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Availability Updates… Valuebrew Bulk O-Rings – Good Now, Could Be Changing

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 has struggled keeping many of their offerings in stock. They issued an update via Twitter – Hey WE should be friends on Twitter – letting people know supply issues are potentially on the horizon. Unfortunately, this matches what we’re hearing from other suppliers.

Update… It looks like ALL options are now in stock.

Complete Lineup; Food Safe Keg O-Rings

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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

Featured in Our Keg Rebuild Post!

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Floating Dip Tube + Filter Screen – $18.99 + free prime ship

304 Stainless Home Brew Beer FermZilla Ball Floating Beer Keg Liquid Dip Tube with Floating Dip Tube Filter and 80CM Silicone Dip Tube

304 Stainless Home Brew Beer FermZilla Ball Floating Beer Keg Liquid Dip Tube with Floating Dip Tube Filter and 80CM Silicone Dip Tube

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  • 【Floating Dip Tube Filter】For the beverage out,you’ll have a silicone dip tube with stainless steel float, allowing you to always draw from the clearest beer at the top of the tank.
  • 5/16″Silicone Dip,you can connect your faucet/sampling valve or other devices.
  • The silicone dip tube is 80CM long. It will work perfectly as is for the 55L FermZilla. For the 27L model we recommend cutting the dip tube shorter to remove unwanted slack.
  • WIDE USE,if you want draw from the Liquid at the top of the tank.
  • Made of 304SS This floating dip tube allowing you to draw the clearest beer first from the top of the beer kegs

 

10/27 4 AM Central: This combo is selling for $18.99. 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

304 Stainless Home Brew Beer FermZilla Ball Floating Beer Keg Liquid Dip Tube with Floating Dip Tube Filter and 80CM Silicone Dip Tube – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

My explanation of how this works…

When we carbonate a keg, pressure is being applied to the keg from the top, via the head space. Beer at the top carbonates first. That carbonation works it’s way down the keg. I’m sure there’s also some movement in the keg that helps to mix things up and distribute carbonation. But just sitting there, I think that mixing is a slow process. However it all works, practically speaking, the beer at the top carbonates more quickly compared to the beer at the bottom. This allows you to serve from the top accessing the more carbonated portion of the keg. It’s also a benefit for clarity because trub settles out heading downward. You can see this stratification in a glass carboy. As the beer starts to clear, the top clears first. I don’t think if this is exactly accurate, but I picture carbonation happening with the same sort of stratification until the beer reaches equilibrium and is equally carbonated throughout.

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TWO Ball Lock Kegs – $40 per Keg… Shipped

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Used 5 Gallon Cornelius Style Ball Lock Kegs via Adventures in Homebrewing

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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.


 

 

  • As of this posting, these are on sale for just $14.
  • Another 10% Off!  Adventures in Homebrewing is taking 10% off most orders of $55 or more when you use coupon code BOO
  • Free shipping eligible!  Most kegs at AIH do not qualify for free shipping.  These ball locks DO qualify!
  • Buy 2 and you coupon code BOO and your total will be $81 or $40.50 per keg AND shipping will be free

2 x 5 Gallon Cornelius Keg (Ball Lock) Used – remember promo code BOO

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Kegland New 5 Gallon Ball Lock Corny Keg – $99.99, Save $20 + Free Shipping

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Brand 5 gallon Kegland corny keg from MoreBeer

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

Ditch the bottles and start kegging today! Save time, reduce the risk of infection and get all those bottles out of the kitchen for good!

Brand new 5 gallon Kegland kegs offer convenience, security and insurance when compared to used or reconditioned kegs. There’s no need to replace gaskets or other parts, no need to trust that someone else did a good job with reconditioning, and no possibility of residual flavor or aromas getting into your beer!

Features:

  • Ball lock
  • 130 PSI Operating Pressure
  • 5 Gallon (19 L) Capacity
  • Dry Hop Tab Welded into Lid
  • 304 Stainless Steel

Dimensions:

  • Height: 24.75 in.
  • Diameter: 8.375 in.

 

  • These are marked down $20 to $99.99. No coupon code required, check product page to see if you can still get in on this.
  • Shipping is free with a qualifying $59 order to many US addresses

Corny Keg – 5 Gallon Ball Lock Keg KEG415

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Universal Poppets Tips and Tricks! + VB Poppets Are Back

I use universal style poppets exclusively when rebuilding kegs. Finding the right OEM specific replacement poppets can be a chore. Beyond finding the right part number, these can be prohibitively expensive. Paying $10 to $14, or more, for an OEM poppet isn’t fun. In fact, if you really had to pay that, it may not even make sense to keep the keg.


Enter universal poppets.  These can be picked up at a reasonable cost, regularly under $2 each, and fit the vast majority of kegs.

Tip: Immediately Replace Universal Poppet O-Rings

I remove and discard the o-rings that come with universal poppets.  That may sound a little odd, but there are a couple issues. First, I have no idea what these are made of. They are probably okay, but I’m not sure. This is one spot that has a lot of contact with beer. I want to make sure these are food grade.  Second, when it comes time to replace these o-rings I want replacements that won’t change fit.  I’m aware of a single source for bulk food grade o-ring replacements for universal poppets. Size may vary slightly compared to OEM, so I replace these before adjusting for fit so that the replacements won’t change the way these fit. The stainless parts of universal poppets should last a long, long time, having a reliable source for replacements that you know aren’t going to change anything is a big benefit. Beyond that, being sure you’re using food grade materials at this point is worth a few cents.

Update… Universal Poppets – 304 Stainless + Food Grade Silicone! & Reliable O-Ring Replacements

These sold out relatively quick after they were introduced and remained out of stock for a long time. They’re available again as of this update. Check product page to see if you can get in on this shipment…

universal poppetsSince this guide was published, Valuebrew has released a 304 Stainless Steel + Food Grade Silicone Universal Poppet option!

I’m excited that there’s finally there’s an option that comes with quality o-rings made from the right materials out of the box!  Beyond that, Valuebrew has pledged to always carry replacement o-rings, so you’ll always have a source when the time comes for replacements.

Universal Poppets – via Valuebrew

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MoreBeer Plate Filter Setup – $39.99! + Free Ship Eligible, Limited Availability + Hands On Review

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Beer and Wine Plate Filter Kit from MoreBeer.  Check out my Hands on Review of this great setup.

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

Filter beer like the pros, only on a smaller scale. Most small breweries and wineries use a large plate filter system to achieve clear beer or wine. Now you can do the same at home. Our new plate filter has a larger surface area, which means more yeast and particulate extraction.

Each filtering session requires two filter pads at a time, and each pad must be the same micron to work. The product is pushed into the housing at 5 PSI and passes on either side of the plate filter housing, then gets forced through the filter pads to the center, where it is pushed out into your awaiting collection vessel, such as a keg or tank.

Includes 2 X 24″ long hoses (5/16″ ID x 7/16″ OD)

Made from ABS plastic. Temperature rated to 167°F (75°C).


 

Limited Availability Deal of the Day: As of this posting, this is marked down to $39.99 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.

Product Description – Here – Use coupon code BEERDEAL to get this discount.

Beer and Wine Plate Filter Kit FIL45B

Easy Filler Item….  If you’re looking for a filler item to help you qualify for free shipping, consider grabbing some PBW

Loose Handle 5 Gallon Ball Lock Kegs – $24.29 Each, When You Buy Four

Loose handle or base ball lock kegs via AIH.  Pressure tested 5 gallon ball lock corny kegs with loose handles and/or bases.  Comes with a PRV (pressure relief valve) lid.  O-rings and poppets are replaced, as needed, to get these kegs to hold pressure.

  • Availability of these is touch and go.  Check product page to see current price and check to see if this deal is still available.
  • Food Safe Replacement O-Rings: You’ll probably need (or want) to replace the o-rings in these kegs.  I recommend food grade silicone – Food Safe Replacement Keg O-RingsMore Info
  • Another $12 Off: AIH is discounting most orders of $100 or more by $12. No coupon code is necessary, discount reflected at checkout.
  • We watch these closely.  If they’re out of stock again – connect with us and we’ll let you know when they come back.

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Back In Stock! Universal Poppets – 304 Stainless + Food Grade Silicone & Reliable O-Ring Replacements

 

Universal Poppets via Valuebrew

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

A Valuebrew Exclusive! Stainless Steel Universal Replacement Poppets with our Food Safe Silicone O-Rings.

These work with all standard Ball Lock and Pin Lock homebrew kegs.

Ever wonder what other universal poppet o-rings are made of? Us too, after all this is one of the most high contact o-rings in you draft beer setup. We took matters into our own hands and worked with our suppliers to source a 304 Stainless Steel + Food Grade Silicone option. Stainless steel construction on all the metal parts and premium quality food grade silicone for the o-ring.

Our pledge to you… Let’s face it, the stainless pieces in most universal replacement poppets should last a long, long time. How about the o-rings? Not so much… lost, broken, cracked, off smell. This is where our pledge comes in… we’ll always carry replacement o-rings for these universal poppets. No need to guess what size replacements to buy or completely replace your universal poppets because you don’t have a reliable source for replacements.


 

I use universal style poppets exclusively when rebuilding kegs. Finding the right OEM specific replacement poppets can be a chore. Beyond finding the right part number, these can be prohibitively expensive. Paying $10 to $14, or more, for an OEM poppet isn’t fun. In fact, if you really had to pay that, it may not even make sense to keep the keg.

I’ve long advocated to tossing OEM o-rings immediately. You don’t know what they’re made of, and you can’t get replacements. Replacing them immediately with a known quality o-ring and known part number before trimming to fit means you’ll be using the right materials and have a source for replacements.  See: Universal Poppet Tips & Tricks

Well… finally there’s an option that comes with quality o-rings made from the right materials out of the box!  Beyond that, Valuebrew has pledged to always carry replacement o-rings, so you’ll always have a source when the time comes for replacements.  Available in 5 and 10 packs with the option to add on a pack of replacement o-rings.

These sold out not long after we initially announced their availability and have been sold out for weeks since. As of this posting,

Update: Valuebrew officially announced these were back in stock via Twitter [there are 8 ways to connect with HBF!}. Valuebrew said they expected their initial supply to hold out for 6 months and it was a lot more like 6 weeks.  Still in stock as of this update. Check product page to see if you can still get in on this shipment.

Universal Poppets

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