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50 Bottle Drying Tree – storage, cleaning & sanitizing homebrew bottles… $19.30 + free prime ship

North Mountain Supply - BTS-50 Screw Type Bottle Drying Tree - 50 Bottles Black/Red

50 position bottle tree

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  • North Mountain Supply Screw Type Bottle Drying Tree 50 Bottles - Made in Italy!
  • Easily drain and dry your bottles after sanitizing and cleaning with our 50-Bottle Drying Tree
  • Just clean, rinse, sanitize and place bottles posts designed specifically for wine and beer bottles
  • Bottom drip tray collects water - Can be used to store extra bottles - Holds 50 bottles
  • Easily unscrews for storage - Our Bottle Rinser may be added to the top for easy sanitation prior to drying

 

Use to help clean, sanitize dry and store your homebrew bottles.

10/6 5:30 PM Central: This has dropped to $19.30. 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 orderPrices and availability can change quickly.  Check product page for current info – More About Prices

North Mountain Supply – BTS-50 Screw Type Bottle Drying Tree – 50 Bottles Black/Red – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

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The Carboy Cleaner – $23.99 + Free Ship Eligible, Limited Availability

the carboy cleaner

The Carboy Cleaner via MoreBeer

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Quick and easy! Less time spent cleaning! Save yourself some elbow grease and time with The Carboy Cleaner!

The Carboy Cleaner is a stainless steel rod with two super absorbent, lint free, soft cleaning pads. High-strength, yet flexible plastic inserts inside the pads help keep the pads rigid during use. The expanding sponge at the end of the cleaning pad assists in the centrifugal cleaning force for tough soils. Attach to a cordless drill for high rpm use, insert into your carboy, and move up and down to let the Carboy Cleaner do the rest!

Works with any size carboy between 3 and 6 gallons. Equally safe and effective on glass and PET Carboys. Comes with small size bung for glass carboys. Medium size bung for PET carboys can be purchased separately (FE470). Also works great for 5 gallon kegs!

Compatible with carboys up to 32 cm / 12.6 inches in diameter.


 

Limited Availability Deal of the Day: As of this posting, this is marked down to $23.99 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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The Carboy Cleaner CE80

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30 Pack Beer Faucet Plug Caps/Brushes – $15.99… 53 cents each

Beer Plugs Tap Brush,30 Pack Beer Faucet Tap Cleaning Plug Hygiene Brush For Draft Beer Faucet Cap

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  • The wire can not be pulled out of the handle because of our Advanced welding process of the handle and wire.
  • Convenient Cleaning- Our brush is great to keep your beer faucet clean and germ-free,!It fits with different kinds of beer tap sizes,helps to make cleaning tap become effortless and easy.
  • High Quality - Featuring a new strengthening technology,the bristles of beer brushes are tightly entwined in twisted wire.
  • Easy to Use - Simply insert the plug into your beer tap opening to keep your beer from dust and other contaminates.
  • Safe Material- Our brush handle is made of food grade polypropylene,the brush head is made of bristles,has strong decontamination, acid and alkali resistance, high temperature resistance

 

10/5 5 AM Central: These are selling for just $15.99. Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying order. Prices and availability can change quickly.  Check product page for current info – More About Prices

Beer Plugs Tap Brush,30 Pack Beer Faucet Tap Cleaning Plug Hygiene Brush For Draft Beer Faucet Cap (Blue) – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

Also: Kegerator Tips & Gear | Keg Repair Part #s | Recent Keg Finds

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Oxiclean Versatile FREE, 3 LBs – homebrew cleaner alternative – now $8.08, volatile

Oxiclean Versatile Free is a percarbonate based cleanser.  The Free version is  free of perfumes, dyes and chlorine.

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  • Includes: One 3 lb box of OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover Free, Laundry Stain Remover for Clothes so you can harness the power of oxygen to get tough stains out
  • Free From: This clothing stain remover for laundry is free from irritating dyes and perfumes, making it perfect for those with sensitivities
  • Fight Tough Stains: OxiClean powder features an oxygen-based, water-activated formula that gets out tough dirt, persistent spots and set-in stains
  • Versatile Stain Remover: This stain remover for clothes works with regular detergent to get clothes extra clean and works on carpets, upholstery and nearly any surface in your home
  • Color Safe: Made without dyes or perfumes, this chlorine-free and color safe stain fighter doesn’t cause fading to your clothes in the wash

 

Some homebrewers (including myself) use this as a budget replacement for PBW.

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Five Star PBW Homebrew Cleanser Tips & Tricks

Part of Our Homebrew Tips and Tricks Series.  Check out the complete list – Homebrewing Tips, Tricks & Shortcuts! This is a Top Post! See: All Top Posts

I love PBW!

Five Star Chemicals PBW – Powder Brewery Wash – is my go-to brewery cleaner. It is a non-hazardous buffered alkaline brewery cleaner and it… works great.

This post used to contain prices, but in the interest of keeping information as up to date as possible, it now contains links to some top sources of PBW along with some thoughts about shipping and suppliers.  Historical pricing has been preserved and can be found toward the end of this post.

PBW Guidelines and Suggestions

Why shop around?  Using the Spray Bottle Method for Star San means that I use so little Star San that it’s really not even worth price comparing.  Not so with PBW.  This is something that I go through relatively quickly.  Since we use this in bulk, why not save money and buy it in bulk.  Buy things in bulk that you use in bulk.

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1/2″ Stainless Steel CIP Spray Ball – $11.69 + free shipping

Tank Cleaning Ball,Tank Cleaning Head 1Pc 1/2″Bsp Thread Female Stainless Steel Sanitary Fix/Rotarys Spray Ball Tank Cleaning Ball

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  • Water Consumption Is Very Low, Which Greatly Lessen The Cleaning Cost
  • Made Of Stainless Steel, Durable And Long Service Life
  • Small Size, Convenient Installation, Both Internal And External Surface Are Polished Well
  • The Largest Cleaning Diameter Reaches 1 To 6 Meters, And The Rotarys One Can Rotate 360¡ã To Spray
  • Work Pressure Is About 1.5 To 2.5 Kilograms, And It Can Achieve An Ideal Cleaning Effect

From HBF: 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.

 

CIP (Clean in Place) Spray Balls are generally used for vessels that are too large to move.  Since they’re too large to move you… clean them in place.  If you have a larger setup, you could incorporate these into your system or routine to help clean your vessels more easily.

Other possible homebrew applications: A CIP ball could be as part of a recirculating or sparging setup or as part of a keg or carboy cleaning setup. I use a (different model) rotary spray ball with my Mark II Keg and Carboy Cleaner.  See: Mark II Keg and Carboy Washer Mod – SS CIP Spray Ball. 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.

9/30 9 PM Central: These are selling for $11.69. Shipping is also free to many US addresses. Prices, promotions and availability can change quickly.  Check product page for current info – More About Prices

Tank Cleaning Ball,Tank Cleaning Head 1Pc 1/2″Bsp Thread Female Stainless Steel Sanitary Fix/Rotarys Spray Ball Tank Cleaning Ball for Car Care Home Industrial(Fixed) – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

Also: Stainless Steel CIP Spray Balls for Sparging and Cleaning

Mark II Keg and Carboy Washer Mod - Adding a Stainless Steel CIP Spray Ball

Hands on Review: Kegland Ball Lock Cleaning Kit

Kegland Draft Line Cleaning Pump

Kegland’s Draft Line Cleaning Pump is a single hand operated pump that attaches to a tee. The tee takes a hand pump and ball lock carbonation cap which connects to a dip tube. This hardware has some alternate uses that this review will also explore.

In true Kegland style this setup is innovative, packed with some surprising features and well priced. Here’s a hands on look.

This is currently available via via William’s Brewing and MoreBeer – the offerings are slightly different. See the breakdown of different options and separate components toward the end of this review.

Bag o’ stuffThis is what you get with the basic pump. Tee, carbonation cap, pump and dip tube.I installed this on a 2L bottle. You’ll notice the carbonation cap has changed colors. I used one I already had (Kegland brand, just a different color), because I already has a dip tube trimmed to size and installed from a recent update to My Simple Draft Line Flushing Build.I decided to try and clean two draft lines with this pump to really test it. Here’s the key piece of hardware to clean two ball lock lines at the same time. It’s a Ball Lock Jumper from Valuebrew. There are only a couple similar offerings out there, to my knowledge. This one is unique because it uses their custom color, food grade post o-rings AND… it works with both liquid and ball lock jumpers.Here it is installed. This is connecting two 10′ EVABarrier tubing runs.Complete test setup

The plumbing for my test is as follows

  • Kegland Ball Lock Cleaning Pump (on left) >
  • Ball Lock Line Jumper – 2 ball lock QDs with a short length of EVABarrier tubing >
  • Intertap ball lock spout on right faucet >
  • 10′ EVABarrier tubing with ball lock QD >
  • Ball Lock Jumper Fitting >
  • 10′ EVABarrier tubing with ball lock QD >
  • Intertap faucet (second from right) >
  • 2 Quart collection pitcher

Ball Lock QD Installed on the pump assemblyIt’s a little difficult to see but… it works. With some pumping, I got a slow steady stream of liquid. Keep in mind this is cleaning two 10′ lines at the same time.William’s Brewing has a package that gets you the pump + a large 2.5 liter growler and BLC. They also sell the standalone pump kit.  I actually purchased everything separately because I wanted a full case of these growlers.

Use it for.. Portable Serving!

Add on a ball lock faucet and you’ve got a portable serving keg without paying for expensive CO2 cartridges.  Before you email me/comment/etc… yes this will cause oxidation, I would not suggest this as a long term solution. Only for the occasion that you and your friends will be able to drink an entire growler in an evening.  Oxidation won’t have enough time to become a factor. Use another solution for longer term applications.

Use it for… Mini Pressure Fermenter

Remove the tee, add a 2.5L PET Bottle and a Spunding Valve to convert this into a pressure capable mini fermenter. You could potentially do 2 liter batches. Not ideal, but a great way to play around with pressure fermentation at an unbeatable price. See: Fermenting Under Pressure for more on the topic.

Convert it to a Mini-Keg For Your Kegerator!

Replace the pump with another carbonation cap, use a 2.5 liter bottle and… you have a 2.5 liter keg you can use in your kegerator!

Conclusions

This collection of economical hardware is extremely versatile. As far as a cleaning pump goes, it works well, but, I prefer my own draft line flushing build. That’s very similar but replaces pumping with a quick shot of CO2. That’s less work. Having said that, you get a lot of equipment and capability with this setup. If you’re looking to build my flushing assembly, I suggest buying the Kegland cleaning setup and another carbonation cap. That gives you a ton of flexibility.  Line cleaner, mini fermenter, party pump and ball lock mini keg.  Overall, this is another win for Kegland, innovative, packed with features and well priced.

via William’s Brewing

via MoreBeer

via Valuebrew

Related Resources!

Build a Simple Draft Line Flushing Setup

Keg Deals!

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Build a Recirculating Draft Line Cleaner

Rebuild Your Kegs!

More Kegland Gear Reviews!

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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.  review:kldlcp tag:tpru

VIVOSUN 400 GPH Utility Pump – on sale for $13.59 + Draft Line Cleaning Builds

VIVOSUN 400GPH Submersible Pump(1500L/H, 15W), Ultra Quiet Water Pump with 5.3ft High Lift, Fountain Pump with 5ft Power Cord, 2 Nozzles for Fish Tank, Pond, Aquarium, Statuary, Hydroponics

VIVOSUN 400GPH Submersible Pump(1500L/H, 15W), Ultra Quiet Water Pump with 5.3ft High Lift, Fountain Pump with 5ft Power Cord, 2 Nozzles

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  • Specifications: Dimensions: 4.1” x 2.52” x 2.95”; The 5-ft. long power cord offers convenient installation; Max. Flow Rate: 400 GPH (1500L/H); Max. Lift Height: up to 5.3 ft.; Wattage: 15W; Voltage: 110-120V
  • Detachable & Cleanable: This compact water pump is easy to hide or disguise and no additional tools are needed for disassembly and cleaning
  • A Variety of Outlet Positions: Place the pump flat and choose whichever outlet position suits your needs
  • Wide Range of Applications: High performance energy-efficient pump designed for use in ponds, fountains, waterfalls, hydroponic systems, irrigation systems and other water features

From HBF: 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.

 

I use a similar pump (different manufacturer, features and specifications) for a recirculating draft line cleaning setup.  Note that fittings sizes are different on this pump vs the one I use in that build.  Adjust accordingly  Another possible homebrewing application would be to set this up for use a part of a recirculating wort chiller setup.

9/27 2:30 AM Central: This is on sale for $13.59. Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying orderPrices, promotions and availability can change quickly.  Check product page for current info – More About Prices

VIVOSUN 400GPH Submersible Pump(1500L/H, 15W), Ultra Quiet Water Pump with 5.3ft High Lift, Fountain Pump with 5ft Power Cord, 2 Nozzles for Fish Tank, Pond, Aquarium, Statuary, Hydroponics – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

Also Consider:

ball lock jumperStainless Steel Ball Lock Jumper with Food Grade Silicone O-Rings: Allows you to connect multiple ball lock runs to clean multiple lines and taps at the same time. Works with both liquid and gas QDs.  Stainless Steel Ball Lock Jumper – via Valuebrew – An easy add-on… food grade o-rings, featured in our Keg Rebuild Post

Goo Gone Pro Power, 32 oz – $15.48 + free prime ship & See it In Action in My Keg Rebuild Post

Goo Gone Pro-Power - Professional Strength Adhesive Remover - 32 Fl. Oz. Jug

Goo Gone Pro-Power – Professional Strength Adhesive Remover – 32 Fl. Oz. Jug

Helps with Reconditioning Kegs!

I use Goo Gone for a lot of thing including removing residual adhesive when I’m reconditioning a keg. The picture above is from my post on rebuilding kegsJump To: Section on Goo Gone – If you look through the post you’ll see just how good the keg looks at the end.

9/26 6 PM Central: This is on sale for $15.48. Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying orderPrices, promotions and availability can change quickly.  Check product page for current info – More About Prices

Goo Gone Pro-Power – Professional Strength Adhesive Remover – 32 Fl. Oz. Jug– note, multiple quantity options may be available, a different version may show up at this product link


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.

45 Seat Ferrari Rotating Bottle Tree – $26.99 + Free Ship Eligible, Limited Availability

Bottle Tree Rotating Red - 45 Seat B510

45 Seat Bottle Tree for storage and drying your bottles from MoreBeer

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Makes managing sanitized bottles for a whole batch easy, and lets you get the bottling mess out of the kitchen–no more using the dishwasher rack to hold sanitized bottles. Made by Ferrari Group in Italy.

The Rotating Bottle Tree holds 45 bottles. It will simplify the bottling process. Just rinse the bottles out well after use and store upside down on the bottle tree where they remain clean. When you want to bottle, utilize product B520 (seen below) to inject sanitizing solution, such as Star San or SaniClean, into the bottles to sanitize. Wait 1 minute and bottle. You can also do the sanitizing ahead of time and let the bottles air dry upside down.


 

Limited Availability Deal of the Day: As of this posting, this on sale as 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.

Bottle Tree Rotating Red – 45 Seat B510

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