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Inkbird ITC-308 Dual Stage Digital Temp Controller – $29.74 + free shipping, w/coupon + Hands on Review

Inkbird 10A 110V Digital Thermostat with Heat and Cool Relays ITC-308 Home Brewing

ITC-308 Home Brewing Temperature Controller by Inkbird


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

  • Convenient Design: Plug and play, easy to use.
  • Support reading with Centigrade or Fahrenheit unit.
  • Maximum output load: 1100W(110V).
  • Dual Relay Output – Be able to connect with refrigeration and heating equipment at the same time.
  • Dual Display Window – Be able to display measured temperature and set temperature at the same time.

Dual stage means that the ITC-308 can control both a heating and cooling device.  Alternatively, it can control a heating or a cooling device.  This controller displays in Fahrenheit or Celsius.  Dual Display shows both measured and set temperature.

Use in conjunction with compatible heating and/or cooling devices (usually a freezer or a refrigerator) to help control fermentation or kegerator temperatures. This is a great controller!  Check out my extensive Hands on Review of the ITC-308.  That includes loads of information including a walk through of all settings.

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Inkbird 10A 110V Digital Thermostat with Heat and Cool Relays ITC-308 Home Brewing


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Digital Heat Thermostat Controller [Fermentation Temps] – $16.99 + free prime ship

Digital Heat Mat Thermostat Controller for Seed Germination,Reptiles and Brewing 68-108℉

Digital Heat Mat Thermostat Controller for Seed Germination,Reptiles and Brewing 68-108℉

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  • Our thermostat controller can be used for reptile heating pad, seedling germination, rooting, brewing, heating, fermentation, and more, keeping your various environments in their ideal temperature range
  • Provide constant optimum temperatures for specific plants and controls temperature in colder or warmer environments
  • Simply set the temperature probe, plug-in the controller, and use the large 3-button interface temperature digital display available in Fahrenheit and Celsius.
  • Grounded 3-prong plug measure an extended 6 feet in length, designed to suit almost any application you can imagine.
  • Temperature control range is 68-108°F, Rated Voltage is 120VAC 60Hz, Max Loading: 8.3A 1000W. Do not immerse controller or probe into water.

 

Note: This is for heating only.   Also: Homebrew Temp Controller Roundup! and Maintaining Fermentation Temps in Colder Weather

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Digital Heat Mat Thermostat Controller for Seed Germination,Reptiles and Brewing 68-108℉


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Inkbird ITC-308 – Dual Stage Digital Temperature Controller | Review | Inkbird Deals

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TWO x 1″ PTFE Magnetic Stir Bars – $1.99 + Free Shipping

2pcs 1 inch B25 magnetic stirrer bar stir mixer bars PTFE lab spin spinner New

2pcs 1 inch B25 magnetic stirrer bar stir mixer bars PTFE lab spin spinner New

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Name: PTFE stirring bar
Material: PTFE
Model: B25
Quantity: 2pcs
Color: White
Size: Approx.7x25mm / 0.3 inch x 1 inch (Width×Length)
Features:

High temperature: Using operating temperature up to 250 ℃
Corrosion resistance: for most chemicals and solvents, showing an inert, resistant to acid and alkali, water and various organic solvents
High Lubrication: solid material lowest coefficient of friction
Low temperature: has good mechanical toughness, even when the temperature dropped to -196 ℃, but also to maintain a 5% elongation
Not adhere to: a solid material minimum surface tension, does not adhere to any substance

Included in the Package:  2 pieces PTFE Magnetic Stirrer Bar


 

Use these in combination with an Erlenmeyer Flask and Stir Plate to make a yeast starter.  A stir plate… keeps yeast in constant contact with nutrients, encourages CO2 to off gas and continuously incorporates oxygen all of that means higher cell counts.

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Brew Hardware – The Cold Crash Guardian – No Oxygen Cold Crash Blowoff – in stock for $18.99

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The Cold Crush Guardian via Brew Hardware

From Brew Hardware: “If you ferment in a temp controlled environment and enjoy the benefits of cold crashing, the inevitable problem is that the cooling in the fermenter creates a vacuum. The worst case scenario is that the liquid from your airlock or blowoff container gets sucked back into the beer and some portion of air from within the refrigerator is also drawn in. This has both contamination and oxidation effects on the beer even if you haven’t noticed it yet. If you’ve jumped on the New England IPA craze, even tiny amounts of oxygen will destroy that beer.”

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There are very few discussions being had on this topic and when it is brought up, those concerned are often told not to worry about it or offered solutions that don’t work. Scroll to the bottom to read about some of these misguided solutions.

What you get:
This simple but effective kit includes a 1 gallon expandable bladder connected to a tee. The tee is pressed into a hole in a drilled stopper, grommet or carboy cap (you provide) and the top of the tee connects to an included hose that is dangled into a container of starsan solution (you provide). We include 4 feet of tubing which can be cut as necessary. We also include a hose barb splice fitting that you can insert into the stopper in order to get the tee further away from your fermenter if necessary.

How it works:
As your wort ferments, the CO2 inflates the bag full, then excess pressure is vented through the blowoff tube and bubbles through the starsan in your catch container. If yeast and trub is blown through the assembly, it will collect in the starsan container as with any other blowoff setup. If any debris makes it into the bladder, which is unlikely, it can easy be cleaned out by removing the cap from the bladder.

Once fermentation is over and you set your fermentation temp controller to COLD, the vacuum created in the fermenter will start to draw the CO2 out of the inflated bag as necessary. In most cases, the bag will deflate about a 3rd of the way for 5 gallon batches and half way for 10 gallon batches. No starsan will draw up the tubing. More importantly, only CO2 will be drawn back into the headspace. No oxygen, no starsan, no bacteria.

The barbs on the tee that insert into your fermenter are 3/8″ OD. These will fit typical openings designed for airlocks including bucket lid grommets, the larger nipple on a carboy cap, and drilled rubber stoppers.

Typical solutions offered on brewing forums:

I just plug up my fermenter so that the vacuum cannot draw anything in.
If your fermenter can hold up to the vacuum without damage or sucking your stopper down the hole, the problem is that you will eventually need to unseal it. Once the stopper is removed, oxygen rich air gets drawn in. Also don’t discount how damaging vacuum can be. You can crease PET fermenters this way. You can also implode stainless tanks.

I just use an S-style airlock because it will pass gas both directions without draining starsan back in.
The only problem this prevents is the contamination of beer with whatever liquid you have in the airlock. It does not stop oxygen.

Who cares if Starsan is drawn into the beer, it’s safe enough to drink.
Wow. Most people immediately understand the lapse of judgement here. There are endless safe things you can add to your beer that would make it taste bad.

I never had a problem with contamination or oxidation.
Some beers are more or less susceptible to off flavors/oxidation problems and some people have higher thresholds for detecting those problems. If you are completely happy with your beer despite less than ideal practices, this product is not for you.

I hook up my CO2 tank and set it to less than 1 PSI to push in CO2 when the vacuum is formed.
This is indeed how the pros handle it and of course it works. At a homebrew scale there are a few things to keep in mind. First you do need a CO2 tank, a good regulator that doesn’t drift, and a fermenter that is 100% sealed. If you have even a slow leak in the fermenter seals, kiss that whole tank of CO2 goodbye. If your regulator drifts even a couple PSI (due to being borrowed out of your cold kegerator), you can compromise your fermenters due to overpressurization.

 

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COLD CRASH GUARDIAN – NO OXYGEN COLD CRASH BLOWOFF

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Announcing: Kegland Oxygen Flow Meter! – DuoTight and MFL

Oxygen Flow Meter w/ Duotight Fittings FE401

Oxygen Flow Meter w/ Duotight Fittings via MoreBeer

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Take the guesswork out of oxygenation with this handy flow meter. If you’re using pure O2 to oxygenate your wort, you’re likely using a disposable cylinder with a simple brass regulator, and have no way to measure how much oxygen is actually being added. You’re essentially left to finding the “sweet spot” on the dial when you open the regulator and aim for the same spot on the next use. Get repeatable results by adding this flow meter to your setup. This device will allow you to dial in the flow rate and help you add the same amount of oxygen from batch to batch.

The flow meter comes with male flare thread inlet and outlet and includes two Duotight fittings. It’s ready for use with 8 mm OD EVABarrier tubing right out of the box, or you can add a swivel nut and barb for use with other size tubings.

For a good starting point, we recommend using a 0.5 micron diffusion stone and adding pure O2 at a 1L/minute flow rate for 60 seconds to acheive the recommened 10-14 ppm dissolved oxygen.

Features:

  • 1/4″ Male Flare Inlet/Outlet
  • Duotight Fittings for 8 mm OD Tubing Included
  • Scaled for 0.1 to 1.4 L/min Flow Rate
  • 3.6″ H x 0.9″ W

 

Why a Flow Meter?

Most regulators that homebrewers use for oxygenating wort are simple setups – Example – via William’s Brewing.  They attach to disposable oxygen tanks (typically sourced from a local hardware store) and are little more than on and off valves.  No gauges, no pressure control (other than the degree to which you open and close the valve) and no flow control.

Time and rate give you an idea of how much oxygen you’re really adding to your wort.  Time is easy to track.  Rate, not so much, at least with typical homebrew O2 regulators.  If you want more or less oxygen for your next batch, it’s mostly a guessing game.

Enter a flow meter.  This particular model has a range of 0 to 5 LPM.  This model also appears to have an knob that allows you to adjust the flow rate.  Note: .6 MPa is about 87 PSI.

With both time and flow rate you can establish a more reliable baseline to work off of.  This information should also help you to get better repeatability between brews.

Oxygen Flow Meter w/ Duotight Fittings FE401

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Related: Yeast: The Practical Guide to Beer Fermentation & Best Sellers in Lab Erlenmeyers – via Amazon | StirStarter Stir Plate | Yeast Starters and Fermentation Resource Page

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Stainless Steel Dip Tube & Thermowell for Speidel Fermenters – $17.99 + free ship eligible

Stainless Steel Dip Tube & Thermowell for Speidel Fermenters

Stainless Steel Dip Tube & Thermowell for Speidel Fermenters from Adventures in Homebrewing

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Stainless Steel Dip Tube & Thermowell for Speidel Fermenters

Replace the spigot on your Speidel Plastic Fermenter with the stainless steel dip tube with 1/2″ NPT connection. This dip tube also features a thermowell. This allows you to easily check and monitor the temperature inside your Speidel Plastic Fermenter. Add a Ball Valve (Grab One Here!) on the end to create an awesome stainless spigot. Dip tube includes the stock Speidel Spigot Lock Ring & Gasket.


 

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Lallemand New England East Coast Yeast, 11 Gram – Dry version of Conan Strain – $5.32 Shipped

Lallemand New England East Coast American Ale Yeast 11 Gram

Lallemand New England East Coast American Ale Yeast 11 Gram via Label Peelers

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Lallemand New England East Coast American Ale Yeast 11 Gram
Product Description
LalBrewTM New England is an ale strain selected specifically for its ability to produce a unique fruit-forward ester profile desired in East Coast styles of beer. A typical fermentation with LalBrewTM New England will produce tropical and fruity esters, notably stone fruits like peach. Through expression of a β-glucosidase enzyme, LalBrewTM New England can promote hop biotransformation and accentuate hop flavor and aroma. LalBrewTM New England exhibits medium to high attenuation with medium flocculation, making it a perfect choice for East Coast style ales.

Brewing Properties:

In Lallemand’s Standard Conditions Wort at 20°C (68°F) LalBrewTM New England yeast exhibits: Fermentation that can be completed in 7 days, a bit slower than most ale strains. This is perfectly characteristic of this strain. Medium to High Attenuation and Medium Flocculation Fruity aroma, notably tropical and stone fruit The optimal temperature range for LalBrewTM New England yeast when producing traditional styles is 15°C (59°F)* to 22°C (72°F) Lag phase can be longer compared to other ale strains, ranging from 18-36 hours Lag phase, total fermentation time, attenuation and flavor are dependent on pitch rate, yeast handling, fermentation temperature and nutritional quality of the wort. If you have questions please do not hesitate to contact us at brewing@lallemand.com

Usage:

The pitch rate will affect the fermentation performance and flavor of the beer. For LalBrewTM New England yeast, a pitch rate of 100g per hL of wort is sufficient to achieve a minimum of 1 million viable cells/mL. More stressful fermentations such as high gravity, high adjunct or high acidity may require higher pitch rates and additional nutrients to ensure a healthy fermentation. Find your exact recommended pitching rate with our Pitch Rate Calculator in our Brewers Corner at www.lallemandbrewing.com LalBrewTM New England may be re-pitched just as you would any other type of yeast according to your brewery’s SOP for yeast handling. Wort aeration is required when re-pitching dry yeast.

Storage:

LalBrewTM New England yeast should be stored in a vacuum sealed package in dry conditions below 4C° (39°F). LalBrewTM New England will rapidly lose activity after exposure to air. Do not use 500g or 11g packs that have lost vacuum. Opened packs must be re-sealed, stored in dry conditions below 4°C (39°F), and used within 3 days. If the opened package is re-sealed under vacuum immediately after opening, yeast can be stored below 4C° (39°F) until the indicated expiry date. Do not use yeast after expiry date printed on the pack. Performance is guaranteed when stored correctly and before the expiry date. However, Lallemand dry brewing yeast is very robust and some strains can tolerate brief periods under sub-optimal conditions. If you have questions, do not hesitate to contact us. We have a team of technical representatives happy to help and guide you in your fermentation journey

Rehydration:

Rehydration of LalBrewTM New England in sterile water is recommended prior to pitching into wort in order to reduce stress on the cell as it transitions from dry to liquid form. For many fermentations, this stress is not significant enough to affect fermentation performance and flavor, so good results may also be achieved when pitching dry yeast directly into wort. We highly recommend rehydration in harsher fermentation conditions such as high gravity or sour wort where the added stress of dry-pitching is more likely to have a greater impact on the finished beer. Use of a rehydration nutrient such as Go-Ferm Protect Evolution has been shown to improve fermentation performance for difficult fermentations. Rehydration guidelines are quite simple and present a much lower risk of contamination than a starter, which is unnecessary when using the recommended pitch rate of dried active yeast. Sprinkle the yeast on the surface of 10 times its weight in clean, sterilized water at 30-35°C (86-95F). Do not use wort, or distilled or reverse osmosis water, as loss in viability may result. Stir gently, leave undisturbed for 15 minutes, then stir to suspend yeast completely. Leave it to rest for 5 more minutes at 30-35°C. Without delay, adjust the temperature to that of the wort by mixing aliquots of wort with the rehydrated yeast. Wort should be added in 5 minute intervals and taking care not to lower the temperature by more than 10°C at a time. Temperature shock of >10°C will cause formation of petite mutants leading to extended or incomplete fermentation and possible formation of undesirable flavors. Do not allow attemperation to be carried out by natural heat loss. This will take too long and could result in loss of viability or vitality. Inoculate without delay into cooled wort in the fermenter. LalBrewTM New England yeast has been conditioned to survive rehydration. The yeast contains an adequate reserve of carbohydrates and unsaturated fatty acids to achieve active growth. It is unnecessary to aerate wort upon first use.

 

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Mr Beer 1 Gallon Heavy Duty Glass Fermenter with Spigot – $17.99 + free prime ship + step by step stove top all grain

Mr. Beer 1 Gallon Heavy Duty Glass Fermenter with Spigot, Total Capacity 1.5 Gallons, Perfect for Homebrewing Beer, Wine, Kombucha, Kefir or Cold Brew Coffee

Mr. Beer 1 Gallon Heavy Duty Glass Fermenter with Spigot, Total Capacity 1.5 Gallons, Perfect for Homebrewing Beer, Wine, Kombucha, Kefir or Cold Brew Coffee

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  • This 1-gallon glass fermenter is perfect for brewing any homebrewed beverage Beer, Wine, Kombucha, Kefir, Cold Brew Coffee or any other fermented beverage.
  • Made from heavy duty glass this fermenter is one of kind with a built in spigot and simple air lock.
  • The spigot makes this fermenter unique for 1-gallon brewing. No more syphoning or transferring to another vessel, you can bottle directly from this fermenter.
  • The wide mouth top allows for easy brewing and cleaning.
  • Not into homebrewing? This glass jar is perfect for dispensing Lemonade, Iced Tea, Cold Brew Coffee or any other refreshing beverage

 

HBF Commentary… Beyond use as a small batch fermenter, you could use this to make cold brew coffee, serve other beverages or for larger yeast starters.  You could also, probably use it to store Star San [Related: Star San Tips, Tricks and Guidelines]

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Mr. Beer 1 Gallon Heavy Duty Glass Fermenter with Spigot, Total Capacity 1.5 Gallons, Perfect for Homebrewing Beer, Wine, Kombucha, Kefir or Cold Brew Coffee


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Fermentation Heat Wrap – $16 at Brew Hardware + Inkbird Hands on Review

FERMENTATION HEAT WRAP

About via Brew Hardware… “This simple heating wrap has a lot of surface area for nice even heat around any carboy or bucket. Wrap it around and secure with either tape or a large rubberband/bungie cord. This unit does NOT have a built in thermostat so you will need to use a controller of some sort such as the STC-1000, Johnson A419, or the new Inkbird controller that we offer.” [keep reading]

As of this posting, this is marked down to just $16.  Shipping is a Flat $7.99 with a $150 order or free with a $299 order.  Check the product page for current price and availability.

FERMENTATION HEAT WRAP

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