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Inkbird ITC-308 Digital Dual Stage Temp Controller [Kegerator or Fermentation]- $28 on Lightning Deals

ITC-308 Dual Stage, Pre-Wired Digital Temperature Controller by Inkbird

ITC-308 Dual Stage, Pre-Wired Digital Temperature Controller by Inkbird

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Highlighted Features
  • 🥇🥇【Easy to use】 Supports °C/°F display.
  • 🥇🥇【Dual relay】able to power refrigeration and heating equipment as conditions change.
  • 🥇🥇【Dual Display Window】Displays measured temperature and set temperature at the same time.
  • 🥇🥇【Buzzer Alarm】High and low temperature alarms are available when the temperature is over or the sensor experiences a malfunction.
  • 🥇🥇【Safety】Maximum output load: 1100W(110V). Customize temperature and compressor delay, protecting your refrigeration/heating equipment.

 

This controller can control both a heating and cooling device.  Alternatively, it can control a heating or a cooling device.

Use to control fermentation or kegerator temperatures. This is a great controller. Check out my Hands on Review

As of this update, this is set to be discounted as an Amazon Lightning Deal starting at about 10:30 AM Central on 6/1. Some items are available in multiple variations, check each for Lightning Deal eligibility and pricing. Lightning Deals are limited time and quantity deals and can change quickly. Check product page for current info – More About Prices

Inkbird ITC-308 Digital Temperature Controller 2-Stage Outlet Thermostat Heating and Cooling Mode Carboy Homebrew Fermenter Greenhouse Terrarium 110V 10A 1100W – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

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KC Says… These are the best kegs we’ve ever seen

Premium Refurbished AEB 5 Gallon Ball Lock Keg, Rubber Handle

From Keg Connection…

These premium refurbished homebrew kegs are more recently produced than most used kegs and they’re in fantastic condition. Lightly used in the coffee industry, we’ve also taken the time to de-sticker and scrape these kegs making them closely resemble new kegs. Obviously, they’ll still some minor dents and possibly small dings as they are used – however, we’re confident that you’ll agree these are some of the best used kegs seen in recent years.

They have pre-installed new o-rings on them to eliminate any residual coffee scents and they’ve gone thru our rigorous quality assurance check which includes a thorough cleaning, pressure testing, and carefully packed shipping to ensure you receive a keg you’ll be fully satisfied with.


From HBF…

Normally I don’t really buy into the highly refurbished sort of a keg offerings because, you can buy a dirty keg and easily rebuild it yourself and save money.

However… these are AEB kegs. AEB makes some of the quality kegs on the market. See my Hands on Review to learn more.

It also sounds like these kegs are in outstanding shape. So considering the sale price of $89.95 and flat rate shipping, I think this is a great deal.

Premium Refurbished AEB 5 Gallon Ball Lock Keg, Rubber Handle

Your entire order, no matter the size, will ship for a flat rate to addresses in the contiguous US.

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Rebuilding & Reconditioning Homebrew Kegs!

Hands on Review: AEB Italian Made Ball Lock Kegs!

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Inkbird ITC-308 WiFi Digital Dual Stage Temp Controller – $35 on Lightning Deals

ITC-308 Dual Stage, Pre-Wired Digital Temperature Controller with WI-FI by Inkbird

ITC-308 Dual Stage, Pre-Wired Digital Temperature Controller with WI-FI by Inkbird

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Highlighted Features
  • 👍👍【Android & IOS WIFI App】WIFI APP - WIFI smart controller supports both IOS & Android. WIFI connection supports 2.4GHz Wi-Fi band with free “INKBIRD” APP to control the temperature remotely.
  • 👍👍【Dual Relay Output】Dual relay - able to power refrigeration and heating equipment as conditions change.
  • 👍👍【High/Low Temperature Alarm】 Set High/Low temperature alarm when the temperature is over or under preset temperature or the sensor experiences a malfunction.
  • 👍👍【Convenient Design】Plug-n-play, easy to use. Supports ℃/℉reading and Temperature calibration.
  • 👍👍【1100W Max Output】Maximum output load: 1100W(110V).【Safety】Maximum output load: 1100W(110V). Customize temperature and compressor delay, protecting your refrigeration/heating equipment.

 

This controller can control both a heating and cooling device.  Alternatively, it can control a heating or a cooling device.

In my opinion the original ITC-308 was and is a game changer as far as homebrew temp controllers.  In comparison to available controllers available at the time the ITC-308 was released, it offered loads more features, including dual stage control, for a fraction of the price.  Game changer!  The addition of Wi-Fi control and monitoring to this great controller has made a great temp controller even better.  Check out our Hands on Review of the ITC-308.  That includes a section on the WiFi version.

As of this update, this is set to be discounted as an Amazon Lightning Deal starting at about 10:30 AM Central on 6/1. Some items are available in multiple variations, check each for Lightning Deal eligibility and pricing. Lightning Deals are limited time and quantity deals and can change quickly. Check product page for current info – More About Prices

Inkbird WiFi ITC-308 Digital Temperature Controller Thermostat Remote Monitoring Controlling Home Brewing Fermentation Breeding Incubation Greenhouse – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

Also: Yeast Starters & Fermentation | Kegerator Tips & Gear | Inkbird ITC308 Review

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Inkbird CO2 Detector & Alarm – Detect Kegerator Leaks! – $55.99 on Lightning Deals

INKBIRD WiFi Indoor Air Quality Monitor, CO2 Detector, Accurate NDIR Sensor, Temperature and Relative Humidity, Indoor CO2 Meter with Data Logger, for Cars, Wine Cellars, Grow Tents, Homes (INK-CO2W).

INKBIRD WiFi Indoor Air Quality Monitor, CO2 Detector

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  • ✅✅【Accurate Reading】INKBIRD carbon dioxide monitor can accurately detect the current CO2 concentration, temperature, and humidity in the air. This CO2 detector uses the NDIR CO2 sensor.
  • 📲📲【APP Real-Time Monitoring】After the mobile phone is connected to the 2.4GHz WiFi network, connect our CO2 detector in the INKBIRD APP, and you can receive and view the detection data at any time. And the app can output data to your email, you can also set the alarm value reminder function through the app.
  • 👍👍【Convenient Calibration】 To ensure the accuracy of measurement, this WiFi CO2 monitor supports the calibration function. Press three buttons at the same time in an open environment and let it stand for 200 seconds to calibrate this CO2 meter easily.
  • ⏰⏰【CO2 Concentration Stage & Sound Alarm】This WiFi Indoor CO2 detector is designed with 3 stages of CO2 concentration - normal mode (400-700 ppm), warning mode (700-1500 ppm), and danger mode (1500-5000 ppm).
  • 🏡🏡【Wide Application】This indoor CO2 meter is ideal for use in grow rooms, offices, kitchens, schools, kitchens, schools cellars, and cars.

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.

 

This measures three things that make it perfect for keeping a close eye on your kegerator,,,

  • CO2 levels – help spot CO2 leaks in your kegerator. See below
  • Temperature – monitor your kegerator temperature
  • Humidity – Help judge whether your Eva Dry (or similar) needs recharged for the purpose of handling excess kegerator and fermentation chamber wetness.  See: Damp Kegerator? Fix Kegerator Condensation

Charges via USB and has a companion smart phone app.

6/1 10:40 AM Central: This is set to be discounted as an Amazon Lightning Deal starting at about 10:45 AM Central for Prime Members and 30 minutes later for all. Some items are available in multiple variations, check each for Lightning Deal eligibility and pricing. Lightning Deals are limited time and quantity deals and can change quickly. Check product page for current info – More About Prices

INKBIRD WiFi Indoor Air Quality Monitor, CO2 Detector, Accurate NDIR Sensor, Temperature and Relative Humidity, Indoor CO2 Meter with Data Logger, for Cars, Wine Cellars, Grow Tents, Homes (INK-CO2W). – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

Using a layer of defense to detect against kegerator CO2 leaks…

Placing a CO2 Monitor with alarm inside of your kegerator can serve as another line of defense to protect against co2 leaks and loss. CO2 should not be building up in your kegerator. A CO2 monitor with alarm can alert you of this condition.

This is not a replacement for checking for CO2 leaks using traditional methods, rather a another layer that could save you a trip to swap out a CO2 tank.

Related: Step by Step: Finding and Fixing Keg CO2 Leaks

Use Goo Gone to Remove Old Adhesive From Kegs

Used Kegs often have old stickers. After removing these we’re often left with sticky, hard to remove adhesive.  Goo Gone to the rescue!

In my experience, Goo Gone is harsh on my skin so I’m using nitrile gloves.  Glove are… handy.  Did you see what I did there? 🙂  I just work my way around the keg a few times.  That gives the Goo Gone a chance to chemically break down the adhesive while I provide some periodic agitation.  In this case the adhesive dissolved pretty quickly and the small pieces of sticker that were left came right off.  TIP: I recommend using Goo Gone sparingly.  You really don’t need that much and you certainly WOULD NOT want to use enough that it gets on the handle or base of your keg.  Goo Gone acts as a solvent for many adhesives.  It could potentially loosen up rubber handles or bases.  Then you’d need to use our Fixing Loose Handles Tip.  So, just put a little on a paper towel or rag and add a little more if you need to.A look at the used paper towel with dirt, adhesive residue and small bits of stickers on it.  Whammo!

Search Amazon for “Goo Gone” to shop around for available options

This write-up is part of my post on rebuilding kegsJump To This Section – If you look through the post you’ll see just how good the keg looks at the end.

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Stainless Steel Carbonation Cap with Knurled Body for Easy Tightening… $11.75

Carbonation Cap Stainless Steel Counter Pressure Bottle Filler Home brew Beer Tool Durable Soda Water Juice Carbonator Adapter Connectors for Plastic Bottles

Carbonation Cap Stainless Steel Counter Pressure Bottle Filler Home brew Beer Tool Durable Soda Water Juice Carbonator Adapter Connectors for Plastic Bottles

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  • Carbonation cap is made of stainless steel material, it is more solid and use longer. It easier to carbonate your beverages,you can enjoy your almost immediately.
  • The counter pressure is more portable, convenient and cheaper than CO2 systems. Carbonation tool has easy and effective carbonation process.
  • You can use carbonation cap makes your own soda water, carbonate beer, or even make your own soft drinks. You will like it and enjoy your beverages.
  • The carbonation cap is designed to fit onto most drink PET bottles, inject CO2 into the bottle. The baottle will be create carbonation.
  • The carbonation cap is highly effective method to add and maintain carbonation in beverages for extended periods of time.

 

Applications:

  • PET Bottles as Growlers: These are generally intended to convert 1L and 2L bottles to growlers.  Fill up a 1L or 2L PET bottle with your favorite homebrew.  Put one of these on (purge the headspace by squeezing if you want to) and then pressurize for transport.  This should help to reduce oxygen pickup and maintain carbonation levels.
  • Fine tune or rapidly carbonate beer: You can also use this cap to rapidly carbonate beer.  Same process as for transport, just set your regulator to the proper pressure and shake or agitate the PET bottle to help introduce CO2.  Or hook it up to CO2 and let it sit in you kegerator.

I ran across this carbonation cap and thought it was interesting because it sports a different design than a lot of the ones we see. The body has a textured/knurled finish that looks like would make it easier to tighten and loosen compared to smooth wall style designs. Most of the smooth wall design make up for it by including a notch that you can put a wrench on tighten and loosen.

5/31 11 PM Central: This is on sale for $11.75. 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

Carbonation Cap Stainless Steel Counter Pressure Bottle Filler Home brew Beer Tool Durable Soda Water Juice Carbonator Adapter Connectors for Plastic Bottles – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

Also Consider:

Ferroday Stainless Carbonation Cap for PET Bottles – works on gas AND liquid posts – $10.99 + Hands on Review

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Canada: Inkbird ITC-308 WiFi Digital Dual Stage Temp Controller – $18 Off Coupon

Inkbird ITC-308 WiFi Temperature Controller Home Brewing Digital Thermostat Heating Cooling Outlet for Brewing Planting Breeding Reptile Incubation Greenhouse

ITC-308 Dual Stage, Pre-Wired Digital Temperature Controller with WI-FI by Inkbird

This controller can control both a heating and cooling device.  Alternatively, it can control a heating or a cooling device.

In my opinion the original ITC-308 was and is a game changer as far as homebrew temp controllers.  In comparison to available controllers available at the time the ITC-308 was released, it offered loads more features, including dual stage control, for a fraction of the price.  Game changer!  The addition of Wi-Fi control and monitoring to this great controller has made a great temp controller even better.  Check out our Hands on Review of the ITC-308.  That includes a section on the WiFi version.

5/31 6 PM Central: As of this posting amazon.ca has an $18 off coupon available on the product page. Prices, promotions and availability can change quickly.  Check product page for current info – More About Prices

Canada: Inkbird ITC-308 WiFi Temperature Controller Home Brewing Digital Thermostat Heating Cooling Outlet for Brewing Planting Breeding Reptile Incubation Greenhouse

US: Inkbird WiFi ITC-308 Digital Temperature Controller Thermostat Remote Monitoring Controlling Home Brewing Fermentation Breeding Incubation Greenhouse – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

Also: Yeast Starters & Fermentation | Kegerator Tips & Gear | Inkbird ITC308 Review


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Cleaning Multiple Kegerator Lines at the Same Time + Limited Time Deal Ends Soon

Regularly cleaning beer lines is an important part of serving tasty beer from your kegerator. Homebrewers use a number of methods to accomplish this from removing tubing to soak in cleaning and sanitizing solutions to DYI pumps to commercial solutions.


Limited Time Deal, Article Continues Below:

Valuebrew offers a lineup of food grade keg replacement o-rings in bulk quantities.  Most offerings are silicone with one Buna-N option.  Everything they carry is food grade, more info below.  They have some unique offerings like bulk pin lock size post o-rings, replacement universal poppet o-rings, bulk internal QD o-rings and color coded Blue and Green post o-rings

Some of these offerings are featured in our Keg Rebuild How-To

Valuebrew is discounting bulk food grade o-rings, DuoTight Compatible Gear, Universal Poppets and ball lock jumpers by an EXTRA 15% when you spend $30 or more.  This stacks on top of existing discounts. Use coupon code memday23.

Remember coupon code memday23 with an order of $30 or more

This DOES include the ball lock jumpers featured in this walk-through. Just place a qualifying $30+ order and use coupon code memday23


I have a number of builds/mods for cleaning and flushing lines…

Also: Hands on Review: Kegland Ball Lock Cleaning Kit

Saving Time by Cleaning Multiple Lines

Being able to clean multiple lines at the same time is a big time saver. In years past this would have involved stringing together multiple fittings or partially disassembling your setup.

For ball lock keg users – Ball Lock vs Pin Lock – there is an easy solution available that allows you to clean multiple lines at the same time with minimal effort.

Valuebrew Stainless Steel Ball Lock JumpersHands on Review

This allows you to connect multiple ball lock kegerator runs by simply snapping them into the jumper. There are a few similar models available. Valuebrew’s features stainless steel construction, food grade o-rings and… it works with both gas and liquid QDs.

Here’s the jumper in action. I’ve tried this with both my Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump and Simple Ball Lock Draft Line Flushing Setup

Two lines being flushed by my Simple Ball Lock Draft Line Flushing Setup – keep in mind this particular build is pump free, this is happening all under CO2 pressure

This makes connecting two lines very simple. Connect the two ball lock lines and push cleaning solution through one of your faucets.

How about 3 or more lines?  The QD side is easy, you’ll need 1 jumper for 2 lines, 2 jumpers for 3 lines and so on.  For the faucet side, you need to cut a small piece of tubing to jump between faucets as needed. Keep in mind that each line you add increases resistance. Your pump may do great with two or three lines, but as you add lines, it will have to work harder.

Flushing Lines with CO2: This jumper allows you to connect liquid AND gas lines. That means you can flush lines with CO2 to push out any remaining cleaner or sanitizer and purge O2. Cleaned > Rinsed > Sanitized, Dried  and Purged lines! Make sure to use a low pressure that’s compatible with all components in your system if you do this.

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Ball Lock Jumpers – via Valuebrew

How About Pin Lock and Sanke Setups?

KOMOS® Draft Line Cleaning Coupler

This a male beer thread jumper. You would unthread tail pieces and use these jumpers to connect lines together. This is a bit more work that the ball lock jumper for ball lock setups and it wouldn’t include all of your faucets, but it’s a good choice of you use pin lock or sanke connections.

KOMOS® Draft Line Cleaning Coupler – via MoreBeer

Draft Line Cleaning Solutions and Sanitizers

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304 Stainless Steel Glass Rinser – for cleaner glasses & better pours – on sale for $18.99 + SEE it via Reader Video!

Glass Rinser for Kitchen Sink, Glass Cleaner for Sink, Bar Glass Rinser, 304 Stainless Steel Cup Cleaner for Sink, Cup Washer for Sink-Brush Nickel by Washsh

Glass Rinser

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  • ✅Sturdy Material: Made from Hard and Corrosion Resistant SUS304 stainless steel and built to last.
  • ✅Convenient and efficient: With 9 high-pressure water jets that reach where you can’t.
  • ✅Applicable mouth diameter: Size 0.6 -4.2Inch. Can rinse most standard drinkware.
  • ✅Simple DIY project: Simple DIY replacement for a sink sprayer, soap dispenser or sink hole cover.
  • ✅Washsh Benefits: Any problem with a product, please feel free to contact us. Free replacement within 1 year.

 

Use to clean glasses and just before serving to chill and wet glassware for a better pour.

5/30 1 PM Central: This is on sale for just $18.99. 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

Glass Rinser for Kitchen Sink, Glass Cleaner for Sink, Bar Glass Rinser, 304 Stainless Steel Cup Cleaner for Sink, Cup Washer for Sink-Brush Nickel by Washsh – note that multiple versions or sizes of this fitting may be available, as such a different product may appear at this link

Check out this video via Twitter from HBF Reader Dave.  Thanks Dave!…

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Tumbler Water Bottle Cleaning Tablets, 30 Tablets – for growlers & more… $6.07 w/25% off Subscribe & Save Coupon

Tumbler Water Bottle Cleaning Tablets - (30 Tablets) All Natural Ingredient, Great for All Stainless, Plastics, Ceramic and Glass Drinking Containers, Individually Packed

Tumbler Water Bottle Cleaning Tablets – (30 Tablets) All Natural Ingredient, Great for All Stainless, Plastics, Ceramic and Glass Drinking Containers, Individually Packed

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  • ✔️Clean, Fresh Tasting Water: Make sure your water tastes right every time. Our solution is free of chlorine or bleach, and tested & proven to effectively remove odor or lingering tastes.
  • ✔️The tablets are made from 100% natural, biodegradable, plant-based ingredients so that itÕs safe for both you and the environment. No toxic chemicals used!
  • ✔️Easy Cleaning in Seconds: No Scrubbing Required! Let the solution do its job, and simply rinse the bottle thoroughly. YouÕll get it fresh and clean like the day you bought it!
  • ✔️Travel and Camping-friendly: Each tablet is packed individually, ready to be used anywhere and anytime! Perfect for biking, camping, hiking.. and any outdoor activities!
  • ✔️Perfect for Any Container: Tumblers to ceramic and plastic water bottles and cups- you can use it on any container or accessories(bottle caps, straws, etc..)

 

What are Other’s Saying?   Search this product’s Amazon reviews for “growler” – may include reviews for other sizes or variations

5/30 3:30  PM Central: This is selling for $8.09 (Subscribe & Save) As of this posting a 25% off coupon is available when you use Subscribe & Save. If you qualify for this coupon, this drops to just $6.07 at checkout. Subscribe & Save orders can be canceled at any time. More about Amazon Subscribe & Save. Prices, promotions and availability can change quickly.  Check product page for current info – More About Prices

This promotion is available for your first Subscribe and Save order. I take that to mean first Subscribe and Save for this product, because I’m a current Subscribe and Save customer, of other products, and am still being offered this coupon.

Tumbler Water Bottle Cleaning Tablets – (30 Tablets) All Natural Ingredient, Great for All Stainless, Plastics, Ceramic and Glass Drinking Containers, Individually Packed (1) – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link