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Reader Tip: 9 Cu Ft Magic Chef Freezer [Fermentation or Kegerator] – $168 via Home Depot

Thanks to HBF Reader Mike for this tip!  [8 Ways to Connect with HBF]

9.0 cu. ft. Chest Freezer in White

9.0 cu. ft. Chest Freezer in White

  • 9.0 cu. ft. capacity provides ample storage for all your frozen food needs
  • 3 lift out, sliding storage baskets easily let you see, organize and access your frozen food items
  • Exterior electronic temperature controls are easily accessed
  • LED interior light to easily view items

You could use this to put together a freezer based kegerator/keezer (See: Tips and Gear for your Kegerator) or temperature controlled fermentation chamber.

From Mike: I bought one of the 9 cu ft Magic Chef I can personally tell you that you can fit 5 Ball Lock Kegs without a large collar (as it closes with the kegs inside) but as I am installing a 2×10 for my collar I will be able to add 7 standard ball lock kegs as the shelf has room for 2 more but requires 7.75 inches of clearance. Only installing 4 Kegs and 5 Taps initially but I think we all like the ability to expand if we decide to.

As of this posting, Home Depot has this for $168.  9 cu ft is a good size in my opinion.  I think $168 is a great deal for this.  I think that’s a good price for a 7 cu ft unit and this one is 9. Order online to reserve this great price and pickup in store to skip delivery fees. Check Home Depot for current price and availability.

Best Buy has launched their Black Friday Sale.  This deep freeze is included in the mix and marked down to just $159.99.  Check Best Buy for current price and availability.

Related: Yeast Starters & Fermentation | Kegerator Tips & Gear | Resource Page: Chest Freezer Deals

9.0 cu. ft. Chest Freezer in White

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Inkbird Itc-308 Digital Temperature Controller Outlet Thermostat, 2-stage, 1000w, w/ SensorInkbird ITC-308 – Dual Stage Digital Temperature Controller

Reader Tip: iSpring 5 Stage Reverse Osmosis System [Brewing Water] – $148.95, Best Price

Thanks to HBF Reader Dustin for this tip!  [8 Ways to Connect with HBF]iSpring RCC7 WQA Gold Seal Certified 5-Stage Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Filter System - 75 GPD

RCC7 5-Stage Reverse Osmosis Water Filter System by iSpring

Made with NSF certified wet parts.  Delivers 75 gallons per day (storage tank is 3.2 gallons).  Removes up to 99% of chlorine, fluoride, lead, arsenic, microorganisms, pharmaceuticals and 1000+ pollutants.

Use a reverse osmosis/RO system to create RO water as a base.  From RO, you can build the water back up with water salts to dial in the special profile you’re looking for.  Want to learn more about brewing water and how to adjust it?  Check out Water by Palmer and Kaminski

11/20/17 8:30 PM Central: This has recently (in October) sold for as much as $191.49.  It’s dropped to $148.95. That’s the best historical direct from Amazon price I found. Shipping to most US addresses also is free. Price, shipping and availability can change quickly. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

iSpring RCC7 – Best Value Newly Upgraded US Legendary 75GPD 5-Stage Reverse Osmosis Water Filter System with Brushed Nickel Faucet and New Upgrades 2014

Also: Water by John Palmer and Colin Kaminski | Review: Portable Reverse Osmosis Water System

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Brauler Growler and Neoprene Carrier – $49.99 + Free Shipping

Brauler 64oz/2Liter Growler

Brauler Stainless Steel 64oz/2Liter Growler.  Rugged, heavy duty stainless steel.  Comes with carrying/insulating bag made of wetsuit material.

11/16/17 11:30 PM Central: I received an email from the Zythos Project, makers of the Brauler, that this is on a temporary sale.  It’s marked down to $49.99. Shipping to most US addresses also is free. Price, shipping and availability can change quickly. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

Brauler 64oz/2Liter Growler

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Catalyst Fermentation System – Conical Fermenter – $159, Save $46

Thanks to HBF Reader James for this tip!  [8 Ways to Connect with HBF]

The Catalyst Fermentation System, Craft a Brew, 6.5 gal Conical Fermenter for Beer Home Brewing and Wine Making

The Catalyst Fermentation System, Craft a Brew, 6.5 gal Conical Fermenter for Beer Home Brewing and Wine Making

  • 6.5 Gallon Conical Fermenter that separates sediment, eliminates transfers and allows you to bottle straight from your fermenter
  • The Catalyst’s tank is made from Tritan, a food-safe, BPA-free polymer. This revolutionary material retains the same clarity and smoothness of glass, but is resistant to shattering
  • 3″ Trub Trap Butterfly Valve – the largest in the industry- is designed to work with any large-mouthed mason jar, which makes catching and storing viable yeasts or separating sediment super simple
  • Includes: 6.5 Gallon Tank with Lid, Stand (Base, 2 Legs, 2 Support Beams, 8 Screws), 3″ Proprietary Butterfly Valve, Bottling Attachment, Transfer Tubing, Tubing Clamp, Rubber Stopper
  • 16 Oz. Wide Mouth Mason Jar, Allen Wrench, Total Height (does not include airlock): 26.25″ Maximum Width: 17″

11/16/17 10:30 PM Central: This has dropped $46 to $159. That’s the best historical direct from Amazon price I found. Shipping to most US addresses also is free. Price, shipping and availability can change quickly. For Comparison, MoreBeer has it for $199.99.  Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

The Catalyst Fermentation System, Craft a Brew, 6.5 gal Conical Fermenter for Beer Home Brewing and Wine Making

AlsoYeast Starters & Fermentation | StirStarter Stir Plate | Yeast: The Practical Guide to Beer Fermentation

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Reader Tip: Outstanding Deal on Grainfather Connect! – save $200, free recipe kit & free shipping

Thanks to HBF Readers Matt and Paul for this tip!  [8 Ways to Connect with HBF]

from txbrewing: “The Grainfather is your all in one brewing system to make beer from grain. The sleek look, user friendly design, and innovative features, make this your perfect brewing companion for both new and experienced all grain brewers. This bundle comes with the brand new Connect Controller.

Use the Connect Control Box in conjunction with the Connect App (and the recipe creator coming soon) for the ultimate brewing experience. The control box has Bluetooth connection to your mobile device so it can be controlled remotely. This allows you to multitask or simply relax while brewing and then be alerted when to return to your next step. ”

Features:

  • PID algorithm works in conjunction with a triac for more stable heating and so you can control power output
  • Programmable step mashing
  • Delayed heating – fill your Grainfather with water the night before and wake up to your water at strike temperature ready for brewing straight away
  • Change between celsius and fahrenheit easily
  • Waterproof graphic display
  • Use in manual mode or with app

Also: Electric Mash and Boil System for under $300 via AIH 13% Off Sale | Hands on Review: Brewer’s Edge Mash & Boil Electric Brewery


As of this posting, txbrewing has this system (with the Connect Controller) marked down to $799.98.  You get your choice of a free recipe kit and it ships for free to most US addresses.  Check product page for current price and availability.  Tell them you saw it on Homebrew Finds!

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Five Star PBW Cleaner at Amazon

Reader Tip: 12″ Budget Magnetic “Drip Tray” – holds up to 5 lbs

Thanks to HBF Reader Nathan for this tip!  [8 Ways to Connect with HBF]GreatNeck 68022 Magnetic Tool Tray, 12 Inch

This is intended as a magnetic tool tool tray, not as a kegerator drip tray.  It may not be completely watertight.  See my review of a different tool tray from a different manufacturer –  Hands on Review: 6″ x 4″ Budget Magnetic “Drip Tray”

12″ length, 1 1/4″ depth.  Holds up to 5 lbs.

11/17/17 11 AM Central: This is selling for $25.04. Shipping to most US addresses also is free. Price, shipping and availability can change quickly. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

GreatNeck 68022 Magnetic Tool Tray, 12 Inch

Also Consider: Update International DTS-419 Rectangular Stainless Steel Drip Tray, 19 by 4-Inch

Also: Kegerator Tips & Gear | Keg Repair Part #s | 5 Recent Keg Finds

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Stainless Carbonation Caps – for PET Bottles or Draft Line Cleaning Pump – $8.25 + Free Shipping

Stainless steel ball lock carbonation caps.  These are intended to convert 1L and 2L bottles to pressurized growlers.  Fill up a 1L or 2L PET bottle with your beer.  Put one of these on (purge the head space by squeezing if you want to) and then pressurize for transport.  You can also use this cap to rapidly carbonate beer.  Same process as for transport, just shake it up until it’s carbonated.

Other possible uses… One of these along with some tubingcln_img_9654 are all you need to convert Mark II Keg and Carboy Washer [Review] to a recirculating draft line cleaning pump for ball lock setups.  See: Mark II Keg & Carboy Cleaner… As a Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump!  – OR – Build your own line cleaning setup from scratch… Build a Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump

As if this posting, this is eBay offering is selling for just $8.25.  Shipping is also free to select addresses.  Check the listing for up to the minute price, description and availability.

Stainless steel Carbonation Cap With Dip Tube For Liquid And Gas

AlsoKegerator Tips & Gear | Keg Repair Part #s | 5 Recent Keg Finds | Build A Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump | Mark II Keg and Carboy Cleaner Draft Line Cleaning Pump Conversion

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