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15% Off Ingredients at Great Fermentations! – for Big Brew Day

To celebrate Big Brew Day, Great Fermentations is discounting most ingredients by 15%.  All but bulk grains, adjuncts and extracts are included in this deal.  It DOES include beer recipe kits

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20% Off Two or More Beer Kits at Great Fermentations – Zombie Dust, Pliny, Gumballhead, Dreamsicle Cream Ale & More

Great Fermentations is discounting their entire lineup of recipe kits, extract and all grain, by 20%.  Choices include Brain Eater (Three Floyds Zombie Dust Clone), Amarillo Face (Gumballhead), Pliny, Hearts Squared (Two Hearted Ale), Chocoholic Porter and lots more.  This works with their great flat rate shipping.  That ships your entire order of qualifying items to most US addresses for just $8.99.

20% Off Two or More Beer Kits at Great Fermentations – use coupon code 2BEER20

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Convert Your Mark II Keg & Carboy Washer to 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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15% Off at Great Fermentations! + Application Ideas

Great Fermentations is discounting nearly everything, sitewide by 15%.  Use coupon code STPADDY15 to get the deal.  Bundles with flat rate shipping on most items.

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15% Off ingredients for Juno Choi’s Patagonia IPA Recipe

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Juno Choi With a PIle of Hops

One of the homebrews that stood out to me while attending the 2014 National Homebrewer’s Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan was an IPA that was served by Brewer’s Supply Group (BSG) at their booth at the Conference. It was… delicious.  Roasty, great hop character and easy to drink.  I swung by for two samples and shortly returned… for a third and it was gone.  After the conference, I got a hold of BSG to ask about the beer.  I learned that it was formulated and brewed by Juno Choi.  Juno kindly shared the recipe with me and I’d like to share it with you.  Thank you Juno!

The recipe features 100% Patagonia Malts from Chile.  Those were new to me and I think relatively new to the homebrew market here in the US, because… I had a very difficult time sourcing the grain for this recipe.  After looking around a bit, I contacted Bryan at Great Fermentations.  They already carried Patagonia, just not not all three varieties that this recipe calls for.  Bryan kindly sourced the remaining grains and has stocked them at Great Fermentations.  Thank you Bryan!

As of this posting, the extract version of this kit is Great Fermentations’ #1 selling item.  It’s also discounted 15%, like most things site wide as part of GF’s short 15% off sale.

Grab the recipe: Juno Choi’s Patagonia IPA | 15% off at Great Fermentations

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Save 15% on Great Fermentations Top Selling Kit – Brain Eater Pale Ale – Zombie Dust Clone

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About Brain Eater, from Great Fermentations: “It’s the beer of the living dead! This Zombie Dust Clone is loaded with Citra hops that invigorate the senses and engage the palate. A very light first wort hop addition keeps the bitterness down, while hop-bursting the beer and aggressively dry hopping with Citra hops give it a very pronounced hop flavor and aroma. The bite of Citra is offset by crystal 60L and melanoidin malts, which contribute body, sweetness and character to the beer, A touch of carapils for body and foam stability is included as well, perfectly balancing this beer. Delicious and inviting, Brain Eater Pale Ale is sure to please your hopheaded friends. It is the perfect beer for the impending zombie apocalypse!”

As of this posting, the extract version of this kit is Great Fermentations’ #1 selling item.  It’s also discounted 15%, like most things site wide as part of GF’s short 15% off sale.

Brain Eater Pale Ale | 15% off at Great Fermentations

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Grow Your Own Hops – Rhizome Roundup! + Hop Growing Resources

grow your own hops rhizomesPictured – MoreBeer’s Rhizome Pre Sale – Check it out

A few retailers have an annual rhizome pre-sales.  The earlier you “hop” (did you see what I did there) on these sales, the better.  That will give you a better chance to reserve the varieties you want to grow in your hop garden.

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20% Off Two or More Beer Kits at Great Fermentations – Zombie Dust, Pliny, Gumballhead, Dreamsicle Cream Ale & More

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Great Fermentations is discounting their entire lineup of recipe kits, extract and all grain, by 20%.  Choices include Brain Eater (Three Floyds Zombie Dust Clone), Amarillo Face (Gumballhead), Pliny, Hearts Squared (Two Hearted Ale), Chocoholic Porter and lots more.  This works with their great flat rate shipping.  That ships your entire order of qualifying items to most US addresses for just $8.99.

20% Off Two or More Beer Kits at Great Fermentations – use coupon code 2BEER20

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Anchor & Kite Creamsicle Cream Ale Recipe Kits – save 20% w/Kit Sale

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Great Fermentations has recipe kits Jeremy Railey’s award winning Creamsicle Cream Ale.  It’s available in both extract and all grain versions.

from Great Fermentations…  “What a dream come true! This is our customer Jeremy Railey’s first place winning recipe that took first in the specialty beer category in the 2016 Indiana Brewer’s Cup. It has a delicious base of a cream ale that is combined with orange, vanilla beans and lactose that make it strikingly similar to the famous frozen treat! A truly delicious and unique dream of a beer!”

  • Award winning beer at the 2016 Brewer’s Cup
  • A creamsicle-inspired cream ale, with orange and vanilla cream flavors!
  • Smooth and delicious, with orange and vanilla cream flavor

Creamsicle Cream Ale Kits at Great Fermentations

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