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Portugese Double Level Corker – $8.98! via Woot

Thanks to HBF Reader @BeerSommelier via Twitter for this tip!  [8 Ways to Connect with HBF]

Home Brew Ohio Portugese Double Level Corker via Woot

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  • Easy to Use
  • Durable
  • Double levered for good leverage
  • Will work on #9 size corks, but works best on #8 corks
  • Made in Portugal

 

As of this posting, Woot has this for just $8.98.  This is a bargain!  Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free]. Price, promotions and availability can change quickly.  Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit the Woot page.  Check Woot for today’s offering.

Home Brew Ohio Portugese Double Level Corker

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Reader Tip: Stainless Steel Condiment Dispenser for Tracking and Portioning Boil Additions

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

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

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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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Reader Tip: 60 lb Stackable Vittles Vault Container [Grain Storage] – $26.87 via Sam’s Club

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

The Vittles Vault line of stackable containers are very popular for bulk grain storage.  They are food grade, airtight and pest proof.  They also have a large easy access opening and the ability to stack makes them space efficient.  The 60 lb size easily holds a 50-55 lb bag of grain.

As of this posting Sam’s Club has the 60 lb size for just $26.87.  Note: Membership is required to purchase.  Buy online to reserve yours and the select in store pickup to skip the shipping charges. Price, promotions and availability can change quickly.  Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit the product page.  Check the product page for current price, description and availability

Gamma Vault Stackable 60 lb. Airtight Pet Food Container

Also: All Grain Tips & Gear | 10 Gallon Mash Tun Conversion Kit [Review] | Cereal Killer Grain MIll

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Canada – Reader Tip: 2 Piece Titanium Nitride Coated Step Bits – $14.99 at Canadian Tire

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

Two piece step drill bit set via Canadian Tire.  Use to drill a hole in your kettle.  As of this posting, this is marked down 75% from list to $14.99.  Order online and pickup in your local store for free. Price, promotions and availability can change quickly.  Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit the product page.  Check the product page for current price, description and availability


Also: Canada: Build a Spunding Valve! – How and Why


Mastercraft Titanium Nitride-Coated Step Drill, 2-pc

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Reader Tip: 15% Off Sitewide at ThermoWorks! – Thermapen, ChefAlarm & More

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

ThermoWorks has discounted everything they carry site-wide by 15%  This also bundles with existing specials and sales.  No coupon code is necessary.  Discount will be automatically added in your cart.

Some gear to consider…
Thermapen Mk4 | ChefAlarm [Review] | ThermoPop | TimeStick | RT600C [Review]

15% off at ThermoWorks – use coupon code SUMMERSITEWIDE18

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Reader Tip: Seal-a-Meal Vacuum Sealer – Preserving Hops & Other Ingredients

Thanks to HBF Reader Michael for this tip!  [8 Ways to Connect with HBF]Seal-a-Meal Manual Vacuum Sealer with compact design, hands-free, seal indicator lights, FSSMSL0160-000

Seal-a-Meal FSSMSL0160-000 Vacuum Sealer by Seal-a-Meal


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

  • Press/Hold Release System
  • Patented removable drip tray
  • Fits 8-inch, 11-inch, quart and gallon heat-seal bags and rolls
  • Hands-free and seal indicator lights
  • Compact Design

Why would you want a Vacuum Sealer for homebrewing?  Vacuum sealers are indispensable for storing hops.  You can save money by getting in on bulk hop buys.  Use your vacuum sealer to break these up and to preserve freshness.  You can also store specialty grains in vacuum bags.  Other uses include: storing base grains, partial dry yeast packs and storing and preserving other beer ingredients.

Seal-a-Meal Manual Vacuum Sealer with compact design, hands-free, seal indicator lights, FSSMSL0160-000


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Reader Tip: Afternoon Wheat Beer Making Kit on Woot – small batch. all grain!

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

Afternoon Wheat Beer Making Kit via Woot

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Afternoon Wheat Beer Making Kit
Light-bodied and easy-drinking for all-day sipping, our Afternoon Wheat is packed with a refreshingly floral hop aroma. It’s a perfect wheat beer for brewing and sharing with friends all day long.
Our Beer Making Kits include all the equipment and ingredients for a one-gallon all-grain batch.
Equipment and ingredients for your first batch of beer. The Kit is reusable, and all you need for your next batch is a new mix.

Inside the box:

All-Grain Ingredient Mix
Gallon (3.8 L) Glass Fermenter
Glass Spirit-Filled Thermometer
Vinyl Tubing
Racking Cane & Tip
Chambered Airlock
Brooklyn Brew Shop Cleanser
Screw-Cap Stopper
Pair that with the (Optional) Bottle Capper & Caps and Beer Bottle Set, and you’ve got everything you (or your favorite beer-loving giftee) could use to brew up their first batch. Now for the hard part: deciding which beer you want to brew first?

 

As of this posting, Woot Wine has this available in two versions.  Either with bottling and capping gear or without.  Prices start at $34.99.  Shipping is free for Amazon Prime Members [Try Prime for Free].  Available today 8/29/18 only, while supplies last.  Check site for current offering.

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Reader Tip: PicoBrew Pico Model C System $179.99! on Woot

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

PicoBrew PICO Model C Beer Brewing Appliance

PicoBrew Pico Model C (from the folks behind the Zymatic brewing appliance) is a small batch (5L) electric system that brews using PicoPaks.  Commercial clone PicoPaks are available along with original beers designed by PicoBrew.  If you want to brew your own recipe, you order it from PicoBrew in the form of a PicoPak.

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With a Pico Model C in your kitchen or bar, you can brew your own great beer without all of the complex equipment, vessels, sterilization and cleanup. Select from more than 100 PicoPak recipes available on PicoBrew’s online BrewMarketplace or craft your own using our Web-based FreeStyle beer crafter. We’ll deliver a PicoPak full of fresh grains, hops and yeast to your doorstep and you’ll be brewing and proudly sharing kegs of your awesome craft beer before you know it!

BREW THE IMPOSSIBLE Pico Model C is an automated craft brewery that brews fresh craft beer using recipes from award-winning breweries. Brew any style of beer you desire – from IPAs to session ales to stouts to porters – starting with just the press of a button. Your beer will be fermented, carbonated, and ready to enjoy in 10-14 days.

ENDLESS BEER The Pico Model C uses ready-to-brew PicoPak ingredient packs that take the guesswork out of homebrewing. PicoPaks include the perfect balance of pre-measured, fresh grains, hops, and yeast so you can brew 5 liter batches of beers, (13) 12-ounce bottles, from a growing list of award-winning breweries from around the world available online in PicoBrew’s BrewMarketplace.

CUSTOMIZABLE RFID technology recognizes the biodegradable PicoPak and optimizes the settings for that recipe once inserted. Modify any PicoPak to your liking by simply adjusting the alcohol percentage (abv) and bittering IBUs.

CREATE YOUR OWN Making a custom craft beer is as easy as dragging and dropping grains, hops and yeast into a virtual PicoPak on PicoBrew’s Web site. The online FreeStyle beer crafter allows anyone to create a custom PicoPak that is sent to your home.

EXPERTLY ENGINEERED Monitor the automated brewing process with any Web enabled device. Everything you need is included to allow you to ferment, carbonate, and serve fresh craft beer in 10-14 days. PicoPaks are sold separately.

 

As of this posting, Home Woot has Pico Model C’s on sale for just $179.99.  Available today 8/30/18 only while supplies last.

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