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1 Gallon Equipment Starter Kit & IPA Ingredients – $44.99 – [Great Gift]

1 Gallon Homebrew Starter Kit (Includes American IPA Recipe Kit)

1 Gallon Starter Kit includes most equipment you’ll need to start brewing small batches along with an IPA ingredient kit

You Get:

  • Wide Mouth, Easy-To-Clean 1 Gallon Fermenter Jar
  • Fermenter Jar Lid w/ 3-Piece Airlock
  • Mini Auto-Siphon makes transfers a breeze
  • Food-Grade Transfer Tubing
  • Premium, Spring-Loaded Bottle Filling Wand
  • Bottle Capper
  • Sanitizer Concentrate
  • American IPA Recipe Kit (see below for more info)

Product Description – Here – Use coupon code BEERDEAL to get this discount.

Availability: This is a More Beer Deal of the Day. Quantities are limited. Check the Deal of the Day section Here to see if this is still available.

1 Gallon Homebrew Starter Kit (Includes American IPA Recipe Kit) BRKIT12$54.99 $44.99 + Free Shipping with a $59 order

Also: Small Batch, All Grain Stove Top Brewing

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MoreBeer’s Black Friday Sale? + Tips

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Since I’ve had the pleasure of facilitating Homebrew Finds, MoreBeer has always come out to play on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  They’ve done a couple different things in that time.  Most years they have done a deal-of-the-day-a-thon with multiple deals coming up throughout the day.  They’ve have also had more traditional sales with a selection of items discounted for a set amount of time.  I have no inside knowledge about what they will be doing this year.

Get Ready. Some specific tips for MoreBeer’s possible sale….

  1. MoreBeer offers free shipping with most $59 orders [Details].  Have a selection of “filler items” available to easily (and quickly) put together a $59 order.  These deals will not last long, you may not have time to come up with a list on the fly.
  2. Some filler item resources… Gift Ideas Page – contains some smaller items that may be helpful,  Sale and Clearance Itemsthese will stack with promo code based deals,  THIS STUFF – you can always use more, your favorite recipe kit, maybe Pliny, our Filler Items Page
  3. Build a shopping list.  Know what you’re in the market for so you can make quick decisions.  Check out… New Items, Torpedo Kegs
  4. When they have done a deal-of-the-day-a-thon style sale… Deals have typically started at 9 AM Pacific and go late into the evening.  Typically new deals have started every 30 minutes or less.
  5. Research… BrewSculptures.  Typically (again – I currently have no advance knowledge of MoreBeer’s plans) at least one BrewSculpture shows up when they do this.  These are large purchases.  If you’re considering a BrewScupture.  Research those now so that you’re ready to make a quick and competent decision.  [More details re: MoreBeers v4 BrewSculptures]

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Great Deal: Keg King Ultimate Draft Growler – Complete with CO2 – $69.99 + Free Shipping, Save $25

 

Keg King Ultimate Draft Growler - Complete with CO2

Keg King Ultimate Draft Growler via MoreBeer.  This is a stainless steel, double wall vacuum insulated growler that includes a CO2 regulator and tap.  Since it’s vacuum insulated it should keep beer cold (and resist sweating) for a very long time.  It’s basically a mini keg that, in most situations, doesn’t need to be refrigerated.

About, from MoreBeer: “Everything you need to have some fresh beer on the go. This ultimate growler is made from double wall, vacuum insulated stainless steel which makes it impervious to oxygen and sunlight. The included pressure lid allows you to pressurize the growler up to 30 psi with the provided mini CO2 regulator. The regulator uses 16 g threaded CO2 cartridges.”

  • 2 L stainless steel growler
  • Pressure lid with plastic tap
  • Mini CO2 regulator
  • 6 CO2 cartridges

As of this posting this is marked down to just $69.99, that’s a $25 savings.  For some pricing clarity, just this mini CO2 regulator costs $69.99 vs the same price for a double wall, vacuum insulated growler, regulator, 6 CO2 cartridges and tap.  This is a great deal.  Shipping is also free to most US addresses.  Not sure how long this is set to go.  Check the product page for current price and availability.

Keg King Ultimate Draft Growler – Complete with CO2 GL752

Top Post: Tips and Gear for Growler Filling

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MoreBeer: Join the AHA and get a free gift – OR – Get 2 Free Books

From MoreBeer” “when you purchase an American Homebrewers Association (AHA) New Membership or Renewal (1 year) card from MoreBeer! and register it online the AHA will send you a FREE copy of the For The Love Of Hops Book!

By joining the AHA you are helping support the homebrewing community as well all the other benefits that come along with your membership! Benefits include Zymurgy magazine, eZymurgy and Zymurgy app, AHA Member Deals discounts on food, beer, merchandise and homebrew supplies across the country, access to the Great American Beer Festival® Members-Only session/ticket sale, access to AHA National Homebrewers Conference registration, free entrance to AHA Rallies, discounts on Brewers Publications new releases and AHA National Homebrew Competition entry fees – and more!”

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

To purchase your AHA New Membership or Renewal card, Click Here!

-OR- HBF Reader Deal: Two Free Books with AHA Membership!

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Dual Scale Refractometer – Brix and Gravity – with ATC – $49.99 + Free Shipping & Refractometer Calculator

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0-32% Brix, 1.00 to 1.120 SG, Dual Scale, .2% Resolution and ATC (Automatic Temperature Control).

About, from MoreBeer:

Featuring both a Brix scale AND a Specific Gravity Scale
Our refractometer is unique in that it features both a Brix Scale and a Specific Gravity Scale, the scale most homebrewers use.

Why use a Refractometer you ask?
Are you tired of not hitting your desired target gravities? Have you tried to cool a large sample so you could use a hydrometer and see what your gravity is? A refractometer allows you take instant gravity readings, with just one drop, at any point during the boil, or even during the run off of the sparge during an all-grain brew. These ‘during the process’ readings allow you to add more water or boil longer so you can attain exactly the gravity you desire.

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Refractometer Statistics
Our refractometer is hand held with a metal body, flexible eye piece and rubber grip. It features a 0 to 32% Brix scale and from 1.000 to 1.120 on the Specific Gravity Scale with .2% resolution and ATC (Automatic Temperature Compensation). Traditional refractometers without ATC are calibrated to work at 68 degrees Fahrenheit. The ATC function allows you to use the refractometer in an ambient temperature range of 50-86 degrees Fahrenheit (10-30 Celsius.) Because your sample is just one drop, and will quickly adjust to the temperature of the refractometer, the temperature of the sample is irrelevant. Our unit also comes with a manual calibration knob that is secured with a lock nut. To calibrate place one drop of distilled water on the testing platform and adjust to zero if necessary.

Getting Geeky about why the Specific Gravity Scale on our unit is accurate
Some dual scale refractometers feature a linear scale that multiplies brix by 4 to get Specific Gravity. This is okay at lower gravities up to around 1.040 but the higher your starting gravity goes, the less accurate the conversion is. For example, take a Brix reading of 10, multiply by 4, and you get a SG reading of 1.040 – the accurate SG reading is 1.041. Take a Brix reading of 20, multiply by 4, and you get 1.080 – the accurate conversion is 1.084. We worked with our Refractometer manufacturer to create a unit with a non linear conversion and thus this model can be accurately used for Specific Gravity readings.

 

For me, getting a refractometer was one of those upgrades that made a lot of difference.  With a refractometer you need a sample size of two drops.  I figured that this would pay for itself in beer savings alone.  I also had just broken my hydrometer and came to the realization that hydrometers are made of breakable glass that can break! 🙂

Refractometers can be used to measure gravity throughout the brewing process.  You can also estimate the alcohol content of your beer if you forget to take an OG with the use of a refractometer and a hydrometer.  Check out Sean Terrill’s excellent refractometer calculator.

As of this posting, MoreBeer has this marked down to $49.99.  Shipping is also free to most US addresses.  Check product page for current price and availability

Brewing Refractometer – Dual Scale MT700

Also: Sean Terrill’s Refractometer Calculator

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Hands On Review: Keg King Mini CO2 Regulator!

A Hands on review of Keg King Mini’s CO2 Regulator.

MoreBeer bills this as an affordable, easy to transport CO2 regulator that works with both ball lock and pin lock disconnects.

About, from MoreBeer: “Be the hit of the next party, tailgater, softball game, etc when you show up with a keg of your homebrew! Keg King’s compact, affordable Co2 regulator allows you to leave your heavy, bulky Co2 system at home. Use this small, portable, adjustable regulator along with a threaded 16g co2 cartridge (not included) to pour kegged beer anywhere! Depending on your style of keg you will either need a ball-lock or pin-lock quick disconnect.”

Why Use a Mini CO2 Regulator?

Portable Serving: As an on-the-go regulator.

Backup – I’m out of CO2 and I want to pour a beer! Use as a backup if your main CO2 tank runs out.  Swap out the CO2 line for this regulator and you’ve got a temporary solution to keep you up and going until you can get more CO2.

Serve Beers at Alternate Carbonation Levels: This regulator goes up to 30 PSI.  That’s enough to serve higher carbonation beers like Hefeweizens and Belgians.  If you don’t have a dual or triple pressure setup, you could use this regulator to serve beers at higher pressures.  You could carbonate using your existing regulator (and full size tank) or naturally carbonate with priming sugar.  After the beer is completely carbonated, use this to serve at the higher pressure.

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Homebrew for the Holidays: The Hops List – World’s Most Comprehensive Hop Dictionary

Looking for a Christmas or other Holiday present for the homebrewer in your life (or yourself)?  That’s what Homebrew for the Holidays is about.  Want to send a hint to someone?  Use the sharing tools at the bottom of this post to let them know you’d like this on your list.

The Hops List, in paperback compiled by Julian Healey

From the back of the book: “The Hops List – the world’s most comprehensive beer hop dictionary.  Use it to discover new hop flavours and aromas from around the world. The first of its kind, this book is the largest collection of hops information ever compiled. With it you’ll have access to analytical data, tasting notes, substitutes, style suggestions and lots more.  Inside you’ll also discover brilliant insights from brewmasters at some of the world’s most prestigious craft breweries. Deschutes, DG Yuengling & Son and Brooklyn Brewery among others reveal some of their favorite varieties as well as tips on how to use them best.  The Hops List is a fantastic resource for professional brewers, amateur brewers and craft beer connoisseurs wanting an exhaustive resource on just about every beer hop on the planet.”

“… astonishingly comprehensive” – Stan Hieronymus, Author, “For the Love of Hops”

“… a must have” New School Beer

“… ‘hoppy’ is a woefully inadequate description” The Boston Globe

“… incredibly helpful” Ale of a Time

First page of the table of contents.  The TOC goes on for ten pages and covers hops, hops and more hops from Admiral to Zythos.

Each hop description contains up to four components.  Not every hop contains all of this information, detail varies.

  • Descriptor – brief summary of each hop that typically includes origin, lineage, notes about it’s commercial use, interesting facts, tasting notes and utilization.
  • Professional Brewer comments
  • Home Brewer comments
  • Summary and data chart that includes information relevant to brewers and growers

from MoreBeer: “Introducing the world’s most comprehensive hop dictionary! Including 265 beer hop varietals from around the world. Use this book to learn everything you need to pick the perfect hops for your next recipe. Each hop is very detailed, with tastes, origins, ancestry, substitutes, oil and acid statistics and more. Also included are comments from professional brewers from some of the most respected craft breweries in the world.”

The Hops List (Book) BK465 – via MoreBeer

Looking for a Christmas or other Holiday present for the homebrewer in your life (or yourself)?  That’s what Homebrew for the Holidays is about.  Want to send a hint to someone?  Use the sharing tools at the bottom of this post to let them know you’d like this on your list.

Also: 5 Recent Hop Finds | Homebrewer’s and Craft Beer Lovers Gift Guide | Last Minute Homebrew and Craft Beer Gift Ideas

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