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First Looks: Anova Touch Screen Heat Stick and Circulator

Review Anova Sous Vide for Homebrew

First Looks: Anova Touch Screen Heat Stick

Here’s a first look at Anova’s Precision Sous Vide Immersion Circulator.  This Anova Precision Immersion Circulator is 1,000 Watts, heats 4 to 6 gallons of water to 99 deg C (nearly boiling), mounts to the side of your kettle with a built in clamp, 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.

Brewing uses could include: getting and keeping strike water at temp, direct use (with a filter bag in a mash tun or BIAB mash), maintaining temperature for sour mashes and getting to a boil more quickly (or helping to maintain a boil) for both all grain and extract batches.

Features:

  • 360 degree directional pump for maximum circulation
  • Touch screen display with °C & °F readouts
  • User-Adjustable temperature calibration
  • All stainless steel (wetted parts)
  • Easy disassembly for cleaning

Review Anova Sous Vide for HomebrewA look at that Anova and included manual in the boxReview Anova Sous Vide for HomebrewThe Anova Precision Sous Vide Immersion CirculatorReview Anova Sous Vide for HomebrewSetup and control is easy via the integrated touch screen.  This screen is for setting the option heat time.Review Anova Sous Vide for HomebrewSetting the temperatureReview Anova Sous Vide for HomebrewIt’s worth noting that although there is a time setting, it is not required.

Review Anova Sous Vide for HomebrewInstalled. This has an integrated mounting clamp that secures the heat stick to the side of the kettle.

Review Anova Sous Vide for Homebrew

You can see the water rippling from the flow of the Anova’s integrated circulator

Review Anova Sous Vide for HomebrewI completed a quick heating test with about 5 gallons of water in a 6-ish gallon kettle.  The water started out at 73 deg F.

Review Anova Sous Vide for Homebrew
The 5 gallons gained about 65 degrees in 51 minutes.

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

A newer version is also available…
Anova Culinary Precision Cooker/Immersion Circulator (Black)

Anova Sous Vide Immersion Circulator

Heating up Strike Water

from Twitter Follower Danny – “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.

Also Consider: The Picobrew Zymatic Automated Electric Brew House

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Periodic Table of Beer Styles Poster

Thanks to Twitter Follower Aaron for a picture of this poster! There are 8 Ways to Connect with HBF

Periodic Table of Beer Styles Poster

36″ x 24″ Periodic Table of Beer Styles Poster.

NMR 24155 Periodic Table of Beer Styles Decorative Poster

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Reader Photo: Automatic Temperature Compensating Refractometer

Thanks to Twitter Follower “DJPD” for this photo!  Connect with HBF on Twitter – Here

ATC Refractometer

Automatic Temperature Compensating Refractometer by SainSonic.

  • SainStore Brix Refractometer
  • 0-32% Brix Scale. Accurate to +/- 0.20% Brix*
  • Automatic Temperature Compensation (ATC)
  • Sturdy design, made of durable machined Aluminum, not “carbon” plastic
  • 1 Year Manufacturer warranty through SainStore

For me, getting a refractometer was one of those upgrades that made a lot of difference.  With a refractometer you need a sample size of two drops.  I figured that this would pay for itself in beer savings alone.  I also had just broken my hydrometer and came to the realization that hydrometers are made of breakable glass that can break! :)

Refractometers can be used to measure gravity throughout the brewing process.  You can also estimate the alcohol content of your beer if you forget to take an OG with the use of a refractometer and a hydrometer.  Check out Sean Terrill’s excellent refractometer calculator.

SainSonic Automatic Temperature Compensating Refractometer

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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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Reader Photo: StirStarter Stir Plate

Thanks to Twitter Follower Chris (@iamChrisParks) for this photo!  Connect with HBF on Twitter – Here

StirStarter Stir Plate

Chris Says: “Thanks to @homebrewfinds for the tip, #RiteBrew had good shipping on the inexpensive stir plate!”

I’ve used the StirStarter for years and it has worked very well for me.  I can wholeheartedly recommend it to you.  RiteBrew’s offering is the lowest price I’m aware of.

841256 StirStarter Stir Plate – $39.99

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Reader Project and Photos: 3D Printed Stir Plate

Thanks to HBF Reader Andy for details on this build!  There are 8 Ways to Connect with HBF

3D Printed Stir Plate

Andy put together a stir plate using the HBF Magnet Mounting Thingy, The AC Infinity AI-120SCX Speed Control Fan Kit and 1/2″ by 1/8″ Neodymimum Rare Earth Magnets.

3D Printed Stir Plate

Check out the build on Andy’s Blog.

Also… stay tuned, I’m putting final touches on the design files for a complete 3D printed stir plate using this fan.

The AC Infinity AI-120SCX has a great feature set for putting together a stir plate.  It’s large, already wired for AC and has a speed control.  I’m also looking for a traditional (non 3D printed) build using this fan.  If you’ve done something, let me know.

BYKES 10 Neodymium Super Strong Extremly Powerful Rare Earth Refrigerator Magnets 1/2 x 1/8 Inch Disc N48

SEOH Magnetic Stir Bar Plain PTFE 6 x 25mm New

XYZprinting Da Vinci 1.0 3D Printer

Stir Plate Magnet Mounting-Thingy STL files on thingiverse

HBF Magnet Mounting Thingy now available for purchase on Shapeways

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Update: Target (In Store) Propane Burner, Kettle and Basket Combo for $29.95 – YMMV

Turkey Fryer - 3 in 1 Multi-Use

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

Tom Says: “I found this on clearance at my local Target for $29.95. 38k btus”

YMMV – Your Mileage May Vary on this one.  Price and availability will depend on location.

Update: I was contacted by another reader, Michael.  Michael said that his local Target has this combo, but it is marked at regular price.  HIs local store said that if he could provide information on the markdown at another store, they would match the price.  I got with Tom and asked.  Tom said he hadn’t actually purchased it, but had seen it.  So… Tom went out and purchased it and provided this.  Whammo!  Thanks again Tom!  You get the HBF “Above and Beyond Award”!

Target Discounted Propane Burner

Check it out – Here

Also Consider: Brinkmann 815-4001-S Turkey Fryer · Bayou Classic SP1 Jet Cooker

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