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3 x Outlet Power Switches [Keg, Carboy and Draft Line Cleaner Pumps] – $8.97, $2.99 each, best price + free prime ship

(3 Pack) Uninex White Grounded On/Off Power Switch with Amber Light ETL

Uninex White Grounded On/Off Power Switch with Amber Light ETL


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

  • Pack of 3, ETL listed, clear switch with warm amber color, energy efficient space saving design
  • Energy efficient outlet that draws zero power when in the off position. Rating: 15A, 125 VAC, 1875W, item color: white
  • Perfect for devices or peripherals without built-in power On/Off switch

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.  Always exercise caution when dealing with electricity or hot objects and materials.

4/19/19 11 PM Central: These have dropped to $8.97. That’s the best historical third party Amazon price I found, notwithstanding Lighting Deals or coupons. Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying order. 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 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. Also: Recent Amazon Finds and Amazon Fillers Resource Page

(3 Pack) Uninex White Grounded On/Off Power Switch with Amber Light ETL – note multiple quantity options are available, a different version may show up at this link


Also: Build A Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump | Mark II Keg and Carboy Cleaner Draft Line Cleaning Pump Conversion | Review: Mark II Keg and Carboy Washer | MLCS 9089 Billy Pedal Foot Switch, 2 Step ON/OFF(Continuous Running)

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12 x Big Bands 7″ x 1/8″ Rubber Bands – good for affixing temp probe on fermenters – $2.18 + free add on ship

Alliance Rubber Big Rubber Bands 12 Pack 7-Inch X 1/8-Inch Red 00700

Alliance Rubber Big Rubber Bands 12 Pack 7-Inch X 1/8-Inch Red 00700

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

  • REUSABLE: Unlike tape or string that can only be used once, Big Bands large rubber bands are reusable many times over, helping you reduce unnecessary waste and costs. When done with them, simply remove and store them for your next project.
  • SECURE TRASH LINERS: These oversized rubber bands are ideal for securing trash can liners so that you can put more into your garbage bin without worrying the bag will slip and cause a mess. Big Bands fit can sizes from 13 qt. to 32 gal. so they’re great for both home and commercial use.
  • FREEZER AND MICROWAVE SAFE: These big rubber bands are freezer and microwave safe, making them ideal for securing lids on food for storing leftovers, or for reheating them the next day. Keep chip or cracker bags tightly closed to seal in freshness.
  • ENDLESS USES: Big elastic bands are a versatile tool that you can use at home, in schools or the office for a variety of purposes to stay organized and tidy.
  • MADE IN THE USA: Big Bands heavy duty rubber bands are made in the USA so you know that you’re receiving a high quality product, fresh stock and fast service.

 

I use these to secure affix my Inkbird temp probe to my fermenter.  The 7″ x 1/8″ are large enough to work with my 7.9 and 5.3 gallon sized Speidel fermenters along with my 7 gallon SS Brewtech Brew Bucket.  I like these vs using something like duct tape because i don’t like the adhesive that’s left behind with tape.  I would guess these will work with many sizes and types of fermenters, but I can’t give you a conclusive list.

4/14/19 3 PM Central: These are selling for $2.18. Shipping is also free to many US addresses, with a qualifying order, as part of the Amazon’s Add On promotion. 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 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. Also: Recent Amazon Finds and Amazon Fillers Resource Page

Alliance Rubber Big Rubber Bands 12 Pack 7-Inch X 1/8-Inch Red 00700

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Rubbermaid Professional Heavy-Duty Spray Bottle – $4.99 + free add on shipping & Sanitizing for Pennies Per Batch

Rubbermaid Professional Plus Heavy-Duty Spray Bottle by Rubbermaid


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

  • 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.

4/13/19 12 AM Central: This is selling for $4.99. Shipping is also free to many US addresses, with a qualifying order, as part of the Amazon’s Add On promotion. 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 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. 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

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Eva Dry E-500 Dehumidifier [Fix Kegerator Condensation]

eva dry e500 kegerator condensation

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


What are other people saying?  Search this product’s Amazon reviews for “kegerator”

Also: Kegerator Tips & Gear | Keg Repair Part #s | Recent Keg Finds

Our Top Draft Resources

 

More: Recent Amazon Finds

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Full Size Sheet Pan – Catch Drips & Easy Clean Up on Bottling Day

New Star Foodservice 36923 Commercial-Grade 18-Gauge Aluminum Sheet Pan/Bun Pan, 18" L x 26" W x 1" H (Full Size) | Measure Oven (Recommended)

New Star Foodservice 36923 Commercial-Grade 18-Gauge Aluminum Sheet Pan/Bun Pan, 18″ L x 26″ W x 1″ H (Full Size)

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

  • This food contact safe aluminum pan boasts great strength and durability. Use this pan to easily hold your heaviest foods like roasts, chickens, ribs, and vegetable dishes without worry of it bending or warping under the weight.
  • Sheet/Bun Pan made of Heavy Gauge Commercial aluminum and is designed to withstand both cold temperatures and high heat applications. Item features a wire-reinforced beaded rim for added strength.
  • New Star foodservice sheet pan’s aluminum construction, it heats up and cools down quickly. Its concave bottom flattens during heating for even heat distribution and consistent baking.
  • The tapered sides on this pan make it easy to stack and store multiple pans when they’re not in use. Stacking pans saves space to ensure that you’re not using up valuable kitchen real estate unnecessarily.
  • Hand Wash Only To preserve quality, this item should only be hand-washed and sanitized. SIZE: 18″ L x 26″ W x 1″ H (Full Size)

 

Why is this on Homebrew Finds?  I use a full size sheet pan to catch drips when bottling [See: Using a Full Size Sheet Pan to Make Bottling Easier – Catch Drips on Bottling Day].  These, generally, hold two full cases+ of beer bottles.  They help catch drips and speed up bottling day clean up.

New Star Foodservice 36923 Commercial-Grade 18-Gauge Aluminum Sheet Pan/Bun Pan, 18″ L x 26″ W x 1″ H (Full Size) | Measure Oven (Recommended) – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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Tips and Gear for Growler Filling

Pictured: Stanley Vacuum Insulated Growler via Amazon – Review

Filling a growler or small draft dispenser from your draft setup is an easy and straightforward process.  Here are some tips and tools for making this as easy and efficient as possible.

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12″ x 12″ Interlocking NSF Certified Drying Mats – lots of uses – $5.20 + free add on shipping

San Jamar VM5280 Versa-Mat Interlocking Bar Mat, 12" Length x 12" Width, Clear

12″ by 12″ interlocking bar mat by San Jamar.  These interlocking mats are versatile.  Multiple mats can be joined for larger areas and they are flexible and easy to cut to shape.  Allows for airflow under glassware.  NSF certified.

I purchased a number of these in 2015 and have since found them very handy.  I use them for drying brew day gear and glassware and also underneath my fermenter in my fermentation deep freeze to improve airflow and keep the fermenter out of any condensation that might show up).  I also use this in bottom of my kegerator.  More info on that here – Upgrade Your Kegerator – 6 Improvements

3/13/19 7:30 AM Central: These are selling for $5.20. Shipping is also free to many US addresses, with a qualifying order, as part of the Amazon’s Add On promotion. 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. Also: Recent Amazon Finds and Amazon Fillers Resource Page

San Jamar VM5280 Versa-Mat Interlocking Bar Mat, 12″ Length x 12″ Width, Clear


Also available in different colors and quantities – search san jamar interlocking bar bat on Amazon

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2 x Outlet Power Switches [Keg, Carboy and Draft Line Cleaner Pumps] – $8.79, $4.40 each

(2 Pack) Uninex White Grounded On/Off Power Switch with Amber Light ETL

Uninex White Grounded On/Off Power Switch with Amber Light ETL


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

  • Pack of 2, ETL listed, clear switch with warm amber color, energy efficient space saving design
  • Energy efficient outlet that draws zero power when in the off position. Rating: 15A, 125 VAC, 1875W, item color: white
  • Perfect for devices or peripherals without built-in power On/Off switch
  • Offers a quick easy way to switch power ON and OFF for household appliances and holiday lights

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.  Always exercise caution when dealing with electricity or hot objects and materials.

3/3/19 6 PM Central: These are selling for  $8.79.  Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying order. 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 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. Also: Recent Amazon Finds and Amazon Fillers Resource Page 

(2 Pack) Uninex White Grounded On/Off Power Switch with Amber Light ETL – note multiple quantity options are available, a different version may show up at this link


Also: Build A Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump | Mark II Keg and Carboy Cleaner Draft Line Cleaning Pump Conversion | Review: Mark II Keg and Carboy Washer | MLCS 9089 Billy Pedal Foot Switch, 2 Step ON/OFF(Continuous Running)

More: Recent Amazon Finds


Eva Dry E-500 Dehumidifier [Fix Kegerator Condensation]

eva dry e500 kegerator condensation

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


What are other people saying?  Search this product’s Amazon reviews for “kegerator”

Also: Kegerator Tips & Gear | Keg Repair Part #s | Recent Keg Finds

Our Top Draft Resources

 

More: Recent Amazon Finds

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3 x Outlet Power Switches [Keg, Carboy and Draft Line Cleaner Pumps]

(3 Pack) Uninex White Grounded On/Off Power Switch with Amber Light ETL

Uninex White Grounded On/Off Power Switch with Amber Light ETL


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

  • Pack of 3, ETL listed, clear switch with warm amber color, energy efficient space saving design
  • Energy efficient outlet that draws zero power when in the off position. Rating: 15A, 125 VAC, 1875W, item color: white
  • Perfect for devices or peripherals without built-in power On/Off switch

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.  Always exercise caution when dealing with electricity or hot objects and materials.

(3 Pack) Uninex White Grounded On/Off Power Switch with Amber Light ETL – note multiple quantity options are available, a different version may show up at this link


Also: Build A Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump | Mark II Keg and Carboy Cleaner Draft Line Cleaning Pump Conversion | Review: Mark II Keg and Carboy Washer | MLCS 9089 Billy Pedal Foot Switch, 2 Step ON/OFF(Continuous Running)

More: Recent Amazon Finds