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Spiegelau IPA Glasses, 2 Pack – $17.99 + Review

Spiegelau IPA Glasses

Set of 2 IPA Glasses from Spiegelau.  I have these glasses.  Check out my Hands on Review.

By Spiegelau “The Class of Glass”, dishwasher safe, 19 ounce capacity.  These were designed in collaboration with Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head and Ken Grossman of Sierra Nevada.  This design was achieved through a number of tasting workshops where hundreds of possible designs were considered.  Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada donate their proceeds from the sale of these glasses to benefit advances in hop research.

As of this posting: This set has dropped to $17.99.  That’s just $1 off the best historical Amazon price I can find.  Shipping is free with Prime or a qualifying $35 order.  Check out the product page for up to the minute price.

Spiegelau 2-Pack Beer Classics IPA Glass, 19-Ounce

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Great Deal: 10 Gallon Igloo Cooler – $39.98 Shipped

I use this same cooler for my mash tun and it has worked great for me for years.

10 Gallons, UltraTherm Insulation, Impact Resistant, Reinforced Handles, Pressure Fit Lid (not threaded), made by Igloo.

As if this posting: This has recently sold right around $50.  It’s spiked as high as $65.77 in the last 6 months, with an average price of $51.97.  It’s down to $39.98.  That’s just 91 cents off the best historical Amazon price I can find.  Shipping is free.  This is a great deal on a great cooler.  Check the product page for up to the minute price and shipping info.

Igloo 10 Gallon Seat Top Beverage Cooler

The seat top lid on this cooler is handy.  Since it’s not threaded, you can run a thermometer under the lid.  Check out these pictures of a brew day, using ThermoWorks ChefAlarm (Review) Thermometer Thermometer…

Temp probe cable running under the lid

The ThermoWorks ChefAlarm tracking mash temp like a champ.  It keeps a running high and low tally so you know what has happened over time.  It also features both high and low alarms.

Barbary 4.5 Ounce Sampler Glasses, Set of 4 – $2.30/glass + $5.99 Paddle

Anchor Hocking Barbary Beer Tasting Glass

This set of 4 Barbary Sample Glasses from RiteBrew has been out of stock for quite a while.  Not only are they back in stock but they have also experienced a slight price drop (30 cents).

I have these glasses and they are great samplers.  These are 4.5 ounces and they fit in RiteBrew’s Sampler Paddles (4 hole6 hole).

871446 – Barbary Sampler Glasses – 4.5oz – Set of 4 – $9.19

871452 – Sampler Paddle – 4 hole – $6.39

871456 – Sampler Paddle – 6 hole - $5.99

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BeerSmith Home Brew Beer Recipe Formulation Software

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Hands On: 750 mL Stainless Wine and Beer Growler – Includes Temp Trials

Review Lifeline Stainless Wine Growler

I’m a big fan of Lifeline Products’ Line of Stainless Steel, Double Wall, Vacuum Insulated Growlers.

Lifeline Gear and ReviewsLifeline 7508 Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Double Wall Barrel Style Growler • Review • Lifeline Growler Carrier • Review • Lifeline 7502 40 Ounce Growler • Review • Lifeline 7512 Silver Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Double Wall Bottle Style Growler – 750ml. Capacity • Review

They recently released a 750 mL Size for wine lovers.  Here’s a hands on look at that including two temperature time trials.

Lifeline Wine Growler ReviewIn the box.  This comes nicely packaged.  Ready to be wrapped up as a gift for yourself or others.  Oh, you don’t wrap gifts you buy for yourself?

Lifeline 7512 Wine Growler ReviewLifeline’s 7512 Stainless Wine Growler.  This is the uncoated stainless version.  It comes in other colors.

Lifeline 7512 Wine Growler ReviewClose up of the front of the label.  Reads Seven Fifty.  Wine Growler.  Double Wall Vacuum Insulated

Lifeline 7512 Wine Growler ReviewReads: No Liner.  No Condensation.  No Taste or Odor.  Holds a Full Bottle of Wine.  BPA Free.

Lifeline 7512 Wine Growler ReviewDiagram of how the vacuum insulated design works

Lifeline 7512 Wine Growler ReviewA look inside the growler

Stainless Growler Homebrew WinemakingA look at the cap

cln_img_6205This note about general usage comes inside the growler.

Lifeline 7512 Wine Growler ReviewBottom of the growler.  Reads: Vacuum Insulated, 750 mL, 18/8 Stainless

Lifeline 7512 Wine Growler ReviewI tared out my Escali Primo and filled up the growler with water to get an idea of capacity.  It comes out to about 801 grams.  801 grams = 801 mLs.  That’s a bit more than the stated capacity of 750 mL.  But… the lid/stopper combo takes up a bit of the neck.  I think the usable space is pretty well right at 750 mL.  That’s perfect for a bottle of… wine.

cln_img_6223A look at the same water in my 1 Gallon Brew Day PitcherReview

Lifeline 7512 Wine Growler ReviewHey this is the growler next to a 2013 bottle of Cupcake Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc.

Lifeline 7512 Wine Growler ReviewHere is the growler filled with an entire bottle of wine.  The cap just fits.  Perfecto.

Lifeline 7512 Wine Growler ReviewTemperature Trials.  I put the bottle of wine and growler in my fermentation deep freeze (currently in cold crash mode) to chill everything down.  I put my kegerator fan – See: Reducing Foaming with a Recirculating Fan – in there to get things chilled down more quickly.  Also Pictured: Speidel FermenterReview.  It contains RiteBrew’s Oatmeal Stout.  Also Pictured:  If you look closely you’ll see a gigantic rubber band creation that my son made for me to hold on the temperature probe.  What a great kid!  Oh, he charged me $10.

Stainless Growler Homebrew WinemakingStart of the test.  My ThermoWorks ChefAlarmReview – shows 33.2 deg F

Stainless Growler Homebrew WinemakingThe ambient temperature was about 67 deg F

Insulated Stainless Growler Homebrew Winemaking19 hours and 39 minutes later, the wine reads 47.6 deg F.  That figures out to .733 deg per hour.  Much like the rest of the line, the insulation capabilities of this thing are amazing.  Gift Idea: You could fill one of these with chilled wine, wrap it hours before it will be unwrapped and the gift recipient will receive an amazing growler along with a chilled, ready to drink bottle of wine.  Whammo.

Stainless Growler Homebrew WinemakingThis is also a great size for 22 ounces of beer.  I tried another trial using a 22 of Green Flash’s Imperial IPA.  Also pictured: Oxo Cast Stainless Bottle OpenerReview.

Stainless Growler Homebrew WinemakingHere’s where the 22 fills comes up to.  Temperature Trial.  Started at 31.8 deg F.  19 hours and 2 minutes later it read 46 deg F.  That’s a loss of .734 deg per hour, nearly identical to the wine test.

Much like the rest of the line, this container looks great and works great.  I’m glad to have one for myself and I also think it would make a great gift.

Lifeline 7512 Silver Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Double Wall Bottle Style Growler – 750ml. Capacity

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Lifeline Growler Carrier

Lifeline 7508 Silver Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Double Wall Barrel Style Growler – 64 oz. Capacity

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Blichmann 1/2″ Linear Flow Valve… Install in any kettle! + Hands on Review

Blichmann 1/2" Linear Flow Valve

To me, this is the most revolutionary part of Blichmann’s new G2 BoilerMaker KettleReview is the Linear Flow Valve.  This valve replaces standard ball valves and offers great control (linear flow), flexibility (adjusts to any orientation) and superior cleanability (center pops out with no tools).

Bryan over at Great Fermentations just gave me the heads up that Blichmann just released the Linear Flow Valve as a separate component.  Bryan says it can be installed in a G1 Kettle – Related: Discounted G1 Kettles with Slight Cosmetic Damage – all on it’s own.  It can be installed in any other kettle with the aid of Blichmann’s Dip Tube Kettle Fitting Bulkhead.

I’ve received questions about whether this would be released as a separate product and I can tell you that I’m very glad Blichmann has released this.

Blichmann 1/2″ Linear Flow Valve - $44.99

Dip Tube Kettle Fitting for Blichmann BoilerMaker - $30.96

Hands on Look at the Linear Flow Valve (a portion of my G2 Review)…

Here’s the “wow shot”…

cln_img_4522That’s light you see through the Linear Valve’s body.  No tools are required to take the Linear Valve apart.  The valve simply unscrews and the entire inner workings pop out.  No tools.  When the thing just came off, it was a near jaw dropping moment for me.  I’ve got my fair share of 3 piece ball valves that can be taken apart for thorough cleaning.  How often do I take those apart for thorough cleaning?  I wouldn’t use the word… often.  The Linear Valve comes apart so easily that it will be cleaned every time I use the kettle.

cln_img_4515The inside of the linear valve.  There isn’t much to it.  Easy to clean and sanitize.

cln_img_4518Side view of the inside of the Linear Valve

cln_img_4536The valve body

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Oetiker Clamps and Crimping Tool Set

Oetiker 18500060 Stepless 1-Ear Clamp Kit (Stepless Ear Clamps, stainless steel with standard jaw pincer)

This combo gets you a selection of Stainless Steel Oetiker Clamps along with a jaw pincer tool to close the clamps.

Oetiker clamps don’t damage the side of your tubing and they also do not loosen over time.  These are also stepless meaning that are no gaps inside the clamp.   The smooth inside of the clamp applies equal pressure.  I use Oetiker clamps nearly exclusively.  The only spot I still use standard worm clamps is where my kegerator beverage tubing meets my shanks.

Oetiker 18500060 Stepless 1-Ear Clamp Kit (Stepless Ear Clamps, stainless steel with standard jaw pincer)

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