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Two Roller Adjustable Grain Mill

Shipping by Express, Brand New Barley Crusher Malt Grain Mill 2 roller for Home brewing

Two roller grain mill with adjustable rollers.  Adjustable from 0 to .11″.  Comes with hopper.  Hopper capacity is about 3 kg (about 6.6 lbs).

Crush is a pretty big deal when it comes to efficiency.  Homebrew shops have a tendency to under mill grain.  I think the reason for that is ease of use, with the thinking that a more coarse crush equals few stuck mashes and more happy customers.  I guess it’s possible that a shop mill could over mill grain too.  The point is, when you’re using someone else’s mill, it’s up to them how you mill your grain.

Milling your own grain… 1.  Gives you control over the crush of your grain.  That’s a big factor in efficiency.  2.  A mill allows you to fine tune for your equipment and process.  You know what the crush is going to be since you set it.  3.  A mill allows you to save money by buying whole bags of grain at a discount, and 3.  The shelf life of unmilled grain is longer than pre-milled grain.  Freshly milled grain = better tasting beer.

Update: Since this post was published the price, availability or promotion has changed.  Check the product page for current description, price and availability.  Also: Today’s Deals on Amazon

Shipping by Express, Brand New Barley Crusher Malt Grain Mill 2 roller for Home brewing

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Mark II Keg and Carboy Washer Mod – Adding a Stainless Steel CIP Spray Ball

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I’m a big fan of the Mark II Keg and Carboy Washer.  I use mine for lots of things including… kegs, carboys, Speidel Fermenters, buckets, tubing, draft lines [See: Mark II Keg & Carboy Cleaner… As a Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump] and more.  [See: Hands on Review: Mark’s Keg and Carboy Washer] for a comprehensive look at this great homebrewing tool.

A while back I became aware of this Stainless CIP Spray Ball via a Reader Tip.  Thanks to HBF Reader Sam for the original heads up on these and HBF Reader Chris for the idea to use in conjunction with the Mark II Keg and Carboy Cleaner ! [8 Ways to Connect with HBF].

CIP (Clean in Place) Spray Balls are generally used for vessels that are too large to move.  Since they’re too large to move you… clean them in place.  If you have a larger setup, you could incorporate these into your system or routine to help clean your vessels more easily.

Seller QM Stainless on Amazon offers a variety of spray balls including stationary and rotary.

I gave this a try on my Keg and Carboy Washer and I was really pleased with the results.

cln_img_2959This is a heavy well made CIP spray ball assemblycln_img_2962A look at the lower portion  It reads 1/2″ and SS304cln_img_2965A look at the openings on the spray head.  Note that the top portion rotates using liquid pressure.cln_img_2967This threads nicely onto the top of the PVC tube on the Mark II Keg and Carboy Washer.  Replacing the end cap that contains one spray hole.  In the background, My ITC-308 Temp Controller.cln_img_2969This fitting makes the total height a little higher compared to the standard tip.  Note that, depending on the size opening of your carboy, this may not fit.  Look back for an update to this post that has more dimension information so you can determine if this will work with vessel’s with smaller openings.  Here’s MoreBeer’s 6 gallon PET Carboy on the cleaner.  You can see there’s still plenty of clearance.

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A video of the spray action

NEW 0.5 Inch Stainless Rotary Spray Ball Female CIP Tank Cleaning Ball by QM Stainless

I purchased my Keg and Carboy Washer at More Beer.  As of this writing, it’s selling for $99.99 Shipped.

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SS Carbonation Caps – for PET Bottles or Draft Line Cleaning Pump – $11.99 Shipped

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Stainless steel ball lock carbonation caps with 5/16″ barb.  These are intended to convert 1L and 2L bottles to pressurized growlers.  Fill up a 1L or 2L PET bottle with your beer.  Put one of these on (purge the head space by squeezing if you want to) and then pressurize for transport.  You can also use this cap to rapidly carbonate beer.  Same process as for transport, just shake it up until it’s carbonated.

Other uses… One of these along with some tubingcln_img_9654 are all you need to convert Mark II Keg and Carboy Washer [Review] to a recirculating draft line cleaning pump for ball lock setups.  See: Mark II Keg & Carboy Cleaner… As a Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump!  – OR – Build your own line cleaning setup from scratch… Build a Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump

These are selling for just $9.99.  Shipping is just $2.
Carbonation-Cap-All-Stainless-Top-Quality-Plus-A-Free-Inner-O-ring – $9.99 + $2 Shipping

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24″ Stainless Steel Whisk [Extract, All Grain & Whirlpooling]

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24″ Stainless Steel French Whip.  Made of 18/8 stainless steel.

I own this whisk and it’s awesome.  It’s my opinion that every full batch (5 gallon+ extract or all grain) home brewer should own one of these.  Check out my hands on review of this whisk.

This whisk is great for: 1.  Stirring in extract.  It easily breaks up clumps, 2.  Stirring the mash (either traditional or BIAB) and 3.  Starting a whirlpool.

What are other people saying?  Search this product’s Amazon reviews for “homebrew”

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Some of the feedback we've received on this whisk

HBF Reader Feedback…

Jared: After following your site for quite some time now, and purchasing many items because you let me know about them, I just received the 24″ whisk. I can’t believe how awesome this thing is just by pulling it out of the shipping package! I am so excited about this I might just have to brew this weekend even though I don’t really have the time. Not only would this piece be awesome for the mash, but dissolving LME and DME and keep it off of the bottom. What a great piece of equipment and thanks for sharing it!

Aaron: I have this exact same French Whip and love it, works way better than the old mash paddle I used before. It really cuts through the grain and helps ensure no dough balls etc. Definitely recommend this above any other stirring tools I’ve used!

 

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Malt: A Practical Guide from Field to Brewhouse – Free – with New or Renewed AHA Membership

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

For a limited time, when you join or renew your membership in the AHA… the AHA will throw in a free copy of Malt: A Practical Guide from Field to Brewhouse by John Mallett.

To get the free book use promo code MALT during checkout.

Join Now  – Enter offer code MALT at checkout to redeem

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Keg and Carboy Washer – $79.99 Shipped! – Save $20 + Review

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MoreBeer is discounting Mark’s Keg & Carboy Washer by a whopping 20% when you use coupon code HBFCLEANER20.  To sweeten the deal… Shipping is free.  This is a great deal!

I own and use this cleaner and I love it.  It works great on a variety of equipment including kegs, buckets, carboys, tubing, small parts and pieces and Speidel Fermenters.  Check out my hands on review.  A small fitting purchase also converts this to a draft line cleaner.

This is a great deal on a great piece of equipment.

Since MoreBeer’s cart accepts multiple coupon codes, you can get in on this and the Deal of the Day (while supplies last)

Keg & Carboy Washer KEG300 – $79.99 + Free Shipping – Use Promo Code HBFCLEANER20

Consider maximize free shipping by picking up your next recipe kit.

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