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400 GPH Submersible Pump – $20.79 on Prime Day Deals + Prime Day Roundup & Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Build

Homasy 400GPH Submersible Pump 25W Fountain Water Pump with 5.9ft Power Cord, 2 Nozzles for Aquarium, Fish Tank, Pond, Statuary, Hydroponics

Homasy 400GPH Submersible Pump 25W Fountain Water Pump with 5.9ft Power Cord, 2 Nozzles for Aquarium, Fish Tank, Pond, Statuary, Hydroponics


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

  • WATER FLOW CONTROL. An Adjustable Knob to control the water flow rate, so you can get just the amount of water pressure you want. Maximum flow rate: 400GPH
  • STRONG POWER and HIGH LIFT. Max Lift Height: 6.9ft. 25W high efficiency motor for energy saving. Lift height is a max height the water goes up, after connecting the water pipe to the nozzle (Make sure the joint sealed securely and tightly)
  • COME with 2 NOZZLES (0.51in and 0.62in). Threaded fittings make it more stable. The impeller shaft is stainless steel for long life span and corrosion resistance
  • SUCTION CUP and 5.9Ft POWER CORD. Long enough cord for easy installation. 4 strong suction cups at the bottom of the pump help keep it in place, so you can stick it on the right side of the aquarium, either vertically or horizontally
  • WIDE APPLICATION. Circulate and aerate the water, making it more attractive to your fish or turtles. This submersible pump is perfect for aquarium, fountains, spout and hydroponic systems, etc. Backed by 12-month warranty and professional after-sale service within 24hrs

I use a similar pump (different manufacturer, features and specifications) for a recirculating draft line cleaning setup.  Note that fittings sizes are different on this pump vs the one I use in that build.  Adjust accordingly  Another possible homebrewing application would be to set this up for use a part of a recirculating wort chiller setup.

7/16/18 2:15 PM Central: This is discounted to $20.79 as an Amazon Prime Day Deal.  Check the product page for current price, description and availability.  Prime Day Deals are Prime Member Exclusives [Try Prime for Free].

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Homasy 400GPH Submersible Pump 25W Fountain Water Pump with 5.9ft Power Cord, 2 Nozzles for Aquarium, Fish Tank, Pond, Statuary, Hydroponics

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580 GPH Submersible Pump – $11.72 + Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Build

KEDSUM 580GPH Submersible Pump, 35W Ultra Quiet Water Pump with 6ft High Lift, Fountain Pump with 5 ft Power Cord, 2 Nozzles for Fish Tank , Pond , Aquarium, Statuary, Hydroponics

KEDSUM 580GPH Submersible Pump, 35W Ultra Quiet Water Pump with 6ft High Lift, Fountain Pump with 5 ft Power Cord, 2 Nozzles


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

  • Powerful Speed Flow:Max Flow Rate: 580 GPH per hour, Max Lift Height: up to 6 Feet.(The length of power cord:5 ft)
  • Ultra Quiet:This water pump is designed for reliability and ultra-quiet operation to provide years of service,energy-saving and low power consumption.(Power: 35 W,Voltage: 1100 – 120 V)
  • 3 Outlet Adapters: Equipped with 3 Outlet Adapters ,one is 0.51inch, one is 0.6inch, and the other is 0.7inch, providing a different water flow as you desired.This submersible pump is ideal for fresh-water, salt-water, can be applied in aquarium, fountains, spout, hydroponic and pond.
  • Detachable and Cleanable:The water pump is easy to detach to clean. [NOTE: pump metric threaded fit for vinyl tubing, need a 13mm metric to 0.5″ NPT Adapter to fit for standard 1/2″ threaded PVC fitting]

I use a similar pump (different manufacturer, features and specifications) for a recirculating draft line cleaning setup.  Note that fittings sizes are different on this pump vs the one I use in that build.  Adjust accordingly  Another possible homebrewing application would be to set this up for use a part of a recirculating wort chiller setup.

7/16/18 9 AM Central: This is selling for $11.72.  Shipping to most US addresses is also free with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying order. 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 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.

KEDSUM 580GPH Submersible Pump, 35W Ultra Quiet Water Pump with 6ft High Lift, Fountain Pump with 5 ft Power Cord, 2 Nozzles for Fish Tank , Pond , Aquarium, Statuary, Hydroponics


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10 x 1/4″ NPT Male x 1/4″ JIC Male – $12.77, $1.27 Each + Building a Spunding Valve

Pack of 10 Eaton Weatherhead C5205X4X4 Carbon Steel 1/4″ NPT Male x 1/4″ JIC Male Fittings

These fittings could be used for a lot of things including putting together a 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].  Take a look at Build Option 2 for a version that uses a similar although not identical fitting.

7/12/18 12 AM Central: These are selling for $12.77.  That’s just 57 cents shy of the best historical direct from Amazon price I found. Shipping to most US addresses is also free with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying order. 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 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.

Eaton Weatherhead C5205X4X4 Carbon Steel SAE 37 Degree (JIC) Flare-Twin Fitting, Adapter, 1/4″ NPT Male x 1/4″ JIC Male (Pack of 10)


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Super Pro 0-60 PSI Pressure Gauge – $6.42 + Spunding Valve Build


Super Pro 80960BU Pool Spa Filter Water Pressure Gauge, 0-60 PSI, Bottom Mount, 1/4-Inch Pipe Thread

Super Pro 80960BU Pool Spa Filter Water Pressure Gauge, 0-60 PSI, Bottom Mount, 1/4-Inch Pipe Thread


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

  • 2″ DIAL FACE
  • 1/2″ NPT BRASS bottom Mount
  • Range: 0-60 PSI

I use a similar gauge (different manufacturer and model) in my Spunding Valve Build.   A 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].

7/7/18 11 AM Central: This is selling for $6.42. 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.

Super Pro 80960BU Pool Spa Filter Water Pressure Gauge, 0-60 PSI, Bottom Mount, 1/4-Inch Pipe Thread


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Great Deal On Stainless Ball Lock Carbonation Caps [PET Bottles or Draft Line Cleaning] – $8.30 + Free Shipping

Stainless Steel Homebrew Carbonation Cap Black Ball Lock For Soft PET Bottles

Stainless steel ball lock carbonation caps.  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… 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

As if this posting, this is eBay offering is selling for just $8.30.  Shipping is also free to select US addresses.  Canada and International shipping options are available.  Check the listing for up to the minute price, description and availability.

Stainless Steel Homebrew Carbonation Cap Black Ball Lock For Soft PET Bottles

Also: Kegerator Tips & Gear | Keg Repair Part #s | Recent Keg Finds | Build A Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump | Mark II Keg and Carboy Cleaner Draft Line Cleaning Pump Conversion

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3M 08008 Black Super Weatherstrip Adhesive [Repairing Loose Cornelius Keg Handles and Bases]

3M 08008 Black Super Weatherstrip Adhesive Tube - 5 oz.

3M 08008 Black Super Weatherstrip Adhesive Tube – 5 oz.


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

  • Fast drying, strong, flexible, rubbery adhesive
  • Withstands vibration and extreme temperature variation
  • Good oil and water resistance
  • Black color designed to match vehicle weather strip for virtually invisible repair
  • This item is not for sale in Catalina Island

Note from HBF:  This adhesive has been used by some to repair loose homebrew keg handles and bases.  A loose corny keg handle or base can be an annoyance.  If your keg is in otherwise good shape, it may make sense to repair a loose handle or base.  See: Fix It! Repairing Loose Cornelius Keg Handles and Bases

3M 08008 Black Super Weatherstrip Adhesive Tube – 5 oz.


Other Problems?  Fix It!

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Custom Stainless Steel Tubing – choose diameter, lengths, bend angles, multiple bends

Customized stainless steel tubing created just for you to your specifications from Brew Hardware for your brew system, brew stand and more.

From Brew Hardware: “We get calls every day to create pieces of stainless tubing with certain dimensions and bends. Until now, everything had to be quoted case by case. We hope this configuration tool helps automate the process a bit. First, we have 304 welded tubing in sizes ranging from 1/4″ OD all the way up to 5/8″ OD and we have the ability make clean bends up to 180 degrees.”

Prices start out at just $3 and  vary based on the options you choose.  Check out Brew Hardware for options and explanations on how to enter your order.

CUSTOM STAINLESS TUBING WITH OPTIONAL BENDS

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Stainless Carbonation Cap AND Four Extra O-Rings – $10.89 + Draft Line Cleaning Builds

ProMaker Stainless Steel Carbonation Cap Counter Pressure Bottle Filling with 5/16" Barb Ball Lock Type CO2 Coupling Carbonate Soda Beer Fruit Juice Water(with Extra 4 O-ring)

Stainless steel ball lock carbonation cap with barb.  Includes four replacement o-rings.


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

  • High Quality:Made of stainless steel material,more solid and last longer,heavy duty and perfect polishing make it used for longer and easier than ever to carbonate your beverages!
  • Cost-effective Carbonation Tool:Use it to counter pressure bottle fill PET bottles,gas (grey) ball lock connectors, or liquid (black) ball lock connectors,more portable, convenient and cheaper than CO2 systems
  • Used Easily :Attaches to plastic bottles and connects to a gas side ball-lock disconnect in order to inject CO2 into the bottle, creating carbonation,your beer is available to drink almost immediately.
  • Used Easily :Attaches to plastic bottles and connects to a gas side ball-lock disconnect in order to inject CO2 into the bottle, creating carbonation,your beer is available to drink almost immediately.

PET Bottles as Growlers: These are generally intended to convert 1L and 2L bottles to growlers.  Fill up a 1L or 2L PET bottle with your favorite homebrew.  Put one of these on (purge the headspace by squeezing if you want to) and then pressurize for transport.  This should help to reduce oxygen pickup and maintain carbonation levels.

Fine tune or rapidly carbonate beer: You can also use this cap to rapidly carbonate beer.  Same process as for transport, just set your regulator to the proper pressure and shake or agitate the PET bottle to help introduce CO2.  Or hook it up to CO2 and let it sit in you kegerator.

Draft Line Cleaning Projects:  Examples, using similar SS Caps- Build A Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump | Mark II Keg and Carboy Cleaner Draft Line Cleaning Pump Conversion

6/21/18 1 PM Central: This combo is selling for $10.89. 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.  Also: Recent Amazon Finds and Amazon Fillers Resource Page

ProMaker Stainless Steel Carbonation Cap Counter Pressure Bottle Filling with 5/16″ Barb Ball Lock Type CO2 Coupling Carbonate Soda Beer Fruit Juice Water(with Extra 4 O-ring)

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Super Pro 0-60 PSI Pressure Gauge + Spunding Valve Build

tSuper Pro 80960BU Pool Spa Filter Water Pressure Gauge, 0-60 PSI, Bottom Mount, 1/4-Inch Pipe Thread

Super Pro 80960BU Pool Spa Filter Water Pressure Gauge, 0-60 PSI, Bottom Mount, 1/4-Inch zPipe Thread


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

  • 2″ DIAL FACE
  • 1/2″ NPT BRASS bottom Mount
  • Range: 0-60 PSI

I use a similar gauge (different manufacturer and model) in my Spunding Valve Build.   A 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].

Super Pro 80960BU Pool Spa Filter Water Pressure Gauge, 0-60 PSI, Bottom Mount, 1/4-Inch Pipe Thread


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Build a Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump

recirculating draft line cleaner

The directions on most line cleaners call for recirculating the cleaner for some period of time.  Most affordable cleaning setups that are out there include a hand pump.  Operating one of those for 15 to 30 minutes, for each faucet, doesn’t sound fun.

To really clean your draft lines, you need to keep solution flowing for a length of time, not just fill and wait.  Initially I tried to clean my system by pushing line cleaner out of a keg.  This was a waste of CO2.  I also found it tough to keep solution running slowly enough to get the required amount of contact time.  It’s easy to quickly push a cleaning or sanitizing solution through your system under CO2 pressure, but I found it to be a pain to try to do so slowly.  This also requires quite a bit of cleaning solution versus a recirculating pump.

I decided to put together a recirculating draft line cleaning pump setup.

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