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Buy a Kegland Kegerator, Get a Free Keg! + Hands on Review

Kegland Kegerators via William’s Brewing

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From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • The First Kegerator Designed For Homebrewers
  • Ships Via Truck Freight For FREE to the lower 48 states
  • Now Certified For Commercial Use
  • Optional Mark III C02 Regulator at a savings over separate purchase prices

KegLand Series 4 Kegerators are the only kegerators designed specifically for the home brewer. They feature Intertap solid stainless forward seal faucets, a tower cooling fan with a front panel on and off switch, an interior glass holder to keep chilled glasses handy, and a wide range thermostat adjustable from 26° to 82° F. (ambient temperature permitting).

Intertap forward seal faucets come standard, mounted on a brushed 304 stainless tower. Besides being of extremely high quality, these are the only beer faucets that can be easily converted to a growler filler or stout faucet by just unscrewing the spout. You can choose between standard forward seal Intertap Faucets made of solid stanless steel, or flow control Intertap Faucets made from solid stainless steel. Pick standard faucets if you mostly drink home brew, pick flow control is you use commercial kegs, which are more likely to vary in carbonation when first tapped (flow control can help stop a just transported keg from foaming).

Cold does not rise. You will find that a beer tower elevated above a refrigerator will always remain warmer than the refrigerator, resulting in initial pours from the kegerator that are warm and foamy, followed by colder pours once you have dispensed a beer or two. At home this is a real problem, unless you pour beers in quick succession. The KegLand Series 4 is the only kegerator to include a tower cooling fan as standard equipment, and also feature a fan on/off switch on the front digital control panel. This way, to save energy and minimize fan noise, you can leave the tower cooling fan off except at times when you are dispensing beer.

When it is time to pour a glass, the Series 4 includes a handy glass holder inside to keep your beer glasses chilled. Just open the door and grab an ice cold glass and dispense. The glass holder holds both Belgian type stemmed glasses, and can also hold pint glasses. The glass holder can be removed, as it only allows you to have two 5 gallon and one 3 gallon or shorter keg inside at once.

The beauty of the Series 4 is the extended range thermostat included. Unlike kegerators with standard 30° to 50° temperature ranges, the Series 4 can be adjusted easily with the front panel digital display from 25° to 82° F, which means you can also use your kegerator as a fermentation chamber for ales in summer, a small refrigerator for food items, or even a wine cellar, as long as the temperature outside the kegerator is warmer than your thermostat setting (the unit does not heat). The Series 4 is easily convertible to a small refrigerator, and features an insulated plug to cover the tower hole, and a screw plug to seal the back gas line hole. In addition, a removable refrigerator shelf is included, and the drip tray and railing can both be removed for a smooth top. The door hinge is reversable.

Series 4 Triple Tap SS Includes:

  • Your choice of 1, 2, or 3 Faucet Brushed Stainless Faucet Towers
  • All Stainless Intertap Faucets are standard with your choice of standard or Flow Control
  • Built in Tower Cooling Fan with on off switch on front panel
  • CO2 Cylinder Bracket Holder (needed C02 bottle not included)
  • Removeable Glass holder to keep your beer glasses chilled inside
  • Beer and Gas Line with hose clamps
  • Intertap Multi Tool
  • Removeable Castor Wheels
  • Chrome Guard Rail
  • Drip Tray

The only additional parts you require are the gas cylinder, C02 Regulator, kegs and connectors to attach to your kegs (depending on which kegs you are using).

Series 4 Kegerator Specs:

  • Temperature range 26° F to 82° F (ambient temperature permitting)
  • R600 Refrigerant and a powerful compressor that can go down to 26° F.
  • The fridge is approximately 5.8 cubic feet in interior volume.

Dimensions:

  • 24” Wide Overall (interior dimensions 20¼” wide)
  • 30” Deep Overall with cylinder mount attached, 25½” deep without cylinder (interior with door closed 18″ deep)
  • 52” Height of the entire unit with tower and faucet handles and castors
  • 49¾” Height of the entire unit with tower and faucet handles without castors
  • 35¾” Height of the fridge part (including castor wheels but excluding the height of guard rail, drip tray or tower)
  • 33” Height of the fridge part (excluding castor wheels and the height of guard rail, drip tray and tower)

 

As of this posting coupon code KEGFREE gets you a free 5 Gallon Keg.  No need to add the keg to your order, just use promo code KEGFREE. Shipping is also free to many US addresses to addresses. Price, promotions and availability can change quickly.  Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit the product page.  Check the product page for current price, description and availability

KegLand Series 4 Kegerator

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Today Only: Up to $30 Off At William’s Brewing – Works with Gift Certificates! – double dip opportunity

As of this posting, William’s Brewing is discounting most orders by up to $30.  There are a few exclusions, but surprisingly… gift certificates are included!  That means you can use this promo to double dip on savings (get gift certificates now and use with another sale) or get a de facto discount on items that are not typically marked down – Blichmann, Grainfather, Robobrew, etc.  Coupon/promo codes are available for each discount level.

Gift certificates are emailed, so it’s possible you could use this promo twice.  Order a gift certificate, and use the gift certificate to place another order.  I’m guessing the gift certificate comes instantly, but I’m not 100% sure.

TAKE10 takes $10 off orders of $100
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TAKE40 takes $30 off orders of $300

Save up to $30 at William’s Brewing!

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Using a Keg as a CO2 Source for Portable Serving!

This technique uses an economical inline secondary regulator to utilize a spare keg as a CO2 source to serve a keg.  I’m not suggesting this setup as a replacement for your kegerator CO2 tank.  You still need a standard CO2 tank.  What this setup could be very useful for is as a replacement for those expensive little regulators or injectors and expensive (considering how much CO2 you get) little CO2 cartridges.  One inexpensive purchase allows you to pressurize and serve your keg on the go for little to… nothing.  Keep reading.

The Magic Piece of Equipment

Cheap Inline Regulator – via William’s Brewing | via MoreBeer

These inline secondary regulators have been on the scene for a little while now.  At the price I’ve seen them at, sub $10, they are a bargain.  They also add a lot of flexibility to your draft setup, allowing you to easily and cheaply serve using multiple pressures and carbonation levels.

Note that these are inline secondary regulators.  You still need a primary regulator attached to your CO2 tank.  The idea is, you set the primary to the highest pressure you will use (without exceeding specifications of any component of your system) and then use these regulators inline (one per line) to fine tune pressure and carbonation [See: Balancing Your Draft System].  As an example, you could set your primary to 25 PSI for faster force carbonation and set each line to a different pressure based on desired carbonation level.

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William’s Brewing Home Beverage Ball Lock Kegging System – from $159.99

Home Beverage System Ball Lock Kegging System from William’s Brewing


From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • Save $20.00 over separate purchase prices without the C02 Cylinder
  • Save $30.00 over separate purchases prices with the optional aluminum C02 Cylinder

A high quality starter system with a single outlet C02 regulator. Includes a Two-Gauge Regulator, one new Ball-Lock NSF approved Keg, Gas Connector with ¼” threaded flared tubing to fit home and commercial keg adapters, Tap with threaded 4′ hose, and our illustrated instructions.  All components are new and of the highest commercial quality. Requires 27″ of clearance for the 5 gallon keg (pictured).  A full-featured system that can be added to later as your needs change.

Important Note: The optional 5 Pound C02 Tank is shipped empty for safety, and can be filled with C02 at any welding or fire extinguisher supply. Before ordering this option, check with your local fire extinguisher or welding supply, to make sure they will fill a cylinder they do not own (some welding suppliers only offer exchange C02 tanks, and will not fill one you bring in).

See our Sankey Ball Lock Coupler if you also want to be able to dispense an occasional commercial keg without disconnected or changing any lines.


Considering the fact that this includes a brand new ball lock keg and that William’s Brewing has economical tiered flat rate shipping, I think this is one of the best everyday values in kegging systems.  Prices start at $159.99.  Options are available to add on a sankey coupler and a CO2 tank.  William’s Brewing has generally great everyday prices, but this combo takes it a step further saving you an additional $20 to $30 vs buying components separately. Price, promotions and availability can change quickly.  Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit the product page.  Check the product page for current price, description and availability

Home Beverage System

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Ends Soon: Buy a Grainfather w/Connect Controller – $200 off MAP + Free Hop Spider via William’s Brewing

The Grainfather with Connect Controller – via William’s Brewing

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The Grainfather is a 110 volt compact self contained RIMS mashing, boiling, and cooling system for mashing 5 gallon batches of beer. What is unique is that no special circuit, plug, or wiring is needed – this runs on any 110 volt 20 amp rated plug with a GFCI.  It features a 6 watt recirculating pump, for the mashing stage, and a separate counter flow wort chiller that you insert into the Grainfather when it is time to cool the 5 gallon batch after the electric powered boil. The boil is handled by a 1600 watt heating element.

For the initial mashing stage, you load the Grainfather with crushed grist (up to 18 pounds) per your recipe, set the thermostat to your desired mash temperature, add water, and let it go. Because it is a RIMS system, you can easily do multiple temperature rest mashing if desired – just adjust the temperature upwards with the thermostat whenever you want to go to another temperature rest. In addition the manual thermostat control, the Grainfather Connect Bluetooth control is also included.

After the mash cycle is done, you lift the grain basket partially so you can manually sparge by pouring water over the grain basket into the Grainfather below. You need to heat your own mash water, either by heating 5 gallons or so to boiling with the Grainfather before mashing and storing it in a stainless boiling pot, or heating when it is time to sparge with a separate brew pot on a stove. What we did was heat our sparge water in the Grainfather by getting it to boil in the Grainfather, then transferrring to a stainless boiling pot, and putting a lid on the pot. We then heated the pot briefly on a stove to raise it from 160° F. to the 168° F. needed for sparging,

After manual sparging, the grain basket is removed and you set the 1600 watt electric element to boil. It takes about 60-80 minutes to come to boil depending on ambient temperature. Hops are added manually during the boil per your recipe plan.

When the boil is over, you insert the included counter flow wort chiller to chill the wort which requires an external supply of cold water to run.  Our tests found this counter flow chiller extremely efficient, we chilled a 5 gallon batch of Double IPA to pitching temperature (about 78° F.) in 25 minutes, and only used 20 gallons of 70° F. water. It was so efficient that we just ran the end of the wort pipe from the counterflow directly into our fermenter.

After brewing, you run about 3 gallons of water (ideally saved from the chill) through the GrainFather again with a bit of PBW or other cleaner to clean the pump, lines, and counter flow chiller.

The Grainfather comes with a 1 year warranty.  We also offer a 60 day money back guarantee on everything we sell, even if you have used it (although this does not cover return shipping). It is 27″ tall with the recirculation tube attached, the cylinder body is 12″ in diameter, and 15″ in overall diameter when you consider the pump and thermostat.

A Grainfather app which allows you to upload recipes, and times your brew, is available free for Android and iOS. For iOS, go to iTunes and search for Grainfather, for Android, go to Google Play (the Android App has just been updated!). The included Connect Controller includes Bluetooth connectivity.

 

Note from HBF: I have a Grainfather (without connect controller) and I love it.  It’s my go-to brewing system.  I’ve have had or currently have multiple full scale and small scale systems and find myself coming back to the Grainfather again and again.

$200 Off MAP: As of this posting, the Grainfather is currently under a MAP agreement.  That means retailers must enforce a minimum advertised price.  This unit sells for $1000 and is typically not discounted.   As of this posting, it’s marked down $200 to $799.98.  This must be a special that Grainfather is authorizing as I’m seeing it at multiple retailers.

Free Hop Spider:  As of this posting, William’s Brewing is also throwing in a free hop spider.  Check the product page for current availability.

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Small Multipurpose Oak Barrels – Save Time & Space

3l barrel

William’s Brewing offers smaller barrels in the 1 to 5 liter range.  These offer some distinct advantages vs larger used whiskey barrels.

  1. They are generally in stock.  That’s not always true of 5, 10 and 15 gallon used barrel options.  Availability of those can be touch and go.  It seems more often than not, they are sold out.
  2. Less space.  These are relatively small barrels that don’t require a lot of room for storage.
  3. Lower initial investment.  Prices are currently staring out at just $39.99.
  4. More flavor, faster.  Because of the higher surface to volume ratio, oak flavor is imparted more quickly.
  5. Multi-purpose.  These are small enough that you could age whiskey in them first, commercial or legally produced spirits, see note below and then use them for aging homebrew.  When you’ve wrung every bit of oak flavoring out of these, you could start using them for sour beers.

Barrels at William’s Brewing

About, from William’s Brewing: “When you distill a spirit, it invariably comes out clear as water. Put the clear spirit in contact with charred American oak, and it turns amber and mellow with toasted wood vanilla-like richness. Want to speed up the aging process? These new American Oak Barrels are charred on the inside (Char Level 3) for Whiskey, Bourbon, and Tequila aging. The small surface area compared with commercial 53 gallon barrels means these will age spirits much quicker than larger barrels. Handmade in Mexico following centuries old cooperage methods; the valve is wood and sealed with leather, and the top plug is wood and sealed with a wrap of leather. No plastic, rubber, or glue are used in construction.

Compared with a commercial 53 gallon oak barrel, this Three Liter Barrel will age spirits the equivalent of one year in just 15 weeks. Three liters is the equivalent of four 750ml bottles, and contains 100 one ounce shots. 8” tall with bung and 7½ long.

BARRELS ARE IMPERFECT AND REQUIRE MAINTENANCE – These are wood barrels, and will initially leak unless first filled with water for 14 days so the staves can swell and seal. This may cause minor staining on the barrels and the included wood stands. They must be filled with water within 20 days of receiving or they will dry out and become unsealable, and cannot be left dry for long periods.”

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Note from HBF: Depending on your location, you may need to obtain a license to distill alcohol

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Setting Economy Inline Regulators with a Spunding Valve

These inline secondary regulators have been on the scene for a little while now.  At the price I’ve seen them at, sub $10, they are a bargain.  They also add a lot of flexibility to your draft setup, allowing you to easily and cheaply vend using multiple pressures and carbonation levels.


Grab One!  via William’s Brewing | via MoreBeer


Note that these are inline secondary regulators.  You still need a primary regulator attached to your CO2 tank.  The idea is, you set the primary to the highest pressure you will use (without exceeding specifications of any component of your system) and then use these regulators inline (one per line) to fine tune pressure and carbonation [See: Balancing Your Draft System].  As an example, you could set your primary to 25 PSI for faster force carbonation and set each line to a different pressure based on desired carbonation level.

Since this does not have a gauge, you need some sort of a gauge to use for tuning in the pressure.  The gauge doesn’t have to stay connected, just while you’re setting the regulator.  This is a perfect application of a Spunding Valve [See: Build a Spunding Valve! – How and Why]

Thanks to Facebook Friend Rob [8 Ways to Connect with HBF] for his process for setting the Inline Secondary using a Spunding Valve and for the photo walk through!

Here’s Rob Spunding Setup.  It’s a Style 3 [See: Build a Spunding Valve! – How and Why] that features a barb, tubing and a valved QD from MoreBeerThis is the assembly hooked up to the low pressure side of his CO2 regulator.  Rob starts with the Spunding Valve set to it’s highest pressure to prevent CO2 from venting.

With everything hooked up, you have two options:

  1. Start with the inline regulator fully closed and very slowly work your way up until the Spunding Valve gauge shows reads your desired pressure.
  2. Start with the inline regulator wide open and slowly work your way down, venting the Spunding Valve as needed until you work your way back down to your desired pressure.

This is a photo of the inline regulator set to about 10 PSI, you can see the primary’s low pressure gauge is set to a higher pressure, 20 PSI.

This technique has some great benefits.  First, many homebrewers already have a Spunding Valve.  This process requires little to no extra gear for Spunding Valve owners.  Second, this process should use very little CO2. I’ve been adjusting this using a keg.  I’ve used an entire empty 2.5 gallon ball lock and also the head space of a keg.  Either way, that amounts to more CO2 compared with Rob’s procedure.

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Make sure the components you use are compatible and rated for your intended application.  Contact manufacturer with questions about suitability or a specific application.  Always read and follow manufacturer directions.

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Ends Today: Up to $30 Off At William’s Brewing – Works with Gift Certificates! – double dip opportunity

As of this posting, William’s Brewing is discounting most orders by up to $30.  There are a few exclusions, but surprisingly… gift certificates are included!  That means you can use this promo to double dip on savings (get gift certificates now and use with another sale) or get a de facto discount on items that are not typically marked down – Blichmann, Grainfather, Robobrew, etc.  Coupon/promo codes are available for each discount level.

Gift certificates are emailed, so it’s possible you could use this promo twice.  Order a gift certificate, and use the gift certificate to place another order.  I’m guessing the gift certificate comes instantly, but I’m not 100% sure.

TAKE10 takes $10 off orders of $100
TAKE15 takes $15 off orders of $150
TAKE40 takes $30 off orders of $300

Save up to $30 at William’s Brewing!

Want to double dip on savings?  Check out these sales and deals…

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Promotions can change quickly. Promotions were accurate at the time this this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit the product page. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

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Buy a Chapman Fermenter from William’s Brewing – get up to $30 off based on order size

7 GALLON CHAPMAN™ FERMENTER

Chapman Fermenters are made of stainless.  They feature a silicone gasket in the lid for positive sealing. Gallon markers are inside,  Both ported and unported versions are available in 7 and 14 gallon sizes.  These are unitank vessels meaning they can be used as both a boil kettle and as a fermenter.

Chapman Brewing… makes great fermenters!  Check out: Hands On Review: Chapman Brewing SteelTank Fermenter

Chapman Fermenters at William’s Brewing

Works With: discounting most orders by up to $30As of this posting, William’s is .  This works with gift certificates as well!

Promotions can change quickly. Promotions were accurate at the time this this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit the product page. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

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Buy a Grainfather w/Connect Controller – $200 off MAP + Free Hop Spider via William’s Brewing

The Grainfather with Connect Controller – via William’s Brewing

More Info

The Grainfather is a 110 volt compact self contained RIMS mashing, boiling, and cooling system for mashing 5 gallon batches of beer. What is unique is that no special circuit, plug, or wiring is needed – this runs on any 110 volt 20 amp rated plug with a GFCI.  It features a 6 watt recirculating pump, for the mashing stage, and a separate counter flow wort chiller that you insert into the Grainfather when it is time to cool the 5 gallon batch after the electric powered boil. The boil is handled by a 1600 watt heating element.

For the initial mashing stage, you load the Grainfather with crushed grist (up to 18 pounds) per your recipe, set the thermostat to your desired mash temperature, add water, and let it go. Because it is a RIMS system, you can easily do multiple temperature rest mashing if desired – just adjust the temperature upwards with the thermostat whenever you want to go to another temperature rest. In addition the manual thermostat control, the Grainfather Connect Bluetooth control is also included.

After the mash cycle is done, you lift the grain basket partially so you can manually sparge by pouring water over the grain basket into the Grainfather below. You need to heat your own mash water, either by heating 5 gallons or so to boiling with the Grainfather before mashing and storing it in a stainless boiling pot, or heating when it is time to sparge with a separate brew pot on a stove. What we did was heat our sparge water in the Grainfather by getting it to boil in the Grainfather, then transferrring to a stainless boiling pot, and putting a lid on the pot. We then heated the pot briefly on a stove to raise it from 160° F. to the 168° F. needed for sparging,

After manual sparging, the grain basket is removed and you set the 1600 watt electric element to boil. It takes about 60-80 minutes to come to boil depending on ambient temperature. Hops are added manually during the boil per your recipe plan.

When the boil is over, you insert the included counter flow wort chiller to chill the wort which requires an external supply of cold water to run.  Our tests found this counter flow chiller extremely efficient, we chilled a 5 gallon batch of Double IPA to pitching temperature (about 78° F.) in 25 minutes, and only used 20 gallons of 70° F. water. It was so efficient that we just ran the end of the wort pipe from the counterflow directly into our fermenter.

After brewing, you run about 3 gallons of water (ideally saved from the chill) through the GrainFather again with a bit of PBW or other cleaner to clean the pump, lines, and counter flow chiller.

The Grainfather comes with a 1 year warranty.  We also offer a 60 day money back guarantee on everything we sell, even if you have used it (although this does not cover return shipping). It is 27″ tall with the recirculation tube attached, the cylinder body is 12″ in diameter, and 15″ in overall diameter when you consider the pump and thermostat.

A Grainfather app which allows you to upload recipes, and times your brew, is available free for Android and iOS. For iOS, go to iTunes and search for Grainfather, for Android, go to Google Play (the Android App has just been updated!). The included Connect Controller includes Bluetooth connectivity.

 

Note from HBF: I have a Grainfather (without connect controller) and I love it.  It’s my go-to brewing system.  I’ve have had or currently have multiple full scale and small scale systems and find myself coming back to the Grainfather again and again.

$200 Off MAP: As of this posting, the Grainfather is currently under a MAP agreement.  That means retailers must enforce a minimum advertised price.  This unit sells for $1000 and is typically not discounted.   As of this posting, it’s marked down $200 to $799.98.  This must be a special that Grainfather is authorizing as I’m seeing it at multiple retailers.

Free Hop Spider:  As of this posting, William’s Brewing is also throwing in a free hop spider.  Check the product page for current availability.

The Grainfather with Connect Controller

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