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Stainless Steel Rotary Spray Ball – $19.99 + free shipping

Dernord Rotary Spray Ball NPT Female CIP Tank Cleaning Ball 360° Spray Pattern, Stainless Steel 304 (1/2" NPT Threaded)

Dernord Rotary Spray Ball NPT Female CIP Tank Cleaning Ball 360° Spray Pattern, Stainless Steel 304 (1/2″ NPT Threaded)


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

  • Connection: 1/2″ NPT Female Thread
  • Ball Diameter: 40mm
  • Working Pressure: 1-2 bar
  • Cleaning Radius:0.5-1.5M
  • Fluxation: 12m³/h

NOTE: Dernord Sanitary Rotary Spray Balls are typically used in food and beverage applications for cleaning storage tanks, but are great for cleaning all types of tanks and vessels. The sanitary spray balls are available with NPT or Tri-Clamp end connections in 304 Stainless Steel with a mirror-like outer diameter. Featuring stainless steel ball bearings to eliminate rust and designed to have the cleaning solution lubricate the unit.


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.

Other possible homebrew applications: A CIP ball could be as part of a recirculating or sparging setup or as part of a keg or carboy cleaning setup.  Example: I use this rotary spray ball (different model, manufacturer and specs) with my Mark II Keg and Carboy Cleaner.  See: Mark II Keg and Carboy Washer Mod – SS CIP Spray Ball. 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.

11/11/18 8 PM Central: This is selling for $19.99. That’s the best historical third party Amazon price I found. 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 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.

Dernord Rotary Spray Ball NPT Female CIP Tank Cleaning Ball 360° Spray Pattern, Stainless Steel 304 (1/2″ NPT Threaded)


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Digital Pressure Gauge – $15.10 w/coupon + Spunding Valve Build

Digital Low Pressure Gauge with 1/4'' NPT Bottom Connector and Rubber Protector by Uharbour, 0-60 psi, Accuracy 1%, Resolution 0.1psi

Digital Low Pressure Gauge with 1/4” NPT Bottom Connector and Rubber Protector by Uharbour, 0-60 psi, Accuracy 1%, Resolution 0.1psi


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

  • Measuring Media: Gas
  • Weight: 115g
  • Product size: diameter 76 * 32 cm (with rubber protector), 64*27mm (without rubber protector)
  • Sensor Type: Silicon Semiconductor Sensor
  • Accuracy: ± 1% .F.S @ 20 degrees centigrade
  • Resolution: 0.1 PSI
  • Pressure range: 0 ~ 60 PSI
  • Display: LCD readout, Auto shut off, Green light background, Battery status in the display.
  • Backlight Off Time: 30s
  • Auto off Time: 150s
  • Gear Shape Rubber Protector
  • Rubber Material: PVC
  • Pressure limit: 1.5 times of the full scale work pressure
  • Operating temperature: 0 ~ 45 degrees centigrade
  • Storage Temperature: -10 ~ 75 degrees centigrade
  • Instrument power supply: DC3V (2*1.5V AAA battery powered) (included)

A possible homebrew application for this is to use it as part of a Spunding Valve Build.   A Spunding Valve allows you to ferment under pressure, naturally and precisely carbonate in the keg, fix over-carbonated beers and lots more. See: [Build a Spunding Valve].

11/10/18 4 PM Central: This is selling for $15.89.  Click on “save an extra 5%” and the price drops to $15.10. Shipping is also free to many US addresses 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. Also: Recent Amazon Finds and Amazon Fillers Resource Page

Digital Low Pressure Gauge with 1/4” NPT Bottom Connector and Rubber Protector by Uharbour, 0-60 psi, Accuracy 1%, Resolution 0.1psi


Also: Build a Spunding Valve

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Add a Ball Lock Post to Anything

Liquid Ball Lock With Threaded Post

Gas and Liquid Threaded Ball Lock Posts.

These feature a 1/4″ male thread adapter and back nut.  You can use these to add ball lock posts just about anywhere.

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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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Updated & Expanded – Build a Spunding Valve! – How and Why

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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.  The digital build, see below, is especially helpful for this task,  The digital gauge reads with .1 PSI resolution making pressure changes easy to spot.  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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Make Your Own DIY Custom Tap Handles – 10 EZ Lok Brass Inserts – $4.10

E-Z Lok Threaded Insert, Brass, Knife Thread, 3/8"-16 Internal Threads, 0.625" Length (Pack of 10)

10 Pack of EZ Lok Threaded Brass Inserts ( 3/8″-16 threads, .625″ Length).  Use to make your own custom tap handles.  Check out this review for some additional information and insight.

10/28/18 4 PM Central: These have dropped to just $4.10.  That’s a bargain and the best historical third party Amazon price I found. Shipping is also free to many US addresses 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. Also: Recent Amazon Finds and Amazon Fillers Resource Page

E-Z Lok Threaded Insert, Brass, Knife Thread, 3/8″-16 Internal Threads, 0.625″ Length (Pack of 10)


Related – the optional drive tool…  E-Z LOK Drive Tool

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IP65 Rated Waterproof Project Box

200mm by 120mm by 75mm (7.87″ x 4.72″ x 2.95″) ABS Project Box.  IP65 waterproof rating.

Pinfox Waterproof Electronic ABS Plastic Junction Project Box Enclosure 200mm by 120mm by 75mm (Black)

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IP65 Rated Waterproof Project Box

200mm by 120mm by 75mm (7.87″ x 4.72″ x 2.95″) ABS Project Box.  IP65 waterproof rating.

Pinfox Waterproof Electronic ABS Plastic Junction Project Box Enclosure 200mm by 120mm by 75mm (Black)

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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

11/1/18 5 AM Central: This combo is just $9.97. Shipping is also free to many US addresses 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.

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.

4 Pack 120mm Fans [DIY Stir Plate, Kegerator Circulation]… $8.99

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Cooler Master Sleeve Bearing 120mm Fan Value 4-Pack by Cooler Master

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

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Cooler Master Sleeve Bearing 120mm Silent Fan for Computer Cases, CPU Coolers, and Radiators (Value 4-Pack)

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2 x Digital Temperature Controller Boards…. $7.99, $4 Each

HiLetgo 2pcs W1209 12V DC Digital Temperature Controller Board Micro Digital Thermostat -50-110°C Electronic Temperature Temp Control Module Switch with 10A One-channel Relay and Waterproof


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

  • 100% complete machine patch, wave soldering, stable performance, good consistency.
  • Embedded CPU chip (MCU), more intelligent, lower power consumption.
  • Automatic power set memory (MCU built-in EEPROM memory unit).
  • Control accuracy of 0.1 degrees Celsius. Have been tested for stability, consistency and reliability.
  • Tips: – long press set to get menu, starts at P0 – press +/- to get next P-parameter – press set to choose that parameter – press +/- to select the value you want for that parameter – press set to accept it – long press +/- = reset to default – power-out does reset to default – default temp set is 34.5

Note from HBF: These controllers require some work to get up and going in your project.  They are unwired and require additional materials to integrate into your project.  Make sure this has appropriate specifications for your intended application.  If you’re looking for a pre-wired controller, consider – Inkbird Dual Stage Temp Controller [Hands on Review]

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HiLetgo 2pcs W1209 12V DC Digital Temperature Controller Board Micro Digital Thermostat -50-110°C Electronic Temperature Temp Control Module Switch with 10A One-channel Relay and Waterproof


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