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24″ Stainless Steel Whisk [Extract, All Grain & Whirlpooling] – $12.33

24″ Stainless Steel French Whip.  Made of 18/8 stainless steel.

I own this whisk and it’s awesome.  It makes regular appearances on our Top Finds list and Gift Guide.  I think every full batch (5 gallon+ extract or all grain) home brewer should consider pickup one it.  Check out my hands on review of this whisk.

This whisk is great for: 1.  Stirring in extract.  It easily breaks up clumps, 2.  Stirring the mash (either traditional or BIAB) and 3.  Starting a whirlpool.

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Some of the feedback we've received on this whisk

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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Bulldog Hardware Ultimate Pegboard System – for Brewery Storage and Organization

The Bulldog Hardware 131588 Peg-A-System Ultimate Kit

Bulldog Peg-A-System Ultimate by Bulldog Hardware

I’ve been using two Bulldog Ultimate Pegboards since December of 2010.  I can highly recommend this pegboard to you.

I was looking for a pegboard setup so that I could organize my brewing area.  I was drawn to this one because it is plastic.  I wanted something that I could hang damp items on without worrying.

This was easy to install.  The initial board mounts with a couple of screws and then the remaining panels slide into place.  You don’t need to worry about spacing this away from the wall, because the panel is designed to insure you have enough room for pegs to slide into place.

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I’ve been been using these for years and years.  They are durable, they look great and they work great.  I store tubing, tools, strainers, my Blichmann Beer Gun and more on my two boards.

The Bulldog Ultimate Kit gets you 4 panels (8 square feet) of peg board, installation hardware and 43 pegs and accessories.

The Bulldog Hardware 131588 Peg-A-System Ultimate Kit

Also: Peg Hook Accessory Kit || Medium Wire Mesh Basket

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.

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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.

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24″ Stainless Steel Whisk [Extract, All Grain & Whirlpooling]

24″ Stainless Steel French Whip.  Made of 18/8 stainless steel.

I own this whisk and it’s awesome.  It makes regular appearances on our Top Finds list and Gift Guide.  I think every full batch (5 gallon+ extract or all grain) home brewer should consider pickup one it.  Check out my hands on review of this whisk.

This whisk is great for: 1.  Stirring in extract.  It easily breaks up clumps, 2.  Stirring the mash (either traditional or BIAB) and 3.  Starting a whirlpool.

Update: Since this post was published the price, availability or promotion has changed.  Check the product page for up to the minute description, price and availability.  Also: Today’s Deals on Amazon

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

Also: Four Easy Upgrades for Brew Day

Some of the feedback we've received on this whisk

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!

 

PinnedFree Amarillo | Speidel Sale! | 110 lb Capacity Scale | $99.98 Stainless Pump

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24″ Stainless Steel Whisk [Extract, All Grain & Whirlpooling]

24″ Stainless Steel French Whip.  Made of 18/8 stainless steel.

I own this whisk and it’s awesome.  It makes regular appearances on our Top Finds list and Gift Guide.  I think every full batch (5 gallon+ extract or all grain) home brewer should consider pickup one it.  Check out my hands on review of this whisk.

This whisk is great for: 1.  Stirring in extract.  It easily breaks up clumps, 2.  Stirring the mash (either traditional or BIAB) and 3.  Starting a whirlpool.

Update: Since this post was published the price, availability or promotion has changed.  Check the product page for up to the minute description, price and availability.  Also: Today’s Deals on Amazon

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

Also: Four Easy Upgrades for Brew Day

Some of the feedback we've received on this whisk

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!

 

PinnedFree Amarillo | Speidel Sale! | 110 lb Capacity Scale | $99.98 Stainless Pump

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Hands On: MoreBeer’s Expandable CO2 Manifold System

morebeer co2 manifold review

MoreBeer’s gas CO2 manifold system comes in a variety of sizes including 2, 3, 4 and 6 way variants.  An add-on is also available that allows you to add more runs to the manifold as you have need.

I have long extolled the virtues of this system.  This is one of a few things in homebrewing that can actually grow with you.  Example – I could not add 4 gallons to my 6 gallon extract kettle.  I had to replace it.  This system actually grows with you.  Here is a hands on look.

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Eva Dry 500 for Kegerator Condensation + Hands on Review

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Like many of you, 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 EDV-500.  The Eva Dry contains a desiccant material that absorbs 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 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.  Mine usually lasts a couple months before needing to be regenerated.

I’ve also started using on of these to handle condensation in my fermentation deep freeze.

The Eva-Dry EDV-500 has kept my kegerator dry for years.  Check out my extensive Hands on Review including condensation trials.

Eva-dry EDV-500 Renewable Wireless Mini Dehumidifer

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