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Reader Tip: 48″ Kettle Whip – Mash Paddle For Larger Batches

Thanks to HBF Reader Nathan for this tip!  [8 Ways to Connect with HBF]Winco 48-Inch Kettle Whip

Winco 48-Inch Kettle Whip by Winco

Nathan Says: “I know that you have had a lot of success with the whisk and I personally purchased it, but for me and just doing 10+ gallon batches it was a pain and would bend and just didn’t really work that well for me. I wanted to send a new product that I have purchased and its larger but sturdier and feel likes it does a better job.”  Related:  Four Easy Upgrades for Brew Day & Hands on Review – 24″ Stainless Whisk

Winco 48-Inch Kettle Whip


Also Consider: Update International FW-24 Stainless Steel French Whip, 24-Inch – Review

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24″ Stainless Steel Whisk [Extract, All Grain & Whirlpooling]

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

24″ Stainless Steel French Whip.  Made of 18/8 stainless steel.

I own this whisk and it’s awesome.  It’s my opinion that every full batch (5 gallon+ extract or all grain) home brewer should own one of these.  Check out my hands on review of this whisk.

This whisk is great for: 1.  Stirring in extract.  It easily breaks up clumps, 2.  Stirring the mash (either traditional or BIAB) and 3.  Starting a whirlpool.

What are other people saying?  Search this product’s Amazon reviews for “homebrew”

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


Also: Four Easy Upgrades for Brew Day

Some of the feedback we've received on this whisk

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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24 Count – 12″ x 12″ Interlocking NSF Certified Drying Mats – lots of uses

San Jamar VM5280BK Versa-Mat Bar-Shelf Liner, Plastic, 12w x 12d x 1/4h, Black (Case of 27)

24 x 12″ by 12″ interlocking bar mats by San Jamar.  These interlocking mats are versatile.  Multiple mats can be joined for larger areas and they are flexible and easy to cut to shape.  Allows for airflow under glassware.  NSF certified.


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

  • Raised, non-slip surface provides protection against marring of glassware and china; Measures 12 by 12 inches; Black
  • Perfect for use in bar, nightclub and foodservice operations or wherever you need bar matting
  • Variety of uses; Shelf liner, Walk-in cooler, Prep Station, Dry Storage, Bar and Nightclub, Catering, Scullery or wherever you need bar matting
  • 1 Year Warranty
  • Versa-Mat is interlocking bar matting that can be used in a variety of locations. Perfect for lining your bar and dinnerware shelving. Versa-Mat is lightweight and can be easily cut to fit into any contour shape.

I purchased a number of these (in a different color) in 2015 and have  found them very handy.  I use them for drying brew day gear and glassware and also underneath my fermenter in my fermentation deep freeze to improve airflow and keep the fermenter out of any condensation that might show up).  I also use these in bottom of my kegerator for better airflow.  More info on that here – Upgrade Your Kegerator – 6 Improvements

San Jamar VM5280BK Versa-Mat Bar-Shelf Liner, Plastic, 12w x 12d x 1/4h, Black (Case of 24)


Also available in different colors and quantities – search san jamar interlocking bar bat on Amazon

More: Recent Amazon Finds

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24 Count – 12″ x 12″ Interlocking NSF Certified Drying Mats – lots of uses

San Jamar VM5280BK Versa-Mat Bar-Shelf Liner, Plastic, 12w x 12d x 1/4h, Black (Case of 27)

24 x 12″ by 12″ interlocking bar mats by San Jamar.  These interlocking mats are versatile.  Multiple mats can be joined for larger areas and they are flexible and easy to cut to shape.  Allows for airflow under glassware.  NSF certified.


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

  • Raised, non-slip surface provides protection against marring of glassware and china; Measures 12 by 12 inches; Black
  • Perfect for use in bar, nightclub and foodservice operations or wherever you need bar matting
  • Variety of uses; Shelf liner, Walk-in cooler, Prep Station, Dry Storage, Bar and Nightclub, Catering, Scullery or wherever you need bar matting
  • 1 Year Warranty
  • Versa-Mat is interlocking bar matting that can be used in a variety of locations. Perfect for lining your bar and dinnerware shelving. Versa-Mat is lightweight and can be easily cut to fit into any contour shape.

I purchased a number of these (in a different color) in 2015 and have  found them very handy.  I use them for drying brew day gear and glassware and also underneath my fermenter in my fermentation deep freeze to improve airflow and keep the fermenter out of any condensation that might show up).  I also use these in bottom of my kegerator for better airflow.  More info on that here – Upgrade Your Kegerator – 6 Improvements

San Jamar VM5280BK Versa-Mat Bar-Shelf Liner, Plastic, 12w x 12d x 1/4h, Black (Case of 24)


Also available in different colors and quantities – search san jamar interlocking bar bat on Amazon

More: Recent Amazon Finds

prod:B000JKEZEI

24 Count – 12″ x 12″ Interlocking NSF Certified Drying Mats – lots of uses

San Jamar VM5280BK Versa-Mat Bar-Shelf Liner, Plastic, 12w x 12d x 1/4h, Black (Case of 27)

24 x 12″ by 12″ interlocking bar mats by San Jamar.  These interlocking mats are versatile.  Multiple mats can be joined for larger areas and they are flexible and easy to cut to shape.  Allows for airflow under glassware.  NSF certified.


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

  • Raised, non-slip surface provides protection against marring of glassware and china; Measures 12 by 12 inches; Black
  • Perfect for use in bar, nightclub and foodservice operations or wherever you need bar matting
  • Variety of uses; Shelf liner, Walk-in cooler, Prep Station, Dry Storage, Bar and Nightclub, Catering, Scullery or wherever you need bar matting
  • 1 Year Warranty
  • Versa-Mat is interlocking bar matting that can be used in a variety of locations. Perfect for lining your bar and dinnerware shelving. Versa-Mat is lightweight and can be easily cut to fit into any contour shape.

I purchased a number of these (in a different color) in 2015 and have  found them very handy.  I use them for drying brew day gear and glassware and also underneath my fermenter in my fermentation deep freeze to improve airflow and keep the fermenter out of any condensation that might show up).  I also use these in bottom of my kegerator for better airflow.  More info on that here – Upgrade Your Kegerator – 6 Improvements

San Jamar VM5280BK Versa-Mat Bar-Shelf Liner, Plastic, 12w x 12d x 1/4h, Black (Case of 24)


Also available in different colors and quantities – search san jamar interlocking bar bat on Amazon

More: Recent Amazon Finds

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10% Off Stainless Steel Cam and Groove Quick Disconnects

I’ve used ProFlow 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 Follower [Connect with us on Twitter] Zac (@zacbdct) Says; “My quick disconnects of choice for sure. Very handy and easy to clean.”

PFD already has generally great prices.  As of this posting, the link below gets you an additional 10% off Cam Lock style Quick Disconnects at PFD.

CAMLOCK QUICK DISCONNECTS – you must use this link to get the deal

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Oversize Keg Lid O-Ring – for leaky lids – Buy 4 or More and Save

Oversize Keg Lid O-Ring from William’s Brewing.

About, from William’s: “Unlike standard lid O rings which have a .280″ cross section, our exclusive Oversize O Ring has a slightly larger (.310″) diameter, and is molded from softer rubber, for a more positive seal at low dispensing pressures. An ideal fix for an older keg with a leaky lid, or for any keg that needs to be pressurized before filling to achieve an airtight seal. Fits all brands of kegs, pin-lock or ball-lock, with a 3 by 3.5” clamp down oval lid. ”

As of this posting, William’s Brewing is discounting these to $3.49 when you buy four or more.  Check product page for current price and availability.

From HBF Reader David Says: “I have some of these for some Pin lock kegs that I used ball lock lids on that wouldn’t seal up. They are now some of my tightest lids and are great.”

Facebook Friend [Connect with HBF on Facebook] Gus Says: “These things are awesome. Fixed a keg that was headed for the scrap pile. All my kegs rock these.”

OVERSIZE KEG LID SEALING ‘O’ RING

Also: Kegerator Tips & Gear | Keg Repair Part #s | Recent Keg Finds

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24″ Stainless Steel Whisk [Extract, All Grain & Whirlpooling]

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

24″ Stainless Steel French Whip.  Made of 18/8 stainless steel.

I own this whisk and it’s awesome.  It’s my opinion that every full batch (5 gallon+ extract or all grain) home brewer should own one of these.  Check out my hands on review of this whisk.

This whisk is great for: 1.  Stirring in extract.  It easily breaks up clumps, 2.  Stirring the mash (either traditional or BIAB) and 3.  Starting a whirlpool.

What are other people saying?  Search this product’s Amazon reviews for “homebrew”

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


Also: Four Easy Upgrades for Brew Day

Some of the feedback we've received on this whisk

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!

 

More: Recent Amazon Finds


topfind:B002AGX3BK

Stainless Steel Cam and Groove Quick Disconnects – 15% + 5% Off

Stainless Camlock Disconnects Homebrew

I’ve used ProFlow 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.”

As of this posting, promo code BREW15% takes an additional 15% off their entire lineup of homebrewing gear.  Using this link takes another 5% off.

Check out the full lineup – Here – Save 5% – Note: You must use this link. Discount shows in the cart.

This promo has expired.  See Recent Finds & Top Deals

Also…. Great Prices on Camlock Disconnects and Ball Valves and More

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13 Gallon Drums for Fermenters and Grain Storage

13 Gallon HDPE Food Safe Fermenter Grain Storage

13 gallon food safe containers via eBay. These are pre-used barrels. They were used to hold pharmaceuticals.

Possible Homebrew Uses – fermenters and grain storage: Drill a hole in the lid and add an airlock grommet [Search: Airlock Grommet – on Amazon] and you’re up and going with a 13 gallon fermenter. You could also use this as a food safe 13 gallon grain storage container. At an estimated 5 lbs per gallon, these would hold approximately 65 lbs of grain.

from HBF Reader Aaron: “I own one of these, they do have an o-ring and work great for storing grain or fermenting in.”

These generally cost $20 + $23 Shipping to most US addresses.  The seller will combine shipping for multiple items (contact the seller for actual USPS charges).  Or… if you live in or around Rancho Cucamonga, California you can arrange for local pickup.  Search the seller’s offering’s below for current availability and check each product page for current price, shipping and description.

Search eBay Seller cecabu’s offerings for 13 gallon barrels

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speidelSpeidel Fermenters • Hands on Review

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