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First Looks: Brand New, 5 Gallon Keg from AIH – On Sale for $75

Adventures in Homebrewing Keg

Adventures in Homebrewing recently-ish introduced a brand new 5 gallon ball lock keg.  Check it out – Here.  They recently put those on sale for… $75.  That’s a stellar deal for a brand new ball lock, so I… picked one up.  These are stainless steel and in the process of being NSF Certified.  Although, this first run did not get the stamp – guessing that may be why they’re clearing these out at $75.

Ball Lock, Stainless Steel, Double Rubber Handles.  Specs say these are 25″ tall and 8.5″ in diameter.

Here’s a first look…

Adventures in Homebrewing Keg ReviewA look at the top of the keg

Adventures in Homebrewing Keg ReviewStamp on the side of the side of the keg reads… Max WP 130 PSI [900 kpa], Cap 5 US GAL [19].  Guessing WP = working pressure,

Adventures in Homebrewing Keg ReviewBottom of the keg

Adventures in Homebrewing Keg ReviewThere was a little bit of what I would call rubber residue.  Not a lot, but some.  Guessing this will wear or scrub off.  Maybe this is common for brand new kegs, I’ve never owned one before this.

Adventures in Homebrewing Ball Lock KegfInside of the keg.  Looks great.

Adventures in Homebrewing Ball Lock Keg PartsParts and pieces.  Left side is liquid, right side is gas.  The lid oring is white.  If I had to guess, I’d say it’s a white silicone.  It doesn’t feel like Buna-N.

Adventures in Homebrewing Ball Lock KegLiquid drip tube

Adventures in Homebrewing Ball Lock KegfClose up on the gas side

Adventures in Homebrewing Ball Lock KegfThe keg uses universal style poppets.

Adventures in Homebrewing Ball Lock KegClose up of the lid.

I’ve just had this keg part of today.  First Impressions are great.  I’ll say at this point, that this is the nicest 5 gallon keg I’ve owned.  At it’s current sale price of $75, I’d call it a stellar value.  Shipping is additional.  Play around with different quantities as minimum shipping charges make those costs a bit odd.  It usually doesn’t cost much more to ship a second, third or forth keg.

From  Facebook Friend Michael… “Have one from their Black Friday sale and am very happy with it. It’s a Steal!”

Check it out - Here

Reader Photos…

B6sz-YJIgAABwFnThanks to Twitter Follower @dseibel88 for this picture!

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Recent AIH Finds:

4 to 9 lbs Mix & Match 2013 & 2014 Hops – from $13.33/lb Shipped

Your Choice of 4 to 9 lbs of pellet hops.  Some hops are from 2013′s crop and some are 2014′s crop.  These are labeled so you know what variety is from what year.  This is mix and match.  If you choose the 4 lb option, you can choose up to four different varieties.

Prices vary based on quantity.  9 lbs is the least expensive option at $13.33/lb.  Prices include free expedited shipping.

Check it out - Here

eBay Seller hausotterted has appeared on HBF many times.  We have received great feedback on this seller.

from HBF Reader Christian (via a comment on this post): This seller is just excellent. Blazingly fast shipping, great product, hops are SUPER fresh, well sealed and arrive in just a few days.

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Recent Great Deals:

Reader Photo-Palooza!

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I’m a big fan of pictures of things.  Professional photos can be good, even great, but sometimes their sterility removes context, scale and real world helpfulness.  I like pictures of stuff out in the wild or at the very least with something as a reference.

A recent example of this is a littlebits order that I received.  I’ve purchased some of that gear with the goal of making some homebrewing-helpful contraptions using this electronics toy rapid prototyping platform.  Anyway, I ordered some toggle switches and at first glance on the website, they appeared standard size.  When I got them and they were, for lack of a better word,… little. :)  Closer examination of the stock image makes that clear, but on a quick first look I thought they were larger.

We recently held a FastFerment Conical Fermenter Giveaway.  Entry to the contest was gained by submitting a picture of what you received or purchased for yourself around the Holidays.

I thought it would be fun to share some of those.  So, here are some of the pictures we received along with reviews (when available).  These include the Twitter handle of all who entered.

Thanks for entering the contest and for sharing these photos!  Note that these represent only a part of the ones we received.  More than I wanted to include in a single post.  Look for a Volume II in the near future.  Do you have a photo, deal tip or process tip you want to share?  Get it on over to me.  You can use the Submit a Tip Link or send me an email.

B6rjLtnIcAApoi2via @Snoballz 15 Gallon Bru Gear Kettle and Bayou Classic KAB6 Propane Burner

24" Mash Tun Whiskvia @SutliffAveBrews “Best tool I’ve come across for mash or malt extract, massive french whisk!”  24″ Stainless WhiskReview

B6rdjHuCYAAGdHkvia @jasonpiroth Membership in the National Homebrewer’s Association.  It’s a great deal.

StirStarter Stir Platevia @uSlackr - StirStarter Stir Plate!

Dual Scale Refractometervia @Vodie0212 – Dual Scale ATC Refractometer

Braumeister Electric Brewing Systemvia @alschmidutz - Braumeister Electric Brewing System

Stainless Mini Keg Growlervia @basszombie666 – Stainless Mini Keg Growler

Heat Stickvia @neckbeardbeer “Love this Heatstick I got after seeing it on Homebrew Finds”1000 Watt Heat StickReview – Includes Temp Trials

B6uUnffCMAALFWTvia @barrooze – CDN DTQ450XReview, FastWeigh MS-600, RT301WA (Right Side), not 100% sure on the IR Thermometer, maybe this one

RT600C Thermometervia @millerchrisa – 2 ThermoWorks RT600CReview

Captain Crush Grain Millvia @ericpburt – Captain Crush Grain MIll - Review

ThermoWorks Thermapenvia @Mlmcadam  ThermoWorks ThermapenReview

B6twYzdIUAAT4i-via @72westie Speidel FermenterReview, The Ultimate Book of Beers

B6trm6SCAAAL9rsvia @GnJohan Craft Series Cider kits via AIH – Currently on sale for $25

Anchor Hocking 5-Ounce Measuring Glass, Smallvia @DSBZJ – Anchor Hocking 5 Ounce Measuring Glasses – multi-purpose – tasting glasses, measuring, apparently a little Dad’s Hat Rye Whiskey? :)

all grain mill storage homebrewvia @joetothemo (the FastFerment contest winner!) - 2 Vittles Vault Airtight Grain Storage Containers and a Cereal Killer Grain Mill – Currently $99.99 Shipped

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Recent Great Deals:

2 Polycarbonate Pilsner Glasses

2 Pack of Polycarbonate Pilsner Style Glasses from Camco.  BPA Free, Dishwasher safe, According to the description – has the look and fee of real glass with the advantage of being almost unbreakable, 22 oz.  Handy for pool or the beach or wherever you’re concerned about breakage.

From HBF Reader Dave (See Comment on this post): I bought a set of these – they look pretty convincing, but definitely feel like plastic. Pretty happy with my purchase, though.

Camco 43891 RV 22 oz Polycarbonate Pilsner Glass – 2 pack

More Glassware:

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Recent Amazon Finds:

Pro Flow Cam and Groove Quick Disconnects

Pro Flow Cam Lock Fittings

I’ve used Pro Flow Dynamics Quick Disconnects on my kettles, mash tun, pumps and tubing for a long time.  They have worked great for me.  I put male connectors kettles, mash tuns and pumps and use female connectors for tubing.  These are made from Stainless Steel and are available in lots of configurations.  I also take the rings and pins off of these.

These are classified by Type.  That may mean something in “commercial cam lock fitting circles”, but I was initially confused by this.  Types are akin to model numbers.  For example, Type A is Female NPT to Male Cam and Groove.

Twitter Follwer Zac (@zacbdct) Says; “My quick disconnects of choice for sure. Very handy and easy to clean.”

Pro Flow 1/2″ Type A Adapter 304 Stainless Steel - Female NPT to Male Cam and Groove

Pro Flow 1/2″ Type B Adapter 304 Stainless Steel - Male NPT to Female Cam and Groove

Pro Flow 1/2″ Type C Adapter 304 Stainless Steel - Barb to Female Cam and Groove

Pro Flow 1/2″ Type D Adapter 304 Stainless Steel – Female NPT to Female Cam and Groove

Pro Flow 1/2″ Type E Adapter 304 Stainless Steel – Barb to Male Cam and Groove

Pro Flow 1/2″ Type F Adapter 304 Stainless Steel - Male NPT to Male Cam and Groove

1/6/15 3:18 PM Central: A lot of these models have been out of stock.  Type A-E 1/2″ 304 Stainless are all in stock and available to order as of this posting.  Note that shipping is currently a combined (not per piece) charge.  Check the product pages for up to the minute cost and availability.

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Recent Amazon Finds:

Brand New 5 Gallon Ball Lock Kegs for $75

Homebrewing Kegs

AIH has these brand new NSF Certified Ball Lock Kegs on sale for… $75.

These are 1: New, 2: NSF Certified, 3: Ball Lock 4: 5 Gallon Capacity and 5: Have double rubber handles.  Typically double rubber handle kegs cost more compared to single strap handle kegs.  In all, these are marked down about $45 and are just $5.01 off Black Friday price.  These are a great deal!

From  Facebook Friend Michael… “Have one from their Black Friday sale and am very happy with it. It’s a Steal!”

Check it out - Here

Also12 Great Lakes Beers that Ship for Free

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Recent AIH Finds:

Brand New 5 Gallon Ball Locks, NSF Certified… $75

Brand New Ball Lock Kegs

These brand new NSF Certified Ball Lock Kegs have just been marked down to… $75.

These are 1: New, 2: NSF Certified, 3: Ball Lock 4: 5 Gallon Capacity and 5: Have double rubber handles.  Typically double rubber handle kegs cost more compared to single strap handle kegs.  In all, these are marked down about $45 and are just $5.01 off Black Friday price.  These are a great deal!

From  Facebook Friend Michael… “Have one from their Black Friday sale and am very happy with it. It’s a Steal!”

Check it out - Here

Related: Regulator, Tubing, Faucet & Ball Lock QDs – $78.99

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