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The SpinCycle Overboard from Brew Hardware – NO DRILL Kettle Whirlpool Return – $15

SPINCYCLE OVERBOARD, NO-DRILL KETTLE WHIRLPOOL RETURN

SpinCycle Overboard NO DRILL Kettle Whirlpool Return  from Brew Hardware


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

Brewers that use immersion chillers and also own a pump should know that recirculating the wort back into the kettle to whirlpool the wort makes for much faster cooling and will also make a concentrated pile of trub and hop particles in the center of the kettle bottom.

This is our third version of the industry leading whirpooling hardware. The original SpinCycle and SpinCycle Submerge both require a hole to be drilled into your kettle. Some people drill holes without a second thought but this one is for people who can’t or do not want to modify their kettle.

We’ve built this unit one at a time on a customer request basis for years but we’ve finally bulk manufactured them to be able to get them out faster. It starts with a length of 1/2″ OD 304 polished SS tubing that bends up and over the kettle wall, then drops straight down through a heavy duty spring clamp. Finally the bottom is bent 90 degrees to kick the output to your sidewall and make the liquid spin.

You have your choice of how the flow gets in to the unit. The cheap way is to select “open tube on the end” and then just clamp your hose over it. The more realistic option is to select “Silver soldered male Camlock” if you use camlock quick disconnects in your system. Note that in this particular case, the cam is TIG welded at our factory even though the option says “silver soldered”. This is the version shown in the main picture.

The other choice is what the maximum drop is from the top of the pot to the output tube. To be clear, these are the lengths when the tubing is slid as far down in the clamp as possible. You can easily shorten the depth by taking pressure off the spring clamp and sliding the tubing up.


This is selling for just $15. 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 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

SPINCYCLE OVERBOARD, NO-DRILL KETTLE WHIRLPOOL RETURN

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Baseball Park Map Pint Glasses via UncommonGoods

Baseball Park Map Pint Glasses – Set of 2


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

Calling a baseball stadium just a building is like calling the Louvre just a museum. A true fan’s ballpark is sacred ground, and these are a true fan”s pint glasses. Each set of two features an overhead map of an iconic MLB stadium in the team’s two main colors. When you’ve taken your last sip, you’ll see your team’s logo in the bottom. They make a fantastic gift for the baseball lover who knows diamonds are forever. Made by Brian Johnson in Pennsylvania.


These combine two of my favorite things.  The greatest team in the history of baseball is available… as well as other teams :).  These are not what I would call inexpensive, currently $38 + shipping.  They are what I would call… super cool.  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 the product page.  Check the product page for current price, description and availability

Baseball Park Map Pint Glasses – Set of 2

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Hands on Review: Brewers Hardware Quick Clean Take-Apart Ball Valves

This review is by Homebrew Finds Contributor Brad Probert.  Brad is an engineer, expert homebrewer and experienced reviewer.  Grab a link to Brad’s website at the end of this review.

Brewers Hardware Take-Apart Ball Valve

Up until now, I’ve known of two types of ball valves- 2-piece and 3-piece. The key difference between them being that the 3-piece can be disassembled for full cleaning. When I first started buying gear, I figured I’d go for the 3-piece because the idea of being able to take it apart and clean it sounded like something I should probably do. After seeing the complications of needing to use 2 wrenches at a time, while holding the body of the valve stable, I quickly concluded my 3-piece valves would never experience the joy of a ‘deep cleaning’.


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Quick Clean Take-Apart Ball Valves at Brewers Hardware


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Reader Tip: Stainless Steel Float + Silicone Tubing – serve from the top! $13.59 when you buy 4 or more

Thanks to HBF Reader Christian for this tip!  [8 Ways to Connect with HBF]Stainless Float Ball & 60 cm Silicone Dip tube for Fermentasaurus Conical or Keg

Stainless Float Ball & 60 cm Silicone Dip tube for Fermentasaurus Conical or Keg


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

Replacement stainless float and silicone dip tube for the Fermentasaurus fermenter.

Also a great new dip tube for any keg. This way you are dispensing the beer from the clearest at the top of the keg rather than the hazy part at the bottom.


Note from HBF:  This looks very similar (I think it’s the same thing) to the Top Draw Beer Pick Up Tube from William’s Brewing and also this from MoreBeer.  I’m a big proponent of the idea behind this.  In fact, I’ve used a similar, but very difficult to find product, for years,  See: Cask Widge Floats for Fermenting and Serving Using Corny Kegs?.  The central idea is that the float allows you to serve from the top of your keg.  The beer at the top of yout keg clears and carbonates first.  You’ll also avoid clogged dip tubes and almost completely avoid picking up trub.  To use this in a keg, you replace the liquid out dip tube with a short gas out dip tube and then attach the silicone tubing.

As if this posting, this is eBay offering is selling for $15.99.  The price drops as you purchase more and drops all the way down to $13.59 when you buy four.  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 the product page. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

Stainless Float Ball & 60 cm Silicone Dip tube for Fermentasaurus Conical or Keg

Update, the price has spiked, consider… Top Draw Beer Pick Up Tube from William’s Brewing and also this from MoreBeer.

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American Sanke Keg Fermentor Kit with Thermowell from Brewers Hardware – convert a Sanke into a Fermenter

American Sanke Keg Fermentor Kit with Thermowell via Brewers Hardware


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

American Sanke Keg Fermentor Kit with Thermowell. Kit includes Tri Clover Compatible clamp and silicone o-ring for attaching to your Sanke keg.

  • All Stainless Steel Construction.
  • Fits American-Style Commercial Sanke Kegs by simply removing the spear. Keg can be returned to service!
  • TIG Welded for a life-time of service – No End-User Welding Required!
  • 3/8″ Polished Linear Racking Arm for Sediment Free Transfers.
  • .29″ ID Polished Thermowell For Accurate Temperature Monitoring and Control.
  • Built-in 1/2″ detachable Blow-Off Port
  • American Sanke Keg NOT included.

Back in Stock… Stainless Steel Float + Silicone Tubing – $17.99 at MoreBeer

Replacement Stainless Float & 60 cm Silicone Dip tube for Fermentasaurus FE101A

Replacement Stainless Float & 60 cm Silicone Dip tube from MoreBeer


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

Stainless float and silicone dip tube replacement for the Fermentasaurus fermenter.


Note from HBF:  This looks very similar to the Top Draw Beer Pick Up Tube from William’s Brewing.  I’m a big proponent of the idea behind the Top Draw.  In fact, I’ve used a similar, but very difficult product to find, for years,  See: Cask Widge Floats for Fermenting and Serving Using Corny Kegs? – Not sure if MoreBeer’s offering is identical, but it sure looks similar.

This has been out of stock for a long time.  As of this posting, it’s available again at MoreBeer for $17.99. Shipping is free with a qualifying $59 order to many US 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.

Replacement Stainless Float & 60 cm Silicone Dip tube for Fermentasaurus FE101A

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The Top Draw Pick Up Tube – $16.99 at William’s Brewing!

The Top Draw Beer Pickup Tube from William’s Brewing!

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

Do you want to drink the clearest beer possible from your keg as quickly as possible? The Top Draw™ Beer Pick Up Tube fits any ball or pin lock keg, and replaces the rigid stainless dip tube with a stainless float pick up on a 22″ food grade silicone hose. This flexible hose holds a 1″ stainless beer pickup tube which is held 1″ below the surface of the beer by the float.  As the level of the beer in the keg drops, the pick up tube remains 1″ above the surface, always drawing the clearest beer all the way until empty.

Installs in a couple minutes – just unscrew the beer post on your ball lock keg, insert the provided short pick up tube, and attach the silicone tubing to the underside of the tube. Now dangle the hole assembly in the keg and you are done.  For shorter kegs, cut the silicone tube to length.

Includes 22″ of tubing, stainless float with attached pickup tube, and short replacement stainless beer dip tube with seating O ring.

Made from 304 stainless steel, and the silicone hose is made in Texas to our exacting USA food grade standards.

 

I’m a big proponent of the idea behind the Top Draw.  In fact, I’ve used a similar, but very difficult product to find, for years,  See: Cask Widge Floats for Fermenting and Serving Using Corny Kegs? – I’m super excited that William’s Brewing has introduced this product.  It’s a great idea and I’m glad it’s readily available to US homebrewers!!

As of this posting,this is $19.99.  Check product page for current price and availability.

Stacks With: As of this posting, William’s Brewing is taking 15% Off All Keg Partsnote… you have to add these to the cart to see applicable discounts.  Check William’s Brewing for current availability.  That makes the Top Draw $16.99.

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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Top Draw Beer Pick Up Tube

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Inline CO2 Regulator [control each keg separately] – $7.99 via William’s Brewing + Hands on Review & Hacks

william's brewing inline regulatorInline Regulator via William’s Brewing.  About: “This in line regulator features 1/4″ hose barbs, and can be adjusted with a flat head screwdriver. It can reduce incoming pressure from 150 PSI to 1 PSI. It is very handy to use when you want to use a single output C02 regulator in a draft system, but supply different kegs with different dispensing pressures. 4.75″ long with included brass hose barbs installed.”  The product page has a video with more info.

This is basically an inline secondary regulator.  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.

Review and Hacks… ReviewDial in w/SpundingUse for portable serving!

As of this posting, William’s Brewing has this for just $7.99. Shipping is free or reasonably priced flat rate to addresses in the lower 48 states depending on your order size for most items. 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.

IN LINE REGULATOR

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The SpinCycle Overboard from Brew Hardware – NO DRILL Kettle Whirlpool Return – $15

SPINCYCLE OVERBOARD, NO-DRILL KETTLE WHIRLPOOL RETURN

SpinCycle Overboard NO DRILL Kettle Whirlpool Return  from Brew Hardware


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

Brewers that use immersion chillers and also own a pump should know that recirculating the wort back into the kettle to whirlpool the wort makes for much faster cooling and will also make a concentrated pile of trub and hop particles in the center of the kettle bottom.

This is our third version of the industry leading whirpooling hardware. The original SpinCycle and SpinCycle Submerge both require a hole to be drilled into your kettle. Some people drill holes without a second thought but this one is for people who can’t or do not want to modify their kettle.

We’ve built this unit one at a time on a customer request basis for years but we’ve finally bulk manufactured them to be able to get them out faster. It starts with a length of 1/2″ OD 304 polished SS tubing that bends up and over the kettle wall, then drops straight down through a heavy duty spring clamp. Finally the bottom is bent 90 degrees to kick the output to your sidewall and make the liquid spin.

You have your choice of how the flow gets in to the unit. The cheap way is to select “open tube on the end” and then just clamp your hose over it. The more realistic option is to select “Silver soldered male Camlock” if you use camlock quick disconnects in your system. Note that in this particular case, the cam is TIG welded at our factory even though the option says “silver soldered”. This is the version shown in the main picture.

The other choice is what the maximum drop is from the top of the pot to the output tube. To be clear, these are the lengths when the tubing is slid as far down in the clamp as possible. You can easily shorten the depth by taking pressure off the spring clamp and sliding the tubing up.


This is selling for just $15. 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 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

SPINCYCLE OVERBOARD, NO-DRILL KETTLE WHIRLPOOL RETURN

Also

Free Homebrew Audio Books: Free 30 Day Trial of Audible + TWO FREE Titles – lots of homebrew & beer titles available

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The Top Draw Pick Up Tube – $16.99 at William’s Brewing!

The Top Draw Beer Pickup Tube from William’s Brewing!

More Info

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

Do you want to drink the clearest beer possible from your keg as quickly as possible? The Top Draw™ Beer Pick Up Tube fits any ball or pin lock keg, and replaces the rigid stainless dip tube with a stainless float pick up on a 22″ food grade silicone hose. This flexible hose holds a 1″ stainless beer pickup tube which is held 1″ below the surface of the beer by the float.  As the level of the beer in the keg drops, the pick up tube remains 1″ above the surface, always drawing the clearest beer all the way until empty.

Installs in a couple minutes – just unscrew the beer post on your ball lock keg, insert the provided short pick up tube, and attach the silicone tubing to the underside of the tube. Now dangle the hole assembly in the keg and you are done.  For shorter kegs, cut the silicone tube to length.

Includes 22″ of tubing, stainless float with attached pickup tube, and short replacement stainless beer dip tube with seating O ring.

Made from 304 stainless steel, and the silicone hose is made in Texas to our exacting USA food grade standards.

 

I’m a big proponent of the idea behind the Top Draw.  In fact, I’ve used a similar, but very difficult product to find, for years,  See: Cask Widge Floats for Fermenting and Serving Using Corny Kegs? – I’m super excited that William’s Brewing has introduced this product.  It’s a great idea and I’m glad it’s readily available to US homebrewers!!

As of this posting,this is $19.99.  Check product page for current price and availability.

Stacks With: As of this posting, William’s Brewing is taking 15% Off All Keg Partsnote… you have to add these to the cart to see applicable discounts.  Check William’s Brewing for current availability.  That makes the Top Draw $16.99.

Top Draw Beer Pick Up Tube

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

Recent Deals!  Last Fifty Finds

Also: Kegerator Tips & Gear | Keg Repair Part #s | Recent Keg Finds

Our Top Draft Resources

 

Free Homebrew Audio Books: Free 30 Day Trial of Audible + TWO FREE Titles – lots of homebrew & beer titles available

Visit William’s Brewing – Web Only Clearance Sale

More: Recent William’s Brewing Finds