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Hands On: 750 mL Stainless Wine and Beer Growler – Includes Temp Trials

Review Lifeline Stainless Wine Growler

I’m a big fan of Lifeline Products’ Line of Stainless Steel, Double Wall, Vacuum Insulated Growlers.

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They recently released a 750 mL Size for wine lovers.  Here’s a hands on look at that including two temperature time trials.

Lifeline Wine Growler ReviewIn the box.  This comes nicely packaged.  Ready to be wrapped up as a gift for yourself or others.  Oh, you don’t wrap gifts you buy for yourself?

Lifeline 7512 Wine Growler ReviewLifeline’s 7512 Stainless Wine Growler.  This is the uncoated stainless version.  It comes in other colors.

Lifeline 7512 Wine Growler ReviewClose up of the front of the label.  Reads Seven Fifty.  Wine Growler.  Double Wall Vacuum Insulated

Lifeline 7512 Wine Growler ReviewReads: No Liner.  No Condensation.  No Taste or Odor.  Holds a Full Bottle of Wine.  BPA Free.

Lifeline 7512 Wine Growler ReviewDiagram of how the vacuum insulated design works

Lifeline 7512 Wine Growler ReviewA look inside the growler

Stainless Growler Homebrew WinemakingA look at the cap

cln_img_6205This note about general usage comes inside the growler.

Lifeline 7512 Wine Growler ReviewBottom of the growler.  Reads: Vacuum Insulated, 750 mL, 18/8 Stainless

Lifeline 7512 Wine Growler ReviewI tared out my Escali Primo and filled up the growler with water to get an idea of capacity.  It comes out to about 801 grams.  801 grams = 801 mLs.  That’s a bit more than the stated capacity of 750 mL.  But… the lid/stopper combo takes up a bit of the neck.  I think the usable space is pretty well right at 750 mL.  That’s perfect for a bottle of… wine.

cln_img_6223A look at the same water in my 1 Gallon Brew Day PitcherReview

Lifeline 7512 Wine Growler ReviewHey this is the growler next to a 2013 bottle of Cupcake Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc.

Lifeline 7512 Wine Growler ReviewHere is the growler filled with an entire bottle of wine.  The cap just fits.  Perfecto.

Lifeline 7512 Wine Growler ReviewTemperature Trials.  I put the bottle of wine and growler in my fermentation deep freeze (currently in cold crash mode) to chill everything down.  I put my kegerator fan – See: Reducing Foaming with a Recirculating Fan – in there to get things chilled down more quickly.  Also Pictured: Speidel FermenterReview.  It contains RiteBrew’s Oatmeal Stout.  Also Pictured:  If you look closely you’ll see a gigantic rubber band creation that my son made for me to hold on the temperature probe.  What a great kid!  Oh, he charged me $10.

Stainless Growler Homebrew WinemakingStart of the test.  My ThermoWorks ChefAlarmReview – shows 33.2 deg F

Stainless Growler Homebrew WinemakingThe ambient temperature was about 67 deg F

Insulated Stainless Growler Homebrew Winemaking19 hours and 39 minutes later, the wine reads 47.6 deg F.  That figures out to .733 deg per hour.  Much like the rest of the line, the insulation capabilities of this thing are amazing.  Gift Idea: You could fill one of these with chilled wine, wrap it hours before it will be unwrapped and the gift recipient will receive an amazing growler along with a chilled, ready to drink bottle of wine.  Whammo.

Stainless Growler Homebrew WinemakingThis is also a great size for 22 ounces of beer.  I tried another trial using a 22 of Green Flash’s Imperial IPA.  Also pictured: Oxo Cast Stainless Bottle OpenerReview.

Stainless Growler Homebrew WinemakingHere’s where the 22 fills comes up to.  Temperature Trial.  Started at 31.8 deg F.  19 hours and 2 minutes later it read 46 deg F.  That’s a loss of .734 deg per hour, nearly identical to the wine test.  Update:  I received a question about whether or not this growler is rated to hold carbonated beverages.  From my experience, I can tell you that it works great for carbonated beverages.  I also contacted Lifeline Products to double check that they recommend it for that use.  Indeed, it is officially rated to hold carbonated beverages.

Much like the rest of the line, this container looks great and works great.  I’m glad to have one for myself and I also think it would make a great gift.

Lifeline 7512 Silver Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Double Wall Bottle Style Growler – 750ml. Capacity

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Hands On: Lifeline Collapsible Two Growler Carrier

Lifeline Growler Carrier Review

If you’ve read Homebrew Finds for long it will come as no surprise to you that I am a big fan of Lifeline’s line of Stainless, Double Wall, Vacuum Sealed GrowlersReview.  These growlers look amazing, are generally a very good deal and have epic insulation capabilities (See: Temp Trials section of Lifeline 7500 Review).  Along those lines, I was excited to see that Lifeline had released a Two Growler Carrier.  This is a hands on look at that.

cln_img_5810The Lifeline Growler Carrier

Lifeline Growler Carrier ReviewClose up of the packaging.  It says: Holds Two.  Collapsible.  The easiest way to carry your growlers!  No more juggling two full growlers while trying to get your keys out of your pocket!  The lightweight carrier is comfortable to hold with one hand and also keeps your growler upright and stable.  Fits most growler sizes.  Take home your favorite beverages with ease.

Lifeline Growler Carrier ReviewSide view

Lifeline Growler Carrier ReviewCollapsed.  Top Down.

Lifeline Growler Carrier ReviewCollapsed. Side View.

Lifeline Growler Carrier ReviewThe top rim of the growler carrier is approximately 6 inches tall.  That means any growler handles must be higher than this.

Lifeline Growler Carrier ReviewEach of the two growler openings are approximately 5 inches wide.

Lifeline Growler Carrier Review with 7508 GrowlersThis fits two Stainless, Double Wall, Vacuum Insulated Lifeline 7508 GrowlersReview

Lifeline Growler CarrierIt can also hold standard size growlers

stainless growler carrierUpdate: Yes this does work with Lifeline’s 7500 growler.  In this picture the 7500 is on the left and the 7508 is on the right.

In my book, this is another home run for Lifeline.  It has a simple job and does it.  It is durable and folds up for easy storage.  I’m also glad they designed it in such a way as to accommodate their own 64 ounce growler design and standard glass growlers.   I own 4 of their 64 ounce growlers, one of their 40 ounce growlers and an 18 ounce double wall container.  I’m a big fan of Lifeline’s growler lineup and I’m glad add their new growler carrier to the mix.

Lifeline Growler Carrier

Lifeline 7508 Silver Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Double Wall Barrel Style Growler – 64 oz. Capacity

A 750 mL Double Wall, Stainless, Vacuum Sealed Wine Growler is also available…

Lifeline 7512 Silver Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Double Wall Bottle Style Growler – 750ml. Capacity

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Hands On: ThermoWorks RT600C Super Fast Thermometer – Accuracy and Response Time Tests

Note: This is a comprehensive update and expansion of a June 2012 review that was posted on Homebrew Finds.  It includes additional photos, accuracy and response time tests and information about recent updates to the RT600C thermometer.
 
 
I’ve owned and used ThermoWorks’ Super Fast RT600C as a homebrewing thermometer since 2011.  It’s very accurate, has a super fast response time and has a great set of features.  Because of my work on Homebrew Finds, I have a large number of thermometers.  I propose that, considering it’s price point, the RT600C is one of the best thermometers available for homebrewing.
 
The Thermometer along with the included Pocket Clip.
 
The RT600C has a good sized probe (4.9″) but only 1/4″ needs to be submerged to get a reading. 
 
Close up of the face.  You can see the NSF certification along with power and min/max buttons.
 
Back of the thermometer dissasembled.  The left panel includes both a deg C/deg F mode button and a reset button.
 The battery door includes and o-ring

 

The RT600C is waterproof.  Not just splash proof or “kind of waterproof”, it’s waterproof.  IP65 rated to be exact.  That means you can put this in a dishwasher – up to 190 deg F.  To illustrate I’ve submerged it in the Top Find Rubbermaid Commercial Brew Day Pitcher (Review).
Close up of the submerged RT600C
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Accuracy:

Testing with ice water in my Lifeline Vacuum Insulated Stainless Growler (Review).  The RT600C reads a perfect… 32 deg F.

 

Still 32 deg F, side by side with my ThermoWorks Thermapen (Review)

 

I’ve experienced different boiling temperature on different days using the same equipment and testing methods.  Boiling temperature is a moving target.  It is based on elevation and atmospheric conditions.  The day of this test, boiling point was a consistent 211.8 deg F as read by my highly accurate Thermapen.
 
The RT600C reads 211.5 deg F.  It’s reading to .3 deg F low.  Well within it’s stated accuracy of +- .9 deg F.
 
Response Time:

This video shows a response time test using the RT600C.  I’m counting the start of the test as right when the metal basket hits the water. The probe of the thermometer is submerged at 1 second into the video. It levels out at 139.6 deg F at 7.85 seconds. That’s a response time of 6.85 seconds. For .1 deg F resolution, that’s a great response time. For comparison, I’ve tested the Thermapen (Review) and gotten a response time of 5.4 seconds (at 130.4 deg F).  The Thermapen is an amazing thermometer, but it’s also about 5 times the cost.
 

In Action:

Checking the grain bill temp of More Beer’s Citra Pale Ale.  This recipe features Rahr 2 Row, White Wheat, Carapils, Crystal 15 and of course… Citra.

 

Checking the mash temp of More Beer’s Citra Pale Ale


Auto Shut Off (now included)

In the original version of this review I noted that the RT600C does not have an auto off feature.  Not a huge deal if your version (like mine) doesn’t have auto off.  What you can do is… shut it off :).  If you do forget, the batteries are relatively inexpensive.  Update: ThermoWorks has changed the design.  The RT600C now includes and auto-off feature.  If for some reason you wanted a version that has no auto off, that’s found in the RT600B.  That one stays on like the RT600C used to.  Not very helpful for homebrewers.  I think that’s generally used by food service professionals trying to test dishwasher temperatures and such.

Some of the RT600C’s features:

  • Waterproof.  In fact it is dishwasher safe up to 190 degrees F.
  • Has a super fast read time- 5-6 seconds.  IP65 rating.
  • Accuracy to ±0.9°F (±0.5°C)
  • C/°F switchable
  • Only requires 1/4″ of the probe to be submerged to get a reading
  • Has a .1 degree resolution
  • Records Minimum and Maximum Temperatures.  You can use this to monitor serving and fermentation temps.
  • Long Battery Life – up to 5,000 hours of continuous use
  • NSF Certified
  • Tough Commercial Design
  • Manufactured by Thermoworks.  Warranty - The RT600C comes with a one-year coverage on material and workmanship including any failure in the thermometer circuit. Includes online, email and phone access to the ThermoWorks technical service group.

 

I purchased my RT600C back in October of 2011.  As of this update (June 2014) the same unit continues to be an amazing thermometer.


With years of practical use in homebrewing and beyond, I can recommend the RT600C (ThermoWorks - Amazon) as a great homebrewing thermometer.  Considering the features, performance and cost, this is arguably one of the best values for your money.  Along those lines, the RT600C continues to be one of our Top Find selections.


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Review Rewind: CDN DTQ450X Quick Read Thermometer – Includes Accuracy and Response Time Tests

The DTQ450X in boiling water


The DTQ450X from Component Design (CDN) is a quick read digital thermometer thermometer.  It is NSF listed, waterproof and comes with a 5 year warranty.


Features:

  • NSF approved for commercial applications
  • -40 to 450 deg F
  • 5 inch stainless stem
  • Quick read: 5 to 6 second read time.
  • Digital
  • Food Safe
  • Waterproof
  • Easy re-calibration
  • 5 year warranty
 In the package

 

 Bottom view

 

Battery Door
 
Completely submerged.  Note: The manual explicitly says not to do this.  Guess what?  I did it!  I completely submerged this thermometer for version 1 of this review sometime around November of 2012.  The thermometer has gotten plenty wet since then and is still performing like a champ.  I’m not suggesting that you completely submerge yours.  You should follow the manual’s instructions.  I am saying, mine has held up to this type of treatment.

Accuracy:

I’ve experienced different boiling temperature on different days using the same equipment and testing methods.  Boiling temperature is a moving target.  It is based on elevation and atmospheric conditions.  The day of this test, boiling point was a consistent 211.8 deg F as read by my highly accurate Thermapen.


The CDN DTQ450X reads 211.6 deg F.  It’s reading to .2 deg F low.  Well within it’s stated accuracy of +- 2 deg F.  Practically speaking, for our needs, this is right on.

Ice water is a more reliable reference point.  Here is the CDN DTQ450X head to head with the Thermapen.  As you can see, the Thermapen reads right at 32 deg F.  The CDN DTQ450X reads 32.9 deg F.  Again, well within it’s stated 2 deg F range.  This is a good result.  Not great, but good.  That fact that it is more accurate at the higher range bodes well for homebrewers.  We’re much closer to that end of the spectrum for most of the things we’re doing.

Response Times:

 

This video shows a response time test using the CDN DTQ450X.  I tried to do this with water that was around mash temperature.  I’m counting the start of the test as right when the metal basket hits the water.  The probe of the thermometer is submerged at 2.28 seconds into the video.  It levels out at 138.3 deg F at 5.7 seconds.  That’s a response time of… 3.42 seconds.  For .1 deg F resolution, that’s a great response time.  In fact, it’s 1.98 seconds faster than a similar test I completed on my review of ThermoWorks Thermapen.
 
The DTQ450X measuring grain temperature
 
Bottom Line:
 
I’ve used the CDN DTQ450X since October of 2012.  This same unit continues to look and function well.  This thermometer is one of our Top Finds and it’s also a key component of my Brew Day Box.  It displays very good accuracy, well within specifications, and it has a very, very good response time.  If you’re looking for a thermometer for homebrewing and general use this is an excellent choice that I can recommend based on experience..
 

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