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Drip Tray Glass Rinser via AIH – $99.99 w/Comparison

Krome Drip Tray Glass Rinser

Drip tray glass rinser assembly via Adventures in Homebrewing.  Stainless construction.  Rinsing the glass chills it and helps your beer pour better.  Compare at Micromatic – similar, although I’m not sure it’s identical.

As of this posting, this is selling for $99.99.  That’s a great deal.  Check AIH for up to the minute price and availability.

Glass Rinser Assembly for Drip Tray

AlsoKegerator Tips & Gear | Keg Repair Part #s | 5 Recent Keg Finds | Build A Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump | What’s the Difference Between Ball Lock Kegs and Pin Lock Kegs?


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John Palmer Designed Beer Kits – from $20

These to-style, beer kits were designed by John Palmer, author of the best selling book How to Brew.  John also co-wrote Brewing Classic Styles, along with pro brewer Jamil Zainasheff, and the recipes come directly from this great book. These kits are all inclusive and come with all the ingredients you need to brew a great batch of beer.

As of this posting, Adventures in Homebrewing has John’s Kits on sale starting at just $20.  Check AIH for up to the minute price and availability.

Palmer Beer Kits at AIH

AlsoThree Recipes from the Updated How to Brew by John Palmer, 4th Ed

AIH Summer Wheat Beer Kit Special – from $18

Adventures in Homebrewing’s Annual Summer Wheat Kit is back.  Summer Wheat is described as… “Crisp, refreshing, and highly sessionable for those hot summer days. This American Wheat is lightly hopped, and finishes with a slight sweetness from the wheat.”  The kit is available in both extract and all grain versions and starts at just $18.

Summer Wheat at AIH

Also: 12 Beer Recipe Kits that Ship for Free (lower 48 states)

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Update: Mark II Keg & Carboy Cleaner… As a Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump!

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The Mark II Keg and Carboy Washer [Review] can clean a lot of your homebrewing gear.  Kegs, Carboys, Speidel Fermenters, Tubing, Small Parts & Pieces, Buckets, Keggles and more.

A small hardware purchase can convert your Keg and Carboy Washer over to an efficient ball lock draft line cleaning pump.

Cue drumroll.  And… It’s this thing…

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

This is a stainless steel ball lock carbonator cap that is typically intended to use with 1L and 2L PET (soda type) bottles for force carbing and transporting beer (soda, etc).  Why does it include a barb?  I have no idea, but it comes in really handy for this purpose.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: I have heard that this fitting no longer works with BOTH liquid and gas ball lock QDs.  That is an important feature for this project.

Consider these alternatives (As of this update, both claim to work with both gas and liquid posts, check description for up to the minute details)..

cln_img_9641A photo of just the carbonator capcln_img_9644A carbonator cap would typically work with a gas QD and this does.cln_img_9642However, it also works (easily) with a liquid QD.  Not sure why it’s designed like this, but it is and this is another important feature.cln_img_9646To adapt the Keg and Carboy Cleaner for Ball Lock draft lines just attach the stainless carbonator cap to a length of 1/4″ ID tubing (the shorter the better).  Attach the unused end to the smaller of the two included barbs (intended for cleaning tubing) and whammo… you’ve got a line cleaner.  I didn’t use any clamps.  Things held together fine and disassemble for easy cleaning.

cln_img_9654I use a piece of 1/2″ ID silicone tubing over my faucets to return cleaning, rinsing and sanitizing solution back to the Keg and Carboy Cleaner’s basin.  Recirculating means you can run this for a long time (according to your cleaner’s recommendations).  You may also save money by using less cleaner and sanitizer.

This has the advantage of cleaning everything in your draft system.  It cleans the faucet, the shank, the quick disconnect and the tubing.  Some line cleaning pump designs 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.

cln_img_9657Here is a photo that should hopefully give you an idea about flow rate.  If you look at my original Draft Line Cleaning Pump Build, you’ll see that I don’t believe you need a gushing fire hose-like flow rate.  The important thing, in my book, is touching all parts and constant flow.  Along those lines, if you’re looking for your draft cleaning pump to resemble a pressure washer, I’d suggest looking for something different.  I spent no time on trying to increase flow for this build.  It’s going to depend on your line length and where you place the Keg and Carboy Washer in relation to the top of your shank.

cln_img_9660A look at the 1/2″ ID tubing over my Perlick faucetcln_img_9666The Keg and Carboy Washer can be a bit unwieldy to pick up when full.  You can drain a good bit of liquid off by redirecting the discharge tubing to a bucket.

cln_img_9649I have added this switch to my Keg and Carboy Washer setup.  It allows me to easily turn the pump on and off without plugging and unplugging it.  This switch appears to be similar although not the exact same part number… [GE 52149 Handy Switch Grounded White].  You may want to add a GFCI Adapter and for safety, always read and follow manufacturer’s warnings.

1312Alternative for Pin Lock, Sankey and Ball Lock Systems.  I know of no similar Pin Lock style carbonator cap.  You get nearly the same benefit by replacing that with a 1/4″ Male Flare to 1/4″ Barb Fitting.  Remove your MFL Pin Lock QDs and attach to this fitting.  The only thing you’re missing is including the Pin Lock QDs in the cleaning process.  This would also work for Sankey and ball lock setups, you just need to have 1/4″ MFL lines.

Prior to getting a Keg and Carboy Washer myself, I consistently heard great things about it.  I can confirm the praise.  This is a great piece of equipment that saves me time.  The additional ability to clean lines with little additional expense sweetens the deal further.  The Mark II Keg and Carboy Washer is one of our Top Finds.

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

Carbonator Cap:

Read the current description of these to make sure they are designed to work with both gas and liquid posts.

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Ball Lock Kegging System – $121.99

5 Gallon Ball Lock Keg System w/ Picnic Tap, USED Keg (#1)
5 Gallon Ball Lock Kegging System from Adventures in Homebrewing.  Includes a used ball lock keg, new keg o-rings, Taprite dual gauge regulator, all required tubing disconnects and a faucet.  Pick up a good used CO2 tank locally and you’re up and going.

You Get:

  • TapRite T-Handle dual gauge regulator
  • Used 5 gallon ball lock corny keg
  • Gas line assembly with 5′ of thick wall line and MFL fitting
  • Picnic tap assembly with 4′ of thick wall beer line and MFL fitting
  • New Set of O-rings

As of this posting, AIH has this on sale for $121.99.  That’s a great deal.  Check the product page for up to the minute price, description and availability.

5 Gallon Ball Lock Keg System w/ Picnic Tap, USED Keg

AlsoKegerator Tips & Gear | Keg Repair Part #s | 5 Recent Keg Finds | Build A Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump | Mark II Keg and Carboy Cleaner Draft Line Cleaning Pump Conversion | What’s the Difference Between Ball Lock Kegs and Pin Lock Kegs?

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Ends Today: $4.99 Flat Rate Shipping at AIH- works with sale items

As of this posting, Adventures in Homebrewing is offering $4.99 flat rate shipping site wide (with a few exclusions) when you place a $49 order.  See AIH’s terms and conditions for full details, but this does bundle with many of their existing sale items!  No promo code is needed.  Applies to lower 48 US states.

$4.99 Shipping at AIH! || Sale Items

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Up to 40% off Stainless Steel Hop Screens

As of this posting, Adventures in Homebrewing is discounting their entire selection of stainless steel hop filters and screens.  Check AIH for up to the minute price and availability.

Stainless Hop Screens at AIH