ferment at your desired pressure.
  2. Dry hop under pressure.  This allows you to dry hop earlier while reducing oxygenation.  Active yeast are more likely to metabolize oxygen that’s introduced during dry hopping during active fermentation.  Since CO2 is not exiting beer as vigorously under pressure, wanted compounds, flavors and aromas are more likely to stay in your beer under pressure.
  3. Naturally and accurately carbonate beer right in the keg.
  4. An airlock replacement.  Keep the valve wide open for non-pressurized fermentations.  Only do this if you have plenty of head space.  This wouldn’t make a great blow off tube.
  5. Keg to keg transfers.  Use the Spunding Valve to allow excess gas to exit the receiving keg as you transfer under pressure.  Helps you achieve a slow, controlled and pressurized transfer.
  6. Fix over-carbonated beers.  Use the same general process as for carbonation (skipping the addition of fermentable sugar).  Use a carbonation chart to determine proper pressure for the temperature the keg is at.  The Spunding Valve allows excess pressure to vent until the new carbonation level is achieved.  You can agitate the keg to fix carbonation more quickly.
  7. Test for keg leaks.  Pressurize your keg to serving pressure.  Put the Spunding Valve on (with the pressure set well above your serving PSI) and note the reading.  The gauge should remain steady.  If pressure drops, you know you have a keg leak.  It’s worth noting that this checks the entire keg including gas body o-ring.  That spot is hard to check and other way as it’s only in function when the gas QD is on.  When the gas QD is on… it’s difficult to spray and check for bubbles underneath the gas QD.  Thanks to Scott Janish for this tip!
  8. As an airlock for long term aging of beers.  Airlocks can run dry over time.  A Spunding Valve will not.  Thanks to Twitter Follower [Connect with HBF on Twitter] @BionicBrewing for this tip!

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Half Off at Tapboards + Free Shipping – Tap Handles and Beer Menus

As of this post, Tapboards is discounting everything site wide by a whopping 50%.  That includes their lineup of whiteboard and chalkboard tap handles along with their plank chalkboard menu boards.  To sweeten the deal, shipping is also free to addresses in the contiguous US.  No coupon or promo code is required.  Discounted prices will be reflected on each product page.  Check Tapboards for up to the minute prices and availability.

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Reader Tip & Feedback: Yukon Growlers Stainless, Vacuum Insulated Growler – $26.99

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

YUKON GROWLERS Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Beer Growler or Water Bottle - Cold for 24 Hours or Hot for 12 Hours - 64 OZ

64 oz Yukon Growler.  Stainless steel, double wall, vacuum insulated.  Vacuum insulation helps keep your beer or other liquid cold for a long time and also, typically, eliminate sweating on the outside of the growler.  Made of high quality 304 stainless.

This model includes a government warning that some states require for refilling at a commercial brewery.  If you’re unsure what your state requires, double check that if it’s important to you.

Black rubberized coating works with chalk.  Lid features a silicone gasket to help keep carbonation in and prevent leaks.

3/1/17 6 AM Central: This highly rated growler is selling for $26.99. Shipping to most US addresses is also free with Prime Membership 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.

from Dan: “I recently purchased one and it is well made and keeps beer cold and carbonated for a long time. At $26.99 and free shipping with prime, it is a great deal.
This growler was recently reviewed in Craft Beer & Brewing magazine Notes: The matte-black finish and cord-attached lid of the Yukon growler gave it a unique look, and while we were nervous at first about the rough feel when tightening it, upon opening it we were excited by the exuberant carbonation. The growler and lid felt sturdy, and the ability to write on it with chalk adds a certain element of hipness for those who care about aesthetics as much as the beer itself.”

YUKON GROWLERS Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Beer Growler or Water Bottle – Cold for 24 Hours or Hot for 12 Hours – 64 OZ

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Growler Scrub Brush – $7.75 + Free Prime Ship

Scrub Growler Brush by True

Scrub Growler Brush by True.  Non-scratch brush head.  Dishwasher safe.

Use to assist in… cleaning your growlers

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Growler Filling Tips and Tricks

Place a clean growler in your kegerator with an ounce or two of Star San in the bottom.  After the growler is completely chilled, swish the Star San around to coat the inside and discard.  Now you have a sanitized, cold and wet growler that’s ready to fill.  The cold and wet part will help reduce foaming.  Turn down the pressure on your kegerator (maybe 3 or 4 PSI) and fill using a piece of tubing on your faucet that is long enough to reach the bottom of your growler.  Doing this will keep foaming to a minimum and decrease the introduction of oxygen.  Cap on foam and you’re done.  Related: Growler Fillers

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ITC-1000 Dual Stage Digital Temperature Controller – $16.99

Inkbird All-Purpose Digital Temperature Controller Fahrenheit &Centigrade Thermostat w Sensor 2 Relays

Inkbird ITC-1000 Dual Stage Digital Temp Controller by Inkbird.  110 V, Dual Stage – can control a heating and cooling device.  Alternatively, it can control a heating or a cooling device.  This controller displays in Fahrenheit or Celsius.  Alarm indicates sensor failure or high temperature.

Use to help control temperature of your kegerator, fermentation chamber or as part of your brew system.  Note that this is an unwired controller and will require some work to implement in your project.  See: ITC-1000 Step by Step Build for one possible configuration.  If you’re looking for a pre-wired temp controller, consider – ITC-308 – [Review].

2/28/17 7 PM Central: This is selling for $16.99. Shipping to most US addresses is also free with Prime Membership 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.

Inkbird All-Purpose Digital Temperature Controller Fahrenheit &Centigrade Thermostat w Sensor 2 Relays

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Inkbird Itc-308 Digital Temperature Controller Outlet Thermostat, 2-stage, 1000w, w/ SensorInkbird ITC-308 – Dual Stage Digital Temperature Controller

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