Category Archives: Fermentation

Super Pro 0-60 PSI Pressure Gauge – $8.81 + Spunding Valve Build

tSuper Pro 80960BU Pool Spa Filter Water Pressure Gauge, 0-60 PSI, Bottom Mount, 1/4-Inch Pipe Thread

Super Pro 80960BU Pool Spa Filter Water Pressure Gauge, 0-60 PSI, Bottom Mount, 1/4-Inch zPipe Thread


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

  • 2″ DIAL FACE
  • 1/2″ NPT BRASS bottom Mount
  • Range: 0-60 PSI

I use a similar gauge (different manufacturer and model) in my Spunding Valve Build.   A Spunding Valve allows you to ferment under pressure, naturally and precisely carbonate in the keg, fix over-carbonated beers and more.  See: [Build a Spunding Valve].

5/25/18 2 PM Central: This is selling for $8.81. Shipping to most US addresses is also free with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying order. Price, shipping and availability can change quickly.  Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

Super Pro 80960BU Pool Spa Filter Water Pressure Gauge, 0-60 PSI, Bottom Mount, 1/4-Inch Pipe Thread


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Balcones Distilling Used 5 Gallon Whiskey Barrels for Homebrew – $95.69!

5 Gallon Used Whiskey Barrels from Balcones Distillery in Waco, Tx.

About, from AIH: “Take your next brew to the next level with this Used 5 Gallon Whiskey Barrel! Hailing from an award winning small batch distillery in Waco, TX, these oak barrels will add depth and complexity to your next batch. Comes with stand for easy storage.”

Use to barrel age your homebrew, or… create your own barrel aged whiskey by combining a neutral liquor with still spirits premium whiskey profile kit.

As of this posting, these aren’t marked as on sale but the current price of $109.99 is $30 less than they were back in April.  Availability of these barrels is touch and go. Check the product page for up to the minute price and availability.

Stacks With: As of this posting, AIH is discounting nearly everything by 13%.  No coupon code is necessary.  That sale makes these hard to find barrels $95.69.

Used 5 Gallon Whiskey Barrels

Also: Bourbon Vanilla Imperial Porter | Stouts and Porters | Bourbon Staves

Also: Check out AIH Sale Items – Selection Changes Regularly

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Brew Tapper Dual Scale Refractometer with ATC – $20.13 with Instant Coupon

Brew Tapper Dual Scale Refractometer with ATC | Brix & Specific Gravity | Best for Beer & WineDual Scale Refractometer. Brix (0-32%) and Specific Gravity (1.000-1.130).  Features ATC (automatic temperature compensation).  Includes Brew Tapper Refractometer, calibration screwdriver, 3ml pipette, instructions and a lens cleaning cloth.

For me, getting a refractometer was one of those upgrades that made a lot of difference.  With a refractometer you need a sample size of two drops.  I figured that this would pay for itself in beer savings alone.  I also had just broken my hydrometer and came to the realization that hydrometers are made of breakable glass that can break! 🙂

Refractometers can be used to measure gravity throughout the brewing process.  You can also estimate the alcohol content of your beer if you forget to take an OG with the use of a refractometer and a hydrometer.  Check out Sean Terrill’s excellent refractometer calculator.

5/24/18 10 PM Central: This highly rated refractometer is selling for $23.97.  Click on “Save an extra 16% when you apply this coupon” and the price drops to $20.13.  Shipping to most US addresses is also free with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying order. Price, shipping and availability can change quickly.  Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

Brew Tapper Dual Scale Refractometer with ATC | Brix & Specific Gravity | Best for Beer & Wine


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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2 Liter Erlenmeyer Flask [Yeast Starters] – $14.99

2,000 ml/2L Erlenmeyer Flask with Heavy Duty Rim by American Labs


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

  • 2000ml Narrow Mouth Erlenmeyer Flask, single scale, graduated
  • Height: 280mm, Outer diameter Neck: 50mm, Outer diameter Bulb: 166mm (approx)
  • High quality inert 3.3 borosilicate glass
  • Extra large marking spot – ASTM Specification E960, Type I requirements

5/25/18 11 AM Central: This is available again for just $14.99. Shipping to most US addresses is also free with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying order. Price, shipping and availability can change quickly.  Check the product page for current price, description and availability.  Also: Recent Amazon Finds and Amazon Fillers Resource Page

2000ml / 2L Narrow Mouth Erlenmeyer Flask with Heavy Duty Rim


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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7 Gallon Chapman Ported SteelTank Stainless Steel UniVessel – $123.24 + Free Shipping

7 Gallon Chapman Stainless Fermenter Boil Kettle Ported Homebrew Moonshine Beer

Chapman Brewing Equipment UniVessel™ Brew Tank.  Functions as a fermentor and a kettle

  • The most affordable stainless steel fermenter
  • Pressed gallon markings
  • Easy to clean
  • Perfect for 5 gallon batches with plenty of head space
  • Comes with a #10 rubber stopper and airlock
  • 12″ inner diameter, 16″ height
  • 14″ diameter at widest point and 20″ height (including ball valve and airlock)

Chapman Brewing… makes great fermenters!  Check out: Hands On Review: Chapman Brewing SteelTank Fermenter – that’s of the previous version of this fermenter.

As if this posting, this is eBay offering is selling for $144.99. Shipping is also free to select US addresses.  Canada and International shipping options are available.  Check the listing for up to the minute price, description and availability.

eBay Sale: eBay is discounting select sellers 15% when you use coupon code PMEMDAY with a minimum $50 purchase.  There is some fine print, but this discount combined with some of the great deals we’ve identified, has the makings of some outstanding deals.  The maximum discount is $50 and the coupon code can only be used one time per account.  You can add multiple items to your eBay cart and use the coupon on the combined purchase.  Full Details: 15% off at eBay.  Some participating sellers to consider: Lion Brewing SolutionsHullabaloo Brew and Hop Heaven.  That stacking sale makes this fermenter $123.24.

7 Gallon Chapman Stainless Fermenter Boil Kettle Ported Homebrew Moonshine Beer

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Control Devices Adjustable Pressure Relief Valve [0 to 100 PSI] – $10.44 + Building a Spunding Valve

Control Devices CR Series Brass Pressure Relief Valve, 0-100 psi Adjustable Pressure Range, 1/4" Male NPT

Brass Pressure Relief Valve, 0-100 psi Adjustable Pressure Range, 1/4″ Male NPT by Control Devices.

This valve is the heart of my Spunding Valve build.  It is essentially a manually adjustable pressure relief valve.  This one is adjustable from 0 to 100 PSI.  There is no homebrewing-related situation I’m aware of that would have you at 100 PSI.  Generally you’d be at or below 30 PSI.  As always, you’ll want to ensure that all components in your system (kegs, tubing, etc) are rated for your desired pressure.  Also, always read and follow manufacturer’s instructions and guidelines.

5/22/18 9 PM Central: This has dropped to $10.44.  That’s the lowest price I can recall going back at least a couple of years.  Shipping to most US addresses is also free with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying order. Price, shipping and availability can change quickly.  Check the product page for current price, description and availability.  Also: Recent Amazon Finds and Amazon Fillers Resource Page

Control Devices CR Series Brass Pressure Relief Valve, 0-100 psi Adjustable Pressure Range, 1/4″ Male NPT


See: Build a Spunding Valve for more information and additional configuration options

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(10) Packs of Safale US-05 – $25.77 – $2.58 Each + Free Shipping + 15% Off Sale

10 PK FRESH FERMENTIS SAFALE US-05 American Ale Home Beer Brewing Yeast Homebrew

(10) 11.5 gram packs of Safale US-05.  Safale US-05 is the Chico Ale Strain similar to Wyeast 1056 and White Labs WLP001.

As if this posting, this is eBay offering is selling for just $25.77.  Shipping is also free to select addresses.  Check the listing for up to the minute price, description and availability.

eBay Sale: eBay is discounting select sellers 15% when you use coupon code PMEMDAY with a minimum $50 purchase.  There is some fine print, but this discount combined with some of the great deals we’ve identified, has the makings of some outstanding deals.  The maximum discount is $50 and the coupon code can only be used one time per account.  You can add multiple items to your eBay cart and use the coupon on the combined purchase.  Full Details: 15% off at eBay.  Some participating sellers to consider: Lion Brewing SolutionsHullabaloo Brew and Hop Heaven.

10 PK FRESH FERMENTIS SAFALE US-05 American Ale Home Beer Brewing Yeast Homebrew

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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Make Your Own Stir Plate: 3D Printed Stir Plate Magnet Mounting-Thingy! + 10% Off at Shapeways

3D Printed Stir Plate

In my quest to build a stir plate using a computer cooling type fan, I found that the most difficult part of getting that to work well was mounting the magnets properly.  I settled on two magnets and in spite of several attempts I was unable to get an efficient (or even stable) mount for the magnets.  Magnet alignment is an important part of stir plate design.  Uneven or mis-spaced magnets mean easily thrown stir bars and poor performance.

I decided to design and print a 3D printed mounting aid to make magnet mounting easier and more precise.  I’ve since dubbed this the HBF Stir Plate Mounting-Thingy.  In my opinion, it turned out pretty amazing.

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Reader Tip: Milwaukee Instruments MA871 Digital Refractometer w/Padded Case – $135 + Free Shipping + Hands on Review

Thanks to Facebook Friend Michael [connect with HBF on Facebook] for this tip!41dcFnROE0L._SX425_

MA871 Digital Refractometer by Milwaukee Instruments.  Includes padded protective padded box.

Check out our Hands on Review of the MA871

For me, getting a refractometer was one of those upgrades that made a lot of difference.  With a refractometer you need a sample size of two drops.  I figured that this would pay for itself in beer savings alone.  I also had just broken my hydrometer and came to the realization that hydrometers are made of breakable glass that can break! 🙂

Refractometers can be used to measure gravity throughout the brewing process.  You can also estimate the alcohol content of your beer if you forget to take an OG with the use of a refractometer and a hydrometer.  Check out Sean Terrill’s excellent refractometer calculator.

5/16/18 1 PM Central: This combo is selling for $135. That’s an outstanding deal for a digital refractometer.  Shipping to most US addresses also is free. Price, shipping and availability can change quickly. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

Milwaukee Instruments MA871-BOX Digital Brix Sugar Refractometer for General Measurements with Protective Padded


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4 x 1 Gallon Glass Jugs and Caps [Small Fermenters, Growlers, Star San Storage] – back at $10.99 – OOS, but orderable

4 x 1 gallon glass jugs with 38 mm metal screw caps.

Possible homebrew uses… Large growler (double traditional size), store Star San [Related: tar San Tips, Tricks and Guidelines], use for yeast starters, use for small batch fermentation.

5/22/18 2 PM Central: These are selling for just $10.99.  For some pricing clarity 4 of these cost the same as 1.  This is 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 orderNote: These are currently out of stock but order-able.  Order now to reserve yours at this stellar price and Amazon will ship them as soon as they’re available.  Price, shipping and availability can change quickly.  Check the product page for current price, description and availability.  Also: Recent Amazon Finds and Amazon Fillers Resource Page

Home Brew Ohio MN-TF9E-S1RA-MP Glass Water Bottle, Includes 38 mm Metal Screw Cap, 1 gal Capacity (Pack of 4)

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