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Mark’s Mark II Keg & Carboy Washer – $82.99 Shipped + Draft Line Conversion!

Keg & Carboy Washer KEG300

Mark’s Keg & Carboy Washer is designed to clean and sanitize a good bit of your homebrewing gear.  It cleans and sanitizes… Kegs (including liquid post and dip tube), Carboys, Fermenters (including Speidels), tubing, parts and more.  It’s light and easy to store, most everything nests to together in the base.  Includes a 520 gallon per hour pump.  I have this and like it very much.  Check out my Hands on Review.

With a simple fitting this also functions as a recirculating draft line cleaning pump.

Product Description – Here  Use coupon code BEERDEAL to get this discount.

Keg & Carboy Washer KEG300 – $99 $82.99 + Free Shipping

Availability: This is a More Beer Deal of the Day.  Quantities are limited. Check the Deal of the Day section – Here – to see if this is still available.

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Update: Hands On – 24″ Stainless Steel Whisk – Extract, All Grain and Whirlpooling

Toward the beginning of 2013, HBF Reader [8 Ways to Connect with HBF] Kirk encouraged me to look around for a suitable whisk for stirring up the mash.  This was a new idea for me.

Others chimed in that this works well as a mash paddle or spoon replacement, making quick work of breaking up dough balls.  I found this 24″ stainless whisk and decided to pick one up myself.

It’s a full 24″ long

I use a 10 gallon Igloo Cooler for my mash tun.  As you can see this is plenty long enough to get to the bottom.

This is a nice sturdy whisk.  I came up with about 2.2 mm for the wire thickness.

Sticker collection update.


This works great for stirring up the mash.  I’m using it here to stir up the mash for a BIAB brew session of More Beer’s Pliny the Elder Kit [See: Brewing Pliny the Elder].

This whisk also works great for stirring in DME and LME.  In this picture, I’m brewing a Zythos IPA Extract Kit.  After incorporating the LME in this recipe, like a super hero, with this whisk.  I poured in the DME and Maltodextrin called for and let it sit there for a little bit.  This, of course caused a substantial clump to form.

 After a little bit of whisking

After a little more whisking.  This whisk makes easy work of stirring in extract.  It also feels like it’s doing a better job of thoroughly mixing extract versus a spoon.

It’s hard to catch it in a picture but this thing makes it easy to get a kettle whirlpool going.  I’ve always had a hard time getting any sort of a whirlpool going with a spoon or mash paddle.  The whisk is circular, so it’s always working with you in the task of starting a whirlpool.  This just makes it downright easy.

This works amazingly well in the mash tun, to stir in extract and to get a whirlpool going.  It can generally be had for a very reasonable price.  Because of the affordability and it’s effectiveness, I think that every full batch (5 gal+) homebrewer should consider picking one up.  This is a solid member of our Top Finds list and would be added to the Super Top Finds list if that list existed… :).  As of this update in August of 2015 this continues to work well and be one of my go-to pieces of equipment.

Some of the Reader Feedback We’ve Received…

Scott: I used this for the first time yesterday with 11.5 pounds of grain and it worked like a champ! No dough balls at all – mixes the grain so quickly!

Facebook Friend Kirk: I used mine yesterday. I have dubbed it the Dough Ball Decimator!

Ricky: I got one of these the last time it was posted. They work great. You stir your mash differently. You can’t really muscle your mash the same way. It works better despite this. It’s much easier to break clumps up. A little two handed whisking gets everything is evenly mixed.

Facebook Friend Andrew : I have used one for my last 2 yeast starters to mix the DME before boiling… Amazing.

Jared: After following your site for quite some time now, and purchasing many items because you let me know about them, I just received the 24″ whisk. I can’t believe how awesome this thing is just by pulling it out of the shipping package! I am so excited about this I might just have to brew this weekend even though I don’t really have the time. Not only would this piece be awesome for the mash, but dissolving LME and DME and keep it off of the bottom. What a great piece of equipment and thanks for sharing it!

Aaron: I have this exact same French Whip and love it, works way better than the old mash paddle I used before. It really cuts through the grain and helps ensure no dough balls etc. Definitely recommend this above any other stirring tools I’ve used!

Facebook Friend Wayne: I discovered using one of these about 3 years ago. Don’t know how I ever got along without it. Never have a problem with doughballs. Just make sure you get one that is stiff enough.

Update International FW-24 Stainless Steel French Whip, 24-Inch

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Hands On: Rubbermaid Commercial Product 1 Gallon Bouncer Pitcher

Review Rubbermaid Commercial Products FG321800CLR 4-Quart Bouncer Measuring Cup

There are several equipment purchases that I look back on and say… I’m really glad I got that, it’s made a big difference.  Sturdy, Food Safe One Gallon pitchers fit that bill.  I went from a mish-mash of too small plastic pitchers, found around the house, that bent under the weight of wort, dripped and leached who knows what into my beer to two commercial quality 1 gallon pitchers.  What a difference.

I started out with pitchers similar to these those work well, but have a couple of drawbacks.  I still use those for some purposes.   A while back, May of 2013, I picked up Rubbermaid Commercial’s 4 Quart Bouncer Pitcher.  Here’s a look at that.

Here’s the Rubbermaid commercial pitchers quart markings.  Clear sides make it easy to see what you’re measuring.

Liter markings.

Rubbermaid Commercial Products Division

BPA Free

NSF Certified

Easy peel off label.  That’s a pet peeve of mine.  This actually comes off clean.Made in USA

Thick, heavy duty plastic.  This pitcher feels sturdy.  My assumption is that these are called Bouncers because you can bounce them off the floor.  Have not tried that on purpose yet, but I do plan to mistakenly drop this at some point.  :)Bus Tubs HomebrewThree of my favorite brew day things – commercial bus tub for carrying gear and ingredients and catching drips, Rubbermaid Commercial Pitcher and my Brew Day Whisk.    Taken while brewing Brain Eater Pale Ale,

High Temps.  This pitcher is designed with commercial kitchen use in mind.  It’s made for both hot and cold use -40 to 212 deg F.

Two Pitchers.  If you are vorlaufing/recirculating, you’re going to want two pitchers and even if you’re not two pitchers are handy.

What I use this pitcher for.  Vorlaufing/recirculating, collecting water, topping up water, collecting wort from my mash tun, holding utensils on brew day, as a cleaning vessel for smaller items, mixing up PBW and Star San, general measuring.  I’m sure there’s more.

Rubbermaid Commercial Products FG321800CLR 4-Quart Bouncer Measuring Cup

I can highly recommend this pitcher to you.  I’ve been using it on brew day and beyond for years.  It’s on a short list of my favorite upgrades.

Rubbermaid Commercial Products FG321800CLR 4-Quart Bouncer Measuring Cup

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Ends Today: Mark II Keg and Carboy Washer – $84.99 Shipped + Hands on Review

Keg & Carboy Washer KEG300

Coupon code HBFCLEANKEG15 brings the Mark II Keg and Carboy Washer down to $84.99.  It ships for free.

I own and use this cleaner and I love it.  It works great on a variety of equipment including kegs, buckets, carboys, tubing, small parts and pieces and Speidel Fermenters.  Check out my hands on review.

This is a great deal on a great piece of equipment.

Mark II Keg & Carboy Washer KEG300 – $84.99 + Free Shipping remember to use promo code HBFCLEANKEG15

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Mark II Keg and Carboy Washer – $84.99 Shipped + Hands on Review

Keg & Carboy Washer KEG300

Coupon code HBFCLEANKEG15 brings the Mark II Keg and Carboy Washer down to $84.99.  It ships for free.

I own and use this cleaner and I love it.  It works great on a variety of equipment including kegs, buckets, carboys, tubing, small parts and pieces and Speidel Fermenters.  Check out my hands on review.

This is a great deal on a great piece of equipment.

Mark II Keg & Carboy Washer KEG300 – $84.99 + Free Shipping remember to use promo code HBFCLEANKEG15

Consider maximize free shipping by picking up your next recipe kit.

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Tan Thermapen Closeout Sale – $79

thermapen thermometer homebrewing

ThermoWorks Thermapen Thermometer

ThermoWorks is closing out all Tan Thermapens.  They are marked down $17 to $79.  $79 matches the lowest brand new price that we’ve seen on Thermapens.

Check it out – Here – This is limited, while supplies last.  No coupon or promo code is needed, just select purple on the Thermapen product page.

The Thermapen features Splash Proof design, 3 second readings, high accuracy +- .7 F, Reads in F and C, Auto Off and 1,500 hour battery life.  The Thermapen is the nicest homebrewing thermometer I have.  I’ve used it for years and love it.  Check out my extensive Hands on Review including accuracy and response time tests.

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Rubbermaid 1 Gallon Commercial Pitcher (up to 212 F) – Great for Brew Day

Rubbermaid Commercial Products FG321800CLR 4-Quart Bouncer Measuring Cup

Rubbermaid Commercial Products 4-Quart Bouncer Measuring Cup

1 Gallon Bouncer Pitcher/Measuring Cup by Rubbermaid Commercial.

I use this pitcher on brew day and for general around-the-brewery measuring.  It’s food safe 212 deg F.  I use it for recirculating, topping up water, collecting wort from my mash tun, holding utensils on brew day and more.  This small upgrade has made a big difference for me on brew day.  This is a great pitcher.  I’ve owned and used it since May of 2013.  Check out my Review for more info.

Clear, durable polycarbonate construction.  Break resistant.  Volume markers in both english and metric.  Temp range of -40 to +212 degrees F/-40 to 100 degrees C for use with hot or cold contents. Capacity: 4 qt./3.8L. Made in the USA.Rubbermaid Commercial Pitcher

Rubbermaid Commercial Products FG321800CLR 4-Quart Bouncer Measuring Cup

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