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Fermentation Heating Belt w/ADJUSTABLE Heat Control + 2 x Strip Thermometers – $10.88 + Free Prime Ship!

Fermentation Heating Belt,10V-230V /35W Heater Strip Pipe for Home Brew, Wine Beer Spirits, Coffe, Tea, Water, with Power Dial and 2 Pcs Thermometer Strip

Fermentation Heating Belt,10V-230V /35W Heater Strip Pipe for Home Brew, Wine Beer Spirits, Coffe, Tea, Water, with Power Dial and 2 Pcs Thermometer Strip

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  • ACCELERATE YOUR BREW CYCLE: Shave up to a week off your brew time, so you can enjoy your home-brewed tea sooner, and get started on your next batch!
  • CUSTOM HEAT CONTROL :Monitor the temperature of your brew with the easy-to-apply crystal thermometer strip, and adjust the heat as needed with the belt’s power dial
  • SAFE AND ECO FRIENDLY : Highly energy efficient, water proof, and safe for your scoby.(It’s normal and safe there will be a bit of taste.)
  • PERFECT FOR LARGER-SCALE HOME BREWING:The heating filament itself is 35” long, perfectly suited for home brew vessels up to 8 gallons in volume. Alternatively, it can be wrapped around 2 smaller vessels at once (1-2 gallons each) if you’re doing double duty!

 

Note from HBF:  This is a little different than most of the heat belts I see because it features a heat control adjustment.  I’m not sure that it’s adjustable to the point that you won’t need a temp controller, maybe… Inkbird Dual Stage Temp Controller [Hands on Review].  Having said that, adding the ability to control heat output is a nice feature, in my opinion.

9/30/20 5 PM Central:  This combo is selling for just $14.88. That in an of itself is the best historical third party Amazon price I found, notwithstanding Lightning Deals or coupons. Check “Save an extra $4.00 when you apply this coupon code” and the price drops to just $10.88 at checkout.  This is an outstanding deal.  Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying order. Prices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

Fermentation Heating Belt,10V-230V /35W Heater Strip Pipe for Home Brew, Wine Beer Spirits, Coffe, Tea, Water, with Power Dial and 2 Pcs Thermometer Strip – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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Inkbird ITC-308 – Dual Stage Digital Temperature Controller | Review | Inkbird Deals

Make sure the components you use are compatible and rated for your intended application.  Contact manufacturer with questions about suitability or a specific application.  Always read and follow manufacturer directions.

Hands On Review: German Made Speidel Fermenters

Hands on Review Speidel Fermenters

German Made, Speidel Fermenters are available in a range of sizes 3.2 gallons all the way up to… 132 gallons.  Check out the full lineup including accessories and replacement gaskets.

I’ve owned a 5.3 gallon Speidel fermenter since October of 2011.  I use it for small batch BIAB beers.  I’ve been very impressed with that fermenter.  More recently, I picked up the 7.9 gallon version so that I can ferment full 5 gallon batches with all the same advantages.  This is a hands on review of both fermenters.


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MoreBeer 2,000 mL Erlenmeyer Flask – $19.99 + Free Ship Eligible, Limited Availability

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2,000 mL/2 Liter Borosilicate Flask from MoreBeer for making yeast starters.

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These Erlenmeyer flasks help the best brewers to make large yeast starters to get their beer fermenting fast. Large populations of active yeast help ensure a healthy fermentation, free of off flavors.  One of our favorite things about the Erlenmeyer flasks is that you can boil your starters directly in them!

Our large 2000ml Erlenmyer Flask is the ideal vessel to make a large yeast starter for 5 gallon lagers and high gravity brews. Because it is made from borosilicate glass you can move it from a boil on your gas stove into a cold water bath for cooling, without the risk of cracking. (We do not recommend the use of an electric element. If this cannot be avoided, we recommend using a larger pot as a hot water bath on the stove.) This means you can do the whole process in one container, keeping it simple and helping to reduce the risk of contamination when transferring from one container to another.

Recommended Process for Use of Flask:
Double Boiler Method

It is important for your safety to heat water in the flask with a heat source that distributes heat evenly. Our manufacturer has confirmed that direct heat to the glass can break down its integrity and break if the heat source doesn’t distribute evenly.

Morebeer! recommends using the “double boiler method.”  This process involves using a boiling water bath on the outside of the flask to heat up the water inside the flask.  All you need is a kettle 3 gallons or larger.  This process is much safer and efficient. If the flask should break or boil over, your kettle will be there to collect the contents, thus keeping your stove clean and keeping you away from potential harm.

Features

  • Massive 2L (2000mL) Capacity
  • Made from Borosilicate Glass
  • Fantastic price for a flask of this size
  • Produced for MoreBeer!
  • 6.5″ base 2.5″ top 10.75″H

Why make a yeast starter? (from our FAQ)
We build starters for 3 main reasons. First, to ensure yeast health. By making a starter 1-3 days in advance, you ensure that your yeast is healthy and strong and ready to do its job. Second, to create more yeast. By making the starter you will increase the cell count of the yeast, giving you a better chance of keeping bacteria’s and wild yeasts from fermenting your wort. Third, if you are making high gravity beers. If you are making a high gravity beer (1.060+) you will need more yeast to start the ferment faster. High gravity beers will also finish more completely when you pitch ample quantities of yeast.

In the lab world, these flasks are known as “Student Grade”. A great flask for making yeast starters!(Student grade is not the highest grade flasks and will have minor defects)

 

Limited Availability Deal of the Day: As of this posting, this is marked down to $19.99 as a MoreBeer Deal of the DayShipping is also free to addresses in the contiguous US with most $59 Orders. Availability: This is available today only, while supplies last. Quantities are limited. Check the MoreBeer’s Deal of the Day to check today’s offering.

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Erlenmeyer Flask (2000 ml) Y430

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A stir plate keeps yeast in constant contact with nutrients, encourages CO2 to off gas and continuously incorporates oxygen all of that means higher cell counts.

StirtStarters at Valuebrew – free shipping to US addresses + lifetime warranty.  I’ve used the StirStarter for years and I can wholeheartedly recommend it to you.

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ITC-1000 Dual Stage Digital Temperature Controller… $12.79 + Free Prime Ship, w/Coupon

Inkbird All-Purpose Digital Temperature Controller Fahrenheit and Centigrade Thermostat with Sensor 2 Relays ITC-1000

Inkbird ITC-1000 Dual Stage Digital Temp Controller by Inkbird

Use to help control temperature of your kegerator, fermentation chamber or as part of your brew system. Dual Stage means this can control a heating and cooling device.  Alternatively, it can control a heating or a cooling device.   Note that this is an unwired controller and will require some work to implement in your project.  See: ITC-1000 Step by Step Build for one possible configuration.  If you’re looking for a pre-wired temp controller, consider – ITC-308 – [Review].

What are other people saying? Search this product’s Amazon reviews for “homebrew” – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

9/29/20 6:30 PM Central: This is selling for $15.99.  Click on “Save an extra 20% when you apply this coupon” and the price drops to $12.79 at checkout. Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying order. Prices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

Inkbird All-Purpose Digital Temperature Controller Fahrenheit and Centigrade Thermostat with Sensor 2 Relays ITC-1000 for Refrigerator Fermenter – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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Inkbird ITC-308 – Dual Stage Digital Temperature Controller | Review | Inkbird Deals

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Inkbird ITC-308 WiFi Temp Controller – $39.99, w/20% Off Coupon + Hands on Review

Inkbird WiFi ITC-308 Digital Temperature Controller Outlet Thermostat, Dual Screen Readouts,1100w, w/Sensor, Home Brewing & Fermentation,Breeding& Incubation,Greenhouse,Kombucha

ITC-308 Dual Stage, Pre-Wired Digital Temperature Controller with WI-FI by Inkbird

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  • [WIFI & APP] WIFI smart controller supports both IOS & Android,WIFI supports 2.4GHz Wi-Fi router, free APP “InkbirdSmart” which is able to monitor temperature at any time.
  • [Dual Relay Output] Dual relay output, which can connect heating and cooling device at the same time.
  • [Alarm for Safe] High/Low temperature limit setting alarm.
  • [Convenient Design] Plug-n-play, easy to use. Support ℃/℉reading and Temperature calibration.
  • [Long Warranty] The controller itself has 2 years warranty while the temperature sensor has 1 year warranty. Maximum output load: 1100W(110V).

 

This controller can control both a heating and cooling device.  Alternatively, it can control a heating or a cooling device.

In my opinion the original ITC-308 was and is a game changer as far as homebrew temp controllers.  In comparison to available controllers available at the time the ITC-308 was released, it offered loads more features, including dual stage control, for a fraction of the price.  Game changer!  The addition of Wi-Fi control and monitoring to this great controller has made a great temp controller even better.  Check out our Hands on Review of the ITC-308.  That includes a section on the WiFi version.

9/29/20 10 AM Central: This is selling for $49.99.  Click on “Save an extra 20% when you apply this coupon” and the price drops to $39.99 at checkout. Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying order. Prices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

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Triple Scale Beer and Wine Hydrometer – $8.99 + free prime ship

Hydrometer - Triple Scale Hydrometer for Home Brewing - Beer and Wine

Hydrometer – This is a Triple Scale Hydrometer for Home Brewing – Beer and Wine Making – Test Density, Alcohol and Brix


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This hydrometer allows you to keep track of your fermentation’s progress and determine the finished product’s alcohol content by taking readings before and after fermentation and comparing them. This triple scale hydrometer also allows you to verify when your batch is ready to bottle by showing you the specific gravity scale from 0.990 to 1.170, Balling degrees scale from -3 to +35 and potential alcohol scales -2 to +22%.


9/29/20 3 AM Central: This is selling for just $8.99. Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying orderPrices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability. Also: Recent Amazon Finds and Amazon Fillers Resource Page 

Hydrometer – Triple Scale Hydrometer for Home Brewing – Beer and Wine


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Hands on Review: Torpedo 10 Gallon Ball Lock Homebrew Kegs!

Larger 10 and 15 gallon homebrew kegs have been very hard to find… for years.  There have been a couple sources, eBay was a best bet, but that was touch and go at best.  When you could find one, prices were… outrageous.  $300++ for a used 10 gallon keg would not be uncommon.  Again, that’s IF you could find one.

Great news homebrewers…. MoreBeer has introduced 10 and 15 gallon homebrew ball lock kegs via their Torpedo line of kegs and accessories.  These are BRAND NEW kegs that are (hopefully) readily available at a reasonable price.

Why a larger 10 or 15 gallon homebrew keg?

The first and most obvious answer is for large batch brewers.  If you brew 10 or 15 gallon batches, it sure would be nice to have a keg that fits your entire batch.  Even if you don’t brew 10 gallons, you may want to brew a couple 5 gallon batches of the same beer (much like professional brewers do) and keg it in a single keg.

A less obvious answer to the question is… to use as a fermenter.  Kegs are well-built stainless steel vessels that are pressure capable.  You can easily move them around and they are built to be bumped around a bit.  Using a keg opens up some really interesting possibilities…. fermenting under pressure with a Spunding Valve [See: Build a Spunding Valve! – How and Why], naturally carbonating in the fermenter/Krausening (again with the aid of a Spunding Valve), transferring under pressure, oxygen-free (or near oxygen-free) transfers, re-purposing expelled CO2 and more.

A third application is similar to the second… Use as a UniVessel.  Ferment and serve in the same vessel.  Save time and simplify your process.


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10 x Fermentis Safale S04 English Yeast – $29.95, $3 Each + Free Shipping

10x Fermentis Safale S04 Beer Yeast British style ales 11.5g 20-30L

10x Fermentis Safale S04 Beer Yeast British style ales 11.5g 20-30L


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  • 10x English ale yeast which produces a clear and fruity beer.
  • Safale S-04 is well suited for all British style ales.
  • Fast fermentation and excellent sedimentation (flocculation).
  • Flocculation: High. Attenuation: Medium-Low. Temperature: 18-22C
  • Dosage: 11.5g in 20-30L

9/28/20 11 AM Central: These are selling for $29.95.  That figures to just $3 each.  Shipping is also free to many US addressesPrices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability

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FIVE x Omega Yeast + 4 lbs PBW – $55.92 + Free Shipping

  • In stock Omega Yeast Lab Strains are on sale for just $5.99.  That’s a 33% discount.
  • Stacks With Free Shipping:  As of this posting, Adventures in Homebrewing is offering free shipping on most orders of $55 or more with a few exclusions. 
  • Why you’re at it… AIH is discounting season beers by 20%… 20% Off Seasonal All Grain Kits | 20% Off Seasonal Extract Kits
  • Learn More!  Check out the Omega Yeast Labs Homebrew Strain Guide
  • An easy filler item, if you’re for help to qualify for free shipping… 4 lbs of PBW (a good deal at $23.99)

Puling it all together… Grab 5 x Omega Yeast Labs Yeast at $5.99 each, add on 4 lbs of PBW and 2 x Ice Packs and your total will be $55.92.  That just qualifies you for free shipping if you live in the contiguous US.

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[50] x 50 mL No-Leak Centrifuge Tubes by Karter Scientific – yeast slurry storage, sample collection & more – $12.99, 26 cents each + free prime ship

Centrifuge Tubes, 50ml, 30x115mm, Blue Cap, Skirted, No-Leak, Karter Scientific 208J2 (Pack of 50)

50ml Graduated Centrifuge Tube, PP Materials, Self-Standing, Disposable, Blue Cap, Non-Sterile, Karter Scientific 208J2 – Pack of 50 by Karter Scienfific

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  • Volume: 50ml
  • Style: Skirted Bottom
  • RCF Rating: 10000 x g
  • Non-Sterile
  • Cap Color: Blue

 

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Possible Homebrew Uses: Yeast slurry storage, small parts storage, brew day sample collection, general sample collection after fermentation starts

9/27/20 10 PM Central: These are selling for just $12.99. Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying order. Prices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

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Make sure the components you use are compatible and rated for your intended application.  Contact manufacturer with questions about suitability or a specific application.  Always read and follow manufacturer directions.