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Reader Tip: Up to 30% Off Brand New, NSF Certified Kegs!

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Great Fermentations is discounting new kegs by up to 30% for “The Big Game”.  Both 3 and 5 gallon sizes are available starting at just $79.99.  These are also eligible for $8.99 flat rate shipping.  That means as many kegs as you want ship for $8.99.  Or… Add on a Pliny clone kit (those also qualify for flat rate).  No coupon code is required, but this is a short sale.

About the 5 Gallon Kegs

from Great Fermentations – “You asked for ’em, you got ’em! These brand new ball lock cornelius kegs hold 5 gallons of your delicious homebrew! Made of high quality stainless steel to operate at a maximum working pressure of 130 PSI, these kegs are NSF certified, ensuring they are up to strict sanitation standards. The kegs have a single metal handle for ease of carrying and pouring, which is great for cleaning and sanitation. The gas and liquid posts are 11/16″ size, with universal poppets. The keg lids have a standard pressure relief valve. They are roughly 26 inches tall to the top of the handle and have a diameter of roughly 8.5 inches. These kegs are the perfect size for standard 5 gallon batches of homebrewed beer, soda, sparkling water…you name it. A great brand new keg, available now!”

 

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Reader Tip: $19.99 Extract Kits (Buy 3) at Midwest Supplies!

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Buy 3 Extract Beer Recipe Kits (choose from Irish Red, Irish Stout, Autumn Amber, Fuggles IPA, Flat Tire and Liberty Cream Ale) from Midwest Supplies and they’re just $19.99 each.  No promo code is required.

Grab the full details – Beer Kits For $19.99!

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1/2″ Heavy Duty Drill at Harbor Freight + Cereal Killer Grain Mill

Thanks to Twitter Follower Joe for this tip!  [Connect with HBF on Twitter]

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Joe suggested this drill on sale at Harbor Freight for powering Adventures in Homebrewing‘s Cereal Killer Grain Mill (on sale for $99.99 shipped).

Joe says: “I have that [Cereal Killer Grain Mill] , and I power it with this drill and I’ve never been happier.

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The Cereal Killer Grain Mill gets consistently great feedback and is one of our Top Finds.

Milling your own grain… 1.  Gives you control over the crush of your grain.  That’s a big factor in efficiency.  A mill allows you to fine tune for your equipment and process.  2.  A mill allows you to save money by buying whole bags of grain.  3.  Freshly milled grain = better tasting beer. and… 4.  Mad street cred… :)

Cereal Killer Grain Mill – $99.99 + Free Shipping

Update: Joe Also shared this video of his setup for mounting this drill, with the Cereal Crusher in action…

Update 2: Twitter follower just pointed out that this printable 20% off coupon also works with this drill!

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Reader Tip: No-Touch IR Thermometer – Check Yeast Rehydration Water and More

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Dr.Meter IR-20 Non-contact Digital Laser Infrared Thermometer, -50°C to +550°C, Memory Function

IR-20 Non-contact Digital Laser Infrared Thermometer by Dr.Meter.  -50°C TO +550°C Temperature Range.  Memory function, recalls your last reading even after power off.  3 Modes – Find the max and min or regular temperature of any reading.

Since this is no touch, you can check the temp of yeast washing and yeast rehydration water and your starter wort without the risk of infection.  I find mine particularly useful for rehydrating yeast.

Infrared thermometers should not be considered a direct replacement for your standard thermometer.  A quality IR thermometer will give you a close approximation of surface temperatures.  Note that steam seems to throw off readings.  Uses include: Contained yeast rehydration water, chilled wort or starter temperature, kegerator, fermenter or fermenation area and beer tasting samples.  If you’re looking for a standard thermometer, consider these two Top FindsCDN DTQ450X – ThermoWorks Thermapen

Dr.Meter IR-20 Non-contact Digital Laser Infrared Thermometer, -50°C to +550°C, Memory Function

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Reader Tip: 4 lbs PBW Cleaner – $29 + Free Prime Ship

Thanks to Twitter Follower Jose for this tip!  [Connect with HBF on Twitter]Five Star PBW Cleaner (Powdered Brewery Wash), 4-Pound Jar

4 lbs of PBW.  PBW is my cleaner of choice!  From the Description: “Use 1 – 2 ounces per gallon for cleaning boil kettles, or an ounce per gallon for fermenters, kegs and other brewing equipment. Soaking overnight will easily remove stubborn, caked on organic deposits without scrubbing. PBW is environmentally friendly, biodegradable, and will not harm septic systems.”

2/8/16 9 AM Central: This is selling for $29.  Shipping is also free with Prime or a qualifying $35 order.  Check the product page for up to the minute price and availability.  If you’re not a Prime Member, check out our Amazon Fillers Resource Page to help you put together a $35 order.

Five Star PBW Cleaner (Powdered Brewery Wash), 4-Pound Jar

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Reader Tip: Ball Valve and Weldless Kit… $20.99 Shipped

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1/2″ Stainless Steel Ball Valve, Weldless Kit and Barb for just $20.99 with free shipping.  Use to add a ball valve to your brew kettle or kettle based Mash Tun or HLT.

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from the product description…

1/2″ STAINLESS STEEL Compact Valve & 3/8″ Barb
With all of the fittings to install into a Brewing kettle!

No more pouring large pots of wort, no more siphoning! This is an easy way to upgrade your existing brew kettle and save yourself some effort. Valve is standard port style with 3/8″ inside flow, it has 1/2″ npt female threads and is a 1 piece valve, it can be taken apart with a large hex key and cleaned, made from 304 stainless steel for maximum quality and durability. The Stainless bulkhead fitting comes with all of the High temp silicone seals you will need to mount this into your kettle, All you have to do is drill a hole and mount it! Hole size is 7/8″. A Stainless Steel 3/8″ hose barb is also included!

•Leak Free Weldless installation Kit
•Standard Port (3/8″ Inside Flow)
•Compact 1 piece valve body
•1/2″ NPT Threads •3/8″ Barb x 1/2″ MPT

 

1/2″ Stainless Steel Weldless Compact Ball Valve & Barb-Homebrew Beer Kettle Pot – $20.99 + Free Shipping

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Reader Tip: KAB4 Banjo Cooker – $82.94 shipped

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KAB4 Propane Cooker by Bayou Classic.  High pressure, Banjo style cooker.  10″ cast iron burner.  Heavy duty welded one piece frame.  Powerful.  Great for oversized pots up to… 120 quarts.  Includes UL listed 20 PSI Regulator.

2/2/16 8:45 AM Central: This highly rated LP Cooker is selling for $82.94.  Shipping is also free.  Check the product page for up to the minute price and availability.

Bayou Classic KAB4 High Pressure Banjo Cooker

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