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New from RiteBrew – Mangrove Jack’s Brewery Pouches

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RiteBrew has picked up Mangrove Jack’s Line of Brewery Pouch Beer Kits.  These are designed to produce 6 gallons of beer.  They also include yeast.  They are setup to add some additional DME.  RiteBrew has some recommendations on each product page.

Beer’s available include IPA, Roasted Stout, Session Ale, Bavarian Wheat, Chocolate Brown Ale, Pils, Golden Lager, London Bitter and American Pale Ale.  Kits are just $20.99.

Check out the Full Lineup

Also: Mangrove Jacks Cider KitsRiteBrew Original Kits – great selection and prices

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Also from RiteBrewRecipe Kits from… $14.29 · Omega Yeast – Vermont DIPA – Conan, Heady Topper & More · Universal Poppets… $2.39 · Vanilla Beans · Great Prices on CO2 Manifolds · 8 LBs of PBW – $5.30/lb · Great Prices on Bags of Malt · Fresh Wyeast Pre-Order · Bargain Bin

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Heretic Brewing Shallow Grave Porter Kits on Sale – All Grain and Extract – Limited Time

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For just a short time, MoreBeer is discounting Heretic Brewing Co’s Shallow Grave Porter recipe kits by $6 when you use promo code TOMBSTONE6.  This applies to both all grain and extract versions of the kit.

Shallow Grave is part of the Brewmaster Series of recipes.  These are actual recipes straight from brewers.  In that sense, they are not clones.  The recipe features rich chocolate and caramel flavors and uses Black Patent, Chocolate and Crystal Malts along with Cascade and Columbus Hops.

Check it out – Here – make sure and use code TOMBSTONE6

Free Shipping.  These kits also ship for free as part of MoreBeer’s Free Shipping Promo.  Grab your next recipe kit – See: BrewMaster SeriesBrewing Pliny, some gear, something that’s on sale or clearance and put together a $59 order to get free shipping.

Also Consider… All Sale and Clearance Items – Selection Changes Regularly

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Update: 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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3.3 lb Muntons LME – Wheat, Light, Maris Otter & More – from $8

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Bell’s Brewery Brewery General Store has 3.3 lb cans of Munton’s Liquid Malt Extract on sale starting at just $8.  Varieties include – wheat, light, dark, amber, extra light and Maris Otter

Check it out – Here

More from Bell’s: Sale Items · Hops – Great Prices and SelectionBell's Homebrew Supplies

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Great Deal: Brewer’s Best Robust Porter… $18

Robust Porter Homebrew Kit

via Bell’s Brewery General Store.  Brewer’s Best Robust Porter Recipe Kit… “A classic dark ale featuring chocolate and de-bittered black specialty grains. A nice, hoppy character is balanced well against this roasty, full-bodied beer.”

Features de-bittered black malt, Caramel 120L, Chocolate Malt along with Brewers Gold and Northern Brewer Hops.

We posted re: this kit back in June.  At that time it was on sale for $25.  It’s been marked down another $7 to $18.  The kicker is that there aren’t a ton available.  As of this post there are fewer than 10 in stock.

Brewer’s Best Robust Porter – $18

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Free Shipping on 12 Great Recipes for Fall

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Adventures in Homebrewing has updated their selection of 12 recipe kits that ship for free to feature recipes for fall.  Selections include Vanilla Porter, Tower of London Brown Ale, 80 Shilling Scottish Ale, Nor’easter Cranberryfest, Bell’s Cherry Stout Clone, Blueberry Stout and more.  These kits start at just $23, shipped to you door in the continental US.

Check it out – 12 Recipe Kits that Ship for Free

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Reader Tip: Reusable Fine Mesh Bags for Specialty Grains and Hops

Thanks to HBF Reader Pete for this tip!  There are 8 Ways to Connect with HBF

Premium Quality - Almond Milk Bag - XL - 13 " X 13 " - Smoothie Strainer - Food Strainer - Cold Brew Coffee Maker- Free Recipes Included - Reusable - Filter Bag - Strainer Fine Mesh - Professional Industry - Largest on Amazon - Zimtal

13″ by 13″ fine mesh bag.  Guaranteed for 1 year.  According to the description replacement bags are sent with free shipping.  75 micron professional food grade nylon.

Pete says [Also: Reader Feedback Tag]: “I typically brew extract and use these bags for both the steeping grains and also for hop adds.  They do fine in the boil and are really strong.”

8/23/15 1:32 PM Central: This are selling for $8.99 (55% off of list).  Shipping is free with Prime or a qualifying $35 order.  Check the product page for up to the minute price and availability.

Premium Quality – Almond Milk Bag – XL – 13 ” X 13 “

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