15% Off eBay! + Lots of Great Homebrew Deals!

Thanks to HBF Reader Jesse for this tip!  [8 Ways to Connect with HBF]

eBay has a short sale going on where they are taking 15% off most items when you use coupon code PMEMDAY with a minimum $50 purchase.  The maximum discount is $50 and the coupon code can only be used one time per account – full details.  You can add multiple items to your eBay cart and use the coupon on the combined purchase.  Note that this only applies to select eBay stores.  It is not site wide.  The great news… Three of our favorites are participating – Lion Brewing SolutionsHullabaloo Brew and Hop Heaven.  This is a great chance to get a deal on MAP items (lots are carried by Lion Brewing Solutions).  MAP = Minimum Advertised Priced.  Retailers generally carry this merchandise at the same price and cannot discount it.  This type of a sale is a rare loophole that allows you to beat MAP pricing.

15% Off at eBay!

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6′ Folding Table [Brew Day Work Table] – $41.97, 40% off list + Free Shipping

6′ Fold in half table by Cosco Industries Inc.  Moisture proof top for weather resistance.  Easy to clean surface.  Lightweight and easy to carry.  Non-marring legs to protect floor services.


From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • Secure Lock – Keeps table closed when transporting
  • Comfort Handle – Comfortable to carry when folded and locked
  • All Season Table Top – Indoor and Outdoor Use
  • Lightweight – 25.5 pounds makes this table easy to carry
  • Folded Dimensions of 36.5″(L) x 29.6″(D) x 3″(H) – Makes for easy transportation and storage when not in use

Note from HBF:  This has folding legs and then the entire table folds in half to easy and compact storage.  I use a similar table as a brew day work table to hold ingredients, (not hot or too heavy) gear, recipes, notes and odds and ends.

5/22/18 4 PM Central: This is on sale for $41.97.  That’s a 40% discount from list. Shipping to most US addresses also is free. Price, shipping and availability can change quickly. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

Cosco Products Centerfold Folding Table, 6-Feet, Black


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Make Your Own Stir Plate: 3D Printed Stir Plate Magnet Mounting-Thingy! + 10% Off at Shapeways

3D Printed Stir Plate

In my quest to build a stir plate using a computer cooling type fan, I found that the most difficult part of getting that to work well was mounting the magnets properly.  I settled on two magnets and in spite of several attempts I was unable to get an efficient (or even stable) mount for the magnets.  Magnet alignment is an important part of stir plate design.  Uneven or mis-spaced magnets mean easily thrown stir bars and poor performance.

I decided to design and print a 3D printed mounting aid to make magnet mounting easier and more precise.  I’ve since dubbed this the HBF Stir Plate Mounting-Thingy.  In my opinion, it turned out pretty amazing.

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Lavatools Javelin Pro Duo – $29.99 on Massdrop

About the Javelin Tools Pro:  Fast 3 second readings, Accurate to within less than 1 deg F, 2″ Ant-fog LCD display.  Motion activated backlight.  Ambidextrous design.  Integrated magnet for storage.  IP65 splash resistant rating.

As of this posting, deals site Massdrop has this for $29.99.  Because of Massdrops agreements with retailers, a free account is required to see or buy this.  Check Massdrop for current price and availability.

Lavatools Javelin Pro on Massdrop

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Reader Tip: Milwaukee Instruments MA871 Digital Refractometer w/Padded Case – $135 + Free Shipping + Hands on Review

Thanks to Facebook Friend Michael [connect with HBF on Facebook] for this tip!41dcFnROE0L._SX425_

MA871 Digital Refractometer by Milwaukee Instruments.  Includes padded protective padded box.

Check out our Hands on Review of the MA871

For me, getting a refractometer was one of those upgrades that made a lot of difference.  With a refractometer you need a sample size of two drops.  I figured that this would pay for itself in beer savings alone.  I also had just broken my hydrometer and came to the realization that hydrometers are made of breakable glass that can break! 🙂

Refractometers can be used to measure gravity throughout the brewing process.  You can also estimate the alcohol content of your beer if you forget to take an OG with the use of a refractometer and a hydrometer.  Check out Sean Terrill’s excellent refractometer calculator.

5/16/18 1 PM Central: This combo is selling for $135. That’s an outstanding deal for a digital refractometer.  Shipping to most US addresses also is free. Price, shipping and availability can change quickly. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

Milwaukee Instruments MA871-BOX Digital Brix Sugar Refractometer for General Measurements with Protective Padded


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4 x 1 Gallon Glass Jugs and Caps [Small Fermenters, Growlers, Star San Storage] – back at $10.99 – OOS, but orderable

4 x 1 gallon glass jugs with 38 mm metal screw caps.

Possible homebrew uses… Large growler (double traditional size), store Star San [Related: tar San Tips, Tricks and Guidelines], use for yeast starters, use for small batch fermentation.

5/22/18 2 PM Central: These are selling for just $10.99.  For some pricing clarity 4 of these cost the same as 1.  This is the best historical direct from Amazon price I found.  Shipping to most US addresses is also free with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying orderNote: These are currently out of stock but order-able.  Order now to reserve yours at this stellar price and Amazon will ship them as soon as they’re available.  Price, shipping and availability can change quickly.  Check the product page for current price, description and availability.  Also: Recent Amazon Finds and Amazon Fillers Resource Page

Home Brew Ohio MN-TF9E-S1RA-MP Glass Water Bottle, Includes 38 mm Metal Screw Cap, 1 gal Capacity (Pack of 4)

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3 Packs of Safale US-05 Dry Yeast – now $9.56, $3.19 Each

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(3) Packs 11.5 g Each Safale US-05 Dry American Ale Yeast. Safale us-05 produces well balanced beers with low diacetyl and a very clean, crisp end palate. Sedimentation: low to medium. Final gravity: medium.

5/22/18 1 PM Central: These are on sale for $9.56.  Shipping to most US addresses is also free with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying order. Price, shipping and availability can change quickly.  Check the product page for current price, description and availability.  Also: Recent Amazon Finds and Amazon Fillers Resource Page

Safale US-05 (3 ct.11.5 g Packs)


Related: Yeast: The Practical Guide to Beer Fermentation & Best Sellers in Lab Erlenmeyers – via Amazon | StirStarter Stir Plate | Yeast Starters and Fermentation Resource Page

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Great Prices on Dry Beer Yeast at William’s Brewing

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Inkbird ITC-308 Dual Stage Digital Temp Controller – $27.19 with Instant Coupon

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Dual Stage, Pre-Wired Digital Temperature Controller by Inkbird

  • Plug and play design, easy to use;
  • Dual relay output, be able to connect with refrigeration and heating equipment at the same time
  • Support reading with Centigrade or Fahrenheit unit
  • Maximum output load: 1100W(110V)
  • Dual display window, be able to display measured temperature and set temperature at the same time

Dual stage means that the Itc-308 can control both a heating and cooling device.  Alternatively, it can control a heating or a cooling device.  This controller displays in Fahrenheit and Centigrade.  Maximum output is 1,100 watt at 110 volts.  Dual Display shows both measured and set temperature.

Use to control fermentation or kegerator temperatures. This is a great controller. Check out my [Hands on Review]

5/22/18 1 PM Central: This great controller is selling for $33.99.  Apply coupon code ZJCUVLD3 and the price drops to just $27.19.  Shipping to most US addresses also is free. Price, shipping and availability can change quickly. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

Inkbird 10A 110V Digital Temperature Controller Thermostat with Heat and Cool Relays

Also: Yeast Starters & Fermentation | Kegerator Tips & Gear | Inkbird ITC308 Review

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ThermoWorks High Accuracy IP65 Waterproof pH Meter w/replaceable probe – $69, Save $16

High Accuracy pH Meter w/ Replaceable Electrode (8689)

High Accuracy pH Meter w/ Replaceable Electrode (8689)

  • IP65 Waterproof Housing
  • Dual display with ATC
  • Replaceable electrode*
  • Pen size, easy to fit in pocket
  • One touch auto calibration, 3 points
  • Auto power-off
  • °C/°F switchable

from the description: “Our 8689 pH meter does everything that the expensive models do at an affordable price. You get auto temperature compensation, 3-point calibration, ±0.05 accuracy, IP65 water resistant rating, dual display, and replaceable electrode.

As of this posting, this meter on sale marked down to $69 from $85,  Check the product page for current price and availability.

High Accuracy pH Meter w/ Replaceable Electrode (8689)

Want to save another 10%? Save 10% an Additional 10% on ThermoWorks Purchases – for HBF Readers!

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Certified Refurbished PicoBrew PICO Model C – $259.99

PicoBrew PICO Model C Beer Brewing Appliance, Black (Certified Refurbished)

PicoBrew PICO Model C Beer Brewing Appliance, Black (Certified Refurbished)


From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • This PicoBrew Certified Remanufactured Product shows limited or no wear, and includes all original accessories and is covered by a 1-Year PicoBrew Limited Warranty from the date of purchase.
  • Brews 5 liters of your favorite craft beer at a time – the equivalent of (13) 12-ounce bottles – using pico Pak, kits containing all-natural grains and hops ingredients
  • Select pico Pak from award-winning beers from a growing list of over 180 large and small breweries around the world available on the pico brew marketplace
  • Fine-tune the ABV (alcohol Content) and ibu (bitterness level) of any pico Pak to your liking, or create a custom freestyle pico Pak with your own recipe of grains, hops, and yeast
  • Simple cleanup with built-in steam cleaning and dishwasher-safe components
  • Pico Pak sold separately
  • Included in Box: (1) Pico C Brewing Machine, 110V, (1) Serving Keg, (1) Brew Keg, (1) Quick Start Guide (1) Accessory Box that includes: Cleaning Bucket, Dishwasher Tab, Transfer Tube, Keg Cozy, Hops Cradle, Keg Brush

5/22/18 3 PM Central: This has dropped to $259.99. Shipping to most US addresses also is free. Price, shipping and availability can change quickly. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

PicoBrew PICO Model C Beer Brewing Appliance, Black (Certified Refurbished)


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