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Introducing GROWLER BRO Mini Beer Infusers by Bouncer

Growler Bro Mini Beer Infusers (3-pack), by Bouncer

Growler Bro Mini Beer Infusers (3-pack), by Bouncer


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

Infuse your beers by the growler, pitcher or glass to test recipes and create variety – Educate your palate on hops types, or punch up bland batches – 250 micron/60-mesh screen infuses flavor without the dregs – Works great with coarsely ground coffee or spices, citrus peels, fresh herbs, pellet hops, chopped peppers, vanilla beans…the only limit is the imagination – Quality made (of stainless steel, nylon and food grade silicon) in the USA for many years of use.


Growler Bro Mini Beer Infusers (3-pack), by Bouncer


Related: Tips and Gear for Growler Filling | Growlers – Deals, Discounts and Coupons! + Reviews and Related Top Posts

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Announcing: The Pumpzilla Brewing Pump with Stainless Steel Head

PUMPZILLA BREWING PUMP WITH STAINLESS STEEL HEAD

PUMPZILLA BREWING PUMP WITH STAINLESS STEEL HEAD via Great Fermentations


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

Get pumped with the Pumpzilla Brewing Pump, only available at Great Fermentations. The Pumpzilla is a great addition to your brewing setup, and is designed to make your brew day easier. The Pumpzilla is perfect for recirculating, whirlpooling, or simply moving wort from one vessel to another. It can handle liquids up to 100C / 212F degrees which makes it perfect to use on all steps of the brewing process.

The Pumpzilla features a stainless steel head which is the best material to use for brewing. A lot of brewing pumps in this price range have polysulfone (plastic) heads. The majority of the fittings you attach to your pump are stainless steel, and overtime those polysulfone threads will wear down from the constant screwing and unscrewing of stainless steel fittings. That’s why we use a stainless steel head with the Pumpzilla.

  • Stainless Steel head
  • Can be set on a flat surface by itself without tipping over
  • Quiet Operation
  • Center inlet design makes it easy to prime this pump as the head is easily flooded with wort
  • Inlet and outlet fittings are 1/2 in. female NPT so they will work with any of your standard homebrew fittings
  • Water resistant (not proof!) casing
  • 5 ft. Cord
  • Max Flow – 5 Gal / 19L per minute
  • Max Lift – 11 ft
  • Heat Rating: 100C (212F)
  • Voltage – 120v 60Hz
  • Current – 0.75A

As of this posting, Great Fermentations has this for just $79.99. 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

PUMPZILLA BREWING PUMP WITH STAINLESS STEEL HEAD

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Announcing: Chugger X-Dry Series Pump via MoreBeer!

Chugger X-Dry Series Pump - Stainless Steel H332X

Chugger X-Dry Series Pump  Stainless Steel from MoreBeer


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

Introducing the X-Dry Series Chugger Pumps! These pumps offer the same great quality we’ve come to expect from Chugger, but now feature Run-Dry Protection. Although the Chugger still needs to be primed before each use, the X-Dry Series offers a new level of protection from damage due to cavitation.

The Chugger lineup of pumps represents a great value for an even better price. These pumps are workhorses in the brewery. Featuring a robust flow rate of 7 gpm, and a magnetic drive designed to handle back-pressure, these pumps are a great addition to any brewing setup! The Stainless Steel Chugger showcases their molded Stainless Steel Pump Head. This stainless pump is a steal for the price, and we’ve been more than happy with the quality! Use this to ease transfers between kettles, cool wort via a counterflow chiller, or recirculate icewater for quicker chilling!

The Chugger pump has 1/2″ mpt inlet and outlet, allowing easy configuration for any application! We recommend setting these pumps up with a Ball valve on the outflow side, this way you can throttle down the outgoing flow rate, allowing for more efficient sparges or cooling! The pump head can also be rotated 360° (in 90° intervals) allowing for even more customization!

Features:

  • Run Dry Carbon Bearing
  • Stainless Steel Pump Head
  • Food Grade up to 250° F
  • 1/2″ mpt inlet and outlet
  • High Flow rate of 7 gpm
  • Max Head 18.6 ft
  • 115v 55″ cord and plug attached
  • 50/60 Hz, 1.4 amp
  • 1/20 HP, 3500 RPM
  • No more issues with crossthreading plastic heads or snapping off fittings

As of this posting, MoreBeer has this on sale for just $169.99. 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.

Chugger X-Dry Series Pump – Stainless Steel H332X

Also: Homebrew Pump Discounts, Deals and Resources

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
  • Inline Secondary!  MoreBeer is now carrying this at just $8.99

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Torpedo Line of Stainless Steel Ball Lock Disconnects – $14.99

17229MoreBeer has lineup of QDs has proven popular based on availability.  They have gone in and out of stock since being announced a while back.  Torpedo Ball Lock Beverage Disconnects are available in both beverage and gas configurations with either MFL connections or barbs.  They will, of course, work with MoreBeer’s Torpedo kegs, but they will also work with any ball lock Corny Keg.

At $14.99, these are selling for about half the price of the other SS Ball Lock connectors that I’m aware of.  They are also a part of MoreBeer’s Free Shipping Program.

Check them out – Full Torpedo Lineup at MoreBeer

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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
  • Inline Secondary!  MoreBeer is now carrying this at just $8.99

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Back in Stock – New from Brew Hardware – the Cold Crash Guardian – No Oxygen Cold Crash Blowoff

cold crash guardian

The Cold Crush Guardian via Brew Hardware

From Brew Hardware: “If you ferment in a temp controlled environment and enjoy the benefits of cold crashing, the inevitable problem is that the cooling in the fermenter creates a vacuum. The worst case scenario is that the liquid from your airlock or blowoff container gets sucked back into the beer and some portion of air from within the refrigerator is also drawn in. This has both contamination and oxidation effects on the beer even if you haven’t noticed it yet. If you’ve jumped on the New England IPA craze, even tiny amounts of oxygen will destroy that beer.”

More Info
More Info

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

There are very few discussions being had on this topic and when it is brought up, those concerned are often told not to worry about it or offered solutions that don’t work. Scroll to the bottom to read about some of these misguided solutions.

What you get:
This simple but effective kit includes a 1 gallon expandable bladder connected to a tee. The tee is pressed into a hole in a drilled stopper, grommet or carboy cap (you provide) and the top of the tee connects to an included hose that is dangled into a container of starsan solution (you provide). We include 4 feet of tubing which can be cut as necessary. We also include a hose barb splice fitting that you can insert into the stopper in order to get the tee further away from your fermenter if necessary.

How it works:
As your wort ferments, the CO2 inflates the bag full, then excess pressure is vented through the blowoff tube and bubbles through the starsan in your catch container. If yeast and trub is blown through the assembly, it will collect in the starsan container as with any other blowoff setup. If any debris makes it into the bladder, which is unlikely, it can easy be cleaned out by removing the cap from the bladder.

Once fermentation is over and you set your fermentation temp controller to COLD, the vacuum created in the fermenter will start to draw the CO2 out of the inflated bag as necessary. In most cases, the bag will deflate about a 3rd of the way for 5 gallon batches and half way for 10 gallon batches. No starsan will draw up the tubing. More importantly, only CO2 will be drawn back into the headspace. No oxygen, no starsan, no bacteria.

The barbs on the tee that insert into your fermenter are 3/8″ OD. These will fit typical openings designed for airlocks including bucket lid grommets, the larger nipple on a carboy cap, and drilled rubber stoppers.

Typical solutions offered on brewing forums:

I just plug up my fermenter so that the vacuum cannot draw anything in.
If your fermenter can hold up to the vacuum without damage or sucking your stopper down the hole, the problem is that you will eventually need to unseal it. Once the stopper is removed, oxygen rich air gets drawn in. Also don’t discount how damaging vacuum can be. You can crease PET fermenters this way. You can also implode stainless tanks.

I just use an S-style airlock because it will pass gas both directions without draining starsan back in.
The only problem this prevents is the contamination of beer with whatever liquid you have in the airlock. It does not stop oxygen.

Who cares if Starsan is drawn into the beer, it’s safe enough to drink.
Wow. Most people immediately understand the lapse of judgement here. There are endless safe things you can add to your beer that would make it taste bad.

I never had a problem with contamination or oxidation.
Some beers are more or less susceptible to off flavors/oxidation problems and some people have higher thresholds for detecting those problems. If you are completely happy with your beer despite less than ideal practices, this product is not for you.

I hook up my CO2 tank and set it to less than 1 PSI to push in CO2 when the vacuum is formed.
This is indeed how the pros handle it and of course it works. At a homebrew scale there are a few things to keep in mind. First you do need a CO2 tank, a good regulator that doesn’t drift, and a fermenter that is 100% sealed. If you have even a slow leak in the fermenter seals, kiss that whole tank of CO2 goodbye. If your regulator drifts even a couple PSI (due to being borrowed out of your cold kegerator), you can compromise your fermenters due to overpressurization.

 

COLD CRASH GUARDIAN – NO OXYGEN COLD CRASH BLOWOFF

Related: Yeast: The Practical Guide to Beer Fermentation & Best Sellers in Lab Erlenmeyers – via Amazon | StirStarter Stir Plate | Yeast Starters and Fermentation Resource Page

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New from Brew Hardware – Camlock Garden Hose Quick Disconnects

I’m a fan!  I’ve used Cam Lock QDs my kettles, mash tun, pumps and tubing for a long time.  They have worked great for me.  I put male connectors kettles, mash tuns and pumps and use female connectors for tubing.  Standardizing on this (or the opposite) means you can use tubing as jumpers and always have the availability to connect your gear.

These are made from Stainless Steel and are available in lots of configurations.  Those are classified by Type and Size.  Type may mean something in “commercial cam lock fitting circles”, but I was initially confused by this.  Types are akin to model numbers.  For example, Type A is Female NPT to Male Cam and Groove.

Garden Hose Compatible QDs now available from Brew Hardware!  Brew Hardware has released a lineup of garden hose compatible Cam Lock QDs.

Camlock Fittings at Brew Hardware | Search for Garden Hose Cam Locks

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Brew Hardware – the Cold Crash Guardian – No Oxygen Cold Crash Blowoff

cold crash guardian

The Cold Crush Guardian via Brew Hardware

From Brew Hardware: “If you ferment in a temp controlled environment and enjoy the benefits of cold crashing, the inevitable problem is that the cooling in the fermenter creates a vacuum. The worst case scenario is that the liquid from your airlock or blowoff container gets sucked back into the beer and some portion of air from within the refrigerator is also drawn in. This has both contamination and oxidation effects on the beer even if you haven’t noticed it yet. If you’ve jumped on the New England IPA craze, even tiny amounts of oxygen will destroy that beer.”

More Info
More Info

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

There are very few discussions being had on this topic and when it is brought up, those concerned are often told not to worry about it or offered solutions that don’t work. Scroll to the bottom to read about some of these misguided solutions.

What you get:
This simple but effective kit includes a 1 gallon expandable bladder connected to a tee. The tee is pressed into a hole in a drilled stopper, grommet or carboy cap (you provide) and the top of the tee connects to an included hose that is dangled into a container of starsan solution (you provide). We include 4 feet of tubing which can be cut as necessary. We also include a hose barb splice fitting that you can insert into the stopper in order to get the tee further away from your fermenter if necessary.

How it works:
As your wort ferments, the CO2 inflates the bag full, then excess pressure is vented through the blowoff tube and bubbles through the starsan in your catch container. If yeast and trub is blown through the assembly, it will collect in the starsan container as with any other blowoff setup. If any debris makes it into the bladder, which is unlikely, it can easy be cleaned out by removing the cap from the bladder.

Once fermentation is over and you set your fermentation temp controller to COLD, the vacuum created in the fermenter will start to draw the CO2 out of the inflated bag as necessary. In most cases, the bag will deflate about a 3rd of the way for 5 gallon batches and half way for 10 gallon batches. No starsan will draw up the tubing. More importantly, only CO2 will be drawn back into the headspace. No oxygen, no starsan, no bacteria.

The barbs on the tee that insert into your fermenter are 3/8″ OD. These will fit typical openings designed for airlocks including bucket lid grommets, the larger nipple on a carboy cap, and drilled rubber stoppers.

Typical solutions offered on brewing forums:

I just plug up my fermenter so that the vacuum cannot draw anything in.
If your fermenter can hold up to the vacuum without damage or sucking your stopper down the hole, the problem is that you will eventually need to unseal it. Once the stopper is removed, oxygen rich air gets drawn in. Also don’t discount how damaging vacuum can be. You can crease PET fermenters this way. You can also implode stainless tanks.

I just use an S-style airlock because it will pass gas both directions without draining starsan back in.
The only problem this prevents is the contamination of beer with whatever liquid you have in the airlock. It does not stop oxygen.

Who cares if Starsan is drawn into the beer, it’s safe enough to drink.
Wow. Most people immediately understand the lapse of judgement here. There are endless safe things you can add to your beer that would make it taste bad.

I never had a problem with contamination or oxidation.
Some beers are more or less susceptible to off flavors/oxidation problems and some people have higher thresholds for detecting those problems. If you are completely happy with your beer despite less than ideal practices, this product is not for you.

I hook up my CO2 tank and set it to less than 1 PSI to push in CO2 when the vacuum is formed.
This is indeed how the pros handle it and of course it works. At a homebrew scale there are a few things to keep in mind. First you do need a CO2 tank, a good regulator that doesn’t drift, and a fermenter that is 100% sealed. If you have even a slow leak in the fermenter seals, kiss that whole tank of CO2 goodbye. If your regulator drifts even a couple PSI (due to being borrowed out of your cold kegerator), you can compromise your fermenters due to overpressurization.

 

COLD CRASH GUARDIAN – NO OXYGEN COLD CRASH BLOWOFF

Related: Yeast: The Practical Guide to Beer Fermentation & Best Sellers in Lab Erlenmeyers – via Amazon | StirStarter Stir Plate | Yeast Starters and Fermentation Resource Page

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Announcing: The BrewSSSiphon – Stainless Steel Auto Siphon!

The BrewSSSiphon from BrewSSSential!


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

Are you sick and tired of broken racking canes?

Wish you didn’t have to keep around two siphon starters for your clean beers and your sours?

If so, we’ve got you TOTALLY covered.

Fabricated entirely out of 304 Stainless Steel and high-temperature Silicone, our BrewSSSiphon™ can be completely disassembled and baked in an oven at 225 degrees F for total sanitation assurance.

That clingy Lacto won’t stand a chance & should dry hops ever clog your wort transfer, just remove the check valve assembly, clean it, sanitize it, and get back to work. Its that sensible.

As beautiful as it is versatile, this will be the last transfer tool you’ll ever need!


Note from HBF: This strikes a real chord with me and addresses a frustration that I personally have.  All of my equipment is ported.  I have quick disconnects on every connection and most brew days things go smoothly.  Periodically I run into issues and need to siphon something.  Pretty much without fail, I’ll get a plastic auto-siphon out (usually still new in the package), clean and sanitize it and start to use it and it almost immediately breaks.  I don’t know why it happens, but it almost always does, making a bad situation worse.  Afterwards, I order another one so I have something (to probably break) the next time I have an issue.  The plastic siphons I’ve used have been some of the most frustrating pieces of homebrew equipment that I’ve owned.

As of this posting, multiple packages are available with prices starting at $79.95. 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

The BrewSSSiphon!

Check out our review!  Hands on Review: The BrewSSSiphon – Stainless Steel Auto Siphon!

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Announcing: The ProNeedle – Ultimate Digital Pocket Thermometer – from ThermoWorks

ProNeedle™ – The Ultimate Pocket Digital Thermometer

About, from ThermoWorks: “Designed for commercial use, ProNeedle is the ultimate professional pocket digital thermometer. Features include blazing fast 3-4 second response, IP67 waterproof rating, ThermoWorks’ exclusive 180-degree auto-rotating display, Hold button, Min/Max display, 5-year warranty, and adjustable calibration trim. Outperforms all competitors.”

  • Super-Fast® 3-4 Second Readings
  • Waterproof IP67 rating
  • 180-degree auto-rotating display
  • 3-inch probe, fits in chef coat pocket
  • Accuracy to ±0.9°F (±0.5°C)
  • 5-year warranty
  • 3,000-hour battery life
  • Available in 3 colors
  • Hold, Max/Min, Calibration Trim

ProNeedle™ – The Ultimate Pocket Digital Thermometer

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New from MoreBeer – London Fog Ale Yeast – Ideal for NE Hazy IPAs

from MoreBeer: “WLP066 London Fog is the perfect yeast for all you “Haze Heads”. This strain produces a medium-ester profile akin to White Lab’s East Coast Ale Yeast (WLP008) and leaves a hint of residual sweetness, helping to accentuate malt and hop flavors and aromas. Pitch this strain to your favorite New England-style IPA.”

  • Optimum Fermentation Temp: 64–72°F
  • Flocculation: Medium to High
  • Attenuation: 65–70%
  • Alcohol Tolerance: Medium – High (8–12%)
  • Cell Count: 100+ Billion

WLP066 London Fog Ale – White Labs Yeast at MoreBeer

Shipping is free with a qualifying $59 order to many US addresses

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Related: Yeast: The Practical Guide to Beer Fermentation & Best Sellers in Lab Erlenmeyers – via Amazon | StirStarter Stir Plate | Yeast Starters and Fermentation Resource Page

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
  • Inline Secondary!  MoreBeer is now carrying this at just $8.99

More: Recent MoreBeer Finds

Looking for a MoreBeer Deal? – Today’s Deal of the Day | Sale Items | MoreBeer Deals