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Stainless Steel Spray Balls for Sparging and CIP Cleaning

8c3c93a1-b53a-4be0-b96b-30f2ecf67a80Thanks to HBF Reader Sam for this photo!  [8 Ways to Connect with HBF]

CIP (Clean in Place) Spray Balls are generally used for vessels that are too large to move.  Since they’re too large to move you… clean them in place.  If you have a larger setup, you could incorporate these into your system or routine to help clean your vessels more easily.

Seller QM Stainless on Amazon offers a variety of spray balls including stationary and rotary.

A couple of specific models to consider:

Seller QM Stainless on Amazon offers a variety of spray balls including stationary and rotary.

HBF Reader Sam is using – 0.5″ SUS304 Female 360 Degree Fix Spray Ball Stainless Tank Cleaning Ball – for sparging.  See photo above.

Sam Says…

“Funny timing – I recently purchased a fixed spray ball from QM Stainless on eBay – my original intent was to use it for a keg / carboy cleaner but have been playing with it in my mash re-circulation set-up. I screwed a spare male quick disconnect into the spray ball and held it in position over the tun. It worked so well that I am considering drilling a hole in the lid of my cooler and using it there permanently. Here’s a picture of it in action last Saturday.”

Update: from HBF Reader Chris…

By the way, I bought the rotating version of this spray ball with the idea of mounting it on my Mark II keg cleaner [HBF Review]. It works great! It can’t fit inside my glass carboys, but it fits inside my plastic carboys, buckets, kegs, etc, and it rotates around while spraying. I feel like this is a good upgrade for the Mark II keg cleaner because otherwise it just sprays up and sometimes doesn’t get all the nooks and crannies as efficiently as it could.

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Reader Tip: 3/4″ to 1/2″ Reducer for Center Inlet Chugger Pumps

Thanks to Facebook Friend Joe for this tip and photo!  [Connect with HBF on Facebook]


Center inlet Chugger Pumps are a little different compared to most high temp homebrew pumps with regards to fittings.  Most homebrew pumps are 1/2″ NPT threads on both the “in” side and the “out” side.  The center inlet pump is 1/2″ NPT on the “out” side and 3/4″ NPT on the inlet side.  Some people want this to be 1/2″ also, so a fitting is required.

Joe’s picture shows this 3/4″ female to 1/2″ male adapter in action.

Brass Adapter 3/4″ Female x 1/2″ male

Adventures in Homebrewing also has a stainless 1/2″ FPT to 3/4″ FPT reducer.  That as the “F” indicates is female to female.  That fitting is also included as an option on their Center Inlet Chugger offering.

AIH: 1/2” FPT x 3/4″ FPT Stainless Steel Reducer

AlsoChugger Stainless Steel Brewing Pump Center Inlet (Comparable to March 809-SS-HS-C) |Chugger Pump Stainless Steel-Center

1/2″ SS Fittings: Street Elbow | Elbow | Tee | Hex Nipple | NippleCoupler | Plug | Cross

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Hands On: TRINITY EcoStorage NSF Stainless Steel Table

review TRINITY EcoStorage NSF Stainless Steel Tabl

I picked up Trinity’s EcoStorage Stainless Table toward the end of 2014.  I wanted a sturdy, easy to clean table for around the brewery tasks and storage.  This table is all stainless construction, NSF certified, has 150 lb capacity per shelf, features adjustable feet levelers and the shelf is fully adjustable.  48″ wide, 35.5″ tall, 24″.

cln_img_9607NSF Certification sticker.  The stainless surface table top can be cleaned and sanitized.

cln_img_9610Trinity logo on the left side of the shelf

IMG_9603A look down the table.  This is between my tub sinks and a storage rack

review TRINITY EcoStorage NSF Stainless Steel TablA storage rack on the left and my Utilatwin sink on the right.  After adjustment, this ended up at a good height next to my sink.  A couple inches higher.  A good height to set things as they are cleaned.

cln_img_9630Works great with my Keg and Carboy Washer [Review].  It’s nice have an easily cleanable surface and having this right by my sink makes it easy to fill and empty things like the Carboy Washer.

I originally heard about this table from HBF Reader [8 Ways to Connect with HBF] Jeff.  Jeff purchased it himself and shared some pictures and feedback  Thank you Jeff!

TRINITY EcoStorage NSF Stainless Steel Table, 48-InchReader Photo:  A picture of the table with a keggle on top for size reference.  Click the photo to enlargeTRINITY EcoStorage NSF Stainless Steel Table, 48-InchReader Photo: Underside of the bottom of the table.TRINITY EcoStorage NSF Stainless Steel Table, 48-InchReader Photo: Bottle tree and bucket sitting on top.

from Jeff: “I’ve been looking for some stainless steel tables for months now, but I was very leery about cheap non-sturdy tables. After receiving my Trinity work table today there is no question in my mind that it is 110% restaurant quality stainless worktable. I couldn’t ask for a more sturdy table. I could easily stand on this table (at 200lbs) and feel secure, however the instructions say not to. To my surprise, as I was putting the table together (super simple) I flipped table over I noticed fantastic reinforcements on the bottom. I’ve attached a picture of both!”

Follow up from Jeff: “I’ve used my table consistently since purchase, multiple times a week for brewing, bottling, cleaning, food table for parties, etc. Six months later, there is no question in my mind that this table was worth every cent!”

from Stephen: “I have the 24″ model that I have turned into a grain milling station and have to agree these tables are AWESOME!”


This is a well built heavy duty table.  The all stainless build also looks great.  I’m glad to have it for storage, as a general work area for brewing tasks and more.  This is a great table!

Although mine isn’t in my brewing area, this would also make a good brew day work table too.

TRINITY EcoStorage NSF Stainless Steel Table, 48-Inch

Also available in a smaller 24″ size…
TRINITY EcoStorage NSF Stainless Steel Table, 24-Inch

Also: Best Sellers in Commercial Worktables and Workstations Category

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First Looks: Anova Touch Screen Heat Stick and Circulator

Review Anova Sous Vide for Homebrew

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.


  • 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

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! [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

More Posters: Brewery Infographic | Keep Calm and Have a BeerPeriodic Table of Beer Styles | Hops Chart | Types of Beer | Beer Color Chart | Beer Facts | Styles

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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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