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12″ x 12″ Interlocking Drying Mats – $4.83

San Jamar VM5280 Versa-Mat Interlocking Bar Mat, 12" Length x 12" Width, Clear

12″ by 12″ interlocking bar mat 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.

Use to aid with drying of beer glasses and homebrew gear.  Also in your kegerator or fermentation chamber to aid with airflow and circulation.

img_purchdateI purchased a number of these in August and have since found them very handy.  I’ve used them for drying brew day gear and underneath my fermenter in my fermentation deep freeze (to help keep it out of any condensation that might show up).

HBF Reader Brian Says: “These are great. I lined the bottom of my new keezer with these mats. They were pretty easy to cut-to-fit with wire cutters. Saved me a mess already by keeping the kegs out of spilled beer while I figured out shanks, lines, fixed leaks and such. I pulled everything, pulled the mats and sent a child in to clean the bottom of the keezer.”

4/26/17 7:30 AM Central: These are selling for just $4.83. That’s the best historical direct from Amazon price I found. Shipping to most US addresses is also free, with a qualifying order, as part of the Amazon’s Add On promotion. Price, shipping and availability can change quickly. Check the product page for up to the minute price and availability.  See Recent Amazon Finds and our Amazon Fillers Resource Page to help you put together an order that qualifies for free shipping.

San Jamar VM5280 Versa-Mat Interlocking Bar Mat, 12″ Length x 12″ Width, Clear

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Variable Speed Fan Controller

VFSC Variable Fan Speed Controller.  Three settings – full, variable and off.  When variable is selected speed is controlled with knob.  6 ft. – 120 volt power cord and up to 15 amps.

Possible homebrewing uses: Control a DIY stir plate or control a kegerator recirculating fan.  Make sure the specs on this match your intended use.

HBF Reader Matt Says… “I’m using this exact device to control in inline fan off the hood over my brew kettle. It works fantastic.”

Update: Since this post was published the price, availability or promotion has changed.  Check the product page for up to the minute description, price and availability.  Also: Today’s Deals on Amazon

uno VFSC Variable Fan Speed Controller

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Oversize Keg Lid O-Ring – for leaky lids

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 Overside 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, this is selling for $3.99.  Check William’s Brewing for up to the minute 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

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6.9 Cu Ft Deep Freeze – $158 @ Home Depot + Reader Feedback

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6.9 Cubic Ft Deep Freeze from Home Depot.  You could use this to put together a Kegerator [See: Kegerator Tips & Gear] or a temp controlled fermentation chamber.

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Magic Chef 6.9 Cubic Ft Freezer (model HMCF7W2) from Home Depot marked down to $158 as a Special Buy.  In store pickup at your local Home Depot is free.  Includes storage basket.

Feedback from HBF Reader Brian: “I bought one of these to be my keezer. Important to note: you can put 4 5gal ball-lock kegs staggered in the bottom and one 2.5 or 3gal on the hump, or two if you put your gas on outside. I mounted my taps on the hump side to give easy clearance to get all the kegs in/out.”

Magic Chef 6.9 cu. ft. Chest Freezer in White – $158 + Free In Store Pickup

AlsoKegerator Tips & Gear | Keg Repair Part #s | 5 Recent Keg Finds | Build A Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump | Mark II Keg and Carboy Cleaner Draft Line Cleaning Pump Conversion

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Ball Lock Keg Jumper Post – Clean Draft Lines… $5.99 – Back in Stock

BALL LOCK KEG QD JUMPER POST FOR CLEANING

via Brew Hardware.  This custom fitting is designed to allow you to connect two ball lock QDs together for the purpose of cleaning your draft lines more quickly and easily.

About this fitting

from Brew Hardware: “Maybe this is a strange idea but that’s how we roll. This custom made fitting allows you to connect a liquid ball lock coupler/disconnect to both sides. It’s made so that the poppet is depressed to get full flow through both lines. Why?  If you’ve got a multiple faucet kegerator, you’re probably used to cleaning your lines one tap at a time. There are a lot of different ways to run cleaner through the lines whether it be pumping, or maybe even dispensing BLC or other cleaners through by pressurizing a spare keg. The BEST way to clean lines is to use a pump because cleaner in motion works better than static. Here’s how we do it. We use a chugger pump fed from a spare pot or cooler and the output of the pump goes into the first faucet (simply clamp the hose on to the nozzle). The serving line goes to this ball lock jumper fitting, then into the serving line of the next faucet. On the outside of this faucet you can either run it back into your cleaner reservoir or continue to daisy chain to as many faucets as you have.

The beauty of this method is that you don’t have to take your disconnects off the lines or take them apart for cleaning. The cleaner goes through everything. You can also use it with only one QD attached which would then just hold the poppet open for you.” [keep reading]

 

HBF Reader [8 Ways to Connect with HBF] Josh Says: “I use two of these, along with my Mark II Keg Washer, and silicone tubing between my Perlick faucets, to make a loop through all three of my taps in order to recirculate BLC for a good 30 – 60 minutes. Works great!”

We’ve featured these a couple times in the past and both times they have sold out relatively quickly.  They are back in stock and available to order as of this posting.

Shipping is a Flat $7.99 with a $150 order or free with a $299 order.  Check out recently featured Brew Hardware Finds.

BALL LOCK KEG QD JUMPER POST FOR CLEANING – $6.99 $5.99

Draft Line Cleaning PumpsMark II Keg & Carboy Cleaner… As a Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump • Building A Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump

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ThermoWorks RT600C Super Fast Thermometer – $19 + Hands on Review

RT600C SUPER-FAST ® POCKET THERMOMETER - WHITE, CHARCOAL, OR YELLOW

RT600C Digital thermometer [Review – previous version] from ThermoWorks makers of the nearly universally lauded Thermapen

Features: Highest accuracy in its class, to ±0.9°F (±0.5°C), Range from -40 to 302°F (-40 to 150°C)
IP65 waterproof rating, 5-6 second Super-Fast® probe, 4.7-inch probe length for deeper reach
5,000-hour battery life, 2-year warranty.

This is a great home brewing thermometer that I can confidently recommend.  It’s accurate, has a quick response time and it is waterproof.  Waterproof as in… toss it in the dishwasher kind of waterproof.  Take the temperature of your strike water, mash, sparge water, starter wort and lots more.

Tom Says: “This is the best thermometer for the price. Water resistant and accurate. I’ve had mine for over a year now. I use it for all of my meat cooking and all of my brew days”

More About the RT600C

The RT600C digital pocket thermometer has been Rated #1 by a leading Cook’s Magazine. This ThermoWorks digital pocket thermometer reads temperatures in just 5 seconds. A Super-Fast® digital thermometer, the RT600C is currently in use in thousands of restaurants, food plants, labs and is carried by health inspectors worldwide. It’s the perfect instant-read thermometer, and the affordable choice for home or commercial use. Now in 3 colors!

Improved Accuracy
The RT600C is a super accurate pocket thermometer that’s accurate to ±0.9°F – up to 212°F. This accuracy is only found in professional thermometers. The RT600C has been thoroughly tested against NIST-traceable standards.

Speed
The RT600C digital pocket thermometer is faster than any other thermometer in this price range! The reduced tip is only 1/16″ diameter and complies with USDA meat thermometer requirements. Fully speed-tested in the ThermoWorks Standards Lab to ensure the thermometer reaches within 1°F of the final temperature in only 5-6 seconds (at any temperature in the range).

Long 4.7-inch Probe
Reach into the center of roasts and keep hands away from hot surfaces with the 4.7-inch probe. Store the RT600C when not in use with a convenient probe cover which doubles as an extension handle for an even longer reach.

Longer Battery Life
The RT600C digital pocket thermometer uses a reliable CR2032 battery with circuit improvements to reliably allow for 5,000 hours of continuous thermometer use between battery changes.

Max/Min Function
The RT600C digital pocket thermometer saves the highest and lowest temperatures since your last reset. The thermometer is great for checking dishwasher, fridge or freezer temps. When you pull your roast or turkey from the oven, insert the instant-read thermometer and leave it while the meat rests so you know the highest temperature reading. Max/Min records the high and low over a period of up to 1 hour, when the auto-off shuts the unit down. Max/Min will start with new values when the thermometer is turned back on.

Auto-Off after 1 Hour
If left on, the RT600C digital pocket thermometer will automatically shut down after 1 hour; still long enough to make the Max/Min function useful. What good is Max/Min memory if the thermometer turns off too soon? If you need to record Max/Min for longer than 1 hour, see the RT600B, that does not have an Auto-Off feature, for recording over longer periods.

Tough Commercial Design
The RT600C digital pocket thermometer has been designed with minimal food and grime traps. Rubberized button panels are sealed and withstand temperatures to 190°F (for commercial dishwasher testing). No welded or braised joints on the thermometer probe that would shelter microbes or create likely breakage points. The RT600C is designed to survive short term, shallow immersion – you can wash the thermometer under the tap or use it with wet hands. Rated to IP65. NSF approved for use in commercial food applications.

Warranty
The RT600C comes with a two-year coverage on material and workmanship including any failure in the thermometer circuit. Includes online, email and phone access to the ThermoWorks technical service group.

 

As of this posting, this is marked down to $19.  Check ThermoWorks for up to the minute price and availability.

RT600C SUPER-FAST POCKET THERMOMETER

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TRUE Weldless Bulkheads from Brew Hardware


Here’s a video from Bobby at Brew Hardware talking about their newer line of TRUE Bulkheads.

The bulkhead is available in a number of configurations.  The 5/8″ Barb version is included in their Cooler Conversion kit, that I recently purchased.  If you’ve dealt with other weldless kits you’ll know that typically a certain finesse is required when installing.  These look like you can actually tighten them down.  I”m really looking forward to moving over to this for my mash tun.

Reader Feedback from ‘jwin’ (a comment on this post)… “Bobby_M has the best products. I only use his hardware including his awesome heatstick. Bulkheads, Shanks, Thermowells, Sight Glasses. All great all innovative. Just got his Variable Length Weldless Bulkhead for my Coleman extreme xl mast tun. 10g barleywine anyone?”

Check it out: Bulkheads | Cooler Conversion Kit

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