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Ball Lock Keg QD Jumper Post – Clean Draft Lines – $5.99

BALL LOCK KEG QD JUMPER POST FOR CLEANING

via Brew Hardware.  This custom fitting is designed to allow you to connect two ball lock QDs together for the purpose of cleaning your draft lines more quickly and easily.

About this fitting

from Brew Hardware: “Maybe this is a strange idea but that’s how we roll. This custom made fitting allows you to connect a liquid ball lock coupler/disconnect to both sides. It’s made so that the poppet is depressed to get full flow through both lines. Why?
If you’ve got a multiple faucet kegerator, you’re probably used to cleaning your lines one tap at a time. There are a lot of different ways to run cleaner through the lines whether it be pumping, or maybe even dispensing BLC or other cleaners through by pressurizing a spare keg. The BEST way to clean lines is to use a pump because cleaner in motion works better than static. Here’s how we do it. We use a chugger pump fed from a spare pot or cooler and the output of the pump goes into the first faucet (simply clamp the hose on to the nozzle). The serving line goes to this ball lock jumper fitting, then into the serving line of the next faucet. On the outside of this faucet you can either run it back into your cleaner reservoir or continue to daisy chain to as many faucets as you have. Please note that if you have the faucet style where the piston sticks out of the front of the faucet, you can’t do this because it will leak at that spot.

The beauty of this method is that you don’t have to take your disconnects off the lines or take them apart for cleaning. The cleaner goes through everything. You can also use it with only one QD attached which would then just hold the poppet open for you.

This item is JUST the doubled ended jumper post fitting with two included ORINGS as seen in the picture (may be red or black). We only show the ball lock QD in the second picture to show applicaton at a glance.”

 

HBF Reader [8 Ways to Connect with HBF] Josh Says: “I use two of these, along with my Mark II Keg Washer, and silicone tubing between my Perlick faucets, to make a loop through all three of my taps in order to recirculate BLC for a good 30 – 60 minutes. Works great!”

Availability of these is touch and go.  As of this posting, they’re in stock and marked down to $5.99  Shipping is a Flat $7.99 with a $150 order or free with a $299 order.  Check product page for current availability.

BALL LOCK KEG QD JUMPER POST FOR CLEANING

Draft Line Cleaning Pumps: Mark II Keg & Carboy Cleaner… As a Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump | Building A Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump

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Eva Dry E-500 Dehumidifier [Fix Kegerator Condensation] – $19.97 + free shipping

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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

11/10/18 7 PM Central: This has dropped to $19.97. That’s 70 cents shy of the best historical direct from Amazon price I found. 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 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


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Cereal Killer Grain Mill – $99.99 + 12 winter all grain kits that ship for free & Hands on Review

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.

Cereal Killer Grain Mill – from Austin Homebrew Supply

While you’re at it… AHS has a selection of all grain recipe kits that also ship for free.

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

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12″ x 12″ Interlocking NSF Certified Drying Mats – lots of uses – $5.20 + free add on shipping

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.

I purchased a number of these in 2015 and have since found them very handy.  I use them for drying brew day gear and glassware and also underneath my fermenter in my fermentation deep freeze to improve airflow and keep the fermenter out of any condensation that might show up).  I also use this in bottom of my kegerator.  More info on that here – Upgrade Your Kegerator – 6 Improvements

11/4/18 7 PM Central: These are selling for $5.20. 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 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

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


Also available in different colors and quantities – search san jamar interlocking bar bat on Amazon

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It’s Brewing Season, Stock Up… 50 lbs PBW – $173.39, $3.47/lb + free shipping

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50 lbs of PBW via CRAFT’R.  PBW is my cleaner of choice!

As of this posting CRAFT’R has this for $173.39.  That figures to just $3.47 per lb.  For some pricing clarity, MoreBeer has this on sale for $174.99, but… pricing is an additional calculated fee with MoreBeer’s offering.  The CRAFT’R offering is slightly less AND is ships for free to addresses in the lower 48 US states.  This is a bargain!  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

50 lbs PBW!

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Cereal Killer Grain Mill – $84.99 + 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.

Stacks With: As of this posting AIH is discounting nearly everything by 15% as part of a short Flash Sale.  No coupon code is necessary.  That sale makes this great mill just $84.99 and free shipping is still in play.

Cereal Killer Grain Mill

Update: This promo has expired or pricing, availability or description has changed – Check the supplier’s site or product page for current availability

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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

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The Barley Crusher Grain Mill – $91 with stacking deals! Save $45

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The Barley Crusher Grain Mill via Adventures in Homebrewing.  I’ve used the Barley Crusher for years and years.  I couldn’t find the order confirmation, but I got it sometime in 2010.  It’s a great mill.

Milling your own grain… 1.  Gives you control over the crush of your grain.  That’s a big factor in efficiency.  A mill allows you to fine tune for your equipment and process.  2.  A mill allows you to save money by buying whole bags of grain.  3.  Freshly milled grain = better tasting beer. and… 4.  Mad street cred… 🙂

About the Barley Crusher

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

The Original Barley Crusher MaltMill, the “Home Brewer’s Best Friend” has proven to be just that. A high quality grain mill constructed using materials that will last a lifetime, 1018 Cold Rolled Steel for the rollers, 6061 Aluminum for the mill body and hopper, tool steel for the axles with Oil Impregnated bronze bushings.

Base easily fits a 5 gallon bucket.

Precision machining with Quality Control and a LifeTime Warranty assures the homebrewer that this will be the only grain mill they will ever purchase!

Details:

  • Rollers are adjustable at both ends to keep the gap spacing parallel giving a uniform crush along the entire length of the rollers.
  • The gap default setting is marked and set at .039 at assembly. Adjustment range is from .015 to .070 thousands of an inch.
  • The rollers have a 12 TPI knurl to efficiently pull the grain through the rollers while leaving the hull intact to form an excellent filter bed for sparging.
  • Comes with a solid base with locators to center the Barley Crusher on a 5 gallon plastic pail. (Pail not included)
  • The standard hopper holds an even 7 pounds and the optional large hopper holds 15 pounds. Using a 3/8 drillmotor at 500 RPM gives you a crush rate of 6 pounds a minute making the big grain bills fast and easy.
  • The Barley Crusher is shipped fully assembled. There are no adapters needed to use a 3/8 drill motor.
  • The Barley Crusher is NOT designed for cracking/milling corn

 

As of this posting, this combo is marked down $30.49 to $106.50.  Check product page for current price, description and availability.

Stacks With: As of this posting AIH is discounting nearly everything by 15% as part of a short Flash Sale.  No coupon code is necessary.  That sale stacks and makes this mill just $90.53.

Barley Crusher Grain Mill 7LB Hopper

Update: This promo has expired or pricing, availability or description has changed – Check the supplier’s site or product page for current availability

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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

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Igloo 10 Gallon Cooler for Mash Tun or HLT – $42.15 + free shipping & Compatible Conversion Kit Review

Igloo 10 Gallon Seat Top Beverage Cooler

10 Gallon Seat Top Cooler by Igloo.  UltraTherm Insulation, Impact Resistant, Reinforced Handles, Stackable.  Flat Lid is pressure fit (not threaded).  Since the lid isn’t threaded, you can fit a temperature probe underneath [See: Hands On: ChefAlarm Thermometer].

I use this same cooler for my mash tun and it has worked great for me for years.  It holds temperature very well and it has held up like a champ.  It would also make a good HLT.

If you want to convert this to a mash tun…. considertn_img_0322-300x225 this conversion kit from Brew Hardware.  Check my Review

11/1/18 4 PM Central: This great cooler has dropped to $42.15.  That’s $3.08 shy of this best historical direct from Amazon price I found.  I had to go back well over a year (spring of 2016) to find a lower price.  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 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.

Igloo 10 Gallon Seat Top Beverage dispenser with spigot and Cup Dispenser

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Cereal Killer Grain Mill – $84.99 + FREE SHIPPING & Hands on Review

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 taking 15% off sitewide, with some exclusions.  This sale DOES stack with many items that are already on sale.  No coupon code is necessary discount will be reflected at checkout.  Check AHS for current availability.

Cereal Killer Grain Mill – from Austin Homebrew Supply

Update: This promo has expired or pricing, availability or description has changed – Check the supplier’s site or product page for current availability

Recent Deals!  Last Fifty Finds

While you’re at it… AHS has a selection of all grain recipe kits that also ship for free.

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

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4 x Bar Keepers Friend Cleanser & Polish 12 oz [Great for Stainless]

Bar Keepers Friend All-Purpose Cleaner & Polish 12 oz (Pack of 4)

Bar Keepers Friend All-Purpose Cleaner & Polish 12 oz (Pack of 4)


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

  • 4 of Bar Keepers Friend Cleanser and Polish, 12 oz. each can
  • Polishes and shines stainless steel and copper cookware and cooktops
  • Removes Rust and Hard Water Stains tarnish
  • Also for Tile, Brass, Marble, Porcelain, plastic and glass Cooktops
  • Non bleach formula, Non Abrasive Powder

Bar Keepers friend is my go-to for deep cleaning stainless kettles and such.  It works wonders.

Bar Keepers Friend All-Purpose Cleaner & Polish 12 oz (Pack of 4)


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