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Great Deal – More Beer: PBW Cleaner, 4 LB – $21.99, $5.50/lb

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

Cleaner – PBW (4 lbs) CL25B - $21.99 + Free Shipping with $59 Order

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.

Also Consider: All Sale and Clearance Items

Pinned: $35 Pin Lock · $100 Mill · $32 False Bottom · DME Container · MoreBeer Sale

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12″ Stainless Steel False Bottom – $37.07 Shipped

Stainless Steel False Bottom for Homebrew Pot: 12"

12″, Made of high quality stainless steel false bottom.  Use to convert a kettle or cooler into a mash tun for all grain brewing.

1/24/15 10:55 AM Central:  This is selling for $32.12.  Shipping is $4.95.  That makes it $37.07 shipped to your door.  Compare Here (+shipping).  Check the product page for up to the minute price and availablity.

Stainless Steel False Bottom for Homebrew Pot: 12″

Also Consider: Igloo 10 Gallon Seat Top Cooler

Pinned: $35 Pin Lock · $100 Mill · $32 False Bottom · DME Container · MoreBeer Sale

Ends Soon: 35% Off Beer and Wine Kits

All Grain Brewing Picks and ReviewsThe Brew Bag – Purpose Made BIAB - Review  Igloo 10 Gallon Seat Top Cooler  Stainless Steel Sparge Arm Assembly – $69.99 • Great Prices on Bags of Malt  Hand Made – Michigan Hard Maple Mash Paddle for… $18.99 • 60 LB Stackable, Airtight Container for Grain Storage • 24″ Stainless Brewer’s Whisk – Extract, All Grain and WhirlpoolingReview  Rubbermaid Commercial Products Gallon Pitcher - Review • March High Flow Pump • Electric BrewEasy Brewing System

 

Set of 2 Spiegelau Stout Glasses

Spiegelau Stout Glass

Two Spiegelau Stout Glasses.  Lead free crystal, 21 1/6 ounces and dishwasher safe.  Made by Spiegelau in partnership with Left Hand Brewing and Rogue Brewery.

Spiegelau Beer Classics Stout Glass, Set of 2

Also Consider: Lightning Deals

Pinned: $35 Pin Lock · $100 Mill · $32 False Bottom · DME Container · MoreBeer Sale

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Plug in AC Switch – $6.95 Shipped

GE 17954 Grounding Indoor Handy Switch, White

On Off Plug in AC Switch (model 17954) from GE.  Accepts both 2 wire polarized and 3 wire grounding plugs.  UL Listed.

By zooming into the packaging, I see… 15A, 120VAC, 1,800W Max

I picked up one of these, thinking it would be extremely handy for use with my Recirculating Draft Line Cleaner and my Keg and Carboy CleanerReview.  There may be some other spots where it would work well too.  Maybe your brewing pump?  Although I use this pedal foot switch for my pump.  Any who… I think this switch will be handy and save a lot of plugging and unplugging with I clean draft lines, kegs, carboys and the like,

1/23/15 2:55 PM Central:  This is selling for $6.95 + Free Shipping.  Check the product page for up to the minute price and availability.

GE 17954 Grounding Indoor Handy Switch, White

Also Consider: GE 52149 Handy Switch Grounded White

Pinned: $35 Pin Lock · $100 Mill · $32 False Bottom · DME Container · MoreBeer Sale

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Reader Tip: 50% Off Pro Series Probes! for ThermoWorks ChefAlarm + Review

Thanks to HBF Reader Andy for this tip!

CHEFALARM ® MODEL #TX-1100-XX (SELECT FROM 9 COLORS)

ThermoWorks ChefAlarm Thermometer and Timer Combo is a great Thermometer and Timer Combo.  It tracks highs and lows, has both high and low alarms and has a built in timer.  The easy to read screen also has a backlight feature.  Check out my Full Hands on Review for more info.

Enter Andy’s Tip: “I recently bought the ThermoWorks ChefAlarm, and regretted not getting the available needle probe in the same order since the needle probe is actually waterproof, which makes it great for the mash. The cost plus shipping made it a little more than I wanted to spend.  Now the probe is on sale for half-off, plus as an added bonus the low cost gets it into the $3 USPS shipping category, which brought my total to $11! Bought!”

To get the probe, scroll down and view the Probes tab on the linked ChefAlarm page.  Look for the Pro-Series Needle Probe Model: TX-1002X-NP.

ThermoWorks ChefAlarm - $59 – Pro Series Probe – $8

Related: Inventory Reduction Sale - Tip: ThermoWorks Available via Amazon

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Reader Tip: Snapware 4 Liter Airtight Container – $7.72, Best Price + Hands On Review

Thanks to Twitter Follower Christian for this tip!  Connect with HBF on Twitter - Here

Snapware MODS Medium Rectangle Storage Container 17 Cups

17 Cup Airtight Container from Snapware.  I have this container and use it as my primary DME storage container.  Check out my Hands on Review.  Holds about 5 lbs of grain or about 4.5 lbs of DME.

Part of the Snapware MODS Rectangles series.  100-Percent airtight and 100-percent water tight.  Easy to open and close latches that work together with the silicone seal to keep foods fresh and to prevent liquids from leaking.

1/22/15 4:45 PM Central: This has recently spiked as high as $12.68.  It’s down to $7.72.  That’s the best historical Amazon price I can find.  Ships free with Prime or a qualifying $35 order.  Check the product page for up to the minute price and availability.

Snapware MODS Medium Rectangle Storage Container 17 Cups

Also available in a two pack…
Snapware MODS Medium Rectangle Storage Container 17 Cups (Set Of 2)

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Update: Hands On – CDN DTQ450X Quick Read Thermometer – Includes Accuracy and Response Time Tests

The DTQ450X in boiling water

The DTQ450X from Component Design (CDN) is a quick read digital thermometer thermometer.  It is NSF listed, waterproof and comes with a 5 year warranty.

Features:

  • NSF approved for commercial applications
  • -40 to 450 deg F
  • 5 inch stainless stem
  • Quick read: 5 to 6 second read time.
  • Digital
  • Food Safe
  • Waterproof
  • Easy re-calibration
  • 5 year warranty

In the package

Bottom view

Battery Door

Completely submerged.  Note: The manual explicitly says not to do this.  Guess what?  I did it!  I completely submerged this thermometer for version 1 of this review sometime around November of 2012.  The thermometer has gotten plenty wet since then and is still performing like a champ.  I’m not suggesting that you completely submerge yours.  You should follow the manual’s instructions.  I am saying, mine has held up to this type of treatment.

Accuracy:

I’ve experienced different boiling temperature on different days using the same equipment and testing methods.  Boiling temperature is a moving target.  It is based on elevation and atmospheric conditions.  The day of this test, boiling point was a consistent 211.8 deg F as read by my highly accurate Thermapen.

The CDN DTQ450X reads 211.6 deg F.  It’s reading to .2 deg F low.  Well within it’s stated accuracy of +- 2 deg F.  Practically speaking, for our needs, this is right on.

Ice water is a more reliable reference point.  Here is the CDN DTQ450X head to head with the Thermapen.  As you can see, the Thermapen reads right at 32 deg F.  The CDN DTQ450X reads 32.9 deg F.  Again, well within it’s stated 2 deg F range.  This is a good result.  Not great, but good.  That fact that it is more accurate at the higher range bodes well for homebrewers.  We’re much closer to that end of the spectrum for most of the things we’re doing.

Response Times:

This video shows a response time test using the CDN DTQ450X.  I tried to do this with water that was around mash temperature.  I’m counting the start of the test as right when the metal basket hits the water.  The probe of the thermometer is submerged at 2.28 seconds into the video.  It levels out at 138.3 deg F at 5.7 seconds.  That’s a response time of… 3.42 seconds.  For .1 deg F resolution, that’s a great response time.  In fact, it’s 1.98 seconds faster than a similar test I completed on my review of ThermoWorks Thermapen.

The DTQ450X measuring grain temperature

Bottom Line:

I’ve used the CDN DTQ450X since October of 2012.  This same unit continues to look and function well.  This thermometer is one of our Top Finds and it’s also a key component of my Brew Day Box.  It displays very good accuracy and it has a very, very good response time.  If you’re looking for a thermometer for homebrewing and general use this is an excellent choice that I can recommend based on experience.

CDN DTQ450X ProAccurate Quick-Read Thermometer