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The Steam Slayer – from Brew Hardware – back in stock

STEAM SLAYER - KETTLE BOIL STEAM CONDENSER ASSEMBLY

The Steam Slayer via Brew Hardware is designed to eliminate the need to vent steam from your brewing room.

More Info

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

The Steam Slayer(tm) is a brand new product that eliminates the need to vent steam from your brewing room. More and more people are converting over to electric brewing systems allowing brewing indoors and even in quite confined spaces. The rude awakening occurs when you evaporate a gallon or more water into the air and your walls and ceiling drips with condensation. In some cases it is impossible or unreasonable to install fan-based exhaust systems to vent that steam. Enter the Steam Slayer!

Condensing boil steam is a relatively common practice in large scale industry and some breweries. Homebrewtalk.com user “Brundog” did a lot of experimentation and documentation and many folks built clone systems in turn. When it came time to install one on the shop brewing kettle, we couldn’t leave well enough alone with off the shelf parts.

How It Works:
You will install a 1.5″ TC port in the upper sidewall of your electric powered boil kettle, typically as high as you can get it without interfering with the closure of the kettle’s lid. The unit is equipped with a fine mist sprayer that fits inside the main body and is fed with cold tap water. When you reach a boil in your kettle, you will put the lid on and start the flow of cold water into the unit. Steam will enter the tee and encounter the spray turning the steam back into water. The waste water runs out the bottom of the unit into the included silicone hose which you will position over a catch bucket. Depending on your tap water pressure, and the selected sprayer option, you will typically consume 6-10 gallons of water in a 60 minute boil. This water can be discarded or saved for cleaning your equipment afterwards.

What’s Included:

  • Main Body Tee with 1.5″ TC top and side flanges and welded 5/8″ hose barb on the bottom.
  • 1.5″ TC sprayer adapter with your choice of 6 or 9 gallon per hour sprayer tip. The GPH ratings are at 40 PSI. We find the 6GPM works great on 45 PSI on a 7 gallon boil. If you have low pressure, you may need the 9GPM sprayer. If you are doing 10 or 15 gallon batches, you may need the 9 GPH. We are still trying to figure out better guidelines.
  • Right angle water shut off valve with push in connection five feet of 1/4″ poly supply line (5ft is standard, select longer runs in the dropdown selection above.
  • Water supply connection fitting with push in connection: Your choice of 3/4″ Female Garden Hose or In-Line faucet connection valve (select in the drop down above). More about this in the instructions below.
  • 3 feet of 1/2″ ID silicone hose for waste water drain. The tubing must reach from the bottom of the steam slayer body to the TOP of your catch bucket. If you need more tubing, it can be purchased by the foot and we can combine the added length onto the standard 3′ if you direct us to.
  • Hose holder clip to keep drain hose positioned at the inside top of your collection bucket.

* Note that the clamp and gasket to attach the unit to the kettle is not included, nor is the hardware to install the actual TC port in the kettle. See the list of available accessories if you need any of those parts.

Instructions:
First, keep in mind that this is a new process for small scale homebrewing and we’re all learning the best practices. When you buy this unit, consider yourself a part of a beta test. These instructions will evolve.

  1. Clamp the main unit to the existing kettle port and the sprayer TC to the top of the unit. The integrated hose barb should be facing down towards the floor.
  2. Install your water source fitting. If you selected the Garden Hose fitting, attach it to your garden hose bib, a garden hose, a slop sink faucet, or a washing machine supply port. If you selected the inline faucet supply fitting, shut off the cold water valve under your sink, remove the hose feeding your faucet and install the inline fitting. Replace the faucet hose on top and turn the water back on to check for leaks. The inline faucet fitting is shown on the right. Just below that we show where it would install under a sink or toilet.
  3. Connect the 1/4″ Poly line to your source water fitting and the shutoff valve on the top of the Steam Slayer. Making sure the ends are cut cleanly, simply push the tubing into the fittings all the way and install the C-shaped retaining clips.
  4. Install the silicone waste tubing on the unit’s barb and attach the holder clip to the end. We include a 5/8″ OD stainless steel ring that should be inserted into the end of the silicone to expand the tubing large enough to fit the holder clip tightly. The waste tubing should be trimmed so that it only extends into your catch bucket/vessel by 1-2 inches. The open end of this tubing must never be submergedor the steam slayer will not work properly.
  5. Once your boil begins, turn on the cooling water and place your kettle lid on the kettle. Since the condensing action creates a mild vacuum, the lid does not need a gasket. If you notice steam leaking out of the lid, make sure it is not warped creating extra spaces.
  6. Adjust your boil intensity to approximately HALF of what you’re used to using and plan for about half as much boil off. For a typical example, we used to run our 5500 watt element at 65% when the kettle is full of 7 gallons and the lid off. We experienced 1.5 gallons per hour of boil off. With the Steam Slayer installed, we run at 32% and experience .75 gallons of boil off per hour. In other words, to use the Steam Slayer, your electric kettle must be equipped with a power controller.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Can I go through the lid?

Yes. In order to through the lid, you will need to install a 1.5″ TC port towards the edge and then clamp on a 1.5″ TC 90 degree elbow. From there the Steam Slayer gets clamped on as noted above. You may need to place a counterweight on top of the lid, opposite the TC port to keep it firmly seated on the kettle.

2. I use the BIAB method and I’m concerned that a side mount TC port will reduce my kettle capacity.

You can put a TC blank cover over the port during the mash and then fit the Steam Slayer after you pull the grain bag.

3. How do I run the hot waste water directly to a plumbing drain.

We don’t know for sure. We do know that you want the water to freely drain out. Even in cases where the output hose bends into a loop where water collects in the hose is enough to stop the vacuum on the kettle. You may get steam to escape via the lid if there is any back pressure on the drain hose. If your sewer pipe is well below your brewing location, you can run a horizontal drain line over to the kettle, install a P-trap and then end in an oversized vertical entrance pipe. Treat this like the catch bucket and run the silicone drain hose to it using the holder clip to hold it to the upper lip of the pipe.

About, from Brew Hardware: “Sometimes we have a grand plan for a given fitting. This time we’re just spit balling to see what sticks. We took the profile of a ball lock keg post and replaced the poppit and spring with just two large bored out holes. The other end is a generous 3/8″ OD hose barb that will work with 3/8′ ID silicone, 5/16″ Racking tubing, or whatever.”

 

We posted about this a while back and it quickly sold out.  It’s available again as of this posting.  Check the product page for current availability.

 

STEAM SLAYER – KETTLE BOIL STEAM CONDENSER ASSEMBLY

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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.

12″ Stainless Steel Boil Screen for Homebrew Kettle or Mash Tun – $5.04

Bazooka Screen for Homebrew Kettle or Mash Tun by The Weekend Brewer (12")

12″ Boil Screen.  Features 1/2″ Male Stainless Steel threads, stainless worm clamp and stainless steel mesh screen.

Install in your compatible boil kettle or mash tun.

10/27/18 6 PM Central: This is selling for just $5.04. Shipping to most US addresses is also free with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying order. Price, shipping and availability can change quickly.  Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

12″ Boil Screen


Neiko Titanium Step Drill Bit 1/4′ to 1-3/8′ – [Add a Weldless Bulkhead to Your Kettle] – $9.98 + free shipping

Neiko 10194A Titanium Step Drill Bit, High Speed Steel | 1/4" to 1-3/8" | Total 10 Step Sizes

Neiko 10194A Titanium Step Drill Bit, High Speed Steel | 1/4″ to 1-3/8″ | Total 10 Step Sizes


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

  • TITANIUM | HIGH SPEED STEEL: classic high speed steel with titanium coating for proven capability and durability in drilling holes in plastic, aluminum, copper, stainless steel and many other types of sheet metal
  • 135° SPLIT POINT TIP: increases cutting speed with self-centering and prevents walking
  • TWO-FLUTE DESIGN: clears chips faster and allows particles to escape easily
  • TRI-FLATTED SHANK: fits into power tools chuck securely and eliminates slip
  • INCLUDES 10 STEP SIZES: 1/4″, 3/8″, 1/2″, 5/8″, 3/4″, 7/8″, 1″, 1-1/8″, 1-1/4″, 1-3/8″

Possible Uses: Drill a hole in your kettle based brew kettle, mlt or hlt so that you can add a weldless bulkhead, ball valve or thermometer.

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

12/11/18 12:30 PM Central: This is selling $9.98.  Shipping is also free to many US addresses. Prices, shipping 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 post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

Neiko 10194A Titanium Step Drill Bit, High Speed Steel | 1/4″ to 1-3/8″ | Total 10 Step Sizes


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Stainless Steel Tri-Clamp Thermometer – $39.99, Save $10, Limited Availability

1.5 in. T.C. Thermometer - 3.25 in. Face x 7.5 in. Probe H594Stainless Steel Tri-Clamp Thermometer from MoreBeer.  From the product description: “Stainless steel dial thermometer with 1.5″ tri-clamp fitting. Thermometer face measures 3.25″ and measures from 32-220°F (0-100°C). Probe measures 7.5″ in length from the tip to the T.C. fitting.”

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

1.5 in. T.C. Thermometer – 3.25 in. Face x 7.5 in. Probe H594$49.99 $39.99 + Free Shipping with $59 Order

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.

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MoreDeals! at MoreBeer:
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Announcing: The Steam Slayer – from Brew Hardware

STEAM SLAYER - KETTLE BOIL STEAM CONDENSER ASSEMBLY

The Steam Slayer via Brew Hardware is designed to eliminate the need to vent steam from your brewing room.

More Info

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

The Steam Slayer(tm) is a brand new product that eliminates the need to vent steam from your brewing room. More and more people are converting over to electric brewing systems allowing brewing indoors and even in quite confined spaces. The rude awakening occurs when you evaporate a gallon or more water into the air and your walls and ceiling drips with condensation. In some cases it is impossible or unreasonable to install fan-based exhaust systems to vent that steam. Enter the Steam Slayer!

Condensing boil steam is a relatively common practice in large scale industry and some breweries. Homebrewtalk.com user “Brundog” did a lot of experimentation and documentation and many folks built clone systems in turn. When it came time to install one on the shop brewing kettle, we couldn’t leave well enough alone with off the shelf parts.

How It Works:
You will install a 1.5″ TC port in the upper sidewall of your electric powered boil kettle, typically as high as you can get it without interfering with the closure of the kettle’s lid. The unit is equipped with a fine mist sprayer that fits inside the main body and is fed with cold tap water. When you reach a boil in your kettle, you will put the lid on and start the flow of cold water into the unit. Steam will enter the tee and encounter the spray turning the steam back into water. The waste water runs out the bottom of the unit into the included silicone hose which you will position over a catch bucket. Depending on your tap water pressure, and the selected sprayer option, you will typically consume 6-10 gallons of water in a 60 minute boil. This water can be discarded or saved for cleaning your equipment afterwards.

What’s Included:

  • Main Body Tee with 1.5″ TC top and side flanges and welded 5/8″ hose barb on the bottom.
  • 1.5″ TC sprayer adapter with your choice of 6 or 9 gallon per hour sprayer tip. The GPH ratings are at 40 PSI. We find the 6GPM works great on 45 PSI on a 7 gallon boil. If you have low pressure, you may need the 9GPM sprayer. If you are doing 10 or 15 gallon batches, you may need the 9 GPH. We are still trying to figure out better guidelines.
  • Right angle water shut off valve with push in connection five feet of 1/4″ poly supply line (5ft is standard, select longer runs in the dropdown selection above.
  • Water supply connection fitting with push in connection: Your choice of 3/4″ Female Garden Hose or In-Line faucet connection valve (select in the drop down above). More about this in the instructions below.
  • 3 feet of 1/2″ ID silicone hose for waste water drain. The tubing must reach from the bottom of the steam slayer body to the TOP of your catch bucket. If you need more tubing, it can be purchased by the foot and we can combine the added length onto the standard 3′ if you direct us to.
  • Hose holder clip to keep drain hose positioned at the inside top of your collection bucket.

* Note that the clamp and gasket to attach the unit to the kettle is not included, nor is the hardware to install the actual TC port in the kettle. See the list of available accessories if you need any of those parts.

Instructions:
First, keep in mind that this is a new process for small scale homebrewing and we’re all learning the best practices. When you buy this unit, consider yourself a part of a beta test. These instructions will evolve.

  1. Clamp the main unit to the existing kettle port and the sprayer TC to the top of the unit. The integrated hose barb should be facing down towards the floor.
  2. Install your water source fitting. If you selected the Garden Hose fitting, attach it to your garden hose bib, a garden hose, a slop sink faucet, or a washing machine supply port. If you selected the inline faucet supply fitting, shut off the cold water valve under your sink, remove the hose feeding your faucet and install the inline fitting. Replace the faucet hose on top and turn the water back on to check for leaks. The inline faucet fitting is shown on the right. Just below that we show where it would install under a sink or toilet.
  3. Connect the 1/4″ Poly line to your source water fitting and the shutoff valve on the top of the Steam Slayer. Making sure the ends are cut cleanly, simply push the tubing into the fittings all the way and install the C-shaped retaining clips.
  4. Install the silicone waste tubing on the unit’s barb and attach the holder clip to the end. We include a 5/8″ OD stainless steel ring that should be inserted into the end of the silicone to expand the tubing large enough to fit the holder clip tightly. The waste tubing should be trimmed so that it only extends into your catch bucket/vessel by 1-2 inches. The open end of this tubing must never be submergedor the steam slayer will not work properly.
  5. Once your boil begins, turn on the cooling water and place your kettle lid on the kettle. Since the condensing action creates a mild vacuum, the lid does not need a gasket. If you notice steam leaking out of the lid, make sure it is not warped creating extra spaces.
  6. Adjust your boil intensity to approximately HALF of what you’re used to using and plan for about half as much boil off. For a typical example, we used to run our 5500 watt element at 65% when the kettle is full of 7 gallons and the lid off. We experienced 1.5 gallons per hour of boil off. With the Steam Slayer installed, we run at 32% and experience .75 gallons of boil off per hour. In other words, to use the Steam Slayer, your electric kettle must be equipped with a power controller.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Can I go through the lid?

Yes. In order to through the lid, you will need to install a 1.5″ TC port towards the edge and then clamp on a 1.5″ TC 90 degree elbow. From there the Steam Slayer gets clamped on as noted above. You may need to place a counterweight on top of the lid, opposite the TC port to keep it firmly seated on the kettle.

2. I use the BIAB method and I’m concerned that a side mount TC port will reduce my kettle capacity.

You can put a TC blank cover over the port during the mash and then fit the Steam Slayer after you pull the grain bag.

3. How do I run the hot waste water directly to a plumbing drain.

We don’t know for sure. We do know that you want the water to freely drain out. Even in cases where the output hose bends into a loop where water collects in the hose is enough to stop the vacuum on the kettle. You may get steam to escape via the lid if there is any back pressure on the drain hose. If your sewer pipe is well below your brewing location, you can run a horizontal drain line over to the kettle, install a P-trap and then end in an oversized vertical entrance pipe. Treat this like the catch bucket and run the silicone drain hose to it using the holder clip to hold it to the upper lip of the pipe.

About, from Brew Hardware: “Sometimes we have a grand plan for a given fitting. This time we’re just spit balling to see what sticks. We took the profile of a ball lock keg post and replaced the poppit and spring with just two large bored out holes. The other end is a generous 3/8″ OD hose barb that will work with 3/8′ ID silicone, 5/16″ Racking tubing, or whatever.”

 

STEAM SLAYER – KETTLE BOIL STEAM CONDENSER ASSEMBLY

More: Recent Great Deals

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.

Weldless Sight Glasses – from $9.54!

weldless sight glass homebrew

PFD has a great variety of homebrew related gear including stainless steel Camlock disconnects, threaded fittings (t’s, elbows and connectors of every sort), Stainless QDs, ball valves, tri-clamp fittings, burners, wort chillers, thermowells, site glasses, silicone tubing, pumps, stainless pickup tubes, stainless false bottoms and more.

PFD already has generally great prices.  As of this posting, promo code BREW15% takes an additional 15% off their entire lineup of homebrewing gear.

Black Friday!  PFD has launched their Black Friday Sale.  It is 20% off category wide when you use promo code Brew20%.  There are two exclusions – riptide and chugger pumps.  Homebrew Finds Readers get an additional 10% off by using our link.   The 10% is applied first.  That’s 10% + 20% off and…an outstanding deal.  PFD is also discounting shipping charges by 10% when you choose UPS shipping.  Hop on it!

ProFlow’s Homebrew Lineup

Stacking sales applies to weldless sight glasses.  With the two discounts prices start at just $9.54!  (11″ economy)

Update: This promo has expired or pricing, availability or description has changed – Check the supplier’s site or product page for current availability

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MoreBeer Polycarbonate Sight Glass – $5.49, Limited Supply

Polycarbonate Sight Glass - 23.5 in. MT521

Polycarbonate Sight Glass – 23.5 in from MoreBeer

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

Made from polycarbonate, these simple sight gauges are easy to install and clean. It comes with a 1/2 in threaded post with o-rings and a 23.5 in polycarbonate tube that can be cut down to size.


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.

Polycarbonate Sight Glass – 23.5 in. MT521 – $5.49 + Free Shipping with a $59 order

MoreDeals! at MoreBeer:
Note: MoreBeer’s cart accepts multiple coupon codes. get in on multiple deals on the same order and maximize free shipping.

  • Hops!  While you’re placing an order, check out MoreBeer’s Hop Market – rotating deep discounts on hops.
  • MoreBeer’s Kit of the Week:  Kit of the Week – 20% off

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Weldless Sight Glasses – from $10.14 w/15%+10% Off PFD

weldless sight glass homebrew

PFD has a great variety of homebrew related gear including stainless steel Camlock disconnects, threaded fittings (t’s, elbows and connectors of every sort), Stainless QDs, ball valves, tri-clamp fittings, burners, wort chillers, thermowells, site glasses, silicone tubing, pumps, stainless pickup tubes, stainless false bottoms and more.

PFD already has generally great prices.  As of this posting, promo code BREW15% takes an additional 15% off their entire lineup of homebrewing gear.

Stacks With: Using the link below takes another 10% off!

ProFlow’s Homebrew Lineup – this link saves you an additional 10%

Stacking sales applies to weldless sight glasses.  With the two discounts prices start at just $10.14 (11″ economy)

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304 Stainless Steel Clip on Trub Guard from Brew Hardware – $10

CLIP-ON TRUB GUARD

CLIP-ON TRUB GUARD via Brew Hardware

From the description: “Keep most of that trub out of your drain without a filter device.

This is a slight reconfiguration of our heat shield assembly that allows clipping to the side of a kettle dip tube to keep your pile of trub away from the exit point. This is especially useful when you whirlpool your boiled wort to make a neat pile in the center of the pot. That pile usually stays put until it becomes exposed to air and then it collapses and falls towards the sidewalls of your pot. This simple clip on guard will stay in place during the whole boil and keep most of the trub out of the pickup at the end of the draining process.

We position the clip for best fit on our truebulkheadelbarb but it will also work with a street elbow threaded into a welded coupling bulkhead that acts as a mini diptube.

The 3″ high x 5″ wide stainless plate should be touching the bottom of the pot for best results. The plate and clip are 304 stainless steel.”

CLIP-ON TRUB GUARD

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Blichmann Hop Blocker Screen – $35.99, Save 40%!

blichmann hop block

Blichmann Hop Blocker via William’s Brewing


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

This Blichmann Boilermaker accessory fits inside any size Boilermaker (it has a hole in the back to accomodate the 1/2″ Boilermaker dip tube, seen in the above picture in the middle right side of each HopBlocker), and will captures up to 95% of brew kettle particulates. Based on preferential flow, the HopBlocker directs clear wort to the kettle drain valve and keeps particulates on the bottom of the pot where they belong. 5.5″ tall and 3.75″ wide, the HopBlocker is perforated with holes, the finer holes at the bottom, and larger at the top.

A sliding stainless blocking screen (shown in the starting bottom position at left) initially blocks wort from pouring through the finer holes, leaving the fine break material undisturbed at the bottom of the pot, while draining the majority of the wort through the coarse filter first. When the kettle is almost empty, you lift up the sliding screen with the handle (shown at right above) to expose the finer holes to finish the transfer of the wort from the kettle to your fermenter. The HopBlocker can filter up to 1 pound of pellet hops from a boil in larger kettles. The HopBlocker is designed to filter pellet hops only, for whole hops, you will need to have them secured in a straining bag during the boil.

Two HopBlockers are shown for illustration only, only one is included in the box.


As of this posting, William’s Brewing has a fall clearance sale going on that discounts a large selection of items by 40%.  Note: discounted prices are reflected in your cart.  No coupon or promo code is required.  Check William’s for current selection and availability.  See: Fall Clearance at William’s Brewing – that sale makes this just $35.99, that’s a savings of $20.

Blichmann Hop Blocker

Update: This promo has expired or pricing, availability or description has changed – Check the supplier’s site or product page for current availability

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