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FoodSaver V2244 – $56.49 + Free Shipping on Gold Box Deals + Hands on Review

cln_img_1201FoodSaver V2244 sealing pellet hops.  See: Hands on Review

Model V2244 Vacuum Sealing System by FoodSaver.  Removable dishwasher safe drip tray, includes accessory port and hose, push button operation.  This is a great vacuum sealer.  Check out my Hands on Review.

Why would you want a FoodSaver for homebrewing?
Vacuum sealers are indispensable for storing hops.  You can save money by getting in on bulk [See: 5 Recent Hop Finds] hop buys.  Use your vacuum sealer to break these up and to preserve freshness.  You can also store specialty grains in vacuum bags or using the mason jar attachment.  Other uses include: storing base grains, partial dry yeast packs and storing and preserving other beer ingredients.

4/27/17 8:45 PM Central: This has dropped to $56.49 as an Amazon Gold Box Deal.  That matches the price it was offered at earlier this month as a deal of the day.  Shipping to most US addresses also is free. Price, shipping and availability can change quickly. Check the product page for up to the minute price and availability.

FoodSaver V2244 Advanced Design Vacuum Sealer

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50′ Premium Quality, NSF Certified Drinking Water Hose – now $16.96, Best Price

Camco 22853 5/8"ID x 50' Premium Drinking Water Hose

50′ Premium Quality Drinking Water Rated hose by Camco.  20% Thicker than standard drinking water hoses.  Drinking water safe, lead free, BPA free.  Leaves no strong plastic taste.  Durable, machined fittings.  UV stabilized.  Made with NSF certified hose.

img_purchdateI have this hose.  It’s a nice high quality hose.  Check out my first looks post

Update (lower price) 4/27/17 8 PM Central: This great hose has dropped to $16.96.  That’s the best historical direct from Amazon price I found. It’s actually less than the current price (as of this update) for the smaller 35′ version 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.

Camco 22853 5/8″ID x 50′ Premium Drinking Water Hose

Also ConsiderHands On: 5 Stage Reverse Osmosis Water Filter by Reverse Osmosis Revolution

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Free Shipping on Brew Bag BIAB Bags and Accessories

The Brew Bag BIAB

The Brew Bag is a Made in the USA, purpose designed BIAB bag.  It has four loops for lifting the bag out of your kettle, every seam is reinforced for long life and it is available in a number of sizes for kettles, keggles and coolers.  If they don’t carry the size you want, The Brew Bag will custom make it for you.

I use The Brew Bag myself and it works very well. Check out my Hands on Review.

Beyond BIAB cloth mash tun filters/Bags, Brew In a Bag carries a variety of related accessories including pulleys carabiners gloves, hop bags and more.

For a short time, promo code FREEFREIGHTHBF gets you free shipping (US addresses) when you spend $10 or more at brewinabag.com

Free Shipping at Brew In a Bag – remember coupon code FREEFREIGHTHBF

Check out  My BIAB Water Calculation Spreadsheet with narrative directions.  It makes figuring water temps and amounts easy,

from HBF Reader Jon: I have 2 of these bags and I can attest to the quality. They are second to none in a class by themselves really.

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20% Off Thermapen Mk4 [matches Black Friday Pricing] or Best Ever Pricing on Thermapen Classic

ThermoWorks has marked down their stellar Thermapen Mk4 (Mark 4) [First Looks] (in red only) by 20% to $79.20 as part of a short sale.  This sale matches their Black Friday Sale on the Mk4

The Thermapen Mk4 boasts lots of great features including – auto rotating display, left or right hand use, auto off with intelligent, motion sensing sleep and wake modes, intelligent backlight -standard, 3,000 hour battery life (now uses easy to find AAA batteries!), 2-3 second read times, accuracy to +- .7 deg F and… Waterproof! to IP66/67 standard and more.

Thermapen Mk4$99 $79.20 (red)

Also: Best Price Ever on Thermapen Classic

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Great Fermentations Most Popular Recipe – Zombie Dust Clone + Free pH Meter Offer

Great Fermentations “Brain Eater” Pale Ale (ExtractAll Grain) is modeled after 3 Floyds Zombie Dust.  It features Citra, Citra, Citra and more… Citra.  Most of those hops come at the end through hop-bursting and as dry hops.  In all Brain Eater uses nearly a half pound of Citra.  This makes an awesome beer – See: Brewing Great Fermentation’s Brain Eater Pale Ale

About, from GF: “HOPS! That’s what you get with Brain Eater, modeled after the famous Zombie Dust beer by 3 Floyds. Hop-bursting with Citra hops at the end of the boil and a big dry hop addition bring out all the flavor of the hops without a ton of bitterness. The perfect beer for the impending zombie apocalypse!”

As of this posting, this is Great Fermentations best selling beer kit, both in the extract and all grain kit categories.  That’s subject to change.

Brain Eater Extract Kit | Brain Eater All-Grain Kit

For a limited time, Great Fermentations is giving away a free pH meter when you spend $100 or more on qualifying merchandise.  See: FREE pH Meter with $100 Purchase

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Craft Beer for the Homebrewer: Recipes from America’s Top Brewmasters – $7.94 + Free Shipping

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Craft Beer for the Homebrewer: Recipes from America’s Top Brewmasters by Michael Agnew contains homebrew (both all grain and extract) recipes for a number of craft beers directly from the brewmasters themselves.

Includes Homebrew Recipes for...
 8-Bit, Tallgrass Brewing Company,  Capt’n Crompton’s Pale Ale, Epic Brewing,  Elevated IPA, La Cumbre Brewing Company, Furious, Surly Brewing Company, Hop Stoopid, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Maharaja, Avery Brewing Company, Spiral Jetty, Epic Brewing, Thrust!, Red Eye Brewing Company, Watershed IPA, Oakshire Brewing, Buffalo Sweat, Tallgrass Brewing Company, Malpais Stout, La Cumbre Brewing Company, Smoke, Surly Brewing Company, Snowstorm 2009 Baltic Porter, August Schell Brewing Company, Bittersweet Lenny’s R.I.P.A., Shmaltz Brewing, Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Rugbrod, The Bruery, Wiley’s Rye Ale, Stone Cellar Brewpub, Allagash Black, Allagash Brewing Company, Allagash Curieux, Allagash Brewing Company, Matacabras, Dave’s BrewFarm,  Funkwerks Saison, Funkwerks, Salvation, Avery Brewing Company, Scarlet 7, Red Eye Brewing Company, Saison Rue, The Bruery, 90 Shilling Ale, Odell Brewing Company, Dead Guy Ale, Rogue Ales, El Lector, Cigar City Brewing, Hazelnut Brown Nectar, Rogue Ales, Hellion, TRVE Brewing Ill-Tempered Gnome, Oakshire Brewing, Imperial Red Ale, Marble Brewery, Kölsch 151, Blue Mountain Brewery, Levitation, Stone Brewing Company, Nugget Nectar, Tröegs Brewing Company, Xenu, Cigar City Brewing, Select, Dave’s BrewFarm, Coney Island Mermaid Pilsner, Shmaltz Brewing, Schell’s Pils, August Schell Brewing Company

 

Tallgrass Brewing Company tweeting about the recipe for 8 Bit Pale Ale.  8 Bit Pale Ale is one of my favorites!

4/27/17 10 AM Central: This great book is selling for $7.94. Shipping to most US addresses also is free. Price, shipping and availability can change quickly. Check the product page for up to the minute price and availability.

Craft Beer for the Homebrewer: Recipes from America’s Top Brewmasters Paperback

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12″ x 12″ Interlocking Drying Mats – $4.83

San Jamar VM5280 Versa-Mat Interlocking Bar Mat, 12" Length x 12" Width, Clear

12″ by 12″ interlocking bar mat by San Jamar.  These interlocking mats are versatile.  Multiple mats can be joined for larger areas and they are flexible and easy to cut to shape.  Allows for airflow under glassware.  NSF certified.

Use to aid with drying of beer glasses and homebrew gear.  Also in your kegerator or fermentation chamber to aid with airflow and circulation.

img_purchdateI purchased a number of these in August and have since found them very handy.  I’ve used them for drying brew day gear and underneath my fermenter in my fermentation deep freeze (to help keep it out of any condensation that might show up).

HBF Reader Brian Says: “These are great. I lined the bottom of my new keezer with these mats. They were pretty easy to cut-to-fit with wire cutters. Saved me a mess already by keeping the kegs out of spilled beer while I figured out shanks, lines, fixed leaks and such. I pulled everything, pulled the mats and sent a child in to clean the bottom of the keezer.”

4/26/17 7:30 AM Central: These are selling for just $4.83. That’s the best historical direct from Amazon price I found. Shipping to most US addresses is also free, with a qualifying order, as part of the Amazon’s Add On promotion. 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.

San Jamar VM5280 Versa-Mat Interlocking Bar Mat, 12″ Length x 12″ Width, Clear

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