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Hands on Review: Oliso SmartHub for Small Batch Brewing

This review is by Homebrew Finds Contributor Brad Probert.  Brad is an engineer, expert homebrewer and experienced reviewer.  Grab a link to Brad’s website at the end of this review.

Oliso SmartHub for Small Batch Brewing

If you don’t know what a sous vide machine is, that’s forgivable. I’ve only met one person that’s used one. He raved about it so much that I had to investigate it. “Sous vide” is French for “under vacuum”. In sous vide cooking, you vacuum seal your steak (or whatever kind of food) in a bag, then place it in a pot of water that’s controlled to a specific temperature. The sealed bag keeps the meat from getting wet in the cooking water, and lets all the juices stay inside and not dry out. Depending on the “doneness” you want, you set the temperature of the water, throw your pouch in and then it cooks to the exact level you want.

Now getting us back to homebrewing, Oliso has a sous vide cooker that has features that support homebrewing. They combined the temperature control features of a traditional sous vide machine with the high power capability of an induction cooktop. The induction cooktop functions as the base of the machine, and when you set the SmartHub top on it, electrical contacts are made that change the induction top over to a temperature control machine. The tub has a built-in sensor that it uses to monitor the temperature of the liquid and adjust the power level accordingly.


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15% Off wort Hog Systems and Controllers + Hands on Review & Free T-Shirt

As of this posting, High Gravity Homebrew discounting Wort Hog Systems [Hands on Review]  and controllers by 15% as part of a 15th anniversary sale.  No coupon code is necessary discount will be reflected at checkout. Check High Gravity for current availability.

Save 15% on Wort Hog Systems & Controllers!

Free T-Shirt!  To celebrate 15 years in business High Gravity Fermentation Supply is throwing in a free 15th anniversary t-shirt with orders of $75 or more.  I’m not seeing any exclusions, although some items may be excluded. Enter the code HoppyXV when checking out.

Important: High Gravity says… “Please indicate if you want a men’s or ladies’ and what size in the comments section of the checkout.”  Remember Code Enter the code HoppyXV when checking out.

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Drawstring BIAB Bag – 26″ x 22 – Brew In a Bag

Reusable Drawstring Brew in A Bag Straining Wine Hot -26inch X 22inch (White)

Reusable Drawstring Brew in A Bag Straining Wine Hot -26inch X 22inch

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

  • Save time and money versus traditional mash tuns when All-Grain brewing. Brew in a bag lets you move to all grain or partial mash brewing easily, and the biab method is very simple to set up and execute, even with limited space. The brew in a bag method eliminates the need for a mash tun, later tun, or hot liquor pot.
  • Durable – these bags are made of durable polyester and can be washed and reused multiple times. Durable polyester and rugged stitching ensures no grains slip into the worth easy removal of the grains makes the rest of your brew day and cleanup a breeze. Drawstring closure ensures a complete seal before removal.
  • Extra large – 26″ Wide and 22″ Tall to ensure you can brew even the largest of recipes without spilling any grain. Use your existing kettle setup for an easy transition to All-Grain brewing! The large size makes the bag versatile enough for any application; from jams to cold brew to cider and fruit wine making, this bag can do it all!
  • This is a multi purpose food straining bag for home brew.Tightly woven mesh , it has a good straining function.Ideal for making drink like nut milk, green juice, soup, jelly, etc.With a wider opening and drawstring. That makes it practical to pour into.

 

Note from HBF: The pictured kettle is not included.

Reusable Drawstring Brew in A Bag Straining Wine Hot -26inch X 22inch (White)


Related: BIAB Brew Day Spreadsheet | The Brew Bag

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

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250 lb Capacity Rope Ratchet [BIAB]


Carolina North 10026 3/8" Rop Ratchet, 250 lbs Capacity

3/8″ Rope Ratchet, 250 lbs Capacity by Carolina North


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

  • 250 Pounds maximum load limit
  • Easy to use thumb lever releases tension
  • Perfect for a wide variety of uses for home, office, workroom and garden

Rope ratchet is made super tough to take all the hard work you do. The outer casings are made from #6 – 33 percent glass filled nylon with interior mechanisms of die cast zinc. With the 3/8″ rope ratchet you simply attach the two hooks and pull the loose end of the rope for a secure, tight hold. Rope ratchets stay tight, locking in place as you pull the free end. To loosen you just pull the rope to reduce tension and push the handy thumb release. It’s that easy. This rope ratchet holds ups to 250 lbs per ratchet. Actual body size: 3-1/2″ x 2″.


Note from HBF: Given the right setup, this looks like it could be used as a pulley for a BIAB setup.  Of course, you’ll want a capable place to hang it and want to make sure to stay under this rated capacity.  Note: Always read and follow manufacturer’s directions.

What are others saying?  Search this product’s Amazon reviews for “biab”

Carolina North 10026 3/8″ Rope Ratchet, 250 lbs Capacity


Also:  BIAB Brew Day Spreadsheet | The Brew Bag – Purpose Made BIAB | Cereal Killer Grain MIll | 250 lb Ratchet Pulley | Small Batch, All Grain Stove Top Brewing | All Grain Tips & Gear

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15% Off Wort Hog Systems and Controllers + Hands on Review & Free T-Shirt

As of this posting, High Gravity Homebrew discounting Wort Hog Systems [Hands on Review]  and controllers by 15% as part of a 15th anniversary sale.  No coupon code is necessary discount will be reflected at checkout. Check High Gravity for current availability.

Save 15% on Wort Hog Systems & Controllers!

Free T-Shirt!  To celebrate 15 years in business High Gravity Fermentation Supply is throwing in a free 15th anniversary t-shirt with orders of $75 or more.  I’m not seeing any exclusions, although some items may be excluded. Enter the code HoppyXV when checking out.

Important: High Gravity says… “Please indicate if you want a men’s or ladies’ and what size in the comments section of the checkout.”  Remember Code Enter the code HoppyXV when checking out.

Update: This promo has expired or pricing, availability or description has changed – Check the supplier’s site or product page for current availability

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13% Off The Brew Bag Purpose Made BIAB Bags + Hands on Review

The Brew Bag is a Made in the USA, purpose designed BIAB bag.  It has four loops for lifting the bag out of your kettle, every seam is reinforced for long life and it is available in a number of sizes for kettles, keggles and coolers.  If they don’t carry the size you want, The Brew Bag will custom make it for you.

I use The Brew Bag myself and it’s an outstanding BIAB bag that works great and keeps on working. Check out my Hands on Review.

Talk Like a Pirate & Save Another 13%!  Adventures in Homebrewing’s annual talk Like  Pirate Sale is on.  That discounts most things by 13% when you use coupon code LOOT.  Nearly everything, including many items that are already on sale works with this sale.  There are some exceptions.  See Terms and Conditions for complete details.

The Brew Bag BIAB Bags at Adventures in Homebrewingremember promo code LOOT

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AIH carries a wide variety of sizes.  If you find yourself in need of a custom size, check out brewinabag.com.  You can order odd and custom sizes (at regular prices) via the manufacturer.

Check out  My BIAB Water Calculation Spreadsheet with narrative directions.  It makes figuring water temps and amounts easy,

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15% Off wort Hog Systems and Controllers

As of this posting, High Gravity Homebrew discounting Wort Hog Systems [Hands on Review]  and controllers by 15% as part of a 15th anniversary sale.  No coupon code is necessary discount will be reflected at checkout. Check High Gravity for current availability.

Save 15% on Wort Hog Systems & Controllers!

Update: This promo has expired or pricing, availability or description has changed – Check the supplier’s site or product page for current availability

Recent Deals!  Last Fifty Finds

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15% Off The Brew Bag w/Qualifying Order + Hands on Review

The Brew Bag is a Made in the USA, purpose designed BIAB bag.  It has four loops for lifting the bag out of your kettle, every seam is reinforced for long life and it is available in a number of sizes for kettles, keggles and coolers.  If they don’t carry the size you want, The Brew Bag will custom make it for you.

I use The Brew Bag myself and it’s an outstanding BIAB bag that works great and keeps on working. Check out my Hands on Review.

Save 15%!  Adventures in Homebrewing is discounting most things sitewide by 15% when you place an order of $49 or more.  No coupon code is required, discount will be applied automatically at checkout.  Nearly everything, including many items that are already on sale work with this sale.   A few exceptions apply.  See Terms and Conditions for complete details.

This DOES work on Brew Bag BIAB Bags.

The Brew Bag BIAB Bags at Adventures in Homebrewing

Update: This promo has expired or pricing, availability or description has changed – Check the supplier’s site or product page for current availability

Recent Deals!  Last Fifty Finds

AIH carries a wide variety of sizes.  If you find yourself in need of a custom size, check out brewinabag.com.  You can order odd and custom sizes (at regular prices) via the manufacturer.

Check out  My BIAB Water Calculation Spreadsheet with narrative directions.  It makes figuring water temps and amounts easy,

Also: Check out AIH Sale Items – Selection Changes Regularly

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3 x Disposable Elastic Top BIAB Bags + BIAB Brew Day Spreadsheet

Elastic Top Nylon Brew in a Bag


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

  • Brew in a Bag saves both and time and money versus traditional mash tuns when all-grain brewing.
  • These bags are inexpensive and can be disposed of with the grain to save time and energy on brew days.
  • Fits kettles up to 14″ in diameter and will hold up to 15lbs of grain
  • Includes 3 bags. Kettle not included.

3 pk Elastic Top Nylon Brew in a Bag by The Weekend Brewer

Also: Extra Large Reusable Drawstring Brew in a Bag

Related: BIAB Brew Day Spreadsheet | The Brew Bag


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

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32″ x 20″ BIAB Bag with Hand Holds, High Temp Rated – $9.99 – Limited Availability + BIAB Spreadsheet

Mesh Grain Bag - 31.5 in. x 19.7 in. BAG29

Mesh Grain Bag – 31.5 in. x 19.7 in. from MoreBeer


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

Perfect for Brew in a Bag, this large 31.5″ x 19.7″ bag will fit pots up to 21.5″ in diameter. These polyester bags have 1-inch wide nylon sewn over the seams, making them incredibly strong and resilient. At the opening of the bag the nylon forms 4 loops, making great handholds when lifting the bag or attaching to a winch system for large BIAB batches.

  • 63 micron mesh
  • Temperature rated to 230°F (110°C)

Limited Availability Deal of the Day: As of this posting, this is marked down to $9.99 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.

Product Description – Here – Use coupon code BEERDEAL to get this discount.

Mesh Grain Bag – 31.5 in. x 19.7 in. BAG29

Related: All Grain Tips & Gear | BIAB Brew Day Spreadsheet | The Brew Bag

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

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