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Installing Triclover Ferrules – No Welding

Bobby from Brew Hardware has put together a video explaining different types of connections available for homebrewers.

Brew Hardware offers an extensive selection of fittings and lots more.  A lot of unique offerings and some very well thought out custom items of Bobby’s design.

About, from Brew Hardware: “This tool creates a flared opening in kettle walls, bottoms, lids, etc for install of 1.5″ TC weld ferrules. Once the ferrule is installed, it is well prepped to receive a bead of silver solder for strong permanent (or not) install.”

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Top Post Tuesday – Build a Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump

recirculating draft line cleaner

The directions on most line cleaners call for recirculating the cleaner for some period of time.  Most affordable cleaning setups that are out there include a hand pump.  Operating one of those for 15 to 30 minutes, for each faucet, doesn’t sound fun.

To really clean your draft lines, you need to keep solution flowing for a length of time, not just fill and wait.  Initially I tried to clean my system by pushing line cleaner out of a keg.  This was a waste of CO2.  I also found it tough to keep solution running slowly enough to get the required amount of contact time.  It’s easy to quickly push a cleaning or sanitizing solution through your system under CO2 pressure, but I found it to be a pain to try to do so slowly.  This also requires quite a bit of cleaning solution versus a recirculating pump.

I decided to put together a recirculating draft line cleaning pump setup.

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Understanding Brewery Connections

Bobby from Brew Hardware has put together a video explaining different types of connections available for homebrewers.

Brew Hardware offers an extensive selection of fittings and lots more.  A lot of unique offerings and some very well thought out custom items of Bobby’s design.

Bobby spends over a half hour going into detail on most of the plumbing and accessory connection options you have to choose from. If this video doesn’t help you figure out the best parts for your brewery, nothing will. The pros and cons are discussed including utility, scalability, cost and value of each choice.

  1. NPT and NPS Threaded connections
  2. Flare
  3. Compression
  4. Camlock (Cam and Groove)
  5. NPT swivel barbs
  6. Ball Lock Quick Disconnects (BLQD)
  7. TC, Triclover, Triclamp, Tri-Clamp, Sanitary Fittings

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Reader Tip & Video: 1/2″ Heavy Duty Drill at Harbor Freight + Cereal Killer Grain Mill

Thanks to Twitter Follower Joe for this tip!  [Connect with HBF on Twitter]

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Joe suggested this drill on sale at Harbor Freight for powering Adventures in Homebrewing‘s Cereal Killer Grain Mill

Joe says: “I have the Cereal Killer Grain Mill and I power it with this drill and I’ve never been happier.”  1/2″ Heavy Duty Spade Handle Drill

The Cereal Killer Grain Mill from Adventures in Homebrewing gets consistently great cln_img_2933feedback and is one of our Top Finds.  This is a great mill!  Check out my Hands on Review.

Milling your own grain… 1.  Gives you control over the crush of your grain.  That’s a big factor in efficiency.  2.  A mill allows you to fine tune for your equipment and process.  You know what the crush is going to be since you set it.  3.  A mill allows you to save money by buying whole bags of grain at a discount, and 3.  The shelf life of unmilled grain is longer than pre-milled grain.  Freshly milled grain = better tasting beer.

Cereal Killer Grain Mill

Joe Also shared this video of his setup for mounting this drill, with the Cereal Killer in action…

Also: All Grain Tips & Gear | 10 Gallon Mash Tun Conversion Kit [Review] | Batch Sparge SpreadsheetBIAB Brew Day Spreadsheet | The Brew Bag – Purpose Made BIAB

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How to serve Homebrew on Commercial Kegerators

Female Flare Adapter to Beer Thread from Brew Hardware allow you to easily serve homebrew on kegerators setup for commercial taps.

About, From Brew Hardware:

Woah, what’s that? A game changer? Yes!

Picture this. You use homebrew corny kegs for you beer but you want to bring a keg over to your buddy’s house for a party. The problem is that he has a commercial kegerator and no, he won’t let you cut the hoses to attach your ball lock QDs. How about trying to serve from a corny keg at a commercial facility, such as for a wedding? There’s no way you’re going to get them to modify the lines.

Thread these fittings on your MFL equipped ball lock beer and gas quick disconnects and now you can thread on any hoses that are part of a Sanke keg dispensing system.

The picture shows the adapter threaded on to a black QD and there are other pieces shown as well. This item and price is for ONE fitting with 1/4″ FFL threads on one side and 7/8″ Male Beer thread. It does not include anything else in the picture. Beer thread is what is typically found on the back of a faucet shank. Therefore it is compatible with all of our tailpieces and beer nuts.

FEMALE FLARE (FFL) TO MALE BEER THREAD ADAPTER

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New from Brew Hardware: Video – Topsflo Stainless Brewing Pump

Topsflow DC Brewing Pump via Brew Hardware.  Food grade stainless steel.  High temp (230 deg F) rated.

More about the TD5

from Brew Hardware…

The new Topsflo TD5 DC brewing pump comes with all the power you’ve come to expect for your liquid transfer needs with safe low voltage DC power and whisper quiet operation. It’s small enough and light enough to be direct mounted to kettle drains but it also comes with a molded rubber mounting bracket if you want to attach it to your brew stand. It also includes the 120vAC to 24vDC adapter so it’s ready to go out of the box after you add your favorite hose connections.

Product Features:
● With food grade stainless steel, very safe and reliable
● Advanced magnetic driving technology for staticseal,without any leakage forever
● High temperature resistant,can continuous circulate 110ºC(230F) hot water Material is high temperature 150ºC resistant,Material is flame resistant
● High efficiency ECM brushless DC motor with long lifetime 20,000hours
● Durable permanent magnetic rotor with one-off injection incorporated impeller in smooth balance
● Heavy duty work,can sustain continuous 24hours work special designed high efficiency closed-type impeller
● Over-voltage protection, over-current protection
● Specialized structure design , Easy to cleaning
● Sustain 110℃ hot water circulation
● High effeciency, max flow rate up to 27LPM / 7GPM & head 5M /19FT
● Good heat releasing, less temperature rise
● Advanced magnetic driven technology, no leak forever
● Blocked-Protection protection,Polarity Protection, Over-voltage protection
● Low or no maintenance

 

As of this posting, this this is marked down to $139.99.  Check Brew Hardware for up to the minute price and availability.

TOPSFLO DC BREWING PUMP WITH STAINLESS STEEL HEAD

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[VIDEO] The Ultimate Bench Capper from MoreBeer

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MoreBeer has released a new video about their Ultimate Heavy Duty Bench Capper

from MoreBeer…

“These heavy duty bench cappers are our new favorites!  They feature a beefy all steel design, adjustable height that can accommodate a large range of bottle sizes, and a bottle positioning base that keeps everything lined up perfectly.”  Read More

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1/2″ Heavy Duty Drill at Harbor Freight + Cereal Killer Grain Mill

Thanks to Twitter Follower Joe for this tip!  [Connect with HBF on Twitter]

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Joe suggested this drill on sale at Harbor Freight for powering Adventures in Homebrewing‘s Cereal Killer Grain Mill

Joe says: “I have the Cereal Killer Grain Mill and I power it with this drill and I’ve never been happier.”  1/2″ Heavy Duty Spade Handle Drill

The Cereal Killer Grain Mill from Adventures in Homebrewing gets consistently great cln_img_2933feedback and is one of our Top Finds.  This is a great mill!  Check out my Hands on Review.

Milling your own grain… 1.  Gives you control over the crush of your grain.  That’s a big factor in efficiency.  2.  A mill allows you to fine tune for your equipment and process.  You know what the crush is going to be since you set it.  3.  A mill allows you to save money by buying whole bags of grain at a discount, and 3.  The shelf life of unmilled grain is longer than pre-milled grain.  Freshly milled grain = better tasting beer.

Cereal Killer Grain Mill

Joe Also shared this video of his setup for mounting this drill, with the Cereal Killer in action…

Also: All Grain Tips & Gear | 10 Gallon Mash Tun Conversion Kit [Review] | Batch Sparge SpreadsheetBIAB Brew Day Spreadsheet | The Brew Bag – Purpose Made BIAB

Also: Check out AIH Sale Items – Selection Changes Regularly

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New from Brew Hardware – SpinCycle Weldless Kettle Whirlpool Return

Brew Hardware has introduced the SpinCycle Weldless Kettle Whirlpool Return.

The SpinCycle utilizes SpinCycle-2TBrew Hardware’s great True Weldless Bulkhead and is designed to make whirlpooling easy.  That helps chill wort more quickly and makes a concentrated puile of trub and hop particles in the center of your kettle for clear transfers.  The SpinCycle is available in multiple sizes and starts at just $29.

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from Brew Hardware: Brewers that use immersion chillers and also own a pump should know that recirculating the wort back into the kettle to whirlpool the wort makes for much faster cooling and will also make a concentrated pile of trub and hop particles in the center of the kettle bottom. This whirlpool port assembly installs high up on your kettle wall above the typical wort level and then extends down before curving to the side to force the recirculated liquid towards the sidewall.

Introducing the BrewHardware exclusive and purpose-built unit called the Spin Cycle. We started with our industry leading “True Bulkhead” weldless bulkhead design with captured O-ring and extended male threads and had the 1/2″ drop tube fully welded in. The result is THE most compact and visually stunning way to whirlpool. It includes the base unit with the welded drop tube, the captured high temp silicone oring, a thin SS washer and a 1/2″ NPS locknut to hold it all together. Best of all, look at that price! You couldn’t get a professional welder to tack weld two pieces of scrap together for this much.

 

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SPINCYCLE WELDLESS KETTLE WHIRLPOOL RETURN – $29

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TRUE Weldless Bulkheads from Brew Hardware


Here’s a video from Bobby at Brew Hardware talking about their newer line of TRUE Bulkheads.

The bulkhead is available in a number of configurations.  The 5/8″ Barb version is included in their Cooler Conversion kit, that I recently purchased.  If you’ve dealt with other weldless kits you’ll know that typically a certain finesse is required when installing.  These look like you can actually tighten them down.  I”m really looking forward to moving over to this for my mash tun.

Reader Feedback from ‘jwin’ (a comment on this post)… “Bobby_M has the best products. I only use his hardware including his awesome heatstick. Bulkheads, Shanks, Thermowells, Sight Glasses. All great all innovative. Just got his Variable Length Weldless Bulkhead for my Coleman extreme xl mast tun. 10g barleywine anyone?”

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