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Taylor 9842 Commercial NSF Listed Waterproof Thermometer… $9.38 with Instant Coupon

Taylor 9842 Commercial Digital Thermometer by Taylor Precision.  Waterproof.  Easy Read 4 digit LCD display.  5″ stem.  Includes antibacterial storage sleeve.  Reads -40 to 450 deg F.  NSF listed.  Includes 1 yr warranty.

img_purchasedateI’ve owned this thermometer since March of 2010.  This has regularly gotten soaked and sometimes accidentally submersed.  As of June 2015 that original unit is still working great.

6/30/15 4:17 PM Central: This is selling for $11.03.  A 15% Off instant coupon brings it down to… $9.38.  That beats the lowest Amazon price I found $9.60 (back in January of 2010) by 22 cents.  Make sure and click the “Clip Coupon & Save” Button.  The discount should show up during checkout.  Shipping is free with Prime or a qualifying $35 order.  Check the product page for up to the minute price and availability.

Taylor Commercial Waterproof Digital Thermometer

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20% Off Eco Vessel Stainless Growler with Hop Infusion Basket + First Looks

Eco Vessel Beer Growler

Eco Vessel Sale – 20% Off

Eco Vessel is discounting non sale items by 20% when you use coupon FREEDOM.  That works on their 64 oz triple insulated stainless growler

64 Oz Insulated Stainless Steel Growler with Dual Open Cap and an included Infusion Basket.  The dual open cap has a large mouth opening for filling and emptying and a smaller opening for drinking.

The stainless steel infusion basket is designed to infuse fruit, tea andBOSS Triple Insulated Stainless Steel Growler Bottle with Dual Opening Cap - 64 oz herbs.  I think this feature has some great potential for homebrewers and craft beer lovers.  “Randalize” with hops and more and easily try variations to your beer.

Features: TriMax Triple Insulation, Keeps cold for up to 36 hours, keeps hot for up to 8, made from 18/8 stainless, dual use leak proof top, infuser for fruit, tea, herbs… and hops!, carrying strap.  64 ounces/1.9 liters.

I have this growler… check out my First Looks Post

BOSS Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Growler Bottle With Dual Opening Cap – 64 Oz$54.95 $43.96 + Free Shipping – Remember to use promo code FREEDOM

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Great Deal: Universal Poppets – $2.19 + Tip

843332 - Universal Poppet

Universal Poppets from RiteBrew

RiteBrew has Universal poppets for $2,19 each.  This is the best price I’m aware of for universal poppets.  Use to replace leaky gas and liquid poppets.  I use universal poppets exclusively when rebuilding kegs.

Tip: These fit the vast majority of kegs without issue.  I have had a couple kegs that ended up being a bit too tight with these.  It’s an easy fix.  Use a pair of wire cutters or Nipper Pliers to trim the universal poppet.  I suggest taking off about half of a coil and testing.  You want the QD to slide on easily and for it to reliably hold pressure when the QD is off.  Taking off a half of a coil and testing helps you make sure you don’t end up making the poppet too loose.

Check out Recent RiteBrew Finds along with the “picks” section below for more great deals from RiteBrew.

843332 – Universal Poppet – $2.19

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Ends Tonight: Save On Pliny The Elder Ingredient Kits!

Homebrew Pliny

Pliny – Best Beer in America – 7 Years in a Row – Pliny Recipe Kits at MoreBeer

from MoreBeer: “Pliny the Elder has done it once again! The American Homebrewer’s Association conducts a vote every year to their readers and subscribers asking them to share a list of their 20 favorite beers that are commercially available in the United States. For the 7th year running, Russian River Brewing Company’s Pliny the Elder received the most votes!”

To celebrate MoreBeer is taking $7 off Pliny the Elder Ingredient Kits.  Includes both All Grain and Extract Kits.

Check them out – Hereuse promo code PLINY7 to get the deal

Congratulations to Vinnie and everybody over at the Russian River Brewing Company!

Update: The milled version of this kit has sold out.  Extract and unmilled all grain kits are still available.  If you don’t already have one, now is a great time to get a mill.  Check out the Cereal Killer on sale + free shipping.

More about MoreBeer’s Pliny Recipe Kits…

MoreBeer has collaborated directly with Vinnie Cilurzo, owner and brewer at Russian River Brewing Company, to bring you recipe kits for Pliny the Elder double IPA as part of their BrewMaster Series of recipe kits.  From the description “This is THE original Pliny recipe”.  I’ve brewed the all grain version of this beer and it has been one of the best beers to come out of my home brewery.  See: Brewing Pliny

  • Estimated Original Gravity:1.070-74
  • SRM (Color Range): 10
  • IBU’s: 198-202 (this is a theoretical number, you will actually get around 100 IBU)
  • Estimated Alcohol Percentage: 8%

See: Pliny the Elder Recipe Kits and Brewing Pliny

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Keg and Carboy Cleaner – $84.99 Shipped + Hands on Review & $7 Off Pliny

Mark’s Keg & Carboy Washer is designed to clean and sanitize a good bit of your homebrewing gear.  It cleans and sanitizes… Kegs (including liquid post and dip tube), Carboys, Fermenters (including Speidels), tubing, parts and more.  It’s light and easy to store, most everything nests to together in the base.  Includes a 520 gallon per hour pump.  I have this and like it very much.  Check out my Hands on Review.

Product Description – Here  Use coupon code BEERDEAL to get this discount.

Keg & Carboy Washer KEG300 – $99 $84.99 + Free Shipping

Availability: This is a More Beer Deal of the Day.  Quantities are limited. Check the Deal of the Day section – Here – to see if this is still available.

Bundles With: $7 Off Pliny Kits!  All Grain and Extract – MoreBeer’s cart accepts multiple discount codes BEERDEAL and PLINY7 work together

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XYZprinting Da Vinci 3D Printer – Tap Handles, Stir Plates and More + 3D Printing Tips – $349.99 Shipped

XYZprinting Da Vinci 1.0 3D Printer, Grey

I’ve had my XYZpringing Da Vinci 1 3D Printer since the end of 2014.  I’ve used it for a lot of projects including several homebrewing related prints.  A few of those… Pub Style Tap Handle6 ml Measuring Cup for Star SanMagnet Mounting Thingy – more projects are on the way including a completed 5L Capable Stir Plate using the Magnet Mounting Thingy + This Fan and 1/2″ x 1/8″ Neodymium Rare Earth Magnets.  It’s relatively easy to design your own prints and pre-designed STL files abound on sites like thingiverse.

If you have a homebrewing or craft beer related 3D design and want to share it… let me know.

The Da Vinci 1,0 is 2014 CES Editors’ Choice Award Winner – Most Affordable 3D Printer.  It has a large 475 cubic inch build volume (7.8″ x 7.8″ x 7.8″).  It includes ABS filament.  User Manual, Printer Cleaning Guide and Load Filament Guide are all available as PDF files under the Product Information section.

XYZPrinting DaVinci 1 Purchase DateI’ve been very happy with this printer.  Check out a few tips below.

6/29/15 10 PM Central: This has recently sold for between $499.99 and $449.99.  It has dropped to $349.99.  That’s $50 less than I paid and it’s the best historical Amazon price I found.  Shipping is also free.  Check the product page for up to the minute price and availability.

XYZprinting Da Vinci 1.0 3D Printer

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DIY Stir Plate3D Magnet Mount in Action

Some Da Vinci 1 Tips  –

  • I clean the printer bed with a cloth and warm water first (as suggested in the directions) but then go a step further by completing a final cleaning with rubbing alcohol.  I picked this up from Make Magazine.  It doesn’t take much.  Several drops along with a paper towel or clean cloth do the trick.  This cleans off any residual oil and helps the model stick to the platform.
  • The printer includes a glue stick for helping to affix prints to the bed.  These are just standard UHU Glue Sticks.  I’ve found a thin even coat of glue works the best.
  • A properly calibrated and leveled bed is a big part of getting a quality print.  If your first layer is getting spread out, your bed is too high.  If edges are lifting up, your bed is too low.  I’ve found the built in calibration routine on this printer to be difficult and time consuming.  I started using Gap Feeler Gauge to do a manual calibration.  Note that this is not the factory recommended method for calibration.  I picked up this set of feeler gauges to do this.  I use the .2 mm gauge.  It’s a quick and simple process.  I start one of the demo prints and wait for the printer to warm up and print the purge line on the right hand side of the bed.  As the print head moves toward the middle of the bed to start the demo item, I unplug the printer.  The printer head and bed are hot so be careful and cautious if you decide to do this.  I move the head above each of the adjustment screws and adjust until the .2 mm gap tool just starts to drag on the head.  Complete 3 times at each point and then go back around to double check and fine tune.  This process takes just a few minutes.  Again… this is not the factory recommended solution.  If you do it, do so at your own risk and be careful – the print head and bed are hot.  Also… I did not develop this technique.  I found it on a forum.  It seems to be pretty widely mentioned.  I think the factory solution could also produce good results.  I just didn’t put a lot of time into getting good at it.

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PicoBrew Zymatic Electric Brew System – Free Shipping + $50 Gift Certificate & 5% Back

The PicoBrew Zymatic is an electric automated brew house.  Plug in your recipe and it takes care of the mash, hop additions and the boil.  Control and monitor your brew via wifi or ethernet via PicoBrew’s website.  When you’re done, toss the grain and hops containers into the dishwasher.

The Zymatic also offers… repeatability.  Ever brew a beer that you loved only to fall short the next time?  Plug in the brew day and repeat the same beer every time with the Zymatic.

Adventures in Homebrewing are offering free shipping on the Picobrew in addition to a $50 Gift Certificate good towards beer ingredients and all grain recipe kits.  This is the best deal I’m aware of for the Zymatic and it marks the first time I’ve seen any promotion.  You’ll also get the equivalent of 5% back via AIH’s Rewards Program.

PicoBrew Zymatic (Keg Included) – $1999.99 + $50 Gift Card, Free Shipping and 5% Back

About the PicoBrew Zymatic:

The PicoBrew Zymatic is the first fully automatic, all grain beer brewing appliance. The PicoBrew system comes with software that offers you 100+ recipes and connects you to the PicoBrew community so you can share your favorite recipes. The software will also allow you to create and save your favorite recipes. Just load up your ingredients in the PicoBrew fill your keg with your brewing water and with a push of a button the PicoBrew takes care of everything else. With the ease of use you will be able to repeat a beer recipe with consistent results.

This Picobrew system comes with a keg that has been modified to ensure easy and clean fermenting.

Perks of the PicoBrew System:

  • Brews a 2.5 gallon batch in about 4 hours
  • Recipe library with over 40 award-winning recipes (New recipes are being added to the library everyday)
  • Predictive Recipe Crafter tool for custom recipe creation
  • Connects to PicoBrew.com service via WiFi or Ethernet
  • Supports all-grain and mini-mash brewing
  • Brews up to 1.090 gravity beers without adjuncts
  • Supports 4 different timed hops additions

Technical Specs:

  • Dimensions (WxDxH): 20.5″x14.5″x17″
  • Weight: 50 lbs
  • 9lb capacity grain compartment
  • 4 hop cages with capacity of 1.5oz each
  • 802.11 b/g WiFi + Ethernet
  • Web-browser based PicoBrew.com software
  • Arduino-based firmware environment
  • USB connection to PC required for firmware updates
  • 1500W heating element
  • Power connection: 120V/15amp
  • Comes with a 1 year manufacturer limited warranty.

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