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Reader Tip: Small Whiskey Barrel via Macy’s Black Friday Preview + More Beer Stuff at Macy’s

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

Wooden Whiskey Barrel via Macy’s


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

Vintage barrel holds approximately 800 ml of liquid Quality drink dispenser Age whiskey or other spirits, turning low-end booze into top shelf liquor Infuse flavors into spirits by dropping in fresh herbs Vintage wood design is a great addition to any home bar

  • Vintage barrel holds approximately 800 ml of liquid
  • Age whiskey or other spirits, turning low-end booze into top shelf liquor
  • Infuse flavors into spirits by dropping in fresh herbs
  • Vintage wood design is a great addition to any home bar
  • Wood
  • Spot Clean
  • Imported

As of this posting, this is marked down to just $15.99 as part of Macy’s Black Friday Preview. 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

Studio Mercantile Wooden Whiskey Barrel

Macy’s has several other beer-related items in the sale – search “beer”

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100 x Silicone Dash 111 [Keg Post] O-rings – $8.61, 9 Cents Each + Free Shipping

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

11/5/18 11 PM Central:  These are selling for $8.61. That figures to about 9 cents each.  Shipping is also free to many US addresses. Prices, shipping 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 Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

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


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Reader Tip: Waterproof Outdoor Remote AC Switch – $15.29 + free shipping

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.

11/5/18 3 PM Central: This is selling for just $15.29. Shipping is also free to many US addresses. Prices, shipping 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 Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

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

  • 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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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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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

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

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