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Reader Tip: 5 pack of keg post and dip tube o-rings – $4.75 + Ball Lock Kegs

Thanks to Google+ Friend Brian for this tip!  Connect with HBF on Google+ - Here

These were listed yesterday and promptly sold out.  They are back again today at 25 cents less.

5 pack of ball or pin lock keg dip tube and post orings.  $3.75 + $1 shipping.  Shipping for additional sets is just 15 cents per set.

5 Homebrew Beer BALL or PIN LOCK Cornelius Keg Post & Dip Tube GREEN O-ring Kits - $3.75 + $1 Shipping

Related: O-Rings - 100 Dip Tube - Silicone100 Post - Silicone10 Lid O-Rings

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Great Fermentations has Pressure Tested, Used Ball Lock Kegs in stock for $60.  Those also qualify for their $8.99 flat rate shipping.

5 Gallon Used Ball Lock Corny Keg - $60

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Reader Tip: Krups BeerTender… $39.99 + Conversion Guide

Thanks to HBF Reader Casey for this tip!

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Woot has Krups BeerTeender counter top tap system on sale for… $39.99.  These are factory reconditioned units.  Compare at… $125.  Check it out – Here.  Some have converted these for homebrew use.  Here is an Instructable detailing one homebrewer’s conversion.

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Reader Tip: 2L American Borosilicate Erlenmeyer Flask – $14.25

Thanks to HBF Reader Shane for this tip!


This highly rated 2L Erlenmeyer Flask from American Educational Products is back in stock and selling for $14.25.  It ships free with Prime or with a qualifying $35 order.

American Educational Borosilicate Glass (Bomex) 2,000mL Erlenmeyer Flask - $14.25 + Free Shipping with $35 order

Also Consider: StirStarter Stir Plate – $42 Shipped – Ends Soon

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Reader Tip: Spiegelau Classic Stemmed Pilsner Glass Set – $33.75 Shipped

Thanks to HBF Reader “BYOBKC” for this tip!

This set of 4 stemmed beer glasses from Spiegelau is selling for $33.75.  Shipping is free.  That’s about $8.44 per glass.

Classic Stemmed Pilsner Beer Glass (Set of 4) - $33.75 + Free Shipping

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Reader Tip: 6 Gallon Water Containers – $6.19

Thanks to HBF Reader Cody for this tip!

via Kmart.  6 Gallon Water Container (normally $12.39) is marked down to $6.19.  In store pickup is free.  Check it out – Here

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Also Consider: Free Big Mouth Bubbler2 Free Fermenters with Purchase


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BrewSculpture Brew Systems from MoreBeer

Reader Tip: Free Big Mouth Bubbler Large Mouth Fermenter with $125 Purchase

Thanks to HBF Reader Brandt for this tip!  Connect with HBF – Here


Spend $125 at Northern Brewer and Get a Free 5 or 6.5 Big Mouth Bubbler Large Mouth PET Fermenter.  I have the 6.5 Gallon Size of this.  Check out my First Looks Post.

Check it out – Here

Bundles With$7.99 Flat Rate Shipping

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Reader Tip: 2L Erlenmeyer Flask and Stopper – $16.61 + StirStarter Stir Plate

Thanks to HBF Reader Craig for this tip!


2 Liter Erlenmeyer Flask and Stopper for $16.61.  Shipping is free with Prime or with a qualifying $35 order


SEOH Elenmeyer Flask 2000ml with Stopper – $16.61 + Free Shipping with $35 order 


Also Consider: via Rakuten - SEOH Erlenmeyer Flask 2000ML Borosilicate Glass – $8.45 + $8.42 Shipping


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I’ve used the StirStarter Stir Plate for years.  I ordered mine back in June of… 2009.  It’s worked very well for me.  The constant motion of a stir plate integrates oxygen, puts yeast in constant contact with nutrients, relieves built up CO2 and generally helps yeast to grow more rapidly.  That also means smaller starters.


Nikobrew has these in stock for $42 and they ship for free.  That’s the best delivered price that I’m know of.  I got word from Niko that a price increase is imminent his costs have increased on these and that will soon be reflected in the purchase price.


“Stir Starter” Stir Plate - $42 + Free Shipping

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Reader Tip: Kenmore 8.8 Cu Ft Chest Freezer – $229.99 + Layout Info

Thanks to Twitter Follower Jesse for this tip!  Connect with HBF on Twitter - Here

The regular price for this 8.8 Cu Ft Kenmore Deep Freezer is $449.99.  Kmart has it marked down $220 to $229.99.  In store pickup is free.


Use for a kegerator or a fermentation deep freeze.  Here is detailed information the layout and capacity of this unit from HBF Reader Thadius.  Thanks Thadius for your great work on the subject of deep freeze layouts!


Kenmore 8.8 cu. ft. Chest Freezer (1692) - $229.99 + free in store pickup


Reader Tip: Dual Scale Refractometer – Corrected Scale – $19.38 Shipped

Thanks to HBF Reader Stephen for this tip!

Gravity to Brix Accuracy
Typical refractometers use a linear 4 x gravity to Brix conversion.  That’s fine and dandy up until around 1.049.  At that point this linear scale starts to become inaccurate.  Brix 11 does equal 1.044, but Brix 12 does not equal 1.048.  It is 1.049.  It’s only 1 point off here, but up at Brix 24, it’s up to 5 points off.  Brix 24 equals 1.101 not 1.096.

All this to say that this model of refractometer uses a more accurate, non-linear gravity to Brix scale.

From the manufacturer: “This is the only inexpensive Wort SG to be corrected. The only other corrected refrafractometers in existence are the BREWfractometer and the BREWfractometer Extreme.”


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 Northern Brewer’s Refractometer Calculators.

Magnum Media DUAL SCALE 0-32% Brix and 1.000-1.130SG Wort Refractometer RSG-100ATC Beer Home Brew - $14.39 + $4.99 Shipping

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Reader Tip: Single Stage Digital Temp Controller – $14.25 Shipped

Thanks Geoffrey to HBF Reader for this tip!

I believe that this is the single stage version of the very popular STC-1000.  It’s 110V and unlike many of (maybe all?) of the STC-1000 offerings it can display in deg F.  At $14.25 with free shipping this would make for a very economical way to get a fermentation chamber or kegerator up and going.

Docooler 10A 110V Digital Temperature Controller Thermocouple -58~194 Fahrenheit with Sensor – $14.25 + Free Shipping

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