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Reader Tip: Igloo Breeze 48 Quart Cooler… $15.88 at Wal Mart

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

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Igloo Breeze 48 Quart Cooler from Wal-Mart for just $15.88.  In store pickup is free.  I don’t think this has a drain, so if you were going to do a mash tun conversion, you’d have to drill a hole or use something like a Brew Bag BIAB Bag –  in the correct size and dump the cooler to drain.  Or, you could use this as an actual cooler and take your homebrew on the go.

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Reader Tip: Great Deals on Kegs!

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Keg Connection has a stellar keg sale going on right now.  Prices start at just $39.95 and shipping is a flat $7.99 no matter how many kegs you order.  No discount code is needed.  Each product page should reflect sale prices if this is still going on.  Pin Lock, Ball Lock and Commercial Sanke Kegs are all available.

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Reader Tip – Beer Tasting: Quick Reference Guide, Kindle Edition – 99 Cents

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Beer Tasting: Quick Reference Guide by Jeff Alworth.  Kindle Edition

Kindle Edition books can be viewed on your Kindle Device or on free reader applications available for your iPhone, Android or Windows smart phone – and  for your web browser via Amazon’s Cloud Reader.  This dynamic link will take you to the appropriate reader for your current platform.

5/30/16 4:15 PM Central: This title is selling for just 99 cents.  Check the product page for up to the minute price and availability.

Beer Tasting: Quick Reference Guide

Also ConsiderTasting Beer: An Insider’s Guide to the World’s Greatest Drink

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Reader Tip: 10.6 Cu Ft GE Chest Freezer – $286 (Save $113!) + Tips & Gear for your Kegerator

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10.6 cu. ft. Chest Freezer in White GE FCM11PHWW

Home Depot has GE’s Model FCM11PHWW 10.6 Cu Ft Chest Freezer is selling for $399.  Add it to your cart and the price drops to $286.20.

10.6 Cu Ft, 3 Lift out Storage Baskets, Interior Lighting, Key Lock, Exterior Power on Light, Energy Star Rated.  Check with your local utility to see if they have a rebate available.  Home Depot’s site may also have that information.

Use for a nice sized kegerator or temp controlled fermentation chamber.

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Check it out – 10.6 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: Reduce Insulated Growlers and Pints on Woot

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

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Woot has a selection of Reduce Vacuum Insulated, Stainless Steel Growlers and pints on sale in their sport section.  Reduce Insulated Growlers & Pints

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Reader Tip: Pair of Heat Resistant Silicone Gloves

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Oven Mitts Gloves, Heat Resistant Silicone Gloves BBQ Grilling Gloves for Cooking Baking Barbecue Potholder

Heat Resistant Silicone Gloves.  ure Silicone Oven Gloves For Cooking, Grilling, Potholders, Camping, Pickling, and more.

Possible brewing using could include – handling warm ball valves on brew day and minding Erlenmeyer flasks when you’re making a yeast starter,  Always use caution when dealing with hot items and ingredients.

Oven Mitts Gloves, Heat Resistant Silicone Gloves BBQ Grilling Gloves for Cooking Baking Barbecue Potholder

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Reader Tip: Alternate Fitting for Spunding Valve Build

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

Camco 59953 Propane Fitting - 1/4" Male NPT x 1/4" Female Inverted Flare

Camco 59953 Propane Fitting – 1/4″ Male NPT x 1/4″ Female Inverted Flare by Camco

A cln_tn_spundingSpunding Valve allows you to ferment under pressure, naturally and precisely carbonate in the keg, fix over-carbonated beers and more. See: [Build a Spunding Valve]

This is a brass fitting that Daniel proposes as an alternative to this fitting featured in my Spunding Valve Build.

From Daniel: “The flare end is inverted, meaning it won’t fit directly on the gas QD. I was easily able to drill out the inversion and turn this into a “normal” female flare fitting. Now my spunding valve is fully brass/stainless.”

Note that you have to modify this fitting for it to work in my build.  Daniel says to use a 3/8″ Drill bit… “The 3/8 bit is small enough to fit in the female flare portion of the fitting and almost fully fill the space. This ensures the drill will take out the inverted flaring exactly in the center. As opposed to a tad off center which might mess up the final fit.”

Photos [click to zoom] of Daniel’s finished build…

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Camco 59953 Propane Fitting – 1/4″ Male NPT x 1/4″ Female Inverted Flare

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