Category Archives: Top Finds

Update – Hands On: OXO Cast Stainless Bottle Opener

I have owned the SteeL Pop Top Stainless Steel Bottle Opener by OXO since April of 2013.  Here are a few pictures and some thoughts about this bottle opener.

In package

Back of the package

 Just laying there

Stands up for awe-invoking presentation

Cool… this thing can open bottles!  After some additional time using this opener I can say that it is the best opener I’ve used for leaving caps intact.  If you open the beer with one continuous motion, most caps end up looking perfect.  I’m wondering if it does this because of the stoutness and rigidity of the opener.  In any case, I can recommend this for cap collectors.

This bottle opener has a heavy, quality feel to it.  In fact, the Top Find Fast Weigh MS-500 has it weighing nearly 6.5 ounces.

This is made of cast stainless steel.  It has a quality heft to it and it looks great.  Apparently Craftsman Bottle Openers that look like wrenches are not suitable for the kitchen.  If you bought one of those, your significant other MAY or MAY NOT hide it from you on a regular basis by putting it in the back of a drawer.  :)  This one on the other hand has a real chance of sticking around.


  • Bottle opener for pop-top bottles
  • Made of cast stainless steel for strength and durability
  • Long handle for leverage when opening bottles
  • Stands up for presentation on table or bar
  • Soft, comfortable grip; dishwasher-safe

Update 1/19/2015…

Purchase DateI have now used this great bottler opener for going on two years.

OXO Stainless Steel Bottle Opener ReviewIf you look very closely you can see some very fine scratches.  You have to look closely.

OXO SteeL Pop-Top Bottle OpenerThe OXO SteeL Pop Top Opener continues to work and look light new.  Very obviously cast stainless is a great material for a bottle opener.

This is a great bottle opener that I can heartily recommend.  It works great, is built to last and looks beautiful.  Beyond using it for yourself, I think it makes a nice (and generally economical) gift.

OXO SteeL Pop-Top Bottle Opener

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Stainless, Vacuum Insulated 64+ OZ Growler + Hands on Review

Lifeline 7508 Double Wall Stainless Steel, Vacuum Insulated 64+ (See Review) Growler.  Vacuum Insulation keeps beer cold for a long time without refrigeration and prevents condensation from forming.

Constructed from lightweight, high quality, food grade 18/8 stainless steel that is 100 percent recyclable.  Stainless steel construction requires no liner and will not retain tastes or odors.  BPA Free.

This works great with Lifeline’s companion Growler Carrier • Review

I have this growler and it’s amazing.  Check out my Hands on Review for more information.

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

Lifeline Gear and Reviews: Lifeline 7508 Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Double Wall Barrel Style Growler • Review • Lifeline Growler Carrier • Review • Lifeline 7502 40 Ounce Growler • Review • Lifeline 7512 Silver Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Double Wall Bottle Style Growler – 750ml. Capacity • Review

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Camp Chef Propane Burner – $84.95

More Beer’s Deal of the Day is a $15 discount on this Camp Chef Burner.  It also ships for free.

I’ve used this burner and like it very much.  The reason I chose it is because the included leg extensions make it tall enough to drain directly into a fermenter.  This propane burner is a Top Find.

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

Burner – Camp Chef Cooker (60,000 btu) BE400 – $84.95 + 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.

24″ Stainless Brewer’s Whisk – Extract, All Grain and Whirlpooling

I own this whisk.  It’s one of our Top Finds.  I think every full batch brewer should consider pickup one it.  Check out my hands on review of this whisk – Here

This whisk is great for: 1.  Stirring in extract.  It easily breaks up clumps, 2.  Stirring the mash and 3.  Starting a whirlpool.  If you’re a homebrewer, I think you should consider owning one of these babies.

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

HBF Reader Feedback…

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!

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Craftsman Bottle Opener… $4.99 – Lifetime Warranty

Craftsman Bottle Opener

I have one of these and it’s great.  This is built like a regular wrench and as a result it feels substantial.  If you’re a cap collector, it also does a good job of removing caps without messing them up too much.  You basically end up with an intact cap with a dimple in the middle of it.  If you’re a cap collector also, check out the OXO Cast Stainless Opener – Review

This also qualifies for Sears Craftman’s Guaranteed for Life Warranty.

This is marked down $10 to $4.99.  In store pickup at your local Sears is free or most $59 orders ship for free.  This is a great deal.

Craftsman Cap Wrench Bottle Opener – $4.99

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Annual Brown Thermapen Sale, Save $11

Brown Thermapen

ThermoWorks has their Annual Brown Thermapen Sale going on.  Brown Thermapens are discounted by $11.  This is one of just a few ways, that I know of, to get a discount on the nearly universally lauded Thermapen.  No coupon or promo code is needed, however you do need to use the private sale page to get the discount.

According to my contact at Thermoworks, the length of the sale is dependent upon stock of Brown Thermapens.  He expects the sale to last 1 to 2 weeks.  It’s been going on for about a week as of this posting.

Check it out – Here

I’m a happy Thermapen owner!  Check out my Hands on Review

Hands On: ThermoWorks Thermapen – Including Response Time Trials

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Cereal Killer Adjustable 2 Roller Grain Mill – $99.99 Shipped

This Grain Mill is a Top Find.  It is on sale for $99.99 and it ships for free.

HBF Reader Feedback…

Anonymous… Bought this a few weeks ago. Love it. Much better than a corona mill.

Google+ Friend Kieran… Just used our Cereal Killer for the first time last month on a clone brew recipe. This thing is lights-out! We did not spring for the optional handle, and instead used a power drill.

Google+ Friend Chris… Used mine tonight, great deal, great mill.

Paul Says… “I have this mill and love it.”

Twitter Follower Dan Say “I have this mill.  I love it.”

Cereal Killer Grain Mill – $99.99 + Free Shipping

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