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15% + 10% Off All Homebrew Gear at ProFlow Dynamics

PFD has a great variety of homebrew related gear including stainless steel Camlock disconnects, threaded fittings (t’s, elbows and connectors of every sort), Stainless QDs, ball valves, tri-clamp fittings, burners, wort chillers, thermowells, site glasses, silicone tubing, pumps, stainless pickup tubes, stainless false bottoms and more.

PFD already has generally great prices.  As of this posting, promo code BREW15% takes an additional 15% off their entire lineup of homebrewing gear.

Stacks With: Using the link below takes another 10% off!

ProFlow’s Homebrew Lineup – use coupon code BREW15% + use this link for an additional 10% off

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TaoTronics Non-Contact IR Infrared Thermometer + why use an IR thermometer?

TaoTronics Meat Thermometer Instant Read Food Cooking Thermometer, 40% Larger Screen, Protective Sheath

TaoTronics Meat Thermometer Instant Read Food Cooking Thermometer, 40% Larger Screen, Protective Sheath


From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • Wide temperature measuring range: measures objects accurately as cold as -50 °C up to temperatures as hot as 420 °C. Includes instant switching between Celsius and Fahrenheit for your convenience. Ideal for chefs, cooks, repair-people and technicians.
  • Increased precision with adjustable emissivity: depending on the subject, adjust the emissivity from 0.1 to 1. Contains Max, Min, DIF (difference) and AVG (average) mode for more precision.
  • Protective temperature alarm: you can adjust the alarms (low and high) as required. When the alarm sounds the measurement of the temperature is outside the pre-set range. Helps to identify temperature problems in need of repair.
  • Easy and direct operation: gently press on the trigger to activate a laser beam and measure a temperature. Enjoy an incredibly fast response of 0.5 seconds.
  • Low battery display: always know how much battery is left. To make the included 9V alkaline battery last longer, the backlight can be switched off.

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

TaoTronics Meat Thermometer Instant Read Food Cooking Thermometer, 40% Larger Screen, Protective Sheath


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100 x Silicone Dash 111 [Keg Post] O-rings

111 Silicone O-Ring, 70A Durometer, Red, 7/16" ID, 5/8" OD, 3/32" Width (Pack of 100)

100 Dash 111 Silicone O-Rings  Dash 111 are the size for keg post gaskets for many homebrew style cornelius kegs.

See: Bulk Keg Orings and Keg Repair Part Numbers for more information

111 Silicone O-Ring, 70A Durometer, Red, 7/16″ ID, 5/8″ OD, 3/32″ Width (Pack of 100)


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

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Reader Tip: Waterproof Outdoor Remote AC Switch

Thanks to HBF Reader Christopher for this tip!  [8 Ways to Connect with HBF]DEWENWILS ODT12B Outdoor Light Sensor Timer, Heavy Duty Waterproof Plug in Switch, 100 Feet Range Remote Control for 2 Grounded Electrical Outlets/Christmas/Holiday/Garden, 15Amp, UL Listed, Black

DEWENWILS ODT12B Outdoor Light Sensor Timer, Heavy Duty Waterproof Plug in Switch, 100 Feet Range Remote Control for 2 Grounded Electrical Outlets/Christmas/Holiday/Garden, 15Amp, UL Listed, Black


From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • Light sensor & countdown timer: control your outdoor devices according to the schedule you set – on, off, dusk to dawn, on at dusk and off after 2, 4, 6 or 8 hours; repeat schedule daily
  • Remote control: turn on and off outdoor christmas/holiday/yard lights, lamps, pool pump, fountain from your room with the wireless remote, no need to go out in bad weather
  • 100Ft rf range: strong rf signal can work through walls and doors to control outdoor lights and other electrical appliances as far as 100Ft in line of sight, which is suitable for persons with limited mobility, the elderly
  • Heavy duty & durable design: ul listed, waterproof construction, ideal for outdoor and indoor use; pbt material, 6-inch sjtw 14-3 grounded cord and max 15 amp ratings can satisfy most electrical appliances
  • Easy to use: no programming and tools required, 12V 23A battery is included, just plug it in; 2 grounded outlets run 2 devices at the same time, save you energy costs and operating time

Possible homebrew uses – control brewing pump, turn on and off carboy washer [review] turn on and off your draft cleaning pump – See: Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump.  Always be cautious when using your brewing pump with hot liquids and always read and follow manufacturer’s specifications and directions.

DEWENWILS ODT12B Outdoor Light Sensor Timer, Heavy Duty Waterproof Plug in Switch, 100 Feet Range Remote Control for 2 Grounded Electrical Outlets/Christmas/Holiday/Garden, 15Amp, UL Listed, Black


Also Consider: MLCS 9089 Billy Pedal Foot Switch, 2 Step ON/OFF(Continuous Running)

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Make sure the components you use are compatible and rated for your intended application.  Contact manufacturer with questions about suitability or a specific application.  Always read and follow manufacturer directions.

Reader Tip: Bayou Classic Kettles on Sale at Home Depot – up to 40% off + free shipping

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


Related: Cyber Monday at Spike Brewing – 25% off all kettles! – this is a very rare sale – valid today 11/26 only 


As of this posting, Home Depot has select Bayou Classic kettles on sale.  Check site for current price and availability.

Update: This promo has expired or pricing, availability or description has changed – Check the supplier’s site or product page for current availability

Recent Deals!  Last Fifty Finds

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Reader Tip: 304 Stainless Steel Keg or Kettle Hop Filter

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

304 Stainless Steel Basket Beer Keg Dry Hop Filter.  300 micron mesh


From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

100% 304 Stainless Steel,300 micron mesh;Allows hop oils to flow into your beer but keeps the hop material inside;Easy removal,great for Dry Hopping in Kegs;It will hold up to 2 ounces of leaf, even more pellet,also can be used in your boil pot;For use in cornelius kegd to dry in 5 gallon kegs


300 Micron Mesh Stainless Steel Dry Hopper for Cornelius Kegs Corny Keg Homebrewing,70mmx300mm


Also: Recent Hop Finds

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Nubee Non-Contact IR Infrared Thermometer + why use an IR thermometer?

Nubee Temperature Gun Non-contact Infrared Thermometer MAX Display & EMS Adjustable

Nubee Temperature Gun Non-contact Infrared Thermometer MAX Display & EMS Adjustable


From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • Max temperature function: it can take the highest temperature of the area tested by scanning and save the data at the bottom of the screen
  • Ems adjustable function each object has its suitable emissivity, it can make test more accurate by adjust suitable emissivity for different objects
  • Measures in Celsius or Fahrenheit (range: -50 to +500 /-58 Degree F to +932 Degree F), auto shut-off & low battery indicator
  • Red laser pointer for precise aiming, powered by one 9-volt battery(include); take accurate temperature readings with this handheld gun
  • U.S. FDA, FCC, CE, ROHS approved

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

Nubee Temperature Gun Non-contact Infrared Thermometer MAX Display & EMS Adjustable


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Stainless Steel Condiment Dispenser for Tracking and Portioning Boil Additions

New Star 48049 Stainless Steel Condiment Dispenser with 6 Compartments

New Star 48049 Stainless Steel Condiment Dispenser with 6 Compartments


From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • Durable 18/0 stainless steel body, food safe plastic inserts and clear acrylic lid
  • Includes a 6 compartment dispenser with lid and 6 pint size inserts
  • Stainless steel features a satin finish
  • Open bottom and removable trays for easy clean up and storage, this product does not hold ice
  • Each condiment dispenser measures approximately 18-inches by 6-inches by 3.5 inches

Thanks to HBF Reader Jordan for this tip!  [8 Ways to Connect with HBF].  Jordan says he uses each of these removable trays to weigh or portion out hop, whirlfloc and other boil additions.  He works his way down the tray for each addition.

New Star 48049 Stainless Steel Condiment Dispenser with 6 Compartments

Individual Condiment Sauce Cups- One Dozen – 2½ Oz. Ounce by Update International


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Extech Non-Contact IR Infrared Thermometer

extech infrared thermometer

Extech IRT25 Infrared Thermometer 12: 1 with Audible Alarm by Extech Instruments


From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • Quickly take non-contact temperature measurements from -4 to 700°F (-20 to 371°c)
  • “Built-in laser pointer identifies target area while programmable high/low alarms alerts user visually and audibly when temperature exceeds set limits (audible alarm can be muted).”
  • Bright white backlighting illuminates display for taking measurements at night or in areas with low background light levels.
  • Automatic data hold and max/min function stores allow for easy maximum and minimum readings with easy recall
  • The IRT25 comes complete with two AA batteries

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

Extech IRT25 Infrared Thermometer 12: 1 with Audible Alarm


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Tip: Plant Caddies For Moving Kegs & Carboys – give your back a break

Rocky Mountain Goods Planter Caddy - 4 Extra strength wheels for easy plant moving - Tip proof - Outdoor / Indoor - White color planter dolly doesn't overheat plants - Wall rim to secure planter (13")

Rocky Mountain Goods Planter Caddy – 4 Extra strength wheels for easy plant moving – Tip proof – Outdoor / Indoor – White color planter dolly doesn’t overheat plants – Wall rim to secure planter (13″)


From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • Extra strength planter caddy wheels can handle the heaviest of planters
  • Inconspicuous look – Wheels sit directly underneath planter without out extending out like other planter dollies with casters

Thanks to HBF Reader Seth for this tip!  [8 Ways to Connect with HBF], Seth Says: “Something that I have started doing is using plant stand rollers for moving my carboys around the house. They usually have a very high weight limit because potted plants can be extremely heavy. I even have some that are made of wood that have slats in them and if my carboys has a port I’ll run my hose through it so i don’t agitate my beer once it’s settled.”

Note from HBF: The pictured and linked planter caddy is an example.  Search below for other possible models.  Make sure the one you choose is properly sized and rated for your intended application.

Search: Flower Pot Roller Base on Amazon

Rocky Mountain Goods Planter Caddy – 4 Extra strength wheels for easy plant moving – Tip proof – Outdoor / Indoor – White color planter dolly doesn’t overheat plants – Wall rim to secure planter (13″)


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