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Reader Tip: Touch Screen Heat Stick with Recirculation – $99!, Save… $100

Thanks to HBF Reader Nick for this tip!  There are 8 Ways to Connect with HBF

The Anova Sous Vide Immersion Circulator is designed for… Sous Vide.  The gist of that cooking method is vacuum sealing food and then boiling.  It’s supposed to be amazing, though I’ve never tried it.

This Immersion Circulator is 1,000 Watts, heats 4 to 6 gallons of water to 99 deg C (nearly boiling), has a touch screen control for both temp and time (either F or C) and has a built in recirculating pump for keep consistent temps.  Everything that goes into the water is stainless steel, and it can be disassembled for cleaning.

I’ve put this on HBF one time previously.  That post contains some comments and ideas about about homebrew uses – Here – at the very least…. you could set this up to get (and maintain) strike water at the temp you need.  Maybe a lot more.

5/30/15 10:30 AM Central: This is selling for $199.  Coupon code ANOVAONE drops it just over 50% to… $99.  Shipping is free.  This is an amazing deal.  Check the product page for up to the minute price and availability.  At this price… I picked one of these up…  It’s a bargain.

Anova Sous Vide Immersion Circulator – 120V Circulator Cooker (Black)

Also… Here’s is the manual for the Anova One

Anova Sous Vide Immersion Circulator

Heating up Strike Water

from Twitter Follower Danny – here – “I have successfully heated up to 9.5G of water to 160F in my MT with this. Highly recommend” – photo on right click to enlarge.

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Recent Amazon Finds:

4 Pack of Beach and Pool Friendly IPA Cups – $15 Shipped

4-Pack of Plastic IPA Craft Beer Cups

4 Pack of rugged and shatterproof IPA cups.  17 oz capacity.  BPA Free.  Since these are plastic they are beach and pool friend.  No worrying about broken glass.

  • 4 pack IPA cups
  • 17oz Capacity
  • BPA free
  • Rugged and Shatterproof

At $15 with free priority shipping these figure to $3.75 each.

Here – Also Consider: Spiegelau IPA Glasses

from HBF Reader – 8 Ways to Connect – Tony (a comment on this post):

I have these. I was excited to see the shape and bought them without much hesitation. After my order went through, I started to think about drinking out of plastic cups (I have a very nice lexan pint glass that imparts no flavor) and had a bit of buyer’s remorse, thinking I was stupid to buy these.

After they arrived (very quick shipping) I was glad to see they were very nicely made, and they impart no plastic flavor/smell. We have used them for about 1 month and plop them into the top rack of the dishwasher and they still look new. Amazed they are holding up so well and are exactly what I wanted to the beach and camping.

Highly recommended.

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Recent Great Deals:

3 Piece Stainless Ball Valves – $14.20

3 Piece Stainless Ball Valve

3 Piece Stainless Steel Ball Valve in 304 Stainless via ProFlow Dynamics.

Three piece means that this can be disassembled for cleaning and sanitation.  Use this on your homebrew boil kettle, mash tun, hot liquor tank/HLT, pump or for general flow control on your brew system.

This is selling for $14.95.  That’s a great deal all by itself.  Use this link and the price drops to $14.20.  Note that you’ll see this discount at checkout if it’s still available.

Feedback from HBF Reader Tony:

Used them on this last Saturday for my pump and kettle after giving them a good soak in some oxyclean and then sanitizer. They come apart easily and go back together without much effort. In the end, easier than the ball valves they replaced since they don’t take much effort to take apart – 2 of my standard ball valves were frozen shut and wouldn’t allow for a clean out. It took only an extra minute vs. a normal working ball valve to come apart, so not much more work. Now I know my valves are 100% clean as you can see every bit and scrub where needed.

Shipping was fast – US Postal Priority, and reasonably cheap. I picked up some silicone hose too, as they have it cheaper than most other places at by the foot prices. Maybe not quite as good as a 100′ bulk buy, but close.

3 Piece Ball Valve – $14.20

Also from Proflow… 20% Off Kettles – Homebrew SelectionGreat Prices on Quick Disconnects

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Recent Great Deals:

396 GPH Submersible Pump + Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Build

EcoPlus 728310 Eco 396 Submersible Pump, 396GPH

396 Gallon Per Hour/GPH Submersible Pump by EcoPlus

  • 396 Gallons per hour; 36 watt motor
  • Included fittings: three-.75″ Barbed x .75″ Threaded, two-.5″ Barbed x .75″ Threaded and Nozzle x .75″ Threaded
  • Suitable for installation on dry land for in-line use or submersibly into the water
  • Pre-wired 69 inch 120v power cord
  • Suitable for use in hydroponic systems, ponds, fresh and saltwater aquariums, fountains and filter systems

I use a similar pump for a recirculating draft line cleaning setup.  Note that fittings sizes are different on this pump vs the one I use in that build.  Adjust accordingly  Another possible homebrewing application would be to set this up for use a part of a recirculating wort chiller setup.

Twitter Follower – connect with HBF on Twitter – Blaine Says… “That pump works great during wort chilling. A sink full of ice water pumped through the immersion wort chiller is fast.”

EcoPlus 728310 Eco 396 Submersible Pump, 396GPH

Also Consider:

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Recent Amazon Finds:

ProFlow Dynamics Cam and Groove Quick Disconnects

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.”

Price start at just $2.03 (for the Dust Plug).

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

Also from Proflow: 20% Off Kettles · Homebrew Selection

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Recent Great Deals:

Brew Tapper Dual Sided Beachwood Chalkboard Tap Handle – $35.97 Shipped – Intro Pricing

Brew Tapper Chalkboard Kegerator Beer Tap Handle - Dual Sided - Beechwood

Brew Tapper Chalkboard Tap Handle made from BeechwoodBrew Tapper Chalkboard Kegerator Beer Tap Handle - Dual Sided - Beechwood

Dual sided 3.5″ x 3.5″ chalkboards.  Fits all US faucet lever threads. Threads: 3/8″-16 UNC (Unified Coarse Thread).  Works with standard chalk and liquid chalk markers.  Specs: Overall Height: 10.25″ – Square Face: 3.5″ – Square Face Thickness: 1.375″.

Update – Reader Feedback from Pat (Comment on this post): ” I ordered this last week and it showed up a couple days later. It’s made very well and is very sturdy. The chalk board is able to handle both wet and dry chalk apparently and it cleans off very easily and is a lot easier to write on than my other chalk board tap.”

4/21/15 11 AM Central: This is selling for $35.97 with free shipping.  According to the product description this is a special introductory price.  Check the product page for up to the minute price and availability.

Brew Tapper Chalkboard Kegerator Beer Tap Handle – Dual Sided – Beechwood

Also Consider: Liquid Chalk • Perlick 630SS Faucet – Stainless Steel

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Recent Amazon Finds:

Reader Photo and Feedback – Portable Refreshment Device (PRD) Jockey Box

Home Brew Stuff PRD Personal Refreshment Device

‏Thanks to Homebrew Finds Twitter Follower @BraidAndBeard – 8 Ways to Connect with HBF – for this photo and feedback…

from @BraidAndBeard – “Report: This thing is amazing. Holds about 16 lbs of ice. Water and beer are both deliciously cold.  Party nearly sucked down the entire 5 gallon keg, which was not on ice at all. Very happy with it.”

Portable Refreshment Device (PRD) Single Tap Jockey Box…

Comes Complete With:

  • 50′ SS draft coil
  • Self closing chrome beer faucet and shank
  • 7′ x 1/4″ Heavy duty Beer line
  • 1/4″ SS Female Flare fitting on the beer inlet

Portable Refreshment Device (PRD) – Single Tap Sport Jockey Box – $199 + Free Shipping

Also Consider… Mini Jockey Box – $99 + Free Shipping

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