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Ready Made Spunding Valve – New from Brew Hardware

spunding valve

Brew Hardware has introduced a ready made spunding valve.

A Spunding Valve has lots of applications…

Spunding Valve Uses
  1. Pressurized fermentation.  Ferment in a 5 or 10 gallon corny keg and use your Spunding Valve instead of an airlock.  This allows you to ferment at your desired pressure.
  2. Dry hop under pressure.  This allows you to dry hop earlier while reducing oxygenation.  Active yeast are more likely to metabolize oxygen that’s introduced during dry hopping during active fermentation.  Since CO2 is not exiting beer as vigorously under pressure, wanted compounds, flavors and aromas are more likely to stay in your beer under pressure.
  3. Naturally and accurately carbonate beer right in the keg.
  4. An airlock replacement.  Keep the valve wide open for non-pressurized fermentations.  Only do this if you have plenty of head space.  This wouldn’t make a great blow off tube.
  5. Keg to keg transfers.  Use the Spunding Valve to allow excess gas to exit the receiving keg as you transfer under pressure.  Helps you achieve a slow, controlled and pressurized transfer.
  6. Fix over-carbonated beers.  Use the same general process as for carbonation (skipping the addition of fermentable sugar).  Use a carbonation chart to determine proper pressure for the temperature the keg is at.  The Spunding Valve allows excess pressure to vent until the new carbonation level is achieved.  You can agitate the keg to fix carbonation more quickly.
  7. Test for keg leaks.  Pressurize your keg to serving pressure.  Put the Spunding Valve on (with the pressure set well above your serving PSI) and note the reading.  The gauge should remain steady.  If pressure drops, you know you have a keg leak.  It’s worth noting that this checks the entire keg including gas body o-ring.  That spot is hard to check and other way as it’s only in function when the gas QD is on.  When the gas QD is on… it’s difficult to spray and check for bubbles underneath the gas QD.  Thanks to Scott Janish for this tip!
  8. As an airlock for long term aging of beers.  Airlocks can run dry over time.  A Spunding Valve will not.

 

If you’ve been eyeing our Spunding Valve Build, but don’t want to put it together yourself, here’s your chance.  As of this posting, Brewer Hardware has this for $36.99.  Check the product page for up to the minute price and availability.

CORNY KEG SPUNDING VALVE ASSEMBLY

Also: 0-60 ADJUSTABLE PRESSURE RELIEF VALVE – ready made Spunding Valve via William’s Brewing

Top Post: Build a Spunding Valve – 3 Ways – How and Why

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Wyeast Smack Packs [slightly aging] – from $4.99

As of this posting, Brew Hardware has discounted select Wyeast Smack Packs, labeled slightly aging.  Prices start at $4.99.

Wyeast at Brew Hardware

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Discounted Older Stock Omega Labs Yeast – from $3.25

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Brew Hardware carries Omega Yeast Labs line of yeast.  Omega includes 150 billion cells (vs a more typical 100 billion cell homebrew pitch).

Discounted Omega Labs. Brew Hardware has discounted several strains of Omega Labs Yeast, starting at $3.25.  This search sorts by price ascending.  Note that this is older stock.  From Brew Hardware.. “The lab recommends using these packs within 3 months of the packaging date. Any pack listed at full price will be shipped within the 3 month window. Packs between 4 and 6 months old will be marked DISCOUNTED and the amount of discount will increase to the 6 month mark. We will never ship a discounted pack if it is over 6 months old.”

Conan Strain. OYL-052 DIPA  About: “Ale strain isolated from a famous double IPA brewed in Vermont. Produces a unique ester profile reminiscent of peaches. This strain complements an aggressive use of hops”.  There is a common thought that this is mostly likely the Conan Strain that’s used for The Alchemists Heady Topper.

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Understanding Brewery Connections

Bobby from Brew Hardware has put together a video explaining different types of connections available for homebrewers.

Brew Hardware offers an extensive selection of fittings and lots more.  A lot of unique offerings and some very well thought out custom items of Bobby’s design.

Bobby spends over a half hour going into detail on most of the plumbing and accessory connection options you have to choose from. If this video doesn’t help you figure out the best parts for your brewery, nothing will. The pros and cons are discussed including utility, scalability, cost and value of each choice.

  1. NPT and NPS Threaded connections
  2. Flare
  3. Compression
  4. Camlock (Cam and Groove)
  5. NPT swivel barbs
  6. Ball Lock Quick Disconnects (BLQD)
  7. TC, Triclover, Triclamp, Tri-Clamp, Sanitary Fittings

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Ball Lock Keg Jumper Post – Clean Draft Lines – $5.99

BALL LOCK KEG QD JUMPER POST FOR CLEANING

via Brew Hardware.  This custom fitting is designed to allow you to connect two ball lock QDs together for the purpose of cleaning your draft lines more quickly and easily.

About this fitting

from Brew Hardware: “Maybe this is a strange idea but that’s how we roll. This custom made fitting allows you to connect a liquid ball lock coupler/disconnect to both sides. It’s made so that the poppet is depressed to get full flow through both lines. Why?  If you’ve got a multiple faucet kegerator, you’re probably used to cleaning your lines one tap at a time. There are a lot of different ways to run cleaner through the lines whether it be pumping, or maybe even dispensing BLC or other cleaners through by pressurizing a spare keg. The BEST way to clean lines is to use a pump because cleaner in motion works better than static. Here’s how we do it. We use a chugger pump fed from a spare pot or cooler and the output of the pump goes into the first faucet (simply clamp the hose on to the nozzle). The serving line goes to this ball lock jumper fitting, then into the serving line of the next faucet. On the outside of this faucet you can either run it back into your cleaner reservoir or continue to daisy chain to as many faucets as you have.

The beauty of this method is that you don’t have to take your disconnects off the lines or take them apart for cleaning. The cleaner goes through everything. You can also use it with only one QD attached which would then just hold the poppet open for you.” [keep reading]

 

HBF Reader [8 Ways to Connect with HBF] Josh Says: “I use two of these, along with my Mark II Keg Washer, and silicone tubing between my Perlick faucets, to make a loop through all three of my taps in order to recirculate BLC for a good 30 – 60 minutes. Works great!”

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BALL LOCK KEG QD JUMPER POST FOR CLEANING – $6.99 $5.99

Draft Line Cleaning PumpsMark II Keg & Carboy Cleaner… As a Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump • Building A Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump

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BeerSmith 2 – Activation Key – $21.99 – Free Electronic Delivery

BEERSMITH 2

Electronic Activation Key for BeerSmith 2 for $21.99 (with electronic delivery) via Brew Hardware.

More about BeerSmith

Features:

  • Take the guesswork out of home brewing using the gold standard for recipe design
  • The new BeerSmith 2 was redesigned from the ground up with a modern, graphical interface
  • Tabbed browsing lets you work with multiple tools and recipes at the same time
  • Build recipes by selecting ingredients from our preloaded database of hundreds of ingredients
  • Download new recipes and ingredients (add-ons) from within the program
  • Does dozens calculations for you: estimates color, gravity, bitterness, and more
  • Shows step-by-step instructions for any recipe
  • Inventory, shopping list, calendar and folders help you organize your brewing
  • Over a dozen stand alone brewing tools including our new yeast starter calculator
  • Supports metric, english and imperial units
  • Available for the first time on Macintosh (Intel platforms) as well as Windows 7, Vista and XP

 

BEERSMITH 2$27.99 $21.99 with electronic delivery

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Discounted Older Stock Omega Labs Yeast – from $3.25

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Brew Hardware carries Omega Yeast Labs line of yeast.  Omega includes 150 billion cells (vs a more typical 100 billion cell homebrew pitch).

Discounted Omega Labs. Brew Hardware has discounted several strains of Omega Labs Yeast, starting at $3.25.  This search sorts by price ascending.  Note that this is older stock.  From Brew Hardware.. “The lab recommends using these packs within 3 months of the packaging date. Any pack listed at full price will be shipped within the 3 month window. Packs between 4 and 6 months old will be marked DISCOUNTED and the amount of discount will increase to the 6 month mark. We will never ship a discounted pack if it is over 6 months old.”

Conan Strain. OYL-052 DIPA  About: “Ale strain isolated from a famous double IPA brewed in Vermont. Produces a unique ester profile reminiscent of peaches. This strain complements an aggressive use of hops”.  There is a common thought that this is mostly likely the Conan Strain that’s used for The Alchemists Heady Topper.

Full Omega Yeast LineupOmega Labs Yeast at Brew Hardware

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