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Unboxing: Schott Zwiesel Tritan Crystal Glasses


I recently purchased a set of 6 Schott Zwiesel Tritan Crystal Glasses.

These crystal glasses are made using titanium instead of lead.  Check out the related video that describes a bit about this process.  

Features:

  • 6-each mondial collection stemware; for use with beer, water and beverages; 13.1 ounce capacity, 6.7 inches tall x 3 inches wide
  • Tritan crystal: non-lead material made of titanium and zirconium oxide; resists breakage, chipping and scratching; thermal shock resistant; patented
  • Mondial collection: the most basic line, designed for daily use; thicker stems, sturdy styling for durability; smaller size fits in all dishwashers
  • Dishwasher safe; do not force bowl tightly over rack prongs; when hand washing or drying, do not twist stem and bowl while holding the other tightly
  • Made in Germany
 The box
 
 Made in Germany. Das Glas der Profis.  These glasses are for professionals guys!
 
These are very nice glasses and they have a great, hefty/quality feel to them.

Schott Zwiesel Tritan Crystal Glass Stemware Mondial Collection All Purpose Water/Beer 13.2-Ounce, Set of 6 

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Hands On: 24″ Stainless Mash Tun Whisk

Facebook Friend 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 doughballs.  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.


Sticker collection update.


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.


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 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 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.  

HBF Reader Feedback:
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!

RickyI 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.

JaredAfter 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!

AaronI 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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STC-1000 Dual Stage Digital Temp Controller + Wiring Resources

Facebook Friend Brian has provided some of the details behind his STC-1000 project build, including a parts list, pictures and the video he used for reference.  Thanks Brian!

First, the controller…

Elitech 110V All-Purpose Temperature Controller + Sensor 2 Relay Output Thermostat Stc-1000

Additional Parts:

  • Radio Shack Project Box
  • Radio Shack two green LED’s 120v
  • Radio Shack two red LED’s 120v
  • Radio Shack 20-pack of various grommets
  • Lowes Decorator Faceplate
  • 2 Lowe’s Decorator black outlet
  • Wiring Nuts
  • Power Supply Cord from Lowes

Here’s a video that Brian suggested:

Some Pictures of the Completed Build:

The STC-1000 is an amazing value and offers a lot of flexibility.

Also… HBF Reader Zot has detailed his STC-1000 build… here.

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Reader Tip: 4 Quart Pitcher

Thanks to HBF Reader Scott for this tip.

There are several equipment purchases that I look back on and say… I’m really glad I got that, it’s made a big difference.  This pitcher, is one of those.  I went from a mish-mash of too small plastic pitchers, found around the house, that bent under the weight of wort, dripped and leached who knows what into my beer to two of these babies!  What a difference.


These sturdy pitchers hold a full gallon and are food safe at high temps.  The lip around the top minimizes drips.


I like these so much, they are on the Top Finds list!


From an HBF Reader:

“These are excellent. Something I never even thought I needed until I read your blog. Now I use it all the time.”

 

Thunder Group 4.0 Quart Liquid Aluminum Measure Cup

 

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Recent Amazon Finds:

7 Cu Ft Freezer + Digital Temp Controller – $226.98 Shipped

With two purchases of current deals you could put together a temp controlled freezer for use as a kegerator/keezer or a temp controlled fermentation chamber for $226.98 Shipped!


GE 7.0 cu. ft. Chest Freezer in White - $153 Shipped! Use promo code CMHD2012

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Update: 7 cubic foot GE freezer – $153 Shipped!

Update: This is actually $153 including shipping.  That makes this an amazing deal!

Thanks to HBF Reader Lucas for the tip on this.  Lucas adds the tip to use promo code BFHD2012 to get an additional $5 off.  Lucas notes that this is a very popular freezer for converting to a keezer.

This would make a nice kegerator or a fermentation chamber.

HBF Readers are saying that this will hold 4 ball locks on the floor and, with a collar, it will hold one on the compressor hump.

GE 7.0 cu. ft. Chest Freezer in White - $158 Shipped!

Use promo code BFHD2012 to get an additional $5 off

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Reader Tip: 7 Cubic ft GE Freezer – $153 Shipped!

Update: This is actually $153 including shipping.  That makes this an amazing deal!

Thanks to HBF Reader Lucas for the tip on this.  Lucas adds the tip to use promo code BFHD2012 to get an additional $5 off.  Lucas notes that this is a very popular freezer for converting to a keezer.

This would make a nice kegerator or a fermentation chamber.

HBF Readers are saying that this will hold 4 ball locks on the floor and, with a collar, it will hold one on the compressor hump.

GE 7.0 cu. ft. Chest Freezer in White - $158 Shipped!

Use promo code BFHD2012 to get an additional $5 off

Tips and Gear for Your Kegerator:

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