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Reader Tip: 5 Universal Poppets – $9.26 – $1.85 Each Shipped

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universal keg poppets

Universal Keg Poppets

5 universal keg poppets by Happybrew

I use universal poppets exclusively when rebuilding kegs.

Tip: These fit the vast majority of kegs without issue.  I have had a couple kegs that ended up being a bit too tight with these.  It’s an easy fix.  Use a pair of wire cutters or Nipper Pliers to trim the universal poppet.  I suggest taking off about half of a coil and testing.  You want the QD to slide on easily and for it to reliably hold pressure when the QD is off.  Taking off a half of a coil and testing helps you make sure you don’t end up making the poppet too loose.

7/1/15 9 AM Central: These are selling for $9.26 with free shipping.  That figures to just $1.85 each shipped.  Note that these are currently shipping directly from Asia so shipping may take a bit.  See the “also consider” option below if you need them more quickly.  Check the product page for up to the minute price and availability.

5 pieces / lot,Universal Poppet Valve for Cornelius Keg

Also ConsiderUniversal Poppet – $2.19 – via RiteBrew

RelatedBulk Keg Orings and Keg Repair Part Numbers · Tips and Gear for your Kegerat

Reader Tip: 20% Off Any Single Item at Northern Brewer… Save $120 on New Brew Stand

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Northern Brewer homebrew sale

20% Off One Item at Northern Brewer

For a limited time take 20% off any item (with a few exceptions) at Northern Brewer.  20% is a generous discount.  Now is a great time to pick up a MegaPot Kettle, Captain Crush Grain Mill, Kegging System or new… Center of Gravity Brew Sculpture.

Check out the Details and Grab the Discount Code

Bundles With: $7.99 Flat Rate Shipping

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Reader Tip: Hydro Flask Growler + JugLug – See Update

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This combo gets you a Hydro Flask Growler and a JugLug Stainless Steel, Double Wall Vacuum Insulated (keeps beer cold a long time), 64 Oz Growler by Hydro Flask.  Keeps beer or water cold for up to 24 hours.  Powder coated Black Matte Finish, Premium Grade 18/8 Stainless.  BPA Free.  Lifetime warranty.

The JugLug is a handle (manufactured by JugLug) designed to work with the Hydro Flask.  More Info

6/30/15 9:20 AM Central:  This combo is selling for just $30.  Shipping is free with Prime or a qualifying $35 order.  Check the product page for up to the minute price and availability.

Update – 6/30/15 10:06 AM Central: This has sold out.  Uncoated silver and copper brown are available at $59.99 shipped.  Check the product page for up to the minute price and availability.

Hydro Flask Insulated Stainless Steel Wide Mouth Water Bottle and Beer Growler, 64-ounce Bundle with Juglug (Black Butte)

Also ConsiderHydro Flask Insulated Stainless Steel Wide Mouth Water Bottle and Beer Growler, 64-Ounce, Black

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Reader Tip: 54 Quart Coleman Cooler – $24.99 at Cabela’s

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Coleman Cooler at Cabela's

54 Quart Coleman Cooler

54 Quart Coleman Cooler via Cabela’s.  Tall enough to hold 2 liter bottles upright.  Made in the USA.  Has a drain.  Check it out – Here

Note that this has a channeled drain.  While that’s handy for draining water from this, channeled drains can prove tricky to install a braid or manifold system in.  One option is to use a Brew Bag.  They make cooler sized BIAB bags that can be used in place of a false bottom/manifold/braid.  In this case, it’s not really BIAB, it’s acting as a mash filter.

Also SeeAll Grain Tips and Gear · The Brew Bag

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Recent Great Deals:

Reader Tip: Igloo 7.1 Cu Ft Chest Freezer for $170 + Tips and Gear for Putting Together your Kegerator

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Igloo 7.1 Cu Ft Chest Freezer FRF710

Best Buy has Igloo’s highly rated (4.3/5 Stars) FRF710 model deep freeze marked down $80 (32%) to $169.99.  In store pickup is free.  1 Year warranty.  Includes a Drain.  Height 33 1/8″, Width 37″, Depth 21 7/8″.  This freezer is Energy Star Certified.  Check with your local utility, it’s possible that this purchase would be eligible for a rebate.

You could use this for a kegerator or a fermentation temperature control chamber.

Also Consider… Tips and Gear for your Kegerator

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Recent Great Deals:

Reader Tip: 5 Gallon Cooler via Menards… $9.99 After Rebate + All Grain tips and Gear

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menards 5 gallon beverage cooler

This 5 gallon cooler sells for $20.97.  It’s on sale for $16.99.  A $7 mail in rebate (in the form of a store credit) s available.  That makes it… $9.99 shipped.  Check your local store for more info.

Use for a cooler, a mash tun or an HLT.  I usually recommend at least a 10 gallon cooler for a mash tun, but this is a great deal.

Also SeeAll Grain Tips and Gear · How to Build a Mash Tun from the AHA

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Reader Tip: Genuine Innovations CO2 Keg Charger

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Cornelius Keg CO2 Charger

Cornelius Keg CO2 Charger

Handheld CO2 Cornelius Keg Charger by GenuineCornelius Keg CO2 Charger Innovations.  Uses 16 gram non-threaded CO2 cartridges.  Flare connection.  Connect to the MFL Gas QD (pin lock or ball lock) of your choice.  Great for dispensing your keg of homebrew on the go or to use as a backup in the event that your CO2 Tank runs out.  Use short bursts as needed.

Co2 Cornelius Keg Charger

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