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Buy a ThermoWorks Thermapen Mk4 & Probe Cleaning Wipes… Get a Free ThermoPop

thermoworks thermapen sale

ThermoWorks Thermapen Mk4 (Mark 4) [Review] is a stellar brewing and cooking thermometer.  It boasts a number of great improvements and features including – auto rotating display, auto off with intelligent sleep and wake modes, intelligent backlight -standard, 3,000 hour battery life (now uses easy to find AAA batteries!), 3 second read times, accuracy to +- .7 deg F and… Waterproof! to IP66/67 standard.

Free ThermoPop: ThermoWorks is giving away a free ThermoPop Thermometer with every order of $100.

That sale means that you get a free ThermoPop with the purchase of Thermapen Mk4 and a small accessory [Hands on Review].  Consider these probe wipes as an add on.   No promo code needed.  The free thermometer will be automatically added to your cart.  Sale details on ThermoPop page.  This is a $29 savings.

ThermoPop$29 FREE with $99 order


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Waterproof Thermometer for Monitoring Kegerator & Fermentation Temps – $3.62 + Free Shipping


Digital LCD thermometer intended for monitoring aquariums.  You could use this for monitoring kegerator and fermentation chamber temps.  Reads in F and C and the temp probe is waterproof.

Note that this probe on this is not food safe.  You can monitor your kegerator or fermentation area, not the beer or mash itself.  If you’re looking for something food safe consider the Taylor 9940.

3/15/8 10 AM Central: This is selling for just $3.62. Shipping to most US addresses also is free. Price, shipping and availability can change quickly. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

TOOGOO Digital LCD Fish Aquarium Marine Vivarium Thermometer

Also Consider: Taylor Digital Panel Mount Thermometer, -40 to 300 Degree F

Brewing Thermometer Reviews…

Update – Hands On Review: German Made Speidel Fermenters!

German Made, Speidel Fermenters are available in a range of sizes 3.2 gallons all the way up to… 132 gallons.  Check out the full lineup including accessories and replacement gaskets.

I’ve owned a 5.3 gallon Speidel fermenter since October of 2011.  I use it for small batch BIAB beers.  I’ve been very impressed with that fermenter.  More recently, I picked up the 7.9 gallon version so that I can ferment full 5 gallon batches with all the same advantages.  This is a hands on review of both fermenters.

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

EcoPlus 728305 Eco 264 Submersible Pump, 290GPH

Eco 264 Submersible Pump by EcoPlus.  290 gallons per hour.  28 watt motor.  Includes multiple fittings… 75″ Barbed x .75″ Threaded, two-.5″ Barbed x .75″ Threaded and Nozzle x 3.4″ Threaded.  You can use this both inline and submersible.  Pre-wired 69 inch cord.

I use this pump in myimg_cln_img_0593-225x300 Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Build.  You could also use this to put together a recirculating wort chiller.

3/3/18 2 AM Central: This is selling for $19.95. That’s just $1.56 shy of the best historical direct from Amazon price I found. Shipping to most US addresses is also free with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying order. Price, shipping and availability can change quickly.  Check the product page for current price, description and availability.  Also: Recent Amazon Finds and Amazon Fillers Resource Page

EcoPlus 728305 Eco 264 Submersible Pump, 290GPH

AlsoRecirculating Draft Line Cleaning Build

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Mark II Keg and Carboy Washer Mod – SS CIP Spray Ball


I’m a big fan of the Mark II Keg and Carboy Washer.  I use mine for lots of things including… kegs, carboys, Speidel Fermenters, buckets, tubing, draft lines [See: Mark II Keg & Carboy Cleaner… As a Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump] and more.  [See: Hands on Review: Mark’s Keg and Carboy Washer] for a comprehensive look at this great homebrewing tool.

A while back I became aware of this Stainless CIP Spray Ball via a Reader Tip.  Thanks to HBF Reader Sam for the original heads up on these and HBF Reader Chris for the idea to use in conjunction with the Mark II Keg and Carboy Cleaner ! [8 Ways to Connect with HBF].

CIP (Clean in Place) Spray Balls are generally used for vessels that are too large to move.  Since they’re too large to move you… clean them in place.  If you have a larger setup, you could incorporate these into your system or routine to help clean your vessels more easily.

Seller QM Stainless on Amazon offers a variety of spray balls including stationary and rotary.

I gave this a try on my Keg and Carboy Washer and I was really pleased with the results.

cln_img_2959This is a heavy well made CIP spray ball assemblycln_img_2962A look at the lower portion  It reads 1/2″ and SS304cln_img_2965A look at the openings on the spray head.  Note that the top portion rotates using liquid pressure.cln_img_2967This threads nicely onto the top of the PVC tube on the Mark II Keg and Carboy Washer.  Replacing the end cap that contains one spray hole.  In the background, My ITC-308 Temp Controller.cln_img_2969This fitting makes the total height a little higher compared to the standard tip.  Note that, depending on the size opening of your carboy, this may not fit.  Look back for an update to this post that has more dimension information so you can determine if this will work with vessel’s with smaller openings.  Here’s MoreBeer’s 6 gallon PET Carboy on the cleaner.  You can see there’s still plenty of clearance.

cln_img_2973A picture of the spray ball in action

A video of the spray action

NEW 0.5 Inch Stainless Rotary Spray Ball Female CIP Tank Cleaning Ball by QM Stainless

I purchased my Keg and Carboy Washer at More Beer.  As of this writing, it’s selling for $99.99 Shipped.

Mark’s Keg & Carboy Washer can be found at…


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Stock up on PBW and Save – Bulk 50 lb PBW – $194.99, $3.90/lb + free shipping

50 lbs of PBW.  PBW is my cleaner of choice!

3/14/18 2 PM Central: This is selling for 194.99. That’s just 9 cents shy of the best historical direct from Amazon price I found. For some pricing clarity:  17 PBW options from various vendorsI recently compared .  This offering currently figures to $3.90 per lb, making is cheaper than the estimates I had for 17 different options in that post.  I’ll venture a guess that this is a bigger outlay than most people usually spend on PBW.  The good news is… if you’re a homebrewer that uses PBW, you’re going to use this much anyway.  This should set you up for quite a while and at an outstanding price.  Shipping to most US addresses also is free. Price, shipping and availability can change quickly. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

PBW by Five Star- 50 lbs

Also in 4 lb Size: Five Star PBW Cleaner (Powdered Brewery Wash), 4-Pound Jar

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TRUE Weldless Bulkheads from Brew Hardware

Here’s a video from Bobby at Brew Hardware talking about their newer line of TRUE Bulkheads.

The bulkhead is available in a number of configurations.  The 5/8″ Barb version is included in the Cooler Conversion kit, that I have.  If you’ve dealt with other weldless kits you’ll know that typically a certain finesse is required when installing.  These are different.  You can actually tighten them down.  See: Hands on Review: Brew Hardware’s Cooler Mash Tun Conversion Kit – Making a Mash Tun

Check it out: Bulkheads | Cooler Conversion Kit

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