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32 Oz Star San…. $19.99 + free ship eligible & tips and tricks

Star San Acid Sanitizer.  32 oz size.  No rinse when mixed properly.  Container includes built in measure.

Star San is my sanitizer of choice.  It is effective, food safe and no-rinse.  It is also very cost effective if you use the spray bottle method.  See: Tip: Star San Tips, Tricks and Guidelines – Using Star San In a Spray Bottle – includes information on Star San’s shelf life.

As of this posting, CRAFT’R has the 32 ounce size Star San marked down to just $19.99.  That’s a bargain.  Shipping is also free to addresses in the lower 48 states with a $49 order.  Check out CRAFT’R’s Best Sellers to help you put together and order that qualifies for free shipping.  Price, promotions and availability can change quickly.  Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit the product page.  Check the product page for current price, description and availability

Star San (8 oz,16 oz ,32 oz)

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Gamma Seal Lids – Spin Off, Airtight Bucket Lids [Grain Storage] – $7.35 + free add on shipping

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Gamma Seal Lid by Gamma2


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

  • Keeps food fresh
  • Airtight seal protects the contents
  • Easy spin on/off lid

“Transform your bucket into an easy opening, airtight, pest-proof storage container with the universal Gamma Seal Lid. When attached to virtually any 12″ diameter bucket (3.5- to 7.0 gallon), the Gamma Seal Lid provides airtight protection for the contents—excellent for literally thousands of storage applications. The resilient elastomeric gaskets keep air and contaminants out, while protecting the contents. Stackability is also a handy feature! The Gamma Seal Lid is available in a variety of food-grade colors for safe storage.”


Gamma Seal Lids [Hands on Review] are a great upgrade to standard buckets.  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 off.  These are also airtight.  I use buckets with Gamma Seal Lids as my primary storage for bulk grain and recipe kits.

How much grain can you store in a 5 gallon bucket?  My rule of thumb for grain storage capacity is 5 lbs per gallon.  With that estimate a  50 lb sack of grain fits in (2) 5 gallon buckets.  That’s an estimate and will vary.

What are others saying?  Search this product’s Amazon reviews for “brewing”

1/19/19 1 AM Central: Pricing on this has been kind of wild lately.  As of this posting, it’s selling for $7.35.  That’s 10 cents shy of the best historical direct from Amazon price I found, notwithstanding Lighting Deals or coupons. Shipping is also free to many US addresses, with a qualifying order, as part of the Amazon’s Add On promotion. Prices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability. Also: Recent Amazon Finds and Amazon Fillers Resource Page

Gamma Seal Lid


Gamma Seal Lids are available in a variety of colors and quantity offerings – Search Gamma Seal Lids on Amazon

Also: Storage Options – Base Grain, Specialty Grain and DME | All Grain Tips & Gear

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Eva Dry E-500 Dehumidifier [Fix Kegerator Condensation] – $19.27 + free shipping, best price

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Like many homebrewers and craft beer lovers, I use a chest freezer for chilling and serving kegs. Eva Dry Kegerator Condensation The big downside I’ve experienced is with that is… condensation.  Not just beads of water on the sides, I had pooling water in the bottom.  Not a good thing.  This varies by how often I’m in it and the weather, but the fact is, a chest freezer just isn’t designed to deal with condensation like a refrigerator is.

Enter the Eva-Dry E-500.  The Eva-Dry E-500 contains desiccant beads  that absorb moisture.  As this material absorbs moisture it also changes color.  Dark blue means it’s dry and pink means it’s becoming saturated.  The great thing about the Eva-Dry E-500 is that the desiccant material is reusable.  The unit contains a built in heater that drives off built up moisture.  When it becomes saturated, plug it in overnight and it’s ready to go again the next day.  I also use on of these in my fermentation chamber.

See: Damp Kegerator? Fix Kegerator Condensation

1/17/19 8:30 PM Central: This has dropped to $19.27. That’s the best historical direct from Amazon price I found, notwithstanding Lighting Deals or coupons. Shipping is also free to many US addresses. Note: It’s been my experience that pricing on this can be volatile, along those lines…  Prices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

New and Improved Eva-dry E-500 Renewable Mini Dehumidifier


What are other people saying?  Search this product’s Amazon reviews for “kegerator”

Also: Kegerator Tips & Gear | Keg Repair Part #s | Recent Keg Finds

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Ends Tonight: Cereal Killer Grain Mill -AND- All Grain Recipe Kit -AND- Free $20 Gift Card -AND- Free Shipping

The Cereal Killer Grain Mill gets consistently great feedback and is one of our Top Finds.  This is a great mill!  Check out my Hands on Review.

Milling your own grain… 1.  Gives you control over the crush of your grain.  That’s a big factor in efficiency.  2.  A mill allows you to fine tune for your equipment and process.  You know what the crush is going to be since you set it.  3.  A mill allows you to save money by buying whole bags of grain at a discount, and 3.  The shelf life of unmilled grain is longer than pre-milled grain.  Freshly milled grain = better tasting beer.

As of this posting, this great mill is on sale for $99.99 and includes free shipping to addresses in the lower 48 US states.  Check AHS for up to the minute price and availability.

Stacks With: As of this posting, Austin Homebrew Supply is giving away a free $20 gift card with all purchases of $100 or more.  It also stacks with items that are already on sale.  No coupon code is necessary.  The promotional gift card will be automatically added to your cart when you place $100 of qualifying merchandise in your cart.  Check AHS for current availability.

Qualifying Without Breaking Free Shipping: The issue is that the Cereal Killer is 1 cent shy of qualifying.  If you add on a small filler item, you’ll break free shipping.  AHS offers a selection of All Grain Kits That Ship For Free to addresses in the contiguous 48 US states.  Those start at just $28.14  That means you can get an awesome mill + an all grain recipe kit + a free $20 gift card + free shipping.  Whammo!

Cereal Killer Grain Mill – from Austin Homebrew Supply

Also: All Grain Tips & Gear | 10 Gallon Mash Tun Conversion Kit [Review] | Cereal Killer Grain MIll |  Batch Sparge SpreadsheetBIAB Brew Day Spreadsheet | The Brew Bag – Purpose Made BIAB

Also: Check out Austin Homebrew Supplies Sale Items – Selection Changes Regularly

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Save 15% on Great Fermentations Top Selling Kit – Brain Eater Pale Ale – Zombie Dust Clone

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About Brain Eater, from Great Fermentations: “It’s the beer of the living dead! This Zombie Dust Clone is loaded with Citra hops that invigorate the senses and engage the palate. A very light first wort hop addition keeps the bitterness down, while hop-bursting the beer and aggressively dry hopping with Citra hops give it a very pronounced hop flavor and aroma. The bite of Citra is offset by crystal 60L and melanoidin malts, which contribute body, sweetness and character to the beer, A touch of carapils for body and foam stability is included as well, perfectly balancing this beer. Delicious and inviting, Brain Eater Pale Ale is sure to please your hopheaded friends. It is the perfect beer for the impending zombie apocalypse!”.

As of this posting, Great Fermentation’s Brain Eater Pale Ale Kit (the extract version) is their #1 best selling kit.

Brain Eater Pale Ale | 15% off at Great Fermentations

Save 15%!  As of this posting BEERKIT15, takes 15% off all beer kits at GF.  Check site for current availability.

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Cereal Killer Grain Mill -AND- All Grain Recipe Kit -AND- Free $20 Gift Card + Free Shipping

The Cereal Killer Grain Mill gets consistently great feedback and is one of our Top Finds.  This is a great mill!  Check out my Hands on Review.

Milling your own grain… 1.  Gives you control over the crush of your grain.  That’s a big factor in efficiency.  2.  A mill allows you to fine tune for your equipment and process.  You know what the crush is going to be since you set it.  3.  A mill allows you to save money by buying whole bags of grain at a discount, and 3.  The shelf life of unmilled grain is longer than pre-milled grain.  Freshly milled grain = better tasting beer.

As of this posting, this great mill is on sale for $99.99 and includes free shipping to addresses in the lower 48 US states.  Check AHS for up to the minute price and availability.

Stacks With: As of this posting, Austin Homebrew Supply is giving away a free $20 gift card with all purchases of $100 or more.  It also stacks with items that are already on sale.  No coupon code is necessary.  The promotional gift card will be automatically added to your cart when you place $100 of qualifying merchandise in your cart.  Check AHS for current availability.

Qualifying Without Breaking Free Shipping: The issue is that the Cereal Killer is 1 cent shy of qualifying.  If you add on a small filler item, you’ll break free shipping.  AHS offers a selection of All Grain Kits That Ship For Free to addresses in the contiguous 48 US states.  Those start at just $28.14  That means you can get an awesome mill + an all grain recipe kit + a free $20 gift card + free shipping.  Whammo!

Cereal Killer Grain Mill – from Austin Homebrew Supply

Also: All Grain Tips & Gear | 10 Gallon Mash Tun Conversion Kit [Review] | Cereal Killer Grain MIll |  Batch Sparge SpreadsheetBIAB Brew Day Spreadsheet | The Brew Bag – Purpose Made BIAB

Also: Check out Austin Homebrew Supplies Sale Items – Selection Changes Regularly

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Buy a Mark II Keg and Carboy Washer – Get a FREE $20 Gift Card + Hands on Review & Mods

Mark’s Keg and Carboy Washer via Austin Homebrew Supply


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

Mark’s Keg and Carboy Washer consists of a 1 gallon basin with a stand mounted in the center that can hold either a carboy or a Cornelius Keg. Positioned below the center of the stand is jet nozzle powered by a submersible 500 gallon per hour pump. The basin is also designed to accommodate brew pails and buckets. The basin is molded as one piece of high density polyethylene for strength and durability. The material of the basin is highly chemically resistant and essentially stain-proof.

Mark’s Keg and Carboy Washer includes 2 tube barbs used for cleaning hoses. There is also a T adapter supplied that fits between the output of the pump and the pipe for the jet nozzle. The T adapter can be used for connecting a hose to a quick-connect that can be attached to the output of a Cornelius Keg. This way, the tube inside the keg can be cleaned without disassembling it.


I have this and like it very much.  It’s one of my favorite pieces of brewing gear.  It’s saved me a lot of time and hassle.  Check out my Hands on Review – beyond the in depth review that includes some mods and hacks.

As of this posting, this is selling for $99.99.  Check product page for current price and availability. Price, promotions and availability can change quickly.  Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit the product page.  Check the product page for current price, description and availability

Stacks With: As of this posting, Austin Homebrew Supply is giving away a free $20 gift card with all purchases of $100 or more.  It also stacks with items that are already on sale.  No coupon code is necessary.  The promotional gift card will be automatically added to your cart when you place $100 of qualifying merchandise in your cart.  Check AHS for current availability.  Filler Item: This falls 1 cent short.  Add on this 6 cent filler item and you’ll qualify.

Mark’s Keg and Carboy Washer

Also: Check out Austin Homebrew Supplies Sale Items – Selection Changes Regularly

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290 Gallon Per Hour Submersible Pump – $19.95 + free shipping + Draft Line Cleaning Build

EcoPlus 290 GPH (1098 LPH, 17W) Submersible Water Pump w/ 6 ft Power Cord | Aquarium, Fish Tank, Fountain, Pond, Hydroponics

Eco 290 Submersible Pump by EcoPlus.  290 gallons per hour.  28 watt motor.


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

  • 264 Gallons per hour; 28 watt motor
  • Included fittings: .75″ Barbed x .75″ Threaded, two-.5″ Barbed x .75″ Threaded and Nozzle x 3.4″ Threaded
  • Suitable for installation on dry land for in-line use or submersibly into the water
  • Pre-wired 69 inch 120v power cord
  • Suitable for use in hydroponic systems, ponds,fresh and saltwater aquariums, fountains and filter systems

I use this pump in my Recirculating Draft Line Cleaimg_cln_img_0593-225x300ning Build.  You could also use this to put together a recirculating wort chiller.

What are others saying?  Search this product’s Amazon reviews for “keg”

1/9/19 1 AM Central: 1/8/19 11 PM Central: This is selling for $19.95. Shipping is also free to many US addresses. Prices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

EcoPlus 290 GPH (1098 LPH, 17W) Submersible Water Pump w/ 6 ft Power Cord | Aquarium, Fish Tank, Fountain, Pond, Hydroponics  – note: additional versions of this pump may be available on this product page, a different model may show up at this link


Related: Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Build

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Make sure the components you use are compatible and rated for your intended application.  Contact manufacturer with questions about suitability or a specific application.  Always read and follow manufacturer directions.

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[100] x ~12″ (300 mm) Sample Pipettes – $15.40, 15 Cents Each

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

Box of (100) 300 mm sample pipettes by Globe Scientific.  At 300 mm these are just shy of 12″ at 11.811″.  They have a capacity of 23 milliliters/CCs.

I have these and the length makes them long enough to take refractometer samples directly from the fermenter.  Of course, that’s going to depend on your fermenter.

1/6/19 9:30  AM Central: These highly rated pipettes are selling for $15.40.  Shipping is also free to many US addresses. Prices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

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


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Cereal Killer Grain Mill – $99.99 + Free Shipping & Hands On Review

The Cereal Killer Grain Mill from Adventures in Homebrewing gets consistently great cln_img_2933feedback and is one of our Top Finds.  This is a great mill!  Check out my Hands on Review.

Milling your own grain… 1.  Gives you control over the crush of your grain.  That’s a big factor in efficiency.  2.  A mill allows you to fine tune for your equipment and process.  You know what the crush is going to be since you set it.  3.  A mill allows you to save money by buying whole bags of grain at a discount, and 3.  The shelf life of unmilled grain is longer than pre-milled grain.  Freshly milled grain = better tasting beer.

As of this posting, this great mill is on sale for $99.99 and includes free shipping .  To US addresses in the lower 48 US states.  Check AIH for up to the minute price and availability.

Cereal Killer Grain Mill

HBF Reader Feedback…

  • Anonymous… Bought this a few weeks ago. Love it. Much better than a corona mill.
  • Google+ Friend Kieran… Just used our Cereal Killer for the first time last month on a clone brew recipe. This thing is lights-out! We did not spring for the optional handle, and instead used a power drill.
  • Google+ Friend Chris… Used mine tonight, great deal, great mill.
  • Paul Says… “I have this mill and love it.”
  • Twitter Follower Dan Say “I have this mill.  I love it.”

Also: All Grain Tips & Gear | 10 Gallon Mash Tun Conversion Kit [Review] | Cereal Killer Grain MIll |  Batch Sparge SpreadsheetBIAB Brew Day Spreadsheet | The Brew Bag – Purpose Made BIAB

Also: Check out AIH Sale Items – Selection Changes Regularly

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