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Hands on Review: Torpedo Keg Buoy Floating Dip Tube + They’re Finally Back in Stock

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.


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MoreBeer sent out an email letting people know this is finally back in stock. If you’ve been waiting for these, check the product page to see if you can get in this shipment.


Torpedo Keg Buoy Floating Dip Tube

In the world of continuous improvement, you’ll find changes to things that you didn’t think needed improvement. If they’re good improvements, they’ll change how you use it. The floating dip tube was one of those unexpected changes to the simple homebrew keg. The keg has so few pieces to it, and has such a simple job. It’s surprising that they took something as boring as a metal tube and found something creative and new to do with it.

Contents of Package

The dip tube is the passageway for the beer from inside the keg to outside. The standard dip tube is all about being in the right position at the end of the beer- at the bottom to get the last drop of beer out. The floating dip tube turns that upside down and instead of being at the bottom the whole time, sits at the top of the beer as the level continuously changes. The rigid steel tube is replaced by flexible silicone tubing with the open end attached to a stainless float ball. The float then sits on the top of the beer, and as the beer level goes down, the float of course goes with it, and the tubing allows you to pull beer whether the keg is at its fullest or at its lowest.

Float Ball

The Torpedo Keg Buoy Floating Dip Tube starts with a short 2” tube. This tube goes into the keg with the same interface as a regular dip tube with a flared end and an o-ring that gets compressed when you screw down the keg post. Once that’s installed, you attach the 23.5” long silicone tubing from inside the keg. Lastly, the float has a short 1” length of stainless tube attached to it with a ring. The silicone tubing then slides over this short stainless tube to complete the setup. With this configuration, it pulls beer from the top, while the precipitate sinks down below it to the bottom of the keg.

Short Tube for Under Keg Post


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Inkbird ITC-310TB, Dual Stage w/12 Programmable Timers – HALF OFF COUPON

Itc-301TB by Inkbird.  Digital Dual Stage Pre-Wired Temperature Controller with 12 Timers.

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Highlighted Features
  • 💫💫[Multipurpose] Mainly used to control temperature during fermentation process of beer and wine brewing, also widely used in home brewing, aquarium, pet breeding, and hatching, etc.
  • 💫💫[Multiperiod] Can be set 12 different temperatures in 12 different periods of time, and the timers will start when the setpoint temperature is reached.
  • 💫💫[Large Time Range] Can be set single or cycle control mode. Wider time setting range: 1~999(min/hr), 1~90(days)
  • 💫💫[Mode & Function] Support °F/°C mode and easy to set. Alarm when over-temperature and sensor error.
  • 💫💫[Dual Relay Output & Display] Dual relay output, be able to connect with refrigeration and heating equipment at the same time. PV and SV dual display windows, be able to display measured temperature and setting temperature at the same time.

 

Dual stage means that the Itc-310TB 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.

1/26 8:30 PM Central: As of this posting coupon code 6ZWYBUUS takes a whopping 50% off this controller. 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

Inkbird ITC-310T-B Digital Temperature Controller 12 Different Periods of Time for Mason Jar Incubator Winemaking Refrigerator Fridge Reptile – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

Related: Settings Walkthrough Inkbird ITC-310TB

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Adventures in Homebrewing Keg Sale + Stacking Deal, Up to $30 Off

Adventures in Homebrewing has a keg sale going on right now.  Some great deals can be had.

Stacking Deal, Up to $30 Off, depending on order size:  Adventures in Homebrewing is offering up to $30 off your purchase depending on your order total.  Get $10 off $75, $20 off $150 and $30 off $225.  No coupon code is required, the discounted amount should be automatically be reflected in your cart before checkout.

This stacks with all used AIH keg deals below.

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Hands on Review: Tapcooler Counter Pressure Bottle Filler for Forward Sealing Faucets + Limited Time Deal on Competing Nukatap Filler

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.


Limited Time Deal on Nukatap Counter Pressure Filler

Kegland recently released the Nukatap Counter Pressure Bottle Filler. This is similar to the Tapcooler.  A couple great things about the Nukatap…

  1. This is DuoTight compatible, although you don’t need to use DuoTights throughout your entire tap system to use it.
  2. Tapcooler does not go on sale… Nukatap does go on sale.

Williams Brewing has this on sale for just $54.99 for a short time.

Shipping is free or reasonably priced flat rate to addresses in the contiguous US depending on your order size for most items.

Nukatap Counter Pressure Bottle Filler


Tapcooler Bottle Filler

Sometimes it’s possible to go in a circle, but still be moving forward. For me, that’s occurred with bottling. Like most, I started homebrewing by bottling everything. But I got tired of peeling labels, washing bottles, and the overall chore of bottling 5 gallons of beer from a bucket with a gravity fed bottle filler. So I switched, and have been kegging ever since. The one drawback is it’s not as easily shared with others. I’ve got a few great pressurized growlers that solve my problem for bringing some along to a party, but I didn’t have a good solution for passing on a couple pints to friends or neighbors.


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Great Fermentations has put together a setup for homebrew-canners…

TAPCOOLER COUNTER PRESSURE CAN FILLING STATION COMPLETE KIT


A small company in Norway (just 2 people), called Tapcooler, has created a product that is specifically designed for homebrewers that keg their beer, but want to be able to share it in bottles. They improved upon a similar design on the market by adding the functionality of CO2 purging to a counterpressure bottle filler. Their product was met with great feedback from homebrewers in Norway, and now they export it globally. You can use it to save the last few pints when a keg is getting low and you need space, want to share beer with a friend, or want to send in beer to a homebrew competition. Their bottle filler is different than your typical beer gun, in that it’s specifically designed to connect to your tap, and it’s also designed to fill with back pressure in the bottle so you don’t lose most of your CO2 when filling.

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Announcing: NukaTap Counter Pressure Filler! On Sale at William’s Brewing

Nukatap Counter Pressure Bottle Filler

Nukatap Counter Pressure Bottle Filler via William’s Brewing

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The Nukatap Counter Pressure Bottle Filler is a great way to fill bottles directly from your taps without compromising your kegged beer’s flavour, aroma or carbonation levels. All stainless steel construction. This enables you to use a wide range of chemicals for cleaning this device without the risk of damaging the device or accessories.

It will fit any tap with 10.0 mm inner diameter spout/nozzle including Nukatap and Intertap faucets. This fits Evabarrier 8mm outer diameter tubing for the gas line. It also fits forward seal Perlick and Ventmatic faucets. Just connect it to your regulated C02 source and a beer tap, and you are ready to fill bottles.

The integrated counter pressure relief valve gives you good control of the counter pressure and thus the filling speed. How fast the bottle can be filled without too much foaming depends on CO2 level, beer temperature and bottle temperature.

Fits all glass beer bottles that accept a bottle cap, as well as 16 ounce and 32 ounce ‘Grolsch’ style swing top bottles. Does not fit PET beer bottles.

This unit comes with a carbonation cap so you can quickly connect and disconnect your regulated C02 gas line, and duotights so you can fit 8mm Evabarrier outer diameter tubing to the gas input ball lock.

Not Included: You will need a length of 8mm EvaBarrier tubing to connect to the side Gas In port, to provide counter pressure and purging gas. This gas should be at the same pressure as your Kegerator dispening gas pressure, and should be connected to your kegerator gas regulator. You can also connect a gas ball lock fitting to this port with the included adapter if that is easier.


 

This connects directly to your compatible forward sealing faucet (Intertap, Nukatap and more) and allows you to easily counter fill bottles directly from the tap.

This is DuoTight compatible, although you don’t need to use DuoTights throughout your entire tap system to use it.

  • This is on sale for just $54.99 for a short time.
  • Shipping is free or reasonably priced flat rate to addresses in the contiguous US depending on your order size for most items.

Nukatap Counter Pressure Bottle Filler

Compare at MoreBeer: Nukatap Counter Pressure Bottle Filler

This is obviously a direct competitor to Tapcooler…

Tapcooler Counter Pressure Bottle Filler KEG880Hands on Review

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Replacement Ball Lock Keg Posts (or Convert Compatible Pin Locks)… $8.54 w/Coupon

Driak 19/32"-18 Thread Cornelius Type Ball Lock Keg Fittings Poppet fit Ball Lock Keg Post Liquid & Gas,Keg Seal Replacement Kit o-ring

9/32″-18 Thread Cornelius Type Keg Posts

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  • Cornelius Type keg Ball Lock Post & Poppet Female Thread Gas + liquid
  • Thread Standard: 19/32″-18
  • The kit contains a liquid and gas post fitting
  • The ball lock conversion kit allows you to convert your Cornelius pin lock keg to a ball lock keg.
  • These work great with Cornelius style kegs. NOT compatible with Firestone, Hoover, and Spartanburg kegs.

 

1/25 11:30 PM Central: This combo is selling for just $8.54. That’s a bargain all by itself. Click on “Save extra 5% when you apply this coupon” and the price drops to $8.54 at checkout.  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

Driak 19/32″-18 Thread Cornelius Type Ball Lock Keg Fittings Poppet fit Ball Lock Keg Post Liquid & Gas,Keg Seal Replacement Kit o-ring – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

Also: What’s the Difference Between Ball Lock Kegs and Pin Lock Kegs?

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Quick Sellout at MoreBeer, In Stock at William’s… DuoTight EVABarrier 8mm Tubing Joiner

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8mm Tubing Joiner Piece

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This easy to assemble kit includes all the parts needed to assemble a 0-23 PSI ball lock Spunding Valve that fits the Fermzilla and also any gas ball lock fitting. Includes clear joiner tubing that allows the valve to be assembled and disassembled repeatedly. Ferment under pressure with the Fermzilla (or any ball lock keg) and this easy to adjust valve. Carbonate while you ferment, and ferment under pressure. Fits Fermzillas, Kegmenters, and more. Includes Duotight Spundling Valve, Grey Gas Ball Lock Fitting, Joiner Tubing, and Flared Duotight Adapter for the Gas Ball Lock.

Now improved, with the gauge built into the Spunding Valve


 

  • This is a small piece of 8 mm OD EVABarrier Tubing.
  • Handy if you want to put together a DuoTight assembly, but aren’t an EVABarrier Tubing User.  You can buy just a small piece instead of a large coil of tubing.
  • If you’re not a EVABarrier Tubing User… Why??  Hands on Review: DuoTight Fittings & EVABarrier Tubing!
  • Shipping is free or reasonably priced flat rate to addresses in the lower 48 states depending on your order size for most items.

I’ve actually been looking for something like this in a while. A small piece of EVABarrier works, but having something that’s a uniform size and rigid will be very nice for certain applications. A couple applications that quickly come to mind… secondary inline regulator on a keg or flow control fitting on a keg.

I posted about these from MoreBeer a few days back and they sold out in short order. If you look at the quick view of this listing, it shows the same Kegland part numbers as MoreBeer shows KL18012 and they’re actually cheaper as of this posting.

8mm Tubing Joiner Piece

Compare: Rigid Plastic Joiner for Duotight Fittings – 8 mm DUO201 at MoreBeer

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1 lb TLC Tank and Line Cleaner – $8.95 for HBF Readers + Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Builds

Tank & Line Cleaner 1 lb

Tank & Line Cleaner 1 lb

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  • Versatile: TLC is a versatile cleaner and allows for both soak and low foam circulation cleaning. This product works at all temperatures.
  • Safe: This product is safe on skin, and has no noxious fumes, while maintaining the effectiveness of heavy-duty caustic cleaners.
  • Effective: TLC is effective at removing the toughest caked-on debris without scrubbing. It is non-corrosive and safe to use on soft metals.
  • Economical: TLC is an easy to use and economical choice for tank and line cleaning.

 

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1/26 5:30 AM Central: This is selling for $9.95, that’s a good price all by itself. Apply coupon code HBF10TLC and the price drops to just $8.95 at checkout. 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

Tank & Line Cleaner 1 lb – 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

“No Keg” Kegging Systems + Keg Deal + Up to $30 Off

Homebrew Kegging Kit BALL LOCK (no keg)

Adventures in Homebrew has a lineup of “no keg” kegging kits.  Those get you most of the rest of the hardware you’ll need to start kegging, except the keg.

No Keg Kegging Systems at Adventures in Homebrewing

Keg Deal: Ball Lock Kegs for $45

Note: By buying a “No Keg” setup + a Keg, you can often beat the price of a comparable ball lock kegging setup.

Stacking Deal, Save Up to An Additional $30

Adventures in Homebrewing is offering up to $30 off your purchase depending on your order total.  Get $10 off $75, $20 off $150 and $30 off $225.  No coupon code is required, the discounted amount should be automatically be reflected in your cart before checkout.

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