Category Archives: Adventures in Homebrewing

Used Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Staves… $4

Sliced Bourbon Barrel Staves 2 ct.

Used whiskey barrels are popular… really popular.  5 and 10 gallon barrels usually sell out quickly when they become available.  They are also typically relatively expensive.

Adventures in Homebrewing has listed used bourbon barrel staves.  These sliced staves are approximately 1″ wide, 1/8″-1/4″ thick and 8-13″ in length.  They are from genuine Kentucky bourbon barrels.

Staves are a great way to get some of the barrel experience without the cost and space required for a barrel.  At $3.99 for 2, these are a bargain.

Sliced Bourbon Barrel Staves 2 ct. – $3,99

Roundup… Pumpkin Beer Kits & Related

NightShadeRecipePictured: AIH’s Night Shade Pumpkin Stout

It’s Pumpkin time guys.  Here’s a roundup of some of the recipe kits that are out there and some related resources.

Pinned: Draft Cleaning Pump Niko Hops Sale · Pin Locks · Grain Sale · $24:Drip Tray

Deal of the Day: FoodSaver & Starter Kit + Recent Hop Finds

Recent Great Deals:

16″ Glass Sight Gauge – $39.99 (Save $20)

16'' Glass Sight Gauge

16″ Glass Sight Gauge.  Fits a 12″ NPT female coupler on your kettle.  If you need that, it’s available as an option on the product page.

AIH has just marked this down $20 to $39.99.

16” Glass Sight Gauge$59.99 $39.99

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

It’s 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.

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: Free shipping Stainless steel Carbonation Cap w/ 5/16″ Barb, Ball Lock Type, fit soft drink PET bottles, Homebrew Kegging – Note that this ships directly from Asia

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Pinned: Draft Cleaning Pump Niko Hops Sale · Pin Locks · Grain Sale · $24:Drip Tray

Deal of the Day: FoodSaver & Starter Kit + Recent Hop Finds

Recent Great Deals:

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“The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” Ale – from… $15

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Adventures in Homebrewing has discounted their “The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” Ale, both extract and all grain.  Price start at just $15.

This brown ale is balanced with cinnamon, nutmeg, close and “a little something special”.  The extract version includes LME, crushed specialty grains, grain bag, hops, pumpkin spices and priming sugar.  The all grain version includes grain, pumpkin spice and priming sugar.

The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown Fall Special

The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown Fall Special, All Grain

Also5 Most Recent Beer Kit Finds

PicoBrew Zymatic Electric Brew System – New Special Offer

PicoBrew Zymatic

The PicoBrew Zymatic is an automated electric brew house.  Plug in your recipe and it takes care of the mash, hop additions and the boil.  Control and monitor your brew via wifi or ethernet via PicoBrew’s website.  When you’re done, toss the grain and hops containers into the dishwasher.

The Zymatic also offers… repeatability.  Ever brew a beer that you loved only to fall short the next time?  Plug in the brew day or pull up a saved recipe and repeat the same beer every time with the Zymatic.

If you purchase the Picobrew from Adventures in Homebrewing, you’ll get the equivalent of 5% back via AIH’s Rewards Program.  That’s $100.  They are also offering free shipping.

If you look on the product page you’ll see “Purchase a PicoBrew today to receive a special offer. Add to Cart for more details. Limited time offer!”  You’ll have to add it to your cart to see the details.  Note: You have to scroll down to the bottom of the cart page to see the details.

That special offer has recently changed.  It’s now worth the equivalent of $100.

All in all this constitutes $300+ in savings vs direct.  This is the best deal I’ve seen for the PicoBrew Zymatic .  It is a limited time offer.  Check the product page and cart page for current availability and details.

PicoBrew Zymatic (Keg Included) – Add to cart for total price + Free Shipping and 5% Back

Perks of the PicoBrew System:

  • Brews a 2.5 gallon batch in about 4 hours
  • Access to an ever-growing online recipe library – including award winning recipes ready to be replicated.
  • Supports both all-grain and mini-mash brewing
  • Keep Reading – additional information including technical specs

PicoBrew Zymatic Webinar + Special Offer

picobrew webinar

The PicoBrew Zymatic is an automated electric brew house.  Plug in your recipe and it takes care of the mash, hop additions and the boil.  Control and monitor your brew via wifi or ethernet via PicoBrew’s website.  When you’re done, toss the grain and hops containers into the dishwasher.

The Zymatic also offers… repeatability.  Ever brew a beer that you loved only to fall short the next time?  Plug in the brew day or pull up a saved recipe and repeat the same beer every time with the Zymatic.

If you purchase the Picobrew from Adventures in Homebrewing, you’ll get the equivalent of 5% back via AIH’s Rewards Program.  That’s $100.  They are also offering free shipping.

If you look on the product page you’ll see “Purchase a PicoBrew today to receive a special offer. Add to Cart for more details. Limited time offer!”  You’ll have to add it to your cart to see the details.  Note: You have to scroll down to the bottom of the cart page to see the details.

All in all this constitutes $200+ (maybe more like $300 depending on shipping) in savings vs direct.  This is the best deal out there on the PicoBrew Zymatic .  It is a limited time offer.  Check the product page and cart page for current availability and details.

AIH is holding a webinar about the Zymatic on September 8.  Details and registration are on the product page.

PicoBrew Zymatic (Keg Included) – $1999.99 + Special Offer + Free Shipping and 5% Back

Perks of the PicoBrew System:

  • Brews a 2.5 gallon batch in about 4 hours
  • Access to an ever-growing online recipe library – including award winning recipes ready to be replicated.
  • Supports both all-grain and mini-mash brewing
  • Keep Reading – additional information including technical specs