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24″ Stainless Brewer’s Whisk – Extract, All Grain and Whirlpooling – $12.50 Shipped

This is a great piece of equipment.  Check out my hands on review 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.

Update International FW-24 Stainless Steel French Whip, 24-Inch - $12.50 + Free Shipping


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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Hands On Review: German Made Speidel Fermenters

German Made, Speidel Fermenters are available in 12L (3.2 gal) 20L (5.3 gal), 30L (7.9 gal),  60L (15.9 gal), and 120L (31.7 gal) sizes.  A selection of Accessories and Replacement Gaskets is also available.

I’ve owned a 5.3 gallon Speidel fermenter since October of 2011.  I use it for small batch BIAB beers.  I’ve been very impressed with that fermenter.  More recently, I picked up the 7.9 gallon version so that I can ferment full 5 gallon batches with all the same advantages.  This is a hands on review of both fermenters.

Here’s the 7.9 gallon fermenter with lid and storage cap on.  It’s made of heavy duty HDPE that can handle up to 140 deg F.  HDPE is not… glass.  The benefits of that are… no dropping a glass fermenter down a couple steps and having it shatter and getting glass shards in your feet and spending the day cleaning up the beer you just made and never getting to drink any of it.  Ask me how I know :(.  Don’t get me wrong, I still have glass fermenters, there are pros and cons.  A pro of this design is safety.

The lid disassembled.  There are two parts.  An outer ring and the inner lid.  Notice the O-ring on the lid portion.  Every connection (lid or cap) has an O-ring.  I like that a lot.  I’ve used other plastic fermenters that are leaky.  The net result of that, for me at least, was no airlock activity because CO2 is leaking out other places.  Because the Speidel is well built and has airtight O-Ring connections, that has never happened when I’ve used the Speidel.  As a bonus, replacement lid gaskets are available.

The center portion of the lid with the storage cap installed.  The storage cap and spigot are the same size and threading.

Storage cap installed on the spigot port

The spigot (top) and storage cap (bottom).

The stopper, airlock and spigot

The airlock installed

Speidel logo on the front of the fermenter

Heavy duty handles.  Per the product specifications, each handle is rated for up to 66 lbs or 132 lbs in all.  That fact shows up in the product description starting at the 15.9 Gallon size.  I’m assuming it’s true of all sizes.

A look at the inside of the fermenter


Side by side.  The 7.9 gallon/30 Liter next to the 5.3 gallon/20 Liter.

This is how I’ve been storing the 5.3 gallon.  Assembled with the spigot on bottom and the storage cap on top.  I leave everything threaded but loose.  That keeps out most of the dust, but still provides a little airflow.

cln_img_4295Here is the 7.9 gallon Speidel with a batch ready to be kegged.  As you can see I continue to keep the spigot oriented sideways during fermentation.  The O-Ring provides a good enough seal that you can carefully loosen the spigot slightly and rotate without leaks.  I flush it with Star San and then drain a bit of beer to clear up anything that might have settled in the spigot or in the area just beyond the spigot inside the fermenter.

cln_img_4298Slip some sanitized tubing over the spigot and make sure the tubing goes all the way to the bottom of the keg and you’re transferring.

cln_img_4310A look at the keg

cln_img_4311Clear beer transferring to my keg.  No siphoning required.

cln_img_4348Here’s the trub.  This was an IPA with a good amount of hops both in the boil and some dry hops.  The recipe had quite a few late addition hops.  I transferred most of that over from the boil kettle.

cln_img_435320.15 Seconds.  One thing I have been impressed with from day 1 (with my 5.3 gallon) is how easy these are to clean out.  There’s something about size and height of the spigot hole that just seems to make it easy.  To illustrate this, I had my son run a timer.  That timer started after I removed the spigot and got the hose and got the hose turned on.  I did not wait for trub to drain out of the fermenter.  I quickly took off the spigot, grabbed the hose and turned it on.  It took 20.15 seconds to go from the picture above to…

cln_img_4364You can see that it is nearly clean.  There is some stuff sticking to the walls toward the top of the fermenter.  It’s not completely ready for PBW and it’s not what I would normally do.  I was going for speed.  I would have taken another 30 or 45 seconds and sprayed the rest out.  My point is that it’s easy.

sidebysideSide by side

cln_img_4374After rinsing out the Speidel, I put the solid cap on the spigot hole and fill with hot water and PBW.

cln_img_4385The 7.9 Gallon Speidel with hot PBW solution soaking in it.  I’ll let this sit for anywhere from 30 minutes to overnight.  A quick drain and rinse and the fermenter is good to go.  I’ve never scrubbed the inside of these with anything.


If you’re a Marks Keg and Carboy Washer owner or prospective owner and wonder if this fits on that, the answer is… yes.  It’s not like cleaning a bucket, standard fermenter or keg in that I would feel comfortable walking away.  The openings (both 5.3 and 7.9 gallon versions) are large enough to sit on top, but not so large that I would trust them to be stable on their own.  So, plan on staying close.  As illustrated, it’s a breeze to clean this thing without the Keg and Carboy Washer, but the two do work together.

Some Benefits of Speidel Fermentation Tanks (via product description):

  • High quality, German manufactured.
  • Made of High Density Polyethylene (HDPE)
  • Heavy duty and much thicker than traditional plastic carboys
  • Oversized top opening makes for easy cleaning.
  • Integrated spigot
  • All connections have o-rings to insure you have no liquid or gas leaks.
  • Integrated handles for easily moving these around.
  • Unlike traditional carboys, these will not shatter.
  • High density construction is highly resistant to oxygen ingress, making these suitable for longer term (up to 12 month) use.
  • Up to 31.7 gallons

I have bought my 5.3 gallon Speidel back in October of 2011.  It’s a great fermenter.  Quality construction and a great set of features that make easy work of the job of fermentation, transfer and clean up.  The 7.9 gallon version is nearly identical, with the exception of capacity.

Speidel Fermenters are available in 12L (3.2 gal) 20L (5.3 gal), 30L (7.9 gal),  60L (15.9 gal), and 120L (31.7 gal) sizes.  A selection of Accessories and Replacement Gaskets is also available.

From HBF Readers:  

Ronnie: These are the best! Having gone from bucket to glass carboy to better bottles to the 15.9 speidel, the speidel tops them all. Easy to clean and cheap!

Facebook Friend Sean: Speidel fermenters are AWESOME!! Thanks for posting those.

Google+ Friend Kyle: Mine is full right now! Love this fermenter, no more differences in flavor because I had to split my batch to ferment. Easy open top makes is a breeze to clean. Should be on every homebrewers wish list. 

Facebook Friend Tim:  I have of the 7.8L Speidel fermenters and I love them, simply the best for the money!

Muncie : I have the 30L and it is my “go to” fermenter. Just a great product. No need for a blow off tube for this 5 and 6 gallon batches.

Anonymous: I have the 60L and it is awesome. Very high quality and easy to use / clean. The handles are sturdy even completely full, but if you do fill it up all the way, be prepared to get a friend to help you move it.

Tony: Gotta pipe in on these. I have the 20L and 60L tanks. The quality is high. They come with a bung and airlock made for these larger tanks. They also have spigots and big lids to make cleaning a snap.  The spigot on the 20 is about 1 1/2 inches above the bottom of the tank. On the 60 it is closer to 3″. This allows for transfers with the spigot without pulling in too much of the yeast cake.  I just line up the spigot and pour directly into my keg. No hoses, siphons, funnels, etc. Easy.  The handles are great. You can lift the huge 60L one alone, but it’s really heavy, even with only 11 gallons… there’s lots of room for more, so you could easily make a 12 gallon batch in there too without needing a blowout tube.  Headroom is great on these. With the 20L, it has room for the 5.5 gallon batches I make, and I have no issues with blow-outs, even with big IPAs. NOTE: I do use defoamer, which I think helps a lot. On the 60L, there’s tons of room above an 11 gallon batch. My current batch of amber ale had only about 2 inches of foam and another 6″ of headspace.  There are other cheaper options, and you can find nice HDPE tanks on ebay that are similar, but they won’t have it all together, purpose built like these.

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Igloo 7.2 Cu Ft Deep Freeze- $159.99 + Layout Info

via Best Buy.  This 7.2 Cu Ft Chest Freezer from Igloo normally sells for $249.99.  It’s on sale for $159.99.  This ties the lowest price we’ve seen on this deep freeze for use either as a kegerator or fermentation chamber.  In store pickup is free.  Here is document that details the layout and capacity of this freezer.  Thanks to HBF Reader thadius for your great work on this subject.

Igloo – 7.2 Cu. Ft. Chest Freezer – Seashell White FRF472 5041647 - $249.99 $159.99 + free in store pickup

from HBF Reader Chris: I have this exact model for a keezer. The picture is different, I thought the same thing when I bought it. Fitting 4 ball lock kegs is tight but possible. If you put a collar on you can fit a pin lock on top of the hump totaling 5 kegs at once. I put a 2×6 collar on mine which allows you to stack two rubber handle 2.5 gallon kegs if your creative with how you stack them. This doesn’t get you any more beer inside, but allows for six different things on tap.

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Back in Stock: 8 Gallon Heavy Duty Kettle, Thermometer, Ball Valve.. $109.99, Clearance


This Heavy Duty 8 Gallon kettle with tri-clad bottom, lid, thermometer appeared on Homebrew Finds and while back and sold out.  If you missed out… It’s back in stock as of this post.  At $109.99 these are.. a bargain.  You’ll see the price reflected on the product page, no coupon or promo code is needed.

These kettles have welded ports.  That’s a bonus, it means you won’t be messing with weldless kits.  These are on clearance because the welds have minor cosmetic flaws.  The cosmetic flaws do not affect functionality.  They are guaranteed leak free.  See the product description for more details and photos.  Both of these kettles also qualify for $7.95 Flat Rate Shipping.

From HBF Reader Feedback:

Tyler: I just received my 15 gal clearance kettle yesterday (ordered Monday 18-Aug). The “minor cosmetic flaws” are a joke. The thing looks perfect. I have a kettle I had welded locally, and it looks worse for wear than this one. This is a great deal.

Dave: I just got mine last night, and as far as I can tell it looks just about perfect. There are a few minor scuff marks on the lid and sides of the kettle, but aside from that it looks fantastic.

Lance: Got my 15 gal last night and like Tyler said, the “minor cosmetic flaws” are a joke. It’s big, beautiful, and looks great. can’t wait to use it next weekend.

CLEARANCE – Kettle with Welded Valve and Thermometer – 8 gallon - $109.99

Also from HomeBrewStuff: 5 Gallon Ball Lock Home Brew Keg - $89.99

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11 lb Digital Scale – $7.27 Shipped + Hands on Review

I have this scale and for the cost, I believe it’s an amazing deal.  In fact, it’s a Top Find.  Check out my review here.

5 kg/11 lb capacity digital scale.  This offers a resolution of .1 oz or 1 gram.  Note that this ships directly from Asia.

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 - $7.27 + Free Shipping

If you’re wanting this more quickly, here is an option that’s currently shipping from the US…
Etekcity 11lb 5kg compact digital scale - $9.99 + Free Shipping with Prime or Qualifying $35 order

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Two Airtight Grain Storage Containers & Scoop – $18.39, Better Than Record Low

This combination of two food safe, airtight storage containers along with a scoop is selling for $22.99.  That’s a great deal and just $1.73 off the record low Amazon price of $21.26.  If you look on the product page, you’ll notice a “Clip Coupon” button.  Click that and the price drops 20% to $18.39, $2.87 below the record low.  Ships free with Prime or a qualifying $35 order.  This only applies to the blue indigo/gray version.  Other colors are selling for up to… $36.95.


As to capacity…. This combo has appeared on HBF in the past. Here is some feedback we’ve received.. “Mine arrived yesterday and I managed to fit a 50lb sack of 2 row in them.”

from HBF Reader Adam: I was able to successfully fit a 50lb Briess bag of Rye into one set of these. I was not able to fit a 55lb bag of 2-row into a set. I may take a few more minutes to shake it to settle the grain and try again, but it is going to be very close. One additional note on these, when you pick these containers up to move around, the lock doubles as a handle, as such, it is very easy to unlock it and potentially spill the grain.

IRIS Airtight Pet Food Container Combo Kit, Blue Indigo/Gray - $18.39 + Free Shipping with $35 order

Related: GF Annual Great Grain SaleReader Tip: Bags of Grain from $36.24

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Hand Made – Michigan Hard Maple Mash Paddle for… $16.49

This 28″ Hand Made Mash Paddle made from Michigan Hard Maple is selling for $16.49.  This just came became available again.  It has been out of stock since the end of July.

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 - $16.49

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