Category Archives: Fermentation

RSG-100ATC Dual Scale Refractometer w/ATC – $12.27 + $5.09 shipping

The RSG-100ATC refractometer reads in both Brix and Gravity.  It also features ATC – automatic temperature compensation.

Magnum Media DUAL SCALE 0-32% Brix and 1.000-1.130SG Wort Refractometer RSG-100ATC Beer Home Brew

RSG-100ATC Refractometer.  Dual Scale, Reads 0-32% Brix & 1.000-1.130 Wort Specific Gravity.  .2% Brix/.001 Specific Gravity Resolution.  Accuracy: +/-0.2% Brix and +/-0.001 Wort Specific Gravity.  ATC from 10-30’C (50-86’F).

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.

3/26/17 10 PM Central: This is selling for $12.27. Shipping is $5.09 to most US addresses. Price, shipping and availability can change quickly.  Check the product page for up to the minute price and availability.

Magnum Media DUAL SCALE 0-32% Brix and 1.000-1.130SG Wort Refractometer RSG-100ATC Beer Home Brew

Also Consider…

Long Pipette Sampler

300 mm/11.8″ long transfer pipettes.  I have these.  They work great for grabbing refractometer samples.  They are long enough to grab a refractometer sample from a 5 gallon batch in a Speidel 7.9 Gallon Fermenter.

Globe Scientific 139050 LDPE Extra Long Transfer Pipet, Non-Sterile, 300mm Length, 23.0mL Capacity (Box of 100)

10 Stick on Thermometers – $6.99

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Stick-on Digital Temperature Thermometer Strips.  10 Piece.   Degree Celsius and Fahrenheit. 5.12 x 0.71 inch.  Measures 64 deg F to 93 deg F.

3/26/17 5 PM Central: These are selling for just $6.99. 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 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.

SUKRAGRAHA Traditional Stick-on Digital Temperature Thermometer Strip Degree Celsius and Fahrenheit System Display 10 pc Black

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Extra 10% Off Food Safe Buckets and Gamma Seal Lids

Emergency Essentials Buckets and Gamma Seal Lids

Emergency Essentials has great prices and additional price drops on Food Safe Buckets and Gamma Seal Lids.  I own and use the 6 gallon buckets with Gamma Seals for my primary grain and kit storage.  See my Hands on Review

Food Safe Buckets and Gamma Seal Lids at Emergency Essentials.

As of this posting, Emergency Essentials is offering an additional 10% off site side (off already good prices).  Just go to the website and wait for a few moments and a page should pop up offering you an additional 10% off.  Note that you need to give them an email address to activate the offer.  After you’ve activated it, you will get a unique coupon code.  Visit Emergency Essentials for up to the minute availability.  Shipping to most US addresses is based on an relatively inexpensive tier model.

More About Gamma Seal Lids and Buckets
Gamma Seal Lids are a great upgrade.  You attach the base of the unit to the bucket and leave that intact.  The lid screws on and off easily.  No more prying lids.  These are also airtight.

From the description: “These buckets are different from what you will find at a hardware store. These are high quality, thick (90 mil) food grade plastic bucket, so there aren’t harmful chemicals that may affect your stored goods.”

My rule of thumb for grain storage is 5 lbs per gallon.  With that estimation two 5 gallon buckets would hold a full 50 lb bag and two 6 gallon buckets would hold a full 55 lb bag (plus a bit more).

These buckets are food grade so they could also be used as fermenters.  Just pick up an airlock grommet to add an airlock.  If you do that, I would go with the standard lid option, not the gamma seal option.

Reader Tip: [3 Pack] Safale US-05 – $8.72 + Free Prime Ship

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

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(3) Packs 11.5 g Each Safale US-05 Dry American Ale Yeast. Safale us-05 produces well balanced beers with low diacetyl and a very clean, crisp end palate. Sedimentation: low to medium. Final gravity: medium.

3/25/17 9:15 AM Central: This three pack is selling for just $8.72. 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 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.

Safale US-05 (3 ct.11.5 g Packs)

AlsoYeast Starters & Fermentation | StirStarter Stir Plate | Yeast: The Practical Guide to Beer Fermentation

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Great Prices on Dry Beer Yeast at William’s Brewing

6 Pack of PTFE Stir Bars – $13.49, $2.25 Each

SEOH Magnetic Stir Bar Plain PTFE 6 x 25mm Pack of 6

6 Pack of Magnetic Stir Bars by SEOH.  PTFE 6 x 25 mm (about an inch).

Use along with an Erlenmeyer Flask and Stir Plate to do Stir Plate Yeast Starters.

Why a Stir Plate? The constant motion of a stir plate integrates oxygen, puts yeast in constant contact with nutrients, relieves built up CO2 and generally helps yeast to grow more rapidly.  That also means smaller starters.

I have this stir bar and it works great.  DIY Stir PlateThe vortex to the right was created with the help of this stir bar.  See: The HBF Stir Plate Mounting-Thingy for more info.

3/24/17 3 PM Central; This 6 pack of highly rated stir bars is selling for just $13.49. 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 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.

SEOH Magnetic Stir Bar Plain PTFE 6 x 25mm Pack of 6

Also available in single and 10 packs…

AlsoYeast: The Practical Guide to Beer Fermentation · StirStarter Stir Plate · Yeast Starter & Fermentation

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StirStarter Stir Plate

Ends Today: Brewer’s Edge Fermentation Heater – $29.74

About: “The Brewer’s Edge Fermentation Space Heater is specially designed for use with the Keg King Dual Controller, Uni-Stat, Mash Heat Control (or other precision heating thermostat) to heat the inside of a refrigerator or other small (25 cubic foot or less) insulated area. This flexible 1/8” thick vinyl heater features an self-adhesive back, so it can be permanently mounted on an interior wall of a refrigerator, without taking up any usable space in the refrigerator. During the Summer, just leave it affixed to the refrigerator without plugging it in.

The Fermentation Space Heater draws only 25 watts of power, yet is powerful enough to keep a small enclosed insulated area (25 cubic feet or less) 20° warmer than the surrounding air. This means you can, with the heater plugged into the Controller II, precisely heat a closed refrigerator, freezer, or other small insulated area. Even if your refrigerator is in an unheated garage that gets down to 42°F. during the winter, you can still brew an ale that requires a 60° – 65° fermentation temperature. This heater is not an immersion heater, and is not intended to be installed on or under a fermenter. 8” by 12” in diameter, with a 6’ power cord.”

As of this posting, this is marked down to $29.74.  Price, shipping and availability can change quickly.  Check the product page for up to the minute price and availability.

William’s Brewing is also offering a free pair of branded, insulated stainless steel William’s Brewing Pint Glasses with orders over $125.   See: Free Pair Insulated Stainless Pints with William’s Brewing Order

BREWER’S EDGE® SPACE HEATER

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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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14 Gallon FastFerment Conicals are Available – choose from two offers

From FastBrewing:

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  4. Save $100s & harvest your yeast strains with the Collection Ball
  5. Spigot & Thermometer for 7.9G work for the 14G as well

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  • SS Hop Filter
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Check out the New 14 Gallon FastFerment Conical