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Holiday Beer Recipe Kits – Shipping for Free

Holiday Homebrewing Beer Recipe Kits

Adventures in homebrewing has a bunch of holiday recipe kits that are part of a free shipping sale.  Selections include Gingerbread Brown Ale, Vanilla Porter, Gingerbread Grog Brown Ale, Reindeer Dribble Brown Ale, Holiday Cheer, Min Chocolate Chip Stout, Hazelnut Toffee Porter and.. a bunch more.

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5 Gallon Keg System with Brand New Ball Lock – $156.99

	 5 Gallon Economy Ball Lock Keg System, New AIH Cornelius Keg (E)

Economy Kegging Setup from Adventures in Homebrewing.  You get a brand new 5 gallon ball lock keg with rubber handles, American Made Taprite Single Gauge Regulator (5/16″ Barb/Shutoff/Check Valve), Gas Line Assembly with MFL fittings and a Picnic Tap Faucet Assembly with MFL Fittings all for $156.99.  Another $13 gets you a Dual Gauge Taprite Kegging Setup.  Grab a good used CO2 tank locally and whammo… you’re good to go.

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Maintaining Fermentation Temps in Colder Weather

Cold Weather Fermentation Temp Control

Fermentation temperature has a lot to do with how your finished beer turns out.

For many of us, colder temperatures are on the way or already here.  You may need a boost to keep fermentation temperatures up.  Here’s a roundup of some of the available options.

FermWrap Carboy Heater

The FermWrap heater is attached to your fermenter using tape.  Directions say that it is okay to use this in conjunction with a carboy bag.  40 Watts.  Ability to raise temperature from 5 to 20 deg F from ambient.

Available from MoreBeer - Home Brew Stuff - Adventures in Homebrewing - Note: As of this posting only AIH has this in stock


The Brew Belt.  15 Watts.  Ability to raise temperature about 10 deg F from ambient.  Note that the manufacturer doesn’t recommend this for use with glass fermenters.

Available from Midwest Supplies - love2brew - Adventures in Homebrewing and Great Fermentations - Note that these may be slightly different designs with slightly different specifications.

Heat Pad for Beer and Wine Making homebrewing.lorg

You place your fermenter on top of top of this heating pad.

Description from Adventures in Homebrewing:  “This rigid plastic heat pad for your fermenters and carboys is the ideal solution for cold fermenting and brewing problems. This unit provides ideal temperature for year round brewing, fermenting, and wine making in cold conditions. Convenient and easy to use, simply place on a flat surface, put your fermenter or carboy on it and plug it in.  Supplies constant, steady convection heat (25 watts, 110v) without creating any hot spots.  Inexpensive to run.  Dimensions – 12.5″ x 12.5″

Heat Pad for Beer and Wine Making

Zoo Med ReptiTherm® Under Tank Heater

I use a reptile heating mat in my fermentation deep freeze when I need to warm the space up a bit.  Think of these as heating pads that are designed to operate constantly.

The mat I’m using is 9 Watts.  It has no trouble raising my fermentation deep freeze (located in my basement) by several degrees.  I use this throughout the year whenever I want to push fermentation temperatures higher.  I do not set my fermenter on my mat.  I use it only to warm up the ambient air inside my fermentation deep freeze.

Zoo Med manufactures three sizes of these mats.  The small is 8 watts, the medium is 16 watts and the large is 24 watts.  Here is the specifications page from the manufacturers website.

Zoo Med ReptiTherm Under Tank Heater, Small

Zoo Med ReptiTherm Under Tank Heater, Medium

Zoo Med ReptiTherm Under Tank Heater, Large

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Thanks to Google+ Friend Lucas for this tip!

Hydrofarm MT10006 9-by-19-1/2-Inch Seedling Heat Mat

Lucas Says: Hydrofarm heat mats for getting seedlings started are also a very affordable option. They make an inexpensive digital thermostat with a temp probe as well.  I live in Southern Colorado, one of the coldest places on the continent (-40° winters anyone?) and these have done the trick for me.

Hydrofarm MT10006 9-by-19-1/2-Inch Seedling Heat Mat

Hydrofarm MTPRTC Digital Thermostat for Heat Mats

Of course… Whatever route you decide, proceed with the caution.  Electricity and Heat in confined spaces can pose safety risks.  Always follow manufacturers instructions and safety guidelines.

Temp Controllers:

Johnson A419 Digital Temperature Controller

Digital, Wired, Single Stage.  This has the ability to control one device to maintain temperature.  By default, it’s configured to run a cooling device.  You can configure it to turn a heating device by changing the position of a jumper.

Johnson A419 Digital Temp Controller

Digital, Wired, Single Stage.  This dual stage controller can run both a heating and a cooling device.  This helps to fine tune fermentation temperature.

Ranco Wired

Elitech 110V All-Purpose Temperature Controller+ Sensor 2 Relay Output Thermostat Stc-1000

The STC-1000 is a very popular homebrewing temperature controller.  This is a dual stage controller.  That means it has the ability to control both a heating and cooling device.  Great for a kegerator or a fermentation chamber/deep freeze.  110 volt version, reads in deg C.

Elitech 110V All-Purpose Temperature Controller + Sensor 2 Relay Output Thermostat Stc-1000

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Dual Faucet Draft Tower – $129

Dual Faucet Draft Tower Stainless

This two faucet stainless draft tower from Adventures in Homebrewing just dropped $20 to $129.99.

3″ Stainless Steel Body Tower, Two Chrome Faucets (Perlicks are available for an additional charge) and tubing.  The tower comes standard with 5′ of beer line and fittings (tail piece, beer nut and washer) for commercial couplers. You can select below if you need us to swap one or both of the fittings to the MFL screw-on barb for corny keg disconnects. The screw-on barb can be attached to your ball/pin lock MFL disconnect or to the commercial adapter which replaces the standard tail piece on the sanke.

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Two Stainless Steel Pumps On Sale – from $129.99

Stainless Steel Homebrew Pump Adventures in Homebrewing

Adventures in Homebrewing has two stainless steel pumps on sale.  The Chugger Stainless Steel Center inlet pump is selling for $129.99 and March’s 815 Stainless Steel Inline Pump is selling for $199.99.

Chugger Pump Stainless Steel-Center – $129.99

March 815 Stainless Steel Beer Pump$250 $199.99

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15.5 Gallon Keggle with Two Ports – $199.99

15.5 Gallon Keggle Homebrew Kettle

15.5 Gallon Stainless Keggle with two welded 1/2″ NPT Ports (for ball vales, thermometers and kettle screens) for $199.99.  This has been out of stock.  I noticed it become available again earlier today.  I have the one weld version of this from AIH and it works great.

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9 Gallon Stainless Kettle with Welded Port – $69.99

9 Gallon Stainless Brewing Kettle

The port on this kettle is a 1/2″ NPT full coupling and welded into place. There’s no drilling a hole yourself and no messing with weldless kits. Full coupling means that it’s threaded on both the inside and the outside of the kettle. That allows you to add a ball valve on the outside and, if you’d like, a pickup tube or screen on the inside.

9 Gallon Stainless Kettle 1 Port$99.99 $69.99

The two ported version is also on sale (for $10 more).  The second port allows you to add a thermometer.

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