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.
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
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.
Like many homebrewers and craft beer lovers, I use a chest freezer for chilling and serving kegs. 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.
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
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.
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.