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68+ lb Capacity Airtight Grain Storage – $23.99, Best Price

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.”

3/4/15 11:25 AM Central: This is selling for $23.99.  That’s the best historical Amazon price I could find.  Shipping is free with Prime or a qualifying $35 order.  Check the product page for up to the minute price and availability.  For Comparison… the smaller, 55 quart size is actually selling for markedly more ($34.99 as of this posting).

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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Recent Great Deals:

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

Also Consider: RiteBrew’s Bargain Bin – Fresh Wyeast Pre-Order

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RiteBrew Picks:

The Brew Bag® Purpose Made BIAB Bag – Free Shipping Sale + Feedback & Review

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The Brew Bag® is a Made in the USA, purpose designed BIAB bag.  It has four loops for lifting the bag out of your kettle, every seam is reinforced for long life and it is available in a number of sizes for kettles, keggles and coolers.  If they don’t carry the size you want, The Brew Bag will custom make it for you

I use The Brew Bag myself and it works very well. Check out my Hands on Review.

The Brew Bag has a free shipping sale going on right now.  Coupon code D6JKP61P3EWX gets you free shipping (up to a $7.50 value) to US addresses

Check it out – Here

from HBF Reader Jon: I have 2 of these bags and I can attest to the quality. They are second to none in a class by themselves really.

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Recent Great Deals:

Reader Tip: Four Pin Lock Kegs – $139.96, $34.99 per keg + Reader Feedback

Thanks to HBF Reader Mark for this tip!

From Mark: “4 really dirty pin lock kegs for $139.96. $5 shipping within the great lakes region, and reasonable UPS Ground shipping elsewhere. I bought these, and they weren’t that dirty. A little Oxiclean and they were perfect on the inside.”

Used Pin Lock Kegs Homebrewing

Set of four used pin lock kegs from Adventures in Homebrewing for $139.96.  That figures to $34.99 per keg.  A set of new orings are also included for each keg.  Note that singles are also on sale for $34.99 each.

Set of Four 5 Gallon Pin Lock Kegs Used - $139.96 – $34.99/keg

5 Gallon Cornelius Keg Pin Lock Used (Coke) – $34.99

Also Consider: All Current Sale Items

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Recent AIH Finds:

11 lb Digital Scale + Hands on Review

5Kg x 1g Digital Kitchen Scale Diet Food Compact Kitchen Scale 11lb x 0.04oz

5 kg/11 lb capacity digital scale.  This offers capacity of 11 lbs (5 kg) and a resolution of .1 oz or 1 gram.  Tare function, Auto power off, Overload indicator, Low battery indicator, LCD display
One year limited warranty.

I have this scale.  Generally (variable is current selling price) speaking, I think it’s a great value for what you get.  Check out my Hands on Review.

From Google+ Friend Mark: I got this one a while back when you posted about it. I love it.

I’ve had this scale since August of 2012 and it’s still going strong…

5Kg x 1g Digital Kitchen Scale Diet Food Compact Kitchen Scale 11lb x 0.04oz

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