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Back in Stock: StirStarter Stir Plate – $39.99

This came back in stock earlier today…

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I’ve used the StirStarter for years and it has worked very well for me.  I can wholeheartedly recommend it to you.  RiteBrew’s offering is the lowest price I’m aware of.

841256 StirStarter Stir Plate - $39.99

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Three Sales at ThermoWorks – Thermapen, TimeStick Trio and Something Else

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#1 – ThermoWorks is discounting the “British Racing Green” Color of their nearly universally lauded Thermapen Thermometer by $17 to $79.  That matches the lowest brand new price that we’ve seen on Thermapens.

I have a Thermapen and Love it.  Check out my Hands on Review

Check it out – Here

#2 They are also throwing in a free Magnetic Meat Temperature Guide (a $5.95 value) with any order over $49.  So, buy a Thermapen at a discount and get this free guide.  It’s not homebrew or craft beer related, but hey, who said free Magnetic Meat Temperature Guide?  I’m in.

#3 Finally, Thermoworks is discounting their new TimeStick Trio – 3 Way Timer.  This marks the first time I’ve seen that on sale.  It’s marked down $9 to $26.  Check out my Hands on Review of this great timer.

TimeStick Trio$35 $26

No promo code or coupon is required.  You should see these discounts reflected on each product page if they are still available.

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British Racing Green Thermapens on Closeout

Thermapen Sale

ThermoWorks is discounting the “British Racing Green” Color of their nearly universally lauded Thermapen Thermometer by $17 to $79.  That matches the lowest brand new price that we’ve seen on Thermapens.

I have a Thermapen and Love it.  Check out my Hands on Review

Check it out – Here

They are also throwing in a free Magnetic Meat Temperature Guide (a $5.95 value) with any order over $49.  So, buy a Thermapen at a discount and get this free guide.

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Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Build

My recirculating draft line cleaning setup (in use since February of 2012) utilizes a few fittings that I sourced from Midwest Supplies.  Since Midwest is doing a free shipping promo today, I thought now would be a good time to re-publish details of this build.

Recirculating Kegerator Draft Line Cleaning Pump

The directions on most line cleaners call for recirculating the cleaner for some period of time.  Most cleaning kits that are out there include a hand pump operating one of these for 15 to 30 minutes, for each faucet, doesn’t sound fun.

To really clean your draft lines, you need to keep solution flowing for a length of time, not just fill and wait.  Initially I tried to clean my system by pushing line cleaner out of a keg.  This was a waste of CO2.  I also found it tough to keep solution running slowly enough to get enough contact time.  It’s easy to quickly push a cleaning or sanitizing solution through your system under CO2 pressure, but I found it to be a pain to try to do so slowly.  This also requires quite a bit of cleaning solution versus a recirculating pump.

I decided to put together a recirculating draft line cleaning pump setup.

First I needed a pump.  I have a utility pump that I use for various tasks around brewery.  I decided that that pump was too powerful.  I didn’t want to deal with foaming issues that I thought may be caused by the high flow this pump would produce.  I wanted something with less power that could slowly circulate liquid through draft lines.

After looking around, I settled on the EcoPlus-132 Submersible Pump.

EcoPlus Submersible Pump - 132 gph - 4.3 ft. max - 9W - 3/8 in. ID

It’s variable speed, submersible and it has a number of included barb sizes including a 3/8″.

EcoPlus Submersible Pump – 132 gph – 4.3 ft. max – 9W – 3/8 in. ID

Note that the current picture shows a slightly different pump from the one I have.  My guess is that that this is a stock image issue and that the current pump looks just like my pump.  Either way it doesn’t really matter as long as it functions the same way and has the same specs.

I picked up the rest of the fittings from Midwest Supplies.

Liquid Post
Standard liquid post to attach the pump to your draft line quick disconnects.  You may already have an extra one of these around.

Cornelius Plug Adapter – 1/4″ MPT
The liquid post screws into this.

3/8″ Barbed to 1/4″ FPT Elbow
Put some teflon tape on the MPT side of the Cornelius plug adapter and attach this FPT elbow to it.  Note: The design has changed on this just slightly since I put mine together.  Just a slightly different look.

This basically gives you a Corny keg quick disconnect post to 3/8″ barb converter.

Now you’ll attach a length of 3/8″ ID tubing to this followed by the included 3/8″ pump adapter.  As far as sizing the length of 3/8″, use enough tubing to allow your draft lines to reach the bottom of a bucket you will use for reservoir liquid.

Assembled

The only thing that’s left is routing the faucet discharge back to the recirculation bucket. I’ve found 1/2″ ID Silicone tubing works great for this. The size is perfect and the silicone is stretchy enough to easily fit on the faucet. It is a bit pricey, but you really only need a few feet of it, just enough to get from the faucet down to the reservoir bucket. I’m guessing any 1/2″ ID tubing would also work for this, but I can’t attest to it from experience.

This design cleans your whole draft system:
This design cleans the faucet, the shank, the quick disconnect and the tubing.  Some designs that I’ve seen have you removing the beer nut and placing the hand pump apparatus directly on the shank.  That’s some work disassembling and reassembling and it also skips the line and quick disconnect.

BLC solution after cleaning all of my faucets.  Umm… they needed cleaned I guess.  I recirculated for 15 to 20 minutes per faucet.

 Recirculating rinse water

Recirculating Star San

Pump and connection assembly

Flow Rate:
As I stated I wanted a slow, steady flow of solution.  Here’s a video illustrating what kind of flow I’m getting with 7′ of draft line.  The 132 gallon per hour pump is working great for me.

If you want a higher flow rate, I suggest moving up to next largest pump in this line.

EcoPlus 185 Submersible Pump, 185 GPH

According to the specs on that pump, that pump also has an included 3/8″ barb.

Also consider picking up some Beer Line Cleaner (BLC)….

BLC Line Cleaner

BLC Beer Line Cleaner 32 OZ – $10.99

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Possible v2 Build…

Free shipping Stainless steel Carbonation Cap w/ 5/16" Barb, Ball Lock Type, fit soft drink PET bottles, Homebrew Kegging

I have sourced on of these to be used to replace all of the fittings on the ball lock side.  I have that but have yet to try it in place of the fittings outlined in this post.  Note that this ships directly from Asia, so it takes a while to arrive.

 

Free shipping Stainless steel Carbonation Cap w/ 5/16″ Barb, Ball Lock Type, fit soft drink PET bottles, Homebrew Kegging – $12.80 + Free Shipping

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4 Hole Taster Paddle – $6.39 + Hands on Review

871452 - Sampler Paddle - 4 hole

via RiteBrew.  4 Hole Finished Beer Sampler Paddle for… $6.39. Fits Barbary sampler glasses (871446).  Hole diameter 1-7/8″. Hole spacing 2-3/8″ on center.

I own this paddle and it’s great.  Check out my Hands on Review

871452 – Sampler Paddle – 4 hole – $6.39

A 6 Hole Sampler Paddle is also available at just $5.99.

Also Consider: RiteBrew’s Bargain Bin – Fresh Wyeast Pre-Order

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Gemco 4 Oz Measuring and Tasting Glass + Hands on Review

Gemco 4-Ounce Measuring Glass - colors may vary

4 Ounce Measuring Glass from Gemco.  Commercial quality.  Measurements on glass.

Gemco 4-Ounce Measuring Glass

I have eight of these and use them for several things in and out of my home brewery including beer sample glasses, espresso shots with my Rancilio Silvia and general measuring.  The markings have stood up well.. they still look great in spite of enduring high heat, cleaning and vigorous general use.  Check out my Hands on Review.  Note that these also fit perfectly in RiteBrew’s 4 Hole Sampler Paddle.

Gemco 4-Ounce Measuring Glass – colors may vary

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Update: 10 Gallon Blichmann BoilerMaker Kettles w/slight cosmetic defect – On Sale + Flat Rate Shipping

If you’ve looked for discounted Blichmann BoilerMaker kettles for very long, you’ll soon learn that they… are few and far between.  Prices on Blichmann gear are standardized.

Great Fermentations has access to a supply of “Slight Cosmetic Damage” BoilerMaker Kettles.  Current stock includes 7.5, 10, 15 and 30 gallon sizes.  These kettles have been marked down 10% vs the standard offering (which are no longer available).

From the description the slight cosmetic damage is… slight.  I have two G1 Boilermaker kettles and I love them.

Great Fermentations has just discounted 10 Gallon G1 Kettle another $20 to $289.99.  That’s 18% savings as compared to the 10 Gallon G2.  Supply is limited.

Reader Feedback (Comment on This Post) from “Da Kine”: “I got a 20-gallon kettle a few months ago during this type of sale and for the life of me I can’t find the cosmetic damage. If you’re looking for a well-built pot, go for this deal.”

These are now a Great Fermentations exclusive.  No other vendor has access to this limited supply.

Update: Earlier today (4/14/15) Great Fermentations made these eligible for their flat rate shipping promo.  That means $8.99 ships your entire eligible order, including this kettle.  Toss in supplies to brew Juno Choi’s Patagonia IPA, Brain Eater Pale Ale (Inspired by 3 Floyd’s Zombie Dust) or some Blichmann Replacement Parts and it all ships for $8.99 right along with this kettle.

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