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Eva-dry EDV-E-500 Renewable Wireless Mini Dehumidifer - This works great for handling condensation in your kegerator!  Its also reusable!  When the beads turn pink, plug it in.  The built in heater drives off collected moisture and it's ready to be used again.  Mine has worked great for years.  Review


RSG-100ATC Dual Scale Refractometer (Corrrected Scale) - Typical dual scale refractometers use a linear 4 x gravity to Brix conversion.  That's fine and dandy up until around 1.049.  At that point this linear scale starts to become inaccurate.  Brix 11 does equal 1.044, but Brix 12 does not equal 1.048.  It is 1.049.  It's only 1 point off here, but up at Brix 24, it's up to 5 points off.  Brix 24 equals 1.101 not 1.096.

From the manufacturer: "This is the only inexpensive Wort SG to be corrected. The only other corrected refrafractometers in existence are the BREWfractometer and the BREWfractometer Extreme."


Refractometers can be used to measure gravity throughout the brewing process.  After fermentation begins, you can use a calculator to get your beer's current gravity.  Check out Northern Brewer's Refractometer Calculators.

The Bulldog Hardware 131588 Peg-A-System Ultimate Kit - A great pegboard system to keep your brewery organized.  Sturdy plastic resists moisture.  I have two of these and they are an integral part of my brewery.
Big Mouth Bubbler Large Mouth Glass Carboys - The revolutionary large opening on these makes cleaning and yeast harvesting easy.  A companion harness is available for moving these around.  Available from both Northern Brewer and Midwest Supplies - Midwest Supplies5 gallon and 6.5 gallon - Northern Brewer - 5 gallon and 6.5 gallon.



8 lb PBW from More Beer - At about $5/lb with the potential for free shipping, More Beer's 8 lb offering of PBW is one of the best everyday values for PBW.  If you take a look at our PBW Price Comparisons and Buying Guidance Post, this would have ranked as the third most economical option and the most economical option that doesn't require you to... spend $200 plus.

UltraShip Scales - Usually available in the $30 range.  Tare feature and a removable face for easily weighing larger objects like buckets full of grain.  Review
Fast Weigh Pocket Gram Scale - Around $7.  1/10th of a gram precision.  Great for accurately weighing hops.  I like two have two scales, a smaller more accurate one like this and a higher capacity scale for weighing grain.  Review
NEEWER Digital Kitchen Scale - Usually under $10 shipped.  If you are on a tight budget this makes a good all around scale.  11 lb capacity.  Review


Quick read, waterproof and digital.  This is a great brewing thermometer! Review
ThermoWorks RT600C - Around $25.  Super Fast read times, Digital Readout, Waterproof (dishwasher safe) and only 1/4" of the probe needs to be submerged to take a reading.  Min/Max feature for testing highs and lows over time.  Sturdy and high quality design from ThermoWorks. Review
 

Splash-Proof Super-Fast Thermapen - This is the nicest brewing thermometer than I own.  It's very fast and very accurate.  Review

Taylor 9842 Commercial Thermometer - Usually under $15 shipped  For the price, this is a great thermometer.  Waterproof, instant read, commercial quality.
Camp Chef SH-140L High Pressure Burner with Detachable Legs - 60,000 BTU, Commercial quality cast burner, 24" height allows you to drain directly into your fermenter.  This is a great burner!
Bayou Classic KAB4 High Pressure Banjo Cooker - 210,000 BTU Banjo Style Burner.  I like the banjo style burner that's used on the KAB4.
If you're looking for a propane burner and kettle on a budget, it's hard to beat this deal when it's available.
Edelmetall BrĂ¼ Burner from Northern Brewer.  72,000 BTU, Adjustable to many kettle sizes, copper clad aluminum body, precise needle valve.


MLCS 9089 Billy Pedal Foot Switch

I use one of these for easy, hands free control of my March pump while brewing. 
FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer - Preserve the freshness of your hops and other ingredients.  Pays for itself in preserved ingredients.  Also check out the FoodSaver Tag for recent Finds.
Alternate Product:  The Rival Vaccuum Sealer can often be purchased around $40

Sinbo DZ-280 - This vacuum sealer has the ability to seal standard (non-channeled) bags.  It can also seal... Mylar bags.  Review
VacMaster 8 inch by 50 foot Vacuum Bag Roll - Around $16.  Save a bundle on vacuum sealer bags with this 50 foot roll.  High quality 3.5 mill, compatible with all home vacuum sealers including FoodSaver.
Infrared Thermometer - Check the temp of yeast rehydration water, starter wort, and more without the risk of contamination.  Check out the Tips page for more info.
1 Gallon Rubbermaid Commercial Bouncer Pitchers  Sturdy, 1 gallon, pitchers.  Great for recirculating wort and other duties around the brewery.  For me, Purchasing two gallon pitchers was a small upgrade that made a big difference.  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 high quality pitchers.  What a difference.  Alternate: 1 Gallon Aluminum Pitcher.  See my hands on review of both pitchers.


Rubbermaid Commercial Bus Tubs - I use two of these on brew day and I find them invaluable.  I keep one below my March Pump setup.  That one catches drips and also offers a place to store wet items such as stirring spoons, mash paddles and my equally invaluable 1 gallon pitchers.  I reserve the other tub for clean and dry items.  Having two of these helps me keep dry/clean and wet/dirty items separate and means less lugging stuff around on brew day.
Bel-Art Polypropylene Bottles - These bottles can withstand autoclave temps.  Place them in the microwave with the lid sitting loosely on the top (not tightened down!), microwave until the water boils and you have a sanitized container that contains sanitized water that can be used for yeast hydration, yeast washing and more.  Check out Tip 1 on the Tips page for a full explanation.

24" 18/8 Stainless Mash Tun Whisk.  Use in your mash tun to mix and breakup dough balls, also great for incorporating malt extract.  Review

The perfect ball lock keg wrench.  11/16 and 7/8 to work with both of the standard ball lock post sizes. Review

Craftsman Cap Wrench Bottle Opener -Tool quality bottle opener with a lifetime warranty.


OXO Steel Pop Top Bottle Opener

Beautifully made cast stainless bottle opener.  Review


Easily holds 50-55 lbs sack of grain.  Stackable, Airtight, FDA Approved, Food Safe, BPA Free, Large Easy Access Lid, Space Efficient, Made from high quality impact resistant plastic and pest proof.

Vittles Vault II 40 lb - Airtight and holds a full 50 lb sack of grain.
Store 25 to 30 lbs of grain in this airtight bucket/Gamma Seal Lid combo.  Emergency Essentials has an economical tiered shipping structure that tops out at $12, making this one of the best values for buckets and Gamma Seal Lids.  Review
Holds around 5 lbs of grain or around 4.5 lbs of DME  Review
MARSHALLTOWN The Premier Line 742G Bucket Water Heater - A ready made 1000 watt heat stick for around $50 shipped.  Use to get brew mash and sparge water up to temperature more quickly or get your brew kettle to a boil more quickly.  Review
 
5 Gallon Elastic Opening Paint Strainer Bags 6 Pieces - (6) 5 Gallon Strainer Bags for about $1.68 per bag shipped.  I use similar bags for small batch BIAB brews.  As a bonus the product description hints at these being food safe "strainers also used by winery and juice plants".

Beer Craft - A great intro to Homebrewing.  Gets you brewing small batch all grain with minimal cost and equipment.  This and How to Brew by John Palmer are my top two book recommendations for a new brewer.

Homebrewer's Library - A selection of essential reading for homebrewers.


Brewer's Friend - Free!  Brew in the Cloud with Brewer's Friend Brewing Software.  Brewer's Friend offers a generous unlimited duration free trial account.




This double wall insulated stainless growler is amazing.  Check out my hands on review - Here.
Also available in white and black
Lifeline 7508 "Barrel Size" Vacuum Insulated, Stainless Steel Growler
All the benefits as the original, with a larger capacity.  Check out my hands on review - Here.
 Also available in white and black



Used Ball Lock Cornelius Keg - $59.99.  Used kegs are becoming difficult to find.  This is one of the most reliable, economical sources of Cornelius kegs that I know of.
Reconditioned Ball Lock Keg - (sporadic availability) $59.95 + Free Shipping.  More Beer ball lock kegs have replaced gaskets, are cleaned inside and out and are guaranteed to hold pressure.  Considering this price includes shipping, this is a top source for used ball lock kegs.


Converted, Completely Rebuilt Kegs - $72.95 + Free Shipping.  These are ball lock kegs (converted from pin lock kegs) with new lids, new pressure relief valve, new posts, new poppets and new o-rings.  Also pre-cleaned.  These kegs are all but new.  The new lid alone sells for nearly half this amount.

NEW 5 Gallon Cornelius Keg (Ball Lock) - $99.99

This is the best deal I know of for brand new ball lock kegs.

2.5 Gallon Ball Lock Keg New - Brand New 2.5 Gallon Stainless Keg.  Stackable with fittings on!  Use for small batches, portable serving or just to keep kegs rolling through you're kegerator more quickly.  More Info


New 10 Gallon Ball Lock Kegs - These are very difficult to find.  I use two of these as fermenters.  More Info
Kegging System - $139.99  Includes Ball Lock Keg, Regulator, Faucet, Tubing and Disconnects.  Pick up a CO2 locally and you're all set.

Basic Homebrew Draft System - Ball Lock KEG400 - $219.99 + Free Shipping from More Beer.  Includes Refurbished Ball Lock Keg, Tubing, Disconnects, Faucet, Regulator and CO2 Tank.

Johnson Controls Digital Thermostat Control Unit - Pre-wired Digital Temp Controller.  I have two of these and they are great.  I use one for my kegerator and one for my fermentation deep freeze.

STC-1000 Digital Temperature Controller - The STC-1000 is a very popular homebrewing temperature controller.  It is a dual stage controller.  That means it has the ability to control both a heating and cooling device.  Great for a kegerator or a fermentation chamber/deep freeze.  110 volt version, reads in deg C.  Check out HBF Reader Greg's STC-1000 Build
New Cornelius Cornelius Lids often cost as much as entire refurbished kegs.  At $15.99 this is a great deal!

Bulk Keg O-Rings

Save by buying keg o-rings in bulk.  All ship free with Amazon Prime or with qualifying order.


Expandable Gas Manifold System - $29.99 + Free Shipping with $59 order.  Few things grow with you in homebrewing.  This system allows you to start out with a 234 or 6 way CO2 manifold and allows unlimited expansion, when you're ready, just by adding on another valve.  Built in check valves.  Works with both 5/16" and 1/4" ID tubing.  More Info
Use to carbonate in a 1 or 2 liter PET soda bottle.  Tune in carbonation for competitions and pressurize draft beer in soda bottles for easy transport.  Save a bundle vs the other carbonation cap on the market.  Review
Grain Mill - $99.99 + Free Shipping.  Adjustable two roller grain mill with hopper and base.  Hardened steel rollers, anodized aluminum body.  6 month warranty.  Mill your own grain to save money, increase efficiency and drastically increase grain shelf life.

Igloo 10 Gallon Seat Top Beverage Cooler - This is the same cooler I'm using for a mash tun and it works great.  It would also make a fine Hot Liquor Tank (HLT).  More Info
9 Gallon Stainless Steel Kettle with a welded 1/2" NPT port.  This port allows you to easily add a ball valve without having to drill or deal with weldless kits.

9 Gallon Stainless Kettle 2 Ports - $79.99
9 Gallon Stainless Steel Kettle with 2 welded 1/2" NPT ports.  These ports allow you to easily add a thermometer and a ball valve without having to drill or deal with weldless kits.

8.5 Gallon Stainless Kettle 2 Ports - $89.99 + Free Shipping

8.5 Gallon Stainless Steel Kettle with 2 welded 1/2" NPT ports.  These ports allow you to easily add a thermometer and a ball valve without having to drill or deal with weldless kits.  This is probably the same kettle as the 9 gallon kettle from Adventures in Homebrewing.  More Beer bills it as having a 8.5 gallon capacity.  Depending on shipping charges, this may be your most economical option.

15 Gallon Stainless Kettle 2 Port - $119.99

15 Gallon Stainless Steel Kettle with 2 welded 1/2" NPT ports.  These ports allow you to easily add a thermometer and a ball valve without having to drill or deal with weldless kits.

14 Gallon Stainless Kettle 2 Port - $139 + Free Shipping

14 Gallon Stainless Steel Kettle with 2 welded 1/2" NPT ports.  These ports allow you to easily add a thermometer and a ball valve without having to drill or deal with weldless kits.  This is probably the same kettle as the 15 gallon kettle from Adventures in Homebrewing.  More Beer bills it as having a 14 gallon capacity.  Depending on shipping charges, this may be your most economical option.

Winware 10 gallon Professional Aluminum Stock Pot - Commercial quality kettle. This gets great reviews and can usually be had for $50 or less including shipping. Larger sizes are available. Aluminum is a great material for brew kettles.
Shopping Tip: Blichmann Fermenators and BoilerMaker Kettles - It's my understanding that retailers cannot discount Blichmann items.  Adventures in Homebrewing offers free shipping on these items and offers the equivalent of 5% back through their rewards program. Fermenators (here) and BoilerMaker Kettles (here)

Stir Plate designed by a homebrewer for homebrewers with great customer support and a lifetime warranty.  HBF Tested... for years.


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GrogTag - Custom Printed, Professional, Reusable Homebrew Labels and More.  10% Discount for Homebrew Finds Readers!  Use coupon code HBF.




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Last Edit: 1/16/2014

Last Complete Update: 10/31/2013