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Antec TriCool Fan with 3-Speed Switch (DIY Stir Plate, Kegerator Circulation)… $2.92

Antec TriCool 92mm Cooling Fan with 3-Speed Switch

Antec TriCool 92mm Cooling Fan with 3-Speed Switch from 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.

Update from HBF Reader Dave (a comment on this post): Have used this for a stir plate setup… totally don’t need a potentiometer (speed controller) – just use the high-med-low.

3/31/15 11:45 AM Central: This has dropped to… $2.92.  This is a bargain.  Shipping is free as part of the Amazon’s Add On promotion.  Check the product page for up to the minute price and availability.

Antec TriCool 92mm Cooling Fan with 3-Speed Switch

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Reader Tip: 24″ Stainless Brewer’s Whisk – Extract, All Grain and Whirlpooling… $11.21

Thanks to HBF Reader Tysen for this tip!  There are 8 Ways to Connect with HBF

I own this whisk.  It’s one of our Top Finds.  I think every full batch brewer should consider pickup one it.  Check out my hands on review of this whisk – Here

This whisk is great for: 1.  Stirring in extract.  It easily breaks up clumps, 2.  Stirring the mash and 3.  Starting a whirlpool.  If you’re a homebrewer, I think you should consider owning one of these babies.

3/23/15 3:30 PM Central: This has dropped to $11.21.  That’s the lowest price direct from Amazon price I can find dating back to early November of 2014.   Shipping is free with Prime or a qualifying $35 order.  Check the product page for up to the minute price and availability.  This is a great deal on what I consider an essential piece of homebrewing equipment.

Update International FW-24 Stainless Steel French Whip, 24-Inch

HBF Reader Feedback…

Jared: After following your site for quite some time now, and purchasing many items because you let me know about them, I just received the 24″ whisk. I can’t believe how awesome this thing is just by pulling it out of the shipping package! I am so excited about this I might just have to brew this weekend even though I don’t really have the time. Not only would this piece be awesome for the mash, but dissolving LME and DME and keep it off of the bottom. What a great piece of equipment and thanks for sharing it!

Aaron: I have this exact same French Whip and love it, works way better than the old mash paddle I used before. It really cuts through the grain and helps ensure no dough balls etc. Definitely recommend this above any other stirring tools I’ve used!

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Recent Amazon Finds:

50L Braumeister Electric Brewing System – $2,300, Save $650!

I’ve seen this unit featured as MoreBeer’s Deal of the Day on two other occasions.  Both times it was marked down $300.  Today’s Deal of the Day brings it down to $2,300 that’s a savings of a whopping $650.  It also ships for free.

Speidel Braumeister Electric Homebrewing System

Speidel Braumeister 50L all in one, electric all grain brewing system.

Facebook Friend William Says: “I run a commercial micro brewing operation in Norfolk, NE and use this baby every day! work horse, flawless operation.”

Product Description – Here – Use coupon code BEERDEAL to get this discount.

Availability: This is a More Beer Deal of the Day. Quantities are limited. Check the Deal of the Day section Here - to see if this is still available.

Braumeister – 50L BRA500 – $2,950 $2,300 Shipped

Technical Specifications for 50L Braumeister:

  • Braumeisters require a 230v connection and you should plan to have an electrician install a socket and then wire on the appropriate plug
  • Produces 55L/14.5 Gal of Wort resulting in about 50L/13 Gal of finished beer
  • 53 lbs
  • 3200 Watt built in heating capacity
  • 2 x 23 Watt pump
  • 230V (protection at least 16 amp), 50-60Hz
  • 27.5 inches tall
  • 19.75 inches in diameter
  • 26.45 lb max qty of malt (full description and specifications)

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68+ lb Capacity Airtight Grain Storage

Iris Airtight Storage Container
 

67 Quart Airtight Storage Container from IRIS.  Wide opening for easy access.  Clear sides to see contents.  4 Casters for easily moving this around.

67 quarts = 16.75 gallons.  10 Gallons holds about 50 lbs of grain so 67 quarts should hold about 82.75 lbs of grain.

The product description does say this holds up to 55 lbs of pet food.  My rule of thumb on pet food to grain conversion is based on the Vittles Vault II containers.  Those hold 40 lbs of pet food, but generally hold 50 lbs of grain.  That’s 1.25 lbs of grain per lb of pet food.  Using that conversion this should hold around 68.75 lbs of grain.

So… this either stores 82.75 lbs of grain or 68.75 lbs of grain.

Airtight lid, wide opening for easy access and on casters for easy transport.

Twitter Friend – connect with HBF on Twitter – Frank has one and says… “Perfect for grain storage. Great seal, sturdy.”

IRIS Premium Airtight Pet Food Storage Container, 67-Quart, Almond

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Reader Tip: Thermowand Ultra Fast and Accurate Thermometer

Thanks to HBF Reader AJ for this tip!  There are 8 Ways to Connect with HBF

Ultra Fast & Accurate, High-Performing Digital Food/BBQ Thermometer - Lavatools Thermowand

AJ has suggested a comparison between this thermometer (the Thermowand) and the Thermapen (See my review).

The Thermowand is NSF approved – that means it is certified to meet commercial food safety standards, boasts a 4 second response time and a +- .9 deg F accuracy.  It is splash resistant, has a integrated magnetic refrigerator attachment and has a lifetime warranty

Specifications:

  • Response Time: 4-5 seconds to within 1°F of final temperature in moving boiling water (212°F)
  • Accuracy: ±0.9°F @ -4 ~ 302°F (±0.5°C @ -20 ~ 150°C)
  • Range: -40 ~ 482°F (-40 ~ 250°C)
  • Battery: 1x CR2032
  • Battery Life: 4,000+ hours
  • Auto-Off: 60 min
  • F/°C Configurable: Yes

A few comparisons with the Thermapen…

  • Range: -58.0 to 572.0°F Thermapen vs -40 ~ 482°F for the Thermowand – Thermapen has a wider range, but this isn’t a factor for homebrewing.  If you’re measuring something that’s 572 while homebrewing… You’re doing it wrong! :)
  • Response Time: From 75°F to 32°F: ≤ 3 seconds to within 1°F for the Thermapen vs Response Time: 4-5 seconds to within 1°F of final temperature in moving boiling water (212°F) for the Thermowand.  The Thermapen wins by a couple seconds – Practically speaking… Not a huge difference.
  • Accuracy: ±0.7°F (±0.4°C) from -58 to 392°F (-49.9 to 199.9°C), ±1.8°F (±1.0°C) from 392 to 572°F (200 to 299.9°C) for the Thermapen vs ±0.9°F @ -4 ~ 302°F (±0.5°C @ -20 ~ 150°C) for the Thermowand.  In the range we’re interested in it’s a .2 deg F difference (slight advantage to Thermapen).  I’ve done a good bit of work with temperatures as they relate to homebrewing (see: Kegerator Beer Line Temperatures & Reducing Foam with a Recirculating Fan and Thermometer Reviews Tag) and I don’t see where .2 deg F is going to make a big difference.
  • Water Resistance: Splash Proof vs Splash Resistant – Without number on either of those terms, I’ll call this one a toss up.

All in all, the specs on this thermometer look very good, Especially compared with the price.  Price notwithstanding the Thermapen wins.  However the Themowand appears to be a very solid option.

After putting this post up, I got a bit of feedback from Facebook Friend – Connect with HBF on Facebook – Josh.  Josh says… “I have one and it’s great.”

Ultra Fast & Accurate, High-Performing Digital Food/BBQ Thermometer – Lavatools Thermowand®

Also: SPLASH-PROOF SUPER-FAST® THERMAPEN®

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Reader Tip: Craftsman 3 Drawer Project Center – $59.97… save $90

Thanks to HBF Readers Dave and Stephen for this tip!

Craftsman Project Center

This Craftsman 3 Drawer Project Center is marked down a whopping $90.02 to $59.97.

Dave says: “Have one of these and it’s perfect for transferring from primary to secondary or to kegs.”

You could use this for a work table and storage and organization around your home brewery.

Key features

  • All steel construction
  • Drawers hold up to 25 lbs.
  • 3 x 1 casters support 300 lbs.
  • Molded-in parts organization
  • Light assembly required

Check it out – Here

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Hand Made – Michigan Hard Maple Mash Paddle for… $19.99

This 28″ Hand Made Mash Paddle made from Michigan Hard Maple is selling for $19.99.

Twitter Follower @zip100473 says:  I have one of these. It’s not huge.  Perfect for ten gallon mashes. High quality IMHO. Really great price.

840741 – Hard Maple Mash Paddle – $19.99

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