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8 Gallon Stainless Kettle with (2) 1/2″ NPT Ports – $79.99

8 Gallon/32 Quart Stainless Steel Homebrew Kettle and Lid from Adventures in Homebrewing.  This kettle features two welded 1/2″ NPT Ports.

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Welded ports mean that you won’t be messing with leaky weldless kits or trying to drill a hole in your kettle.  These are 1/2″ NPT, already installed and leak free.

The ports are also full ports, meaning the are accessible and threaded on both the inside and the outside of the kettle.  For the bottom port, that means you can install both a ball valve (on the outside) and a pickup tube or bazooka screen (on the inside).  Most people probably use the top port for a thermometer.

You can also get the kettle know with an eye to upgrading to in the future.  Just get a 1/2″ NPT plug (along with some teflon tape) to seal these off.

Two Weld 8 Gallon (32 qt) Stainless Steel Pot – $79.99

Note that other sizes and configurations are available – 5, 8, 15, 19 and 25 gallon in no port, one port and two port designs.  Check out the Full Lineup

More About this Kettle…”18 Gauge 8 gallon pot with two welded 1/2″ female full coupling and lid.  Perfect for using a 1/2″ ball valve on the outside and a bazooka screen on the inside. Optional ball valves are supplied with a 3/8” barb.  Use a probe thermometer (see options) on the other weld.  Pot measures approximately 13 5/8″ diameter x 13 3/8″ depth with the spigot approximately 1.5″ from the bottom to the center of the hole.” (keep reading)

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Update… Bulk Keg Orings and Keg Repair Part Numbers

You can save a bunch by buying keg o-rings in bulk.  Here are some part numbers, background and tips on keg gaskets along with some part numbers and sources for additional keg repair parts.

Ball and Pin Lock Orings and Repair Parts

Silicone vs Buna-N
Silicone is softer than Buna-N.  Silicone also remains softer at cool temperatures.  Because of this, silicone is supposed to provide a better seal.

I use use Buna-N on my liquid posts because they are cheaper and I figure a leak is going to be very evident – Beer is… visible.  I use silicone on my gas posts because they seal better.  You cannot see leaking CO2, so I want these to seal as well as possible.  This also color codes posts for easy identification.  Black o-rings are liquid and orange o-rings are gas.

A Note on Gas O-rings I am quick to replace gas o-rings.  This leak is difficult to test for.  I lost an entire CO2 tank because of a bad gas o-ring.  In bulk, these are cheap, replace them liberally.

Dip Tube O-rings
Buna-N: 109 Buna-N O-Ring, 70A Durometer, Black, 5/16″ ID, 1/2″ OD, 3/32″ Width (Pack of 100)

Silicone: 109 Silicone O-Ring, 70A Durometer, Red, 5/16″ ID, 1/2″ OD, 3/32″ Width (Pack of 100)

Post O-Rings
Buna-N: 111 Buna-N O-Ring, 70A Durometer, Black, 7/16″ ID, 5/8″ OD, 3/32″ Width (Pack of 100)

Silicone: 111 Silicone O-Ring, 70A Durometer, Red, 7/16″ ID, 5/8″ OD, 3/32″ Width (Pack of 100) – use silicone for pin lock kegs

Lid O-Ring
Buna-N: 417 Buna-N O-Ring, 70A Durometer, Round, Black, 3-1/2″ ID, 4″ OD, 1/4″ Width (Pack of 10)

Silicone: 417 O-Ring, Silicone, 70A Durometer, 3-1/2″ ID, 4″ OD, 1/4″ Width, Red (Pack of 5)

Internal Ball Lock Quick Disconnect O-Rings
Silicone: 013 Silicone O-Ring, 70A Durometer, Red, 7/16″ ID, 9/16″ OD, 1/16″ Width (Pack of 100)

Theses o-rings aren’t exactly the same as the standard square sided o-ring that comes in quick disconnects, but they do work well for me and this is certainly more economical than buying a whole new quick disconnect.  Here is an exact replacement for CM Becker Ball Lock Quick Disconnects.

Pin and Ball Lock
I only use ball lock kegs, but it’s my understanding that pin locks and ball locks use the same o-rings.  On the post o-rings, the silicone seems to be the best choice.  The flexibility of silicone makes them work better than the Buna-N version on pin lock kegs.

Other Keg Rebuild and Replacement Parts

McMaster Carr is also a good source for bulk o-rings.  McMaster does charge an additional shipping fee.  Their website does not show that.  It’s added on after you place your order.  To get exact shipping charges you need to call or email McMaster for a quote.

McMaster Carr Part Numbers

  • Dip Tube O-rings Buna-N – 9452K172
  • Dip Tube O-rings Quad Sealing Buna-N – 90025K368
  • Post O-rings Buna-N- 9452K23
  • Post O-rings Silicone – 9396K24
  • Lid O-rings Buna-N – 9452K218
  • Lid O-rings Silicone – 9396K926
  • Internal Quick Disconnect O-rings Silicone – 9396K18

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Brand New 5 Gallon Ball Locks… $75 – Back in Stock + First Looks Post

These have been out of stock and on pre-order.  They are back in stock as of this posting…

New 5 Gallon Corny Keg Ball Lock

AIH has these brand new NSF Certified Ball Lock Kegs on sale for… $75.

These are 1: New, 2: NSF Certified, 3: Ball Lock 4: 5 Gallon Capacity and 5: Have double rubber handles.  Typically double rubber handle kegs cost more compared to single strap handle kegs.  I have this keg.  Check out my First Looks post.

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Adventures in Homebrewing’s Most Popular Recipe Kits on Sale

AIH Customer Favorite Recipes

Adventures in Homebrewing has released their “Customer Favorite” Recipe Kits in both Extract and All Grain.  These are their most popular recipe kits based on sales.

Their most popular extract recipes include – clone kits for Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Two Hearted, Racer 5, Pliny the Elder, Hopslam along with AIH originals like Summer Shandy, Vanilla Porter and more.

Their most popular all grain recipes include – Summer Wheat, Oberon Clone, Backyard Pilsner, Fat Tire Clone, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale Clone, Two Hearted Clone, Zythos Summit IPA, Arrogant Bastard Clone, Gumballhead, Hopslam, Moose Drool and more.

AIH is discounting all customer favorite kits, extract and all grain, by 10%.

Check out the full selection – ExtractAll Grain

Bundles With: AIH Good Batch Guarantee – Related: Free Shipping on 12 Beer Kits

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Ends Soon – (Kind Of): Free Copy of American Sour Beers with AHA Membership

American Homebrewer's Association Membership

Purchase and activate an AHA Membership during May and the get a free copy of American Sour Beers by Michael Tonsmeire.

Adventures in Homebrewing is also offering free shipping on the pre-paid membership.

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Fine print (see the product page for more info)… “Offer valid on pre-paid memberships activated May 1-May 31, 2015 while supplies last. Books will be shipped to US addresses only.  Books will be shipped after membership is activated. Please allow 3-5 weeks after membership activation for delivery.”

If you’re not a member of the American Homebrewer’s Association.  I think you should consider joining…  Here’s Why

This technically ends May 31.  That’s your last chance to activate membership to qualify for this promotion.  However… you need to get the prepaid card before then.  So, you probably need to order that soon to ensure delivery in time for activation before May 31.

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AIH Good Batch Guarantee + Customer Favorites & Free Shipping

Adventures in Homebrewing Good Batch Guarantee

Good Batch Guarantee.  Adventures in Homebrewing is now offering a Good Batch Guarantee.  In a nutshell… “AIH guarantees the success of your Brew, if you followed proper cleaning and sanitation methods throughout the brewing process, using our “All Clean Brewery Wash and Santizing Kit“, (99-Wash) AIH guarantees the success of your Brew”

Check out the Full Details AIH’s Good Batch Guarantee

Customer Favorites.  On the recipe front AIH has also recently published a list 16 of their most popular recipes kits based on customers purchases.  These are what fellow homebrewers are buying and brewing the most.

The list (currently) includes… homebrew clone recipe kits for Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Two Hearted, Racer 5, Pliny the Elder, Hopslam along with AIH originals like Summer Shandy, Vanilla Porter and more.  Check it out – Here

Free Shipping on Recipe Kits.  AIH is also offering Free Shipping on 12 Beer Kits

About the All Clean Cleaning and Sanitizing Kit…

This kit contains 1 lb All Clean Oxygen Brewery Wash and a 4 ounce bottle of Iodophor sanitizing solution. Everything you need to make sure your equipment is cleaned and sanitized to protect your beer and/or wine!

All Clean is an oxygen based cleanser is perfect for cleaning your brewing equipment before and after use. It will remove tough krausen on fermenters or protein and hop residue on boil kettles. Simply mix 1 ounce of cleaner per gallon of warm water. Let sit for 5 minutes and the stubborn residue should wipe away easily. Container comes with a 1/2 ounce scoop for easy measuring.

The BTF Iodophor is an odorless and tasteless sanitizer. It is safe to use on all your brewing equipment: kettles, tanks, bottles and more. It is a low-foaming formula. The concentrate is a no-rinse formula and requires only 1 tsp per 1 1/2 gallons and 2 minutes of contact time to be effective.

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12 Recipe Kits that Ship for Free – Oberon, Gumballhead, Soft Parade, Raspberry Plunder & More

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Adventures in Homebrewing has 12 recipe kits that are on sale with free shipping.

Choices include –  Backyard Pilsner, Solsun Oberon Clone, Three Floyds Gumballhead Clone, AIH Soft Parade Clone, Red Stripe Clone, Sam Adams Clone, Fat Tire Clone, Eve Is In The Garden ‘Grand Cru’, Dunkelweizen, ‘Polish’ Ale, Rachael’s ‘Light Lager’and Raspberry Plunder Cream Ale.

Prices start at just $26.99 shipped to your door.

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