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Flash Sale: Refurbished Ball Kegs – from $45 each

For a short time, Home Brew Supply is throwing in a free ball lock keg when you buy a four pack of refurbished ball lock kegs.  You’ll get 5 kegs in all.  The deal figures to just $45 per keg.  Use coupon code DRAINTHEKEG to get the deal.  Single refurbished kegs are marked down to $54.99.

Four Pack + 1 Free – when you use promo code DRAINTHEKEG

Also ConsiderReconditioned Pin Locks + Free QDs -$31.454 Pack Ball Lock Kegs – $179.99, $45 Each w/Stacking Sales + Flat Rate Shipping

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Update: Mark II Keg & Carboy Cleaner… As a Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump!


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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Sale Extended: 15% Off Flash Sale at Home Brew Supply – Works w/Grainfather!

Thanks to HBF Reader Dustin for this tip!  [8 Ways to Connect with HBF]

For a short time, Home Brew Supply is most things site wide (including the Grainfather!), with a few exceptions by 15% when you use promo code GIVEME15!  This is a flash sale.

Update: This was set to end yesterday, but has been extended through today.  If you missed out, here’s a second chance.

Home Brew Supplies – Sale and Specials Page

Grainfather System use promo code GIVEME15!|| Grainfather Accessories – I’ve had a Grainfather for a while and… I love it.  It’s really made brew days a breeze.

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Ends Today: Summer Garage Sale – up to 25% off – kettles, kegs, mills, regulators & more

Home Brew Supply is discounting a wide selection of items by up to 25%.  This is a limited time sale.

Summer Garage Sale at HBS – up to 25% off

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New from Home Brew Supply: HopRage Hop Extract

About: “HopRage hop extract is simply hops processed using food grade carbon dioxide. It is manufactured by super-critical CO2 extraction. Carbon dioxide is compressed until it becomes a liquid and is passed through hop pellets in a pressure vessel. Liquid carbon dioxide moves through the material acting as a solvent dissolving the hop resins leaving a golden/amber resinous substance after the CO2 has evaporated.”

HopRage Hop Extract at Home Brew Supply

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10% Off Site Wide at Home Brew Supply – Stacks with Garage Sale

Home Brew Supply is taking 10% off nearly everything (with a few exceptions) site wide via a short flash sale.

10% Off at Home Brew Supply! – use coupon code MOMSRULE10 – this happens to stack with HBS’ current Summer Garage Sale

This promo has expired.  See Recent Finds

Some items to consider… SS Brewing Technologies – conicals, BrewBucket and Kettles || Beer Recipe Kits includes top Homebrew Talk recipes || Kegs || Cleaning and Sanitizing – PBW, Star San, Saniclean, Keg and Carboy Cleaning Tabs, Mark II Keg and Carboy Washer || Pumps || Hard to Find – Galaxy Hop Pellets

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Home Brew Keg Roundup – New & Used, 5 and 2.5 Gallon & More!

5 Gallon Cornelius Keg (Ball Lock) UsedPIctured: Used 5 Gallon Ball Lock Keg via Adventures in Homebrewing

Here’s a roundup of some of the best available sources for homebrew kegs along with some comparisons on types of kegs, features and benefits and a list of suppliers.

In this post:

  • Used Ball Lock, 5 Gallon Cornelius/Corny Style Ball Lock Kegs
  • Tip: Single strap handle vs double rubber handle kegs
  • Brand New 5 Gallon Ball Lock Cornelius/Corny Style Ball Lock Kegs
  • 5 Gallon Pin Lock Cornelius/Corny Style Ball Lock Kegs
  • Smaller Kegs – 1.5 to 3 gallon
  • One-Offs – Unique keg offerings or configurations
  • eBay – Various Offerings
  • Amazon – Various Offerings
  • Your Local Homebrew Shop
  • 5 Recent Keg Finds
  • Compare Suppliers
  • Kegging Systems
  • Learn More: Tips, Recent Keg Finds, Repair Parts & More

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