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GE Handy Switch – for Keg, Carboy and Draft Line Cleaner Pumps – $6.05 + Free Add On Shipping

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GE 25511 Grounded Power Switch.  Grounded and polarized.  I use a similar switch for switching on and off my Mark II Keg and Carboy Cleaner and Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump.  You could also use it to control your March Pump on brew day.  Always read and follow manufacturer’s directions.  I recommend using a GFCI Outlet when dealing with pumps and water.

4/15/18 10 AM Central: This is selling for $6.05 (6 cents higher than the last time we featured this). Shipping to most US addresses is also free, with a qualifying order, as part of the Amazon’s Add On promotion. Price, shipping and availability can change quickly. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

GE 25511 Handy Grounded Power Switch White, New Version of GE 52149

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Rubbermaid Professional Heavy-Duty Spray Bottle – $4.99 + Sanitizing for Pennies Per Batch

Rubbermaid Professional Plus Heavy-Duty Spray Bottle by Rubbermaid.

  • Durable spray bottle has heavy-duty sprayer with adjustable nozzle.
  • Measurements included on side of bottle for chemical portioning in fluid ounces and milliliters.
  • Trigger sprays 3.3 ml per spray.
  • High density polyethylene bottle construction is tough to last a long time.
  • Made in the USA.

Use for cleaning and sanitizing solutions around your home brewery and beyond.  Check out Star San Tips, Tricks and Guidelines – Using Star San In a Spray Bottle – that details the “spray bottle technique” of easily and effectively sanitizing for pennies a batch.

4/9/18 1 PM Central: This bottle is selling for $4.99. Shipping to most US addresses is also free, with a qualifying order, as part of the Amazon’s Add On promotion. Price, shipping and availability can change quickly. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.  Also: Recent Amazon Finds and Amazon Fillers Resource Page

Rubbermaid Professional Plus Heavy-Duty Spray Bottle,32 fl OZ (946ml), (FG6C13PR06)

Also: Star San on Amazon | Star San Tips, Tricks and Guidelines – Using Star San In a Spray Bottle

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Tip: Dissolving Dry Malt Extract More Easily – Hot or Cold Water?

Pictured: 3 lbs Briess Golden Light Dry Malt Extract (DME) via Amazon

This is a quick and simple tip… Dry Malt Extract dissolves more easily into cold water than it does into hot water.  That seems a little counter-intuitive to me, but I’ve found it to be true.  It seems to clump up a lot less and just generally dissolve more easily.  I can’t take credit for this one, I heard it from John Palmer author of How to Brew.

Also: Briess – Dry Malt Extract – Golden Light – 3 lbs – via Amazon

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Eva Dry E-500 Mini Dehumidifier [Fix Kegerator Condensation] + Hands on Review

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Like many homebrewers and craft beer lovers, I use a chest freezer for chilling and serving kegs. Eva Dry Kegerator Condensation The big downside I’ve experienced is with that is… condensation.  Not just beads of water on the sides, I had pooling water in the bottom.  Not a good thing.  This varies by how often I’m in it and the weather, but the fact is, a chest freezer just isn’t designed to deal with condensation like a refrigerator is.

Enter the Eva-Dry E-500.  The Eva-Dry E-500 contains desiccant beads  that absorb moisture.  As this material absorbs moisture it also changes color.  Dark blue means it’s dry and pink means it’s becoming saturated.  The great thing about the Eva-Dry E-500 is that the desiccant material is reusable.  The unit contains a built in heater that drives off built up moisture.  When it becomes saturated, plug it in overnight and it’s ready to go again the next day.  I also use on of these in my fermentation chamber.

See: Damp Kegerator? Fix Kegerator Condensation

New and Improved Eva-dry E-500 Renewable Mini Dehumidifier


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5% Off + 5% Back at Adventures in Homebrewing via Newsletter Sign Up and Rewards

5% Off.  Sign up for Adventures in Homebrewing’s Newsletter and you’ll get a one time use 5% off coupon.  This is for new subscriptions only.  Check out the details on the sign up page.

5% Back.  AIH offers the equivalent of about 5% back through their rewards program.  You’ll get the equivalent of 5% back to use toward a future purchase.  Unlike most coupons and sales including the 5% off mentioned above, this works on pretty well everything and gets you a de facto discount on lines that are subject to MAP (minimum advertised pricing) like Blichmann, Grainfather, SS BrewTech and more..

This 5% back also stacks with other sales including items on AIH Sales Page

Newsletter Sign Up | Rewards Program | AIH Sales Items

Free Shipping on Blichmann.  AIH is also offering free shipping on most major Blichmann items including… BoilerMaker G2 KettlesFermenator Conicals, TopTier Brew Stands (includes all configured options),

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Updated – New Cost Savings Estimates – Star San Tips, Tricks and Guidelines – Using Star San In a Spray Bottle

Star SanPictured: 32 Oz Star San – via Amazon

Star San is my sanitizer of choice.  When mixed properly, it’s food safe and no rinse.  Required contact time is one minute.  It has worked very well for me for quite some time and I’m convinced that it’s one of the most economical solutions available if you use the spray bottle method outlined here.  I’ve used a single 32 oz bottle for years.  Like 5+ years.

Cleaning, Sanitizing and… Sterilizing

The first step in sanitizing is cleaning.  Cleaning and sanitizing are two separate steps.  Cleaning physically removes dirt and large contaminants.  After your item is physically clean it can be microscopically sanitized.  Sanitization kills many (but not all) germs, bacteria and microorganisms on an already clean surface.  I typically use a mixture of PBW (Powdered Brewery Wash) for cleaning.  Sanitizing and Sterilizing are different.  Sterilizing is killing every living thing.  In home brewing typically, we’re not interested in sterilizing, we’re only interested in sanitizing.

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Fix It! Repairing Loose Cornelius Keg Handles and Bases

repair loose keg handlesPictured: Loose Handle/Bottom Ball Lock Keg via Adventures in Homebrewing

A loose corny keg handle or base can be an annoyance.  If your keg is in otherwise good shape, it may make sense to repair a loose handle or base.

This technique comes via Facebook friend Jason Connect with HBF on Facebook].  Thank you Jason!

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Mine Has Been Running for Almost 4 Years – AC Infinity Cooling Fan $17.99 + Reducing Kegerator Foam with a Recirculating Fan

AC Infinity AXIAL 8038, Muffin Cooling Fan, 115V AC 80mm by 80mm by 38mm Low Speed

AC Wired Cooling Fan by AC Infinity

  • Designed for custom projects that requires or as a replacement fan in various machinery.
  • Includes a heavy-duty aluminum fan with power plug cord, two fan guards, and mounting screw set.
  • Dual-ball bearings have a lifespan of 67,000 hours and allows the fans to be laid flat or stand upright.
  • Low Speed: Has a lower noise and airflow rating than high speed models.
  • Dimensions: 80 x 80 x 38 mm | Airflow: 23 CFM | Noise: 28 dBA | Bearings: Dual Ball

I have this fan and use it in kegerator as a recirculation fan.  See: Kegerator Beer Line Temperatures & Reducing Foam with a Recirculating Fan

3/27/18 10 PM Central: This is selling for $17.99. Shipping to most US addresses is also free with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying order. Price, shipping and availability can change quickly.  Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

I purchased my fan on April 28, 2014 as of this post on 3/27, that same fan is still running.  It has run nearly constantly for going on four years.

AC Infinity AXIAL 8038, Muffin Cooling Fan, 115V AC 80mm by 80mm by 38mm Low Speed

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AC Infinity Cooling Fan + Reducing Kegerator Foam with a Recirculating Fan

AC Infinity AXIAL 8038, Muffin Cooling Fan, 115V AC 80mm by 80mm by 38mm Low Speed

AC Wired Cooling Fan by AC Infinity

  • Designed for custom projects that requires or as a replacement fan in various machinery.
  • Includes a heavy-duty aluminum fan with power plug cord, two fan guards, and mounting screw set.
  • Dual-ball bearings have a lifespan of 67,000 hours and allows the fans to be laid flat or stand upright.
  • Low Speed: Has a lower noise and airflow rating than high speed models.
  • Dimensions: 80 x 80 x 38 mm | Airflow: 23 CFM | Noise: 28 dBA | Bearings: Dual Ball

I have this fan and use it in kegerator as a recirculation fan.  See: Kegerator Beer Line Temperatures & Reducing Foam with a Recirculating Fan

AC Infinity AXIAL 8038, Muffin Cooling Fan, 115V AC 80mm by 80mm by 38mm Low Speed

AlsoKegerator Tips & Gear | Keg Repair Part #s | 5 Recent Keg Finds | What’s the Difference Between Ball Lock Kegs and Pin Lock Kegs? | Kegerator Beer Line Temperatures & Reducing Foam with a Recirculating Fan

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