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Ferroday Stainless Carbonation Cap for PET Bottles – works on gas AND liquid posts – $10.38 + free ship + Hands on Review & Draft Line Cleaning Builds

Ferroday Stainless Carbonation Cap Counter Pressure Bottle Filling With 5/16" Barb,CO2 Coupling To Carbonate Soda Beer Fruit Juice Water

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


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

  • 304 stainless steel will last a lifetime
  • Carbonate,cleaning your beer lines
  • Use it to counter pressure bottle fill PET bottles
  • Easy to install and use,with extra one piece of o-ring for replacement

“The post on this unique carbonation cap has been machined ,so it fit BOTH the liquid and gas ball lock disconnects.”


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:  I have developed two draft line cleaning projects using similar SS Caps – Build A Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump | Mark II Keg and Carboy Cleaner Draft Line Cleaning Pump Conversion

One of the questions that arises on these carb caps, is… does it work with both liquid and gas posts?  Some models are universal fit and some work only with gas posts.  For draft line cleaning projects to work well, at least in my opinion, the carb cap that’s used needs to be universal.  I’m happy to report that the one I received did indeed work with both liquid and ball lock posts.  Check out my Hands on Review of this great carb cap.

1/19/19 7 PM Central: This is selling for just $10.38. 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.

Ferroday Stainless Carbonation Cap Counter Pressure Bottle Filling With 5/16″ Barb,CO2 Coupling To Carbonate Soda Beer Fruit Juice Water

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Digital LCD Color Display Thermoemeter, USB Powered – [Monitor Kegerator & Ferm Temps & More] – $9.33 + free shipping

Keynice Digital Thermometer, Temperature Sensor USB Power Supply, Fahrenheit degree and Degrees Celsius color LCD Display, High Accurate-Black

Keynice Digital Thermometer, Temperature Sensor USB Power Supply, Fahrenheit degree and Degrees Celsius color LCD Display, High Accurate-Black


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

  • Widely applied -Ideal for seeing temperature in cars, aquariums, pet habitats, HVAC air ducts, computer towers etc
  • Temperature range -58F ~ +230F (-50°C ~ +110°C) Accuracy: +/-1℃
  • Designed to be flush mounted or can be surface mounted.(Recommended mounting hole: 1.83″x1.08″)
  • Voltage input -USB DC5V; Size:1.89″x1.1″x0.67″
  • Easy to Read -This is a nifty little thermometer that can come in handy around the computer or house. It has a very nice color screen, is easy to use, and has good 

Possible uses include monitoring kegerator temperatures, beer fridge temperatures and fermentation chamber/area temperatures and more.

Note This thermometer is powdered via USB.  Any compatible voltage spare USB charger you have around should do the trick.  This is deg C and deg F switchable.

1/15/19 6 AM Central: This is selling for $9.33.  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.

Keynice Digital Thermometer, Temperature Sensor USB Power Supply, Fahrenheit degree and Degrees Celsius color LCD Display, High Accurate-Black


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.

Our Top Posts of 2018 #1… Build a Digital Spunding Valve!

To celebrate a great year, we’re going through some of our top content of 2018.  This was our #1 most visited post…

A Spunding Valve allows you to maintain a set pressure.  If pressure in the vessel exceeds the set point, it is expelled.  It generally consists of an adjustable PRV valve, a tee, a gauge and a way to connect to your keg.

Homebrewing Applications of a Spunding Valve

  1. Pressurized fermentation.  Ferment in a 5 or 10 gallon corny keg and use your Spunding Valve instead of an airlock.  This allows you to ferment at your desired pressure.
  2. Dry hop under pressure.  This allows you to dry hop earlier while reducing oxygenation.  Active yeast are more likely to metabolize oxygen that’s introduced during dry hopping during active fermentation.  Since CO2 is not exiting beer as vigorously under pressure, wanted compounds, flavors and aromas are more likely to stay in your beer under pressure.
  3. Naturally and accurately carbonate beer right in the keg.
  4. An airlock replacement.  Keep the valve wide open for non-pressurized fermentations.  Only do this if you have plenty of head space.  This wouldn’t make a great blow off tube.
  5. Keg to keg transfers.  Use the Spunding Valve to allow excess gas to exit the receiving keg as you transfer under pressure.  Helps you achieve a slow, controlled and pressurized transfer.
  6. Fix over-carbonated beers.
  7. Test for keg leaks.  Pressurize your keg to serving pressure.  Put the Spunding Valve on (with the pressure set well above your serving PSI) and note the reading.  The gauge should remain steady.  If pressure drops, you know you have a keg leak.  It’s worth noting that this checks the entire keg including gas body o-ring.  That spot is hard to check and other way as it’s only in function when the gas QD is on.  When the gas QD is on… it’s difficult to spray and check for bubbles underneath the gas QD.  Thanks to Scott Janish for this tip!
  8. As an airlock for long term aging of beers.  Airlocks can run dry over time.  A Spunding Valve will not.

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290 Gallon Per Hour Submersible Pump – $19.95 + free shipping + Draft Line Cleaning Build

EcoPlus 290 GPH (1098 LPH, 17W) Submersible Water Pump w/ 6 ft Power Cord | Aquarium, Fish Tank, Fountain, Pond, Hydroponics

Eco 290 Submersible Pump by EcoPlus.  290 gallons per hour.  28 watt motor.


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

  • 264 Gallons per hour; 28 watt motor
  • Included fittings: .75″ Barbed x .75″ Threaded, two-.5″ Barbed x .75″ Threaded and Nozzle x 3.4″ Threaded
  • Suitable for installation on dry land for in-line use or submersibly into the water
  • Pre-wired 69 inch 120v power cord
  • Suitable for use in hydroponic systems, ponds,fresh and saltwater aquariums, fountains and filter systems

I use this pump in my Recirculating Draft Line Cleaimg_cln_img_0593-225x300ning Build.  You could also use this to put together a recirculating wort chiller.

What are others saying?  Search this product’s Amazon reviews for “keg”

1/9/19 1 AM Central: 1/8/19 11 PM Central: This is selling for $19.95. 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.

EcoPlus 290 GPH (1098 LPH, 17W) Submersible Water Pump w/ 6 ft Power Cord | Aquarium, Fish Tank, Fountain, Pond, Hydroponics  – note: additional versions of this pump may be available on this product page, a different model may show up at this link


Related: Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Build

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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.

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Digital LCD Thermometer – [Monitor Kegerator & Ferm Temps & More] – $5.59 + free shipping

Chunshop WH5001 Celsius/Fahrenheit Digital Thermometer Temperature Meter Gauge C/F

Chunshop WH5001 Celsius/Fahrenheit Digital Thermometer Temperature Meter Gauge C/F


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

  • Temperature measurement range: – 50 ℃ to 110 ℃ (with C/F conversion function)
  • Precision measurement error of 0.5 degrees, 0.1 degrees Fahrenheit
  • With a 4-pin connector for PC use
  • Size:47mm x 30mm x 20mm / 1.8 x 1.2 x 0.8inch
  • ower supply: DC 4-25V

Possible uses include monitoring kegerator temperatures, beer fridge temperatures and fermentation chamber/area temperatures and more.

Note that this thermometer needs to be connected or wired to an appropriate power supply.

Also Consider: Taylor 9940

19/19 7 PM Central: This is selling for just $5.59. That’s 10 cents shy of the best historical third party Amazon price I found, notwithstanding Lighting Deals or coupons. 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.

Chunshop WH5001 Celsius/Fahrenheit Digital Thermometer Temperature Meter Gauge C/F


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.

2 X Brass 1/4″ Tees AND 2 X Barbs… $9.97 + “Cheapest” Spunding Build Option

WYNNsky Metals Brass Pipe Fitting Barstock Tee 2 PCS 1/4" x 1/4" x 1/4" NPT Female Pipe 2 PCS 1/4" NPT X 1/4" Hose ID Brass Hose Barb Fittings

WYNNsky Metals Brass Pipe Fitting Barstock Tee 2 PCS 1/4″ x 1/4″ x 1/4″ NPT Female Pipe 2 PCS 1/4″ NPT X 1/4″ Hose ID Brass Hose Barb Fittings


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

  • Adapts 1/4″ NPT Female end to 1/4″ tube size female end to 1/4″ tube size female end at a 90-degree angle
  • 2 PCS 1/4″ x 1/4″ x 1/4″ NPT Female Pipe Fittings, 2 PCS 1/4″ NPT Male X 1/4″ Hose ID Brass Hose Barb Fittings
  • Tee with three openings for connecting and branching three pipes
  • Use to connect hoses and equipment or wherever a threaded barbed fitting is required
  • Brass for corrosion resistance, ductility at high temperatures, and low magnetic permeability

A Spunding Valve [See: Spunding Valve Resource Post] allows you to ferment under pressure, naturally and precisely carbonate in the keg, fix over-carbonated beers and more.  A similar (different manufacturer and possibly specs) fitting and barb are in our “Cheapest” Spunding Valve Build Option

1/6/19 1 AM Central: This combo is just $9.97. 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.

WYNNsky Metals Brass Pipe Fitting Barstock Tee 2 PCS 1/4″ x 1/4″ x 1/4″ NPT Female Pipe 2 PCS 1/4″ NPT X 1/4″ Hose ID Brass Hose Barb Fittings


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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.

Our Top Posts of 2018 #6… Build a Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump!

recirculating draft line cleaner

To celebrate a great year, we’re going through some of our top content of 2018.  This was our #6 most visited post…

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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1/3 HP Submersible Utility Pump

Submersible Water Pump, 1/3 HP Automatic ON/OFF Electric Water Removal Pump,4 Amp High-efficiency Pure Copper Motor with Thermal Protection-2550 GPH Maximum Flow,Low Noise 30DB with Check Valve(Black)

Submersible Water Pump, 1/3 HP Automatic ON/OFF Electric Water Removal Pump,4 Amp High-efficiency Pure Copper Motor with Thermal Protection-2550 GPH Maximum Flow,Low Noise 30DB with Check Valve(Black)

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

  • Unattended Smart Automation Submersible Pump
  • Automatic ON/OFF Electric Water Removal Pump – Tacklife’s unique switching technology turns the pump on and off by sensing the presence of water, 10-inch power cord and comfortable handle structure, As long as the pump is plugged in, the pump can be left unattended. You don’t have to worry about removing the water. It will move the water to within 1/4 inch of the ground
  • 1/3 HP High Power High Efficiency- The smart pump can pump 42.5 gallons of water every minute, with a maximum flow rate of 2550 gallons per hour. 1950 gallons per hour on a 10-foot discharge lift, up to 25 feet in vertical height; provides the necessary power for any arduous task
  • 4 Amp Pure Copper Motor with Thermal Protection- Pure copper motor can bring better and more lasting work to the pump,Overheat protection ensures that the pump will not be burned out,The bottom grid suction is designed to filter debris and has an anti-clogging force to remove the standing water from any enclosed environment
  • Reinforced Sealing Thermoplastic Structure- The pump features a durable thermoplastic structure and a compact design to ensure that the submersible pump can be used again and again without corrosion, Remove stagnant water from any environment, suitable for use in farms, swimming pools, fountains, flooded basements, and drainage in typical residential or commercial water transfer applications
  • 3/4 Inches Adapter Check Valve- Each pump is equipped with a check valve to prevent reverse flow of water during use of the pump. It must be noted that the water level must be at least 1-1 / 4 inches to allow the pump to cycle, charge and operate. A water level of less than 1-1 / 4 inches does not allow the impeller to come in contact with the water and therefore does not pump water

 

Possible uses around your homebrewery: DIY keg and carboy cleaner, draft line cleaner and a recirculation pump for wort chilling.

Submersible Water Pump, 1/3 HP Automatic ON/OFF Electric Water Removal Pump,4 Amp High-efficiency Pure Copper Motor with Thermal Protection-2550 GPH Maximum Flow,Low Noise 30DB with Check Valve(Black)


Also: Build A Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump | Mark II Keg and Carboy Cleaner Draft Line Cleaning Pump Conversion

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Set of Four Caster Wheels – 300 lb per wheel, 1,200 lb total capacity

Caster Wheels 2 Swivel Casters 2 Swivel with Brake On Red Polyurethane Wheels 1200 Lbs 3 inch 4 Pack

Caster Wheels 2 Swivel Casters 2 Swivel with Brake On Red Polyurethane Wheels 1200 Lbs 3 inch 4 Pack


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

  • What you actually need for stability and balance, included is 2 Swivel and 2 Swivel with Brake Rigid plate casters
  • Polyurethane protective wheels that wears like steel,
    chemically bonded onto heavy-duty Steel wheel centers,
    non-sparking, non-conductive, impervious to oil, ozone, grease and most solvents, and will not mark floors
  • Ready for your loads with the Capacity 300LB per wheel Total 1,200LB
  • Sleek modern industrial design with Red and satin finish steel,
    perfect for work or design elements
  • Ball bearing Rollers which offer maximum rolling ease and requires less effort to start rolling and keep rolling

Note from HBF: Your around-the-brewery project may need some casters.

Caster Wheels 2 Swivel Casters 2 Swivel with Brake On Red Polyurethane Wheels 1200 Lbs 3 inch 4 Pack


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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.

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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