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Flash Sale, Save on FDA Rated EPDM O-Rings – Low Permeability, Less Oxygen & Off-Flavors

Valuebrew has announced the availability of bulk EPDM o-rings for homebrewers.  EPDM is a favorite of many pro brewers for certain applications. Until now, these have not been available to homebrewers, or at least easily available. EPDM has some real advantages over silicone. One of the big ones is a much lower permeability. That means they seal better and since they’re less porous they are more resistant to absorbing off-smells and off-flavors.

They are FDA Rated for food use and NSF61 certified. As of this posting, post, dip tube, lid and internal QD options are available in 10, 25 and 50 count options. Valuebrew has struggled mightily with availability and they’ve already made some indications of potential issues with new EPDM offerings. In particular, the lid o-ring description says they received a small shipment.

FDA Rated EPDM O-Rings!

Flash Sale: Coupon code epdmflash takes 15% off Valuebrew’s EPDM lineup for a limited time.

More 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

Some Options Featured in Our Keg Rebuild Post!

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

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Enter to Win a FREE FLOTit 2.0 – Double Filter Floating Dip Tube!

FLOTit 2.0 - No Beer Left Behind Floating Dip Tube with Double Filter Inlet (DFI) of 500/300 micron for always clear beer. Made in USA

FLOTit 2.0 – No Beer Left Behind Floating Dip Tube with Double Filter Inlet (DFI) of 500/300 micron for always clear beer. Made in USA.

More Info
Highlighted Features
  • NO-ARM-IN-KEG - connections are made outside the keg
  • NO DRY HOPPING BAG or TUBE needed - The Double Filter 500 & 300 micron mesh keeps the poppet unclogged
  • NO BEER WASTE - The Double Filter Inlet of 500 & 300 micron mesh let you enjoy the very first pour instead of dumping it
  • NO ADDED WEIGHT is needed to keep it from sucking in foam
  • NO BEER LEFT BEHIND - little beer is left on the yeast cake at the end

 

FLOTit 2.0 – No Beer Left Behind Floating Dip Tube with Double Filter Inlet (DFI) of 500/300 micron for always clear beer. Made in USA – More info via Amazon

Check out our In Depth Hands on Review of FLOTit 2.0

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Last Call… Single Handle Ball Lock Kegs, Save 20% + Shipping Sweet Spot Calculations

Ball Lock Keg Single Handle (Used) - 5 gallon

Ball Lock Keg Single Handle (Used) – 5 gallon via Adventures in Homebrewing

More Info

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

Pressure tested 5 gallon, stainless steel, Cornelius style tank. These tanks are guaranteed to hold pressure. 25″ tall and 8.5″ diameter. Tanks will show normal wear and tear. May have stickers on kegs.
May also have syrup residue in tanks as we only dump them.

Kegs include the o-rings and poppits that were installed when we received the tanks. We will often change an o-ring or poppit to get the tank to hold pressure. If you would like to have new o-rings or poppits, the options below allow you to add these. We do not change them but simply add them to the order.

If you are just getting into kegging you will need a kegging setup to go with these kegs. We sell picnic tap systems, tower systems, and kegerator systems.

We know some homebrewers are more picky than others, so please keep in mind that these are USED kegs. Some of these kegs are probably 30 years old. Do not expect new kegs. If you are looking for new kegs, please check out our new kegs. We try and have quality kegs available at all times. With this said, they are going to show normal wear and tear. We try not to purchase from Pepsi or Coke to avoid heavily used kegs. We are not implying that our kegs are not quality…we just want to avoid any misunderstandings. Most of the kegs have black protective tops and bottoms, some are blue. We may have a few green, red or yellow tops. If you want a particular color, please indicate that at checkout time and we will try to accommodate you.

If you are unhappy with your used 5 Gallon Cornelius Kegs for any reason, we will gladly take them back. The purchaser will be responsible for return shipping charges.


 

  • Availability of these has been touch and go.
  • These had been out of stock for weeks, but are available again as of this update.
  • Check the product page to see if you can get in on this shipment.

These are selling for $49.99.  AIH is discounting select kegs and kegging gear by 20% when you use coupon code SUPER20

UPDATE: As of this update, the banner for this sale has been removed from the home page. The coupon code is still working but in my experience, this means the sale will be ending soon.

5 Gallon Single Handle Cornelius Keg, Ball Lock (Used) – $40 each when you use coupon code SUPER20

For these kegs, shipping is calculated based on where you live. For me the shipping sweet spot is four kegs. Four kegs figures to just $5.59 hipping per keg. Three kegs is pretty close at $6.79 per keg shipping.

  • 1 keg – $17.63, $17.63 per keg shipping
  • 2 kegs – $18.32, $9.16 per keg shipping
  • 3 kegs, $20.38, $6.79 per keg shipping
  • 4 kegs – $22.36, $5.59 per keg shipping
  • 5 kegs – $41.82…. $8.36 per keg (per keg shipping costs go up!)

These costs are for me. This will vary based on location.

OR…

By the time you factor in shipping, you may be better off with the double handle options, since they qualify for free shipping.

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Back in Stock! Single Handle Ball Lock Kegs, Save 20% + Shipping Sweet Spot Calculations

Ball Lock Keg Single Handle (Used) - 5 gallon

Ball Lock Keg Single Handle (Used) – 5 gallon via Adventures in Homebrewing

More Info

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

Pressure tested 5 gallon, stainless steel, Cornelius style tank. These tanks are guaranteed to hold pressure. 25″ tall and 8.5″ diameter. Tanks will show normal wear and tear. May have stickers on kegs.
May also have syrup residue in tanks as we only dump them.

Kegs include the o-rings and poppits that were installed when we received the tanks. We will often change an o-ring or poppit to get the tank to hold pressure. If you would like to have new o-rings or poppits, the options below allow you to add these. We do not change them but simply add them to the order.

If you are just getting into kegging you will need a kegging setup to go with these kegs. We sell picnic tap systems, tower systems, and kegerator systems.

We know some homebrewers are more picky than others, so please keep in mind that these are USED kegs. Some of these kegs are probably 30 years old. Do not expect new kegs. If you are looking for new kegs, please check out our new kegs. We try and have quality kegs available at all times. With this said, they are going to show normal wear and tear. We try not to purchase from Pepsi or Coke to avoid heavily used kegs. We are not implying that our kegs are not quality…we just want to avoid any misunderstandings. Most of the kegs have black protective tops and bottoms, some are blue. We may have a few green, red or yellow tops. If you want a particular color, please indicate that at checkout time and we will try to accommodate you.

If you are unhappy with your used 5 Gallon Cornelius Kegs for any reason, we will gladly take them back. The purchaser will be responsible for return shipping charges.


 

  • Availability of these has been touch and go.
  • These had been out of stock for weeks, but are available again as of this update.
  • Check the product page to see if you can get in on this shipment.

These are selling for $49.99.  AIH is discounting select kegs and kegging gear by 20% when you use coupon code SUPER20

5 Gallon Single Handle Cornelius Keg, Ball Lock (Used) – $40 each when you use coupon code SUPER20

For these kegs, shipping is calculated based on where you live. For me the shipping sweet spot is four kegs. Four kegs figures to just $5.59 hipping per keg. Three kegs is pretty close at $6.79 per keg shipping.

  • 1 keg – $17.63, $17.63 per keg shipping
  • 2 kegs – $18.32, $9.16 per keg shipping
  • 3 kegs, $20.38, $6.79 per keg shipping
  • 4 kegs – $22.36, $5.59 per keg shipping
  • 5 kegs – $41.82…. $8.36 per keg (per keg shipping costs go up!)

These costs are for me. This will vary based on location.

OR…

By the time you factor in shipping, you may be better off with the double handle options, since they qualify for free shipping.

Continue reading

Limited Availability 10 Count Offering… Food Grade EPDM Keg LID O-Rings + Stacking Deals

Keg Lid O-Rings - FDA Rated EPDM

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 Custom Color Coded Post O-rings – available in two colors schemes, gray & black (matches QD colors) and blue & green (blue for beer, green for gas),

Some of these offerings are detailed on our recently released Keg Rebuild How-To

10 Pack Special…

Valuebrew has always offered these in 5 count packs. They are running a limited time 10 pack deal. This allows you to purchase 10 EPDM o-rings at a lower price and you only have to pick 2 add-ons. To get 10 via the standard offering, you’d need to purchase a total of 4 add-ons.

Coupon code 10pack takes another 10% off

Limited stock available for this deal, VB says… “Note that we’ve set aside a limited amount of our stock for this promo. When those are gone, they’re gone.”

Note: You must use this link. The 10 pack special doesn’t show on the standard product page or by searching…

Keg Lid O-Rings – FDA Rated EPDM – 10 Pack

Standard Page: EPDM Keg Lid O-Rings

Freebie Place an order of $50 or more and they’ll also throw in a 4 pack of POP Pints

Complete Lineup; Food Safe Keg O-Rings

Related: Keg O-Ring Materials Selection

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Back in Stock! Single Handle Ball Lock Kegs!

Ball Lock Keg Single Handle (Used) - 5 gallon

Ball Lock Keg Single Handle (Used) – 5 gallon via Adventures in Homebrewing

More Info

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

Pressure tested 5 gallon, stainless steel, Cornelius style tank. These tanks are guaranteed to hold pressure. 25″ tall and 8.5″ diameter. Tanks will show normal wear and tear. May have stickers on kegs.
May also have syrup residue in tanks as we only dump them.

Kegs include the o-rings and poppits that were installed when we received the tanks. We will often change an o-ring or poppit to get the tank to hold pressure. If you would like to have new o-rings or poppits, the options below allow you to add these. We do not change them but simply add them to the order.

If you are just getting into kegging you will need a kegging setup to go with these kegs. We sell picnic tap systems, tower systems, and kegerator systems.

We know some homebrewers are more picky than others, so please keep in mind that these are USED kegs. Some of these kegs are probably 30 years old. Do not expect new kegs. If you are looking for new kegs, please check out our new kegs. We try and have quality kegs available at all times. With this said, they are going to show normal wear and tear. We try not to purchase from Pepsi or Coke to avoid heavily used kegs. We are not implying that our kegs are not quality…we just want to avoid any misunderstandings. Most of the kegs have black protective tops and bottoms, some are blue. We may have a few green, red or yellow tops. If you want a particular color, please indicate that at checkout time and we will try to accommodate you.

If you are unhappy with your used 5 Gallon Cornelius Kegs for any reason, we will gladly take them back. The purchaser will be responsible for return shipping charges.


 

  • Availability of these has been touch and go.
  • These had been out of stock for weeks, but are available again as of this update.
  • Check the product page to see if you can get in on this shipment.

These are selling for $49.99.  AIH is discounting select kegs and kegging gear by 20% when you use coupon code SUPER20

5 Gallon Single Handle Cornelius Keg, Ball Lock (Used) – $40 each when you use coupon code SUPER20

For these kegs, shipping is calculated based on where you live. For me the shipping sweet spot is four kegs. Four kegs figures to just $5.59 hipping per keg. Three kegs is pretty close at $6.79 per keg shipping.

  • 1 keg – $17.63, $17.63 per keg shipping
  • 2 kegs – $18.32, $9.16 per keg shipping
  • 3 kegs, $20.38, $6.79 per keg shipping
  • 4 kegs – $22.36, $5.59 per keg shipping
  • 5 kegs – $41.82…. $8.36 per keg (per keg shipping costs go up!)

These costs are for me. This will vary based on location.

OR…

By the time you factor in shipping, you may be better off with the double handle options, since they qualify for free shipping.

Continue reading

Color Code Post O-Rings “Blue for Beer, Green for Gas” or Match QD Colors

Custom Color Keg Post O-Rings from Valuebrew:

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 in bulk quantities at the same price as our other high quality post o-rings.

These can be used for either post. A suggestion we have is to color code your posts 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!

These are sized to work with standard Ball Lock Cornelius style homebrew kegs. If you’re a Pin Lock keg user, they’ll also work. We recommend using your choice of colors (Blue or Green) on your Pin Lock keg liquid post and our Pin Lock Keg Post O-Rings on the gas post


  • These are available in bulk quantities.  Price varies based on quantity,
  • Compare: Keg Fitting O-Rings at William’s Brewing – multiple color options at 49 cents per o-ring.   No mention of material or food grade materials.

Keg Post O-Rings – Food Safe Silicone – in BLUE

Keg Post O-Rings – Food Safe Silicone – in GREEN

Food Safe Keg O-Rings in BULK at Valuebrew

Also Available in Gray and Black…

If you’ve read Homebrew Finds for long you’ve no doubt seen Valuebrew’s Blue and Green Custom Color O-Rings in food grade silicone. These are featured in our very popular keg rebuild step by step.

Valuebrew has just introduced Gray and Black o-rings. As the picture indicates these are designed to match standard gray and black keg QDs.  These have become standard colors on ball lock, pin lock (usually the bottom portion of the QD) and even recently released Kegland QDs (center portion).

The gray and black are also made from food grade silicone and also available in bulk quantities.

Gray & Black Post O-Rings at Valuebrew!

Reader Feedback!

Thanks to John for the feedback via Facebook!  Connect with HBF on Facebook & More

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.

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

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TEN x Replacement Gas Keg Dip Tubes – $13.99… $1.40 each + free shipping

Stainless Steel Gas Dip Tube and O-Ring - 10-Pack

Stainless Steel Gas Dip Tube and O-Ring – 10-Pack

More Info
Highlighted Features
  • 1/4in ID stainless steel gas dip tube for Cornelius or Firestone kegs
  • Fits ball or pin-lock kegs
  • Includes rubber O-ring
  • Pack of 10

 

1/27 5:30 AM Central: These are selling for just $13.99. Shipping is also free to many US addresses. Prices and availability can change quickly.  Check product page for current info – More About Prices

Stainless Steel Gas Dip Tube and O-Ring – 10-Pack – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

Compare: at MoreBeer – similar, may not be identical

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

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