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Make Your Own DIY Custom Tap Handles – 10 EZ Lok Brass Inserts – Tap Handle Ferrule – $9.60, 96 cents each + free prime ship

E-Z Lok Threaded Insert, Brass, Knife Thread, 3/8"-16 Internal Threads, 0.625" Length (Pack of 10)

10 Pack of EZ Lok Threaded Brass Inserts by E-Z Lok

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  • Provides a Strong Machine Thread In Hard Woods
  • Ideal For Use in Woods Like Oak, Cherry, and Maple
  • Designed For Use In Furniture, Cabinetry, Storm Windows and Tap Handles
  • Simply Drill the Appropriately Sized Hole and Install with Bolt/Jam Nut or Optional Drive Tool
  • Threaded Insert, Brass, Knife Thread, 3/8″-16 Internal Threads, 0. 625″ Length (Pack of 10)

E-Z LOK Knife Thread inserts for hard wood significantly reduce the possibility of stripping when using a threaded fasteners in materials such as oak, cherry, and maple. Ideal for applications ranging from furniture to cabinetry to tap handles, E-Z LOK Knife Threads are easily installed using a bolt and jam nut or optional drive tool. Simply drill the appropriately sized hole and thread in the insert like an ordinary fastener. Proprietary external Knife Threads slice into hard wood, providing holding power superior to that of typical broad threads which crush wood during installation.


 

Use to make your own custom tap handles and more.

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

1/25/21 1 AM Central: These are selling for just $9.60. 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

E-Z Lok Threaded Insert, Brass, Knife Thread, 3/8″-16 Internal Threads, 0.625″ Length (Pack of 10)


Related: the optional drive tool…  E-Z LOK Drive Tool

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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.

Oetiker Style Stepless Clamp Assortment, 70 Pieces – $11.99 + free prime ship

Eowpower 70Pcs 7-21mm Stainless Steel 304 Single Ear Hose Clamps Assortment Kit

Eowpower 70Pcs 7-21mm Stainless Steel 304 Single Ear Hose Clamps Assortment Kit

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  • Material: High Quality 304 Stainless Steel
  • Used in securing hoses around pipes or for automotive use
  • Stainless steel 304 construction to resist corrosion and rust
  • Package Quantity: 70Pcs(each 10Pcs)
  • Fit Hose Diameter: 5.8-7mm 7-8.7mm 8.8-10.5mm 10.3-12.8mm 12.8-15.3mm 15.3-18.5mm 17.8-21mm

I’m a big fan of Oetiker style clamps, especially in my kegerator.  See: Oetiker Stepless Clamps for Kegerator Gas and Beer Lines.

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Eowpower 70Pcs 7-21mm Stainless Steel 304 Single Ear Hose Clamps Assortment Kit – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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Kegerator Beer Line Temperatures & Reducing Foam with a Recirculating Fan

Back in 2014, I had what I would call a reasonably well put together and balanced kegerator.  In spite of that, for years, I had dealt with the dreaded first foamy pint of beer.  After that pint of beer, beer would pour great.  That is until a significant delay between pours – overnight or a few hours.


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A Closer Look at Kegerator Beer Line Temps

cln_img_5476The setup.  I have two temperature probes in my kegerator.  One is zip-tied to the top of a beverage line.  The other is zip-tied to a can of beer.  That’s how I have kept the probe in my kegerator for a long time with the thinking that the mass of the can of beer will help to stabilize temperature readings and give overall stable and accurate readings.  That can is sitting on the compressor hump of my Kenmore Deep Freeze (8.8 Cu ft Model 16932, out of production).  That puts it about mid keg.

Beer Line Temps – No Recirculation Fan

The cause of the problem is pretty clear.  Heat rises.  That means the top of your kegerator is going to be warmer than the bottom of your kegerator.  That warmer beer foams when it comes out.  The faucet and shank are also warmer.  That warmth adds to the problem.

How much is the temperature variance?  Of course, this will vary from setup to setup and climate to climate.  I was relatively shocked by the temperature difference in my own kegerator.

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The top reading about mid keg and the bottom reading is the top the top of my beer lines.  These are about 22″ apart.  This graph shows a point in time variance between the two of 14.9 degrees F.   My beer is about the temperature I want it, but the top of my serving line is much warmer.  That difference in temperature causes the first pint to have too much foam.  Pours that happen soon after the first are fine.  The tubing, shank and beer are relatively cool.

Adding a Recirculating Fan to Reduce Beer Foam

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.5 Micron Stainless Steel Diffusion Stone – for aeration & carbonation – $7.59, near best price + free prime ship

Stainless Steel Diffusion Stone, 0.5 Micron Aeration Stone, Carbonation Stone With 1/4" Barb For Brewing (0.5 Micron)

Stainless Steel Diffusion Stone, 0.5 Micron Aeration Stone, Carbonation Stone With 1/4″ Barb For Brewing (0.5 Micron)

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  • 304 SS Material★ All of diffusion stone is food grade 304 Stainless Steel. It features practical,healthier,anti-corrosion
  •  Quickly Carbonating Beer/Soda Water ★ CO2 or O2 will be forced through the millions of tiny pores in the stone, which dissolves the gas into the liquid. Let your beer or soda water get a good mouthfeel
  • Easy To Sanitize ★ soaking this 0.5 micron diffusion stone in boiling water for 20 to 30 seconds. Don’t touch the actual carbonated portion of the stone with your hands
  •  Easy To Install Or Use★ Using 1/4″ ID tubing to connect to the hose barb on the stone.This carbonation stone can used with the air pumps,no more need shaking your bottle

 

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Stainless Steel Diffusion Stone, 0.5 Micron Aeration Stone, Carbonation Stone With 1/4″ Barb For Brewing (0.5 Micron) – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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Hard To Find – 3 Gallon Used Ball Lock Homebrew Kegs – $49.99

Used Single Handle 3 Gallon Cornelius Keg (Ball Lock) via Adventures in Homebrewing

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Used, Corny-style, 3 gallon, stainless steel Ball Lock kegs. All kegs are pressure tested before being shipped. These smaller kegs are more portable and are great for taking your beer over to a friend’s house!


 

These kegs are great for splitting batches, small batch brewers, doing one-off beers from split from a 5 gallon batch… or for easily serving on the go.  Purge with CO2, fill from your tap and place in ice in a 5 gallon bucket…. whammo!

  • It’s been a long time since I’ve seen reasonably priced used 2.5 to 3 gallon kegs.  These are difficult to come by and generally cost more than larger 5 gallon kegs.
  • Looking back I can’t find a single reference on Homebrew Finds to these from AIH.
  • As of these posting these are selling for just $49.99.  That’s an outstanding deal for 3 gallon ball locks.
  • Shipping is an additional cost.  Check the product page to see if they’re still in stock and check current price.

Used Single Handle 3 Gallon Cornelius Keg (Ball Lock)

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128 Ounce [1 Gallon!] Mini Keg Style Stainless Steel Growler – $29.99, near best price + free shipping

128 Ounce Stainless Steel Mini Keg Growler - Wine Keg Draft Beer Growlers for Beer, Water, Soda, Wine, Coffee

128 Ounce Stainless Steel Mini Keg Growler – Wine Keg Draft Beer Growlers for Beer, Water, Soda, Wine, Coffee by G Francis

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  • EASILY CARRY YOUR FAVORITE DRINKS WITH YOU: Thanks to the G. Francis Stainless Steel Growler Mini Keg Dispenser you can now easily carry your favorite home brews, mixed drinks, wines, sodas, coffees, teas, and even water where ever you go; This lightweight growler keg is easy to carry with 1 inch handles on each side of the empty keg
  • KEEP LIQUIDS COLDER FOR LONGER: Rather than carrying around multiple beer cans that get warm in your pocket, dump them into this 3.8 liter (128 oz) keg dispenser; This portable beer dispenser is a heavy duty stainless steel keg that is designed to keep light out and to maintain the carbonated pressure of drinks to keep your beverages colder and fresher for longer
  • SECURE DESIGN: These heavy duty kegs are constructed of stainless steel and the beer keg comes with a gasketed-screw-on cap that helps to hold pressure inside, keeping the freshness of your brew inside for longer; The inner threads on the beer growler cooler also allows this minikeg to be used with a mini draft beer dispenser for easy serving
  • BPA FREE – FOOD GRADE STAINLESS STEEL: The beer growlers stainless steel design is also resistant to tarnish and rust and is stronger than its glass competitor making it the best choice for a homebrew keg; The mini beer keg is free of plastic and safe for storing liquids; These materials help to avoid damage if dropped, keep your beverages colder for longer, and protect from harmful UV rays
  • GREAT GIFT FOR HOME BREWERS AND PARTY GOERS: Whether this small keg is being added to your collection of beer brewing equipment or to the collection of a friend you can be sure that this party keg will be used often; This stainless growler dispenser is easier to use than bottling individual servings of home brews and makes a great gift for any one on your list

 

18/24/20 1 PM Central: This is selling for just $29.99. That’s just $1 shy of the best historical third party Amazon price I found, notwithstanding Lightning Deals or coupons. Shipping is also free to many US addressesPrices and availability can change quickly.  Check product page for current info – More About Prices

128 Ounce Stainless Steel Mini Keg Growler – Wine Keg Draft Beer Growlers for Beer, Water, Soda, Wine, Coffee – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


Related: Tips and Gear for Growler Filling | Growlers – Deals, Discounts and Coupons! + Reviews and Related Top Posts

 

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Today Only: 15% Off Kegging Systems at Keg Connections – Starts at $63.71

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  • Keg Connection has kegging systems marked down 15%.
  • Prices start at just $63.71.
  • These fall under Keg Connection’s Flat Rate Shipping PromotionYour entire order ships for one flat rate, no matter how much you order, to addresses in the contiguous US.

Kegging Systems and Keg Connection

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Flat Rate Shipping

  • Shipping is a flat $9.95 no matter how much you buy site-wide to addresses in the contiguous US.
  • Maximize Flat Rate Shipping: Since shipping is flat rate, grab a keg, some ingredients, a recipe kit or something else it will all ship for that same flat rate.

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20 Color Coded Post O-Rings in Blue and Green – $8.50 + free shipping

20 Color Coded Keg Post O-Rings via eBay

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A Valuebrew Exclusive! We commissioned the production of these custom color o-rings in the same food grade silicone we use for our other premium quality replacement o-rings. We picked the color and placed a massive order to be able to offer you these at a great price.

Although you can use these for either post our thinking behind choosing these colors was Blue for Beer and Green for Gas. This way you’ll immediately be able to tell which post is which. Plus your keg will look awesome!

You get 10 sets, 10 x Blue and 10 x Green for a total of 20 Corny Keg Post O-Rings

The silicone used in our premium quality o-rings is approved by the FDA for food contact.

Food-grade silicone material is petroleum free. It features no fillers, no BPS, and no BPA.

FDA-approved food grade silicone can withstand temperatures from -80°F to 450°F. Silicone maintains its integrity at high temperatures, and it remains flexible at low temperatures.

Materials and processes to manufacturer our food grade o-rings adhere to FDA 21 CFR 177.2600


 

We’ve featured these direct from Valuebrew in the past.  They’ve been very popular and have sold out in the past.

This eBay offering also from Valuebrew are a good way to get a small number of blue and green keg post o-rings.  A good way to try these out.  It’s worth noting that you can save more by buying bulk quantities direct from Valuebrew

As if this posting, this is eBay offering is selling for $8.50. Shipping is also free to many US addresses.

20 COLOR CODED Cornelius Corny Keg Post O-Rings Orings in FOOD GRADE Silicone!

Complete Lineup: Food Safe Keg O-Rings in BULK at Valuebrew – direct from Valubrew

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About Food Safe Materials:

  • For whatever reason, it’s difficult to find food safe keg o-rings.  Maybe some of the o-rings that are available are food safe, but very few are actually labeled as such.
  • The fact is we’re putting beer (food) in our kegs and we should be using food safe materials whenever we can.  More Info: Food Safe Replacement Keg O-Rings
  • Finally a food safe option!  Valuebrew has a selection of silicone food grade o-rings.  They also have replacement universal poppet o-rings and internal QD o-rings, also food grade.

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Stainless Steel Growler Filler for Perlick 600 Series (630, 650) – $6.59 + free prime ship

Jug/Growler Filler for Perlick Faucets (600 Series 630, 650)

Growler Filler for Perlick 600 Series (630 and 650) Faucets

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Jug/Growler Filler for Perlick Faucets (600 Series 630, 650) – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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Brand New NSF Certified Ball Lock Kegs – $75

From Adventures in Homebrewing:

Grab the BEST SELLING Keg in the homebrew industry. The Brand NEW AIH 5 gallon, ball lock, stainless steel, product tank. Save $44.99.

  • ISO 9001 and NSF certified.
  • Includes Double Rubber Handles (DRH) and a rubber bottom.
  • 25″ tall and 8.5″ diameter.

  • These great kegs are on sale for $75
  • 2.5 gallon kegs also ship for free to addresses in the contiguous.  Shipping is calculated on other sizes.
  • Learn More…  Hands on Review

AIH’s New Ball Lock Kegs!

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