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Stainless Carbonation Cap for PET Bottles + Draft Line Cleaning Builds

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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 possible uses… Build A Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump | Mark II Keg and Carboy Cleaner Draft Line Cleaning Pump Conversion

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Stainless Carbonation Cap with 5/16″ Barb Ball Lock Type, Fit Most Soft Drink PET Bottles

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290 Gallon Per Hour Submersible Pump + Draft Line Cleaning Build

EcoPlus 728305 Eco 264 Submersible Pump, 290GPH

Eco 264 Submersible Pump by EcoPlus.  290 gallons per hour.  28 watt motor.  Includes multiple fittings… 75″ Barbed x .75″ Threaded, two-.5″ Barbed x .75″ Threaded and Nozzle x 3.4″ Threaded.  You can use this both inline and submersible.  Pre-wired 69 inch cord.

I use this pump in myimg_cln_img_0593-225x300 Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Build.  You could also use this to put together a recirculating wort chiller.

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EcoPlus 728305 Eco 264 Submersible Pump, 290GPH

AlsoRecirculating Draft Line Cleaning Build

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Stainless Carbonation Cap for PET Bottles + Draft Line Cleaning Builds

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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 possible uses… Build A Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump | Mark II Keg and Carboy Cleaner Draft Line Cleaning Pump Conversion

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

Stainless Carbonation Cap with 5/16″ Barb Ball Lock Type, Fit Most Soft Drink PET Bottles

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Nut & Bolt Thread Checker

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Nut and Bolt Thread Checker.  Includes both inch and metric options.

Includes…  INCH (14): 6-32, 8-32, 10-24, 10-32, 1/4-20, 1/4-28, 5/16-18, 5/16-24, 3/8-16, 3/8-24, 7/16-14, 7/16-20, 1/2-13, 1/2-20 METRIC (12): M4x0.7, M5x0.8, M6x1.0, M7x1.0, M8x1.0, M8x1.25, M10x1.0, M10x1.25, M10x1.5, M12x1.25, M12x1.5, M12x1.75

  • Each size has a nut and bolt checker on the same gauge. 26 male/female gauges – 14 inch & 12 metric.
  • Thread sizes are permanently stamped onto each gauge (inch in red, metric in white)
  • Inch gauges are clear zinc plated, metric gauges are black oxide.
  • The individual gauges rotate freely on the wire cable for fast thread verification
  • Wire cable with loop for convenient hanging

Use to identify thread sizes.  May be handy for an around the home-brewery project and beyond.

img_purchdateI picked one of these up to use for homebrewing projects and more

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Nut & Bolt Thread Checker (Inch & Metric)

Also ConsiderNeiko 01407A Electronic Digital Caliper with Extra-Large LCD Screen, 0-6 Inches – I use a caliper around my home brewery to… measure things. 🙂  Including… fitting sizes, o-ring sizes [See: Bulk Keg Orings and Keg Repair Part Numbers] and to aid with designing 3d prints [3D printing tag]

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1/4″ Stainless Tee Fitting + Spunding Valve Build

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1/4″ Stainless Steel Tee Fitting by Merit Brass

This fitting is featured in our Spunding Valve Build.   cln_tn_spundingA Spunding Valve allows you to ferment under pressure, naturally and precisely carbonate in the keg, fix over-carbonated beers and more. See: [Build a Spunding Valve].

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Stainless Steel 304 Cast Pipe Fitting, Tee, Class 150, 1/4″ NPT Female

1/2″ SS Fittings: Street Elbow | Elbow | Tee | Hex Nipple | NippleCoupler | Plug | Cross

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Antec TriCool Fan with 3-Speed Switch (DIY Stir Plate, Kegerator Circulation)

Antec TriCool 92mm Cooling Fan with 3-Speed Switch

Antec TriCool 92mm Cooling Fan with 3-Speed Switch by Antec

Possible uses include… putting together a DIY Stir Plate and using this for a recirculating fan in your kegerator – See: Kegerator Beer Line Temperatures & Reducing Foam with a Recirculating Fan  The three speed switch may come in handy for a DIY stir plate build.  Depending on your setup, it could possibly negate the need for a speed/control potentiometer in a stir plate build.

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Antec TriCool 92mm Cooling Fan with 3-Speed Switch

Also ConsiderAntec TriCool 120mm Cooling Fan with 3-Speed Switch

Top PostKegerator Beer Line Temperatures & Reducing Foam with a Recirculating Fan

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Mark II Keg and Carboy Washer Mod – SS 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.

Mark’s Keg & Carboy Washer can be found at…

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