Category Archives: Brew Day

Tips for Fighting Homebrew Boil-Overs!

Thanks to HBF Reader Case for this photo!  [8 Ways to Connect with HBF]

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  • Start with a well-sized kettle.  Having some margin, gives you a better chance to fight the dreaded boil-over.
  • Be alert!  When your wort hits hot-break temperatures, boil-overs can happen quickly.
  • Adding hops is another potential boil-over inducing event that should be ready for.
  • Stir the Foam!  If you’re fighting a boil-over… stir the foam.  No need to stir the entire batch, just stir the very top to break up the foam more quickly.
  • A spray bottle of water (set to a moderate mist) works well to combat foam
  • A wooden spoon placed over the top of your brew kettle can help break up foam.  Personally I would not use this as primary defense.
  • FermCap-S Foam Control – This is designed to control foam.  It settles out during fermentation and actually helps increase head retention.
  • Search Amazon for “food safe spray bottle”
  • Search Amazon for “24 stainless whisk”
  • Related Review: Hands On: 24″ Stainless Steel Whisk – Extract, All Grain and Whirlpooling
  • Related Categories: StirringMash PaddlesPropane BurnersKettles

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Tip: Use High Quality Pitchers on Brew Day and Beyond

Rubbermaid Commercial Products FG321800CLR 4-Quart Bouncer Measuring CupPictured: Rubbermaid Commercial Products Bouncer Measuring Cup, 4-Quart, Clear, FG321800CLR via Amazon – Hands On Review

Part of Our Homebrew Tips and Tricks Series.  Check out the complete list – Homebrewing Tips, Tricks & Shortcuts!


  • I recommend keeping a couple high quality pitchers around to use for measuring, mash recirculation, utensil storage, water and wort transfer, help cleaning and sanitizing smaller items and more.
  • Why having quality pitchers is great… There are several equipment purchases that I look back on and say… I’m really glad I got that, it’s made a big difference.  This pitcher, is one of those.  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 of these babies!  What a difference.
  • The FG321800CLR is designed for food service, food safe, high temp capable – up to 212 deg F, has volume markers, has an easy to use handle and is sturdy.
  • Shop Around, Search Amazon for “4 quart measuring pitcher” – look for food safe materials and temperature ratings within your required range.  Aluminum pitchers can work too, although a word of warning that Star San and aluminium do not place well together.  Not a deal breaker, just something to keep in mind as you use your new pitcher.
  • Review: Hands On: Rubbermaid Commercial Product 1 Gallon Bouncer Pitcher
  • Related Categories: All Grain, Brew Day, Pitchers

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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.

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Update International 12″ x 12″ Interlocking Drying Mats – Lots of Uses – $2.39 + Free Prime Ship

Update International BMI-12CL Interlocking bar Mat Square, 12" x 12", Clear

Update International BMI-12CL Interlocking bar Mat Square, 12″ x 12″, Clear


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

  • Interlocking bar mat perfect for lining shelves and counters to protect glassware and china
  • Interlocking design system snaps together to fit most places
  • Made of non-skid pvc and is lightweight
  • Diamond-shape cutouts allow for even airflow and sanitary drying
  • Each square measures 12″ x 12″; dishwasher safe

I use similar mats (different model and manufacturer) and find them very handy.  I use them for drying brew day gear and glassware and also underneath my fermenter in my fermentation deep freeze to improve airflow and keep the fermenter out of any condensation that might show up).  I also use this in bottom of my kegerator.  Lots more info here – Not Just for Bars Anymore… Using Interlocking Bar Mats Around Your Home Brewery!

10/20/20 1 AM Central: These are selling for just $2.39 (clear version only). That’s the best historical direct from Amazon price I found, notwithstanding Lightning Deals or coupons. 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.

Update International BMI-12CL Interlocking bar Mat Square, 12″ x 12″, Clear – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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Not Just for Bars Anymore… Using Interlocking Bar Mats Around Your Home Brewery!

Premier Pads (20) 9″ x 6″ Scouring Pads [brew day cleanup + more] – $8.99… 45 cents each + free prime ship

Premiere Pads PAD 198 Light Duty Scouring Pad, 9" Length by 6" Width, White (Case of 20)

(20) 9″ by 6″ Scouring Pads by Premier Pads


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

  • Ideal for glass, stainless steel, porcelain, chrome, copper and ceramic surfaces
  • Won’t scratch or dull most surfaces
  • Measures 9-inches length by 6-inches width

At 9″ by 6″ you could probably cut these in half (you’d get about 40) and still have a good size scrubby.  Use for cleanup on brew day and beyond

10/15/20 5 AM Central: These are 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 

Premiere Pads PAD 198 Light Duty Scouring Pad, 9″ Length by 6″ Width, White (Case of 20) – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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Garden Hose Quick Disconnect Set – 9 QDs in All – make brew day easier – $11.99 + Free Prime Ship

Twinkle Star 3/4 Inch Garden Hose Quick Connector Water Hose Fitting Male and Female, 9 of Set

Twinkle Star 3/4 Inch Garden Hose Quick Connector Water Hose Fitting Male and Female, 9 of Set

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  • GARDEN HOSE QUICK CONNECTORS: Includes 3 female quick connectors and 6 male quick connectors, premium aluminum material makes it strongest construction for prolonged service life.
  • UNIVERSAL SIZE: Standard 3/4 inch aluminum garden hose quick connectors fit all garden hose, watering devices, sprinkler, nozzle etc.
  • EASY CONNECT: Easy to use and reliable, rubberized grips design for easy on/off for hose.
  • HEAVY DUTY: Made with precision process, no leaking and durable, easy to connect and disconnect.

 

Quick disconnects make connecting and disconnecting things on brew day easier.  I have QDs (a different brand) on every hose connection I use on brew day, including sprayers and my wort chiller.

10/15/20 3 AM Central: These are available again at just $11.99.  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.

Twinkle Star 3/4 Inch Garden Hose Quick Connector Water Hose Fitting Male and Female, 9 of Set – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


Also Consider: Camco 22853 Premium Drinking Water Hose

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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.

Bus Tubs for Brew Day & Beyond – Save Time and Effort When You Homebrew

Bus Tubs HomebrewBus Tubs for Brew Day – A Rubbermaid Commercial Products Bus Tub/Utility Box with a Rubbermaid Commercial High Temp Pitcher and my Brew Day Whisk

I use two commercial bus tubs on brew day and beyond and find them invaluable.  They’re well made, versatile and help me save time and frustration.

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San Jamar Versa-Mat 12″ x 12″ Interlocking NSF Certified Drying Mats – lots of uses – $4.69 + Free Prime Ship + Not Just for Bars Anymore… Using Interlocking Bar Mats Around Your Home Brewery!

San Jamar Versa-Mat Interlocking Sanitary Bar Mats

12″ by 12″ interlocking bar mat by San Jamar.  These interlocking mats are versatile.  Multiple mats can be joined for larger areas and they are flexible and easy to cut to shape.

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

  • Raised design provides a sanitary surface for your glassware, and allows for better air circulation and faster drying
  • Durable, non-slip material prevents marring and breaking of glassware
  • Interlocking design allows you to connect multiple mats, and the lightweight material can be easily cut to fit into any shape or size needed for your shelves, bar or sink
  • Always lays flat for a neat, clean appearance
  • Dishwasher safe and NSF approved

 

10/9/20 2:30 AM Central: These are selling for just $4.69.  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 

San Jamar VM5280 Versa-Mat Interlocking Bar Mat, 12″ Length x 12″ Width – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


Also available in different colors and quantities – Search Amazon for “san jamar versa mat” – to see what may be available

Not Just for Bars Anymore… Using Interlocking Bar Mats Around Your Home Brewery!

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Rubbermaid Commercial Bus Tubs [Brew Day and Beyond] – back in stock at $10 + free prime ship

Rubbermaid Commercial Products FG334900GRAY Standard Bus/Utility Box, 4.625 Gal, Gray

Rubbermaid Commercial Products White Bus/Utility Box 4.625 Gallons


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

  • Constructed of heavy-duty commercial-grade plastic
  • Rounded corners
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Reinforced handles and bottom
  • Measures 5″ x 20″ x 15″
  • Made of durable, commercial grade plastic, with reinforced handles, bottom and ribs for added strength
  • Rounded corners for easy cleaning

I use two similar bus tubs [Note: Mine are a larger at 7 1/8 Gallons] on brew Bus Tubs Homebrewday and I find them invaluable.  I keep one below my March Pump setup.  It catches drips and also offers a place to store wet items such as stirring spoons, mash paddles, my mash stirring whisk 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.

Another potential use: ice down your favorite beverages for get-togethers.

10/7/20 5 PM Central: Not too long after the last time we posted this at this same price, it sold out.  As of this posting, it’s available again at just $10.  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.

Rubbermaid Commercial Products FG334900GRAY Standard Bus/Utility Box, 4.625 Gal, Gray – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


Also: Rubbermaid Commercial Products FG335100BRN 7 1/8-Gallon Brown Undivided Bus/Utility Box

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Escali Touch Screen LCD Display Digital Timer – $13.99 + Free Prime Ship

Escali Touch Screen LCD Display Digital Timer

Escali Touch Screen LCD Display Digital Timer

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

  • Timer Range: 99 min : 59 sec. Increments: 1 sec. Dimensions: 3 x 3 x 1 in. Battery: Two AAA (included)
  • Large touch screen display
  • Power saving display
  • Count up and down

 

10/2/20 1 PM Central: This is on sale for $13.99.  That’s a 30% savings.  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. Also: Recent Amazon Finds and Amazon Fillers Resource Page

Escali Touch Screen LCD Display Digital Timer – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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Heat Resistant Glove – G & F 1689L Dupont Nomex & Kevlar [Minding Yeast Starters & Brew Day] – $8.34 + free prime ship

G & F 1689L Heat Resistant Glove Commercial Grade, Large

G & F Heat Resistant Oven Glove, Large  by G & F

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

  • Same material used by fire fighters
  • Maintains integrity and strength at high temperatures
  • Thermal regulating
  • Ambidextrous, fits right or left hand
  • Soft and pliable for easy grasp

 

  • I use a similar type of glove when I’m making yeast starters in an Erlenmeyer Flask.  It’s really handy (pun intended) to swirl around the flask or to quickly remove to keep the flask from boiling over.  These are also handy on brew day for handling hot (but not wet) ball valves and such.
  • These are not waterproof.  Safety Note: Always use caution when handling hot items or ingredients and always read and follow manufacturer directions.
  • Other sizes may be available.  Check the product page for selection and pricing.

10/1/20 2 PM Central: These are selling for just $8.34Shipping 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.

G & F 1689L Dupont Nomex & Kevlar Heat Resistant Oven Gloves, for BBQ, Fireplace,and Grilling. Commercial Grade, Large, Sold by 1 Piece – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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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.