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Hands On: Stanley Classic Vacuum Insulated Growler! – Includes Temperature Trials


Stanley’s Stainless Steel vacuum insulated growler features vacuum insulated body and foam insulated lid to keep beer cold for 16 hours.  Made of 18/8 stainless steel and BPA free.  The heavy duty handle makes it easy to carry and allows you to pour smoothly with one hand.  Steel inner lid means no plastic is in contact with your beer.

It’s available in Hammertone Green and Hammertone Navy in 64 ounce/2 Quart/Half Gallon capacity as well as in a smaller 32 oz size.  It’s also part of a Gift Pack Set that includes the growler along with stacking pints.  Stanley makes a non-insulated version version as well.  The 64 ounce variant is mentioned in this review, although it comes in 32 ounce as well.

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Hands On: More Beer’s Plate Filtering Setup

More Beer’s Beer and Wine Plate Filter Kit in action

First… Why would you want to filter your beer?

  1. You want to drink your beer soon.  During conditioning, a lot of what we’re doing is waiting for stuff to fall out of suspension.  Filtering hastens that process.
  2. You want to transport your kegged beer.  Transporting your beer stirs up anything that’s in the bottom of the keg.  Filtering means you don’t need to worry about stirring a bunch of stuff up.
  3. Clarity.  You’re interested in having great clarity for a particular style of beer.
  4. You have a problem with your beer.  Filtering down to the sterile filter level may remove off flavors.  That’s a maybe.

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Hands On: Spyderco Stainless Steel ClipiTool Multi Tool w/Bottle Opener

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ClipiTool Multi Tool By Spyderco

I had the pleasure of visiting Spyderco’s facility located in Golden, Colorado while on a family vacation.  I was extremely impressed by the quality of the gear they make and have since purchased several of their products.  I’ll be reviewing each of those over on our companion site Gear Trails – Spyderco TagAbout Gear Trails – but this one fits better here on homebrew Finds.

The ClipiTool features stainless steel construction and three functions.  A knife blade, a flat screw driver and a bottle opener along with a clip and lanyard hole.

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Hands on Review: Pelican Elite Cooler! – via Gear Trails

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Pelican Elite Coolers by Pelican.  30 quart capacity.  Extreme ice retention: 2 inch of polyurethane insulation with a 360 degree freezer-grade gasket that delivers extreme ice retention for up to 10 days.  Features: molded handles and tie-down slots, 3 inch locking latches, reinforced lockable hasp, stainless steel bottle opener, anti-shear hinge system, leakproof drain plug, 4 self draining cup holders, integrated measuring board on lid in centimeters and inches, non-skid rubber feet.

Review: Hands on Review: Pelican Elite Cooler on our companion site Gear Trails

Pelican Elite Cooler – via Amazon, additional size and color options available

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Hands On: Roto Molded Igloo 55 Quart Sportsman Cooler – Update: Flashlight Test

Front of view of the 44921

Here’s a look at Igloo Products 00044921 Sportsman Cooler.  I purchased the white, 55 quart size.  It’s also available in tan and in other capacities.  According to the description it is “Virtually indestructible rotational molded construction”.  Features a heavy-duty “3-point grab” handle with comfort grip with durable, rubberized T-Grip lid latches and anti skid feet.  It also includes an oversized insulated and tethered drain plug.

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Update – Hands On: Brand New, 5 Gallon Keg from Adventures in Homebrewing

Adventures in Homebrewing Keg

A while back Adventures in Homebrewing introduced brand new 5 gallon ball lock keg made to their specifications.  It’s marked down to… $75.  That’s a stellar deal for a brand new ball lock,  I purchased one to give it a try.

Ball Lock, Stainless Steel, Double Rubber Handles.  Specs say these are 25″ tall and 8.5″ in diameter.  NSF and ISO 9001 Certified. Continue reading

Hands On Review: Inkbird ITC-308 Dual Stage Temperature Controller


Inkbird’s Itc-308 is a dual stage, pre-wired Digital Temperature Controller by Inkbird

Dual stage means that the Itc-308 can control both a heating and cooling device.  Alternatively, it can control a heating or a cooling device.  This controller displays in Fahrenheit and Centigrade.  Maximum output is 1,100 watts at 110 volts.  Dual Display shows both measured and set temperature.

Here’s a hands on look at the ITC-308 temperature controller.

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