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Hands on Review: BouncerMD Inline Beer Filter

This review is by Homebrew Finds Contributor Brad Probert.  Brad is an engineer, expert homebrewer and experienced reviewer.  Grab a link to Brad’s website at the end of this review.

BouncerMD “Mac Daddy” Inline Filter

As popular as unfiltered beer is right now, there are still a lot of times in the brewing process when you want to filter your in-process beer to some degree. For me, it’s hop trub when transferring from the kettle to the fermentor. Dry hopping can also get you unwanted debris when transferring into your keg. You’ve got process options like whirlpooling or gear additions like bazooka screens for inside your kettle. The Bouncer filter is another option you can add to your toolbox.

Course filter on the left, Fine filter on the right

The Bouncer filter is like a miniature version of a home water filter. There’s a plastic housing that has inlet and outlet ports, and a clear plastic body that holds the stainless mesh filter screen and screws onto the main housing. The filter screen is made of stainless steel and nylon, and comes in two different mesh sizes. The coarse filter is 20 squares per inch (915 microns), and the fine filter is 50 squares per inch (305 microns).

The Bouncer itself also comes in two sizes- Normal and Mac Daddy. The Normal size comes with barbed fittings to hook up your 3/8” ID transfer hose. The Mac Daddy comes with two sets of fittings- one for 3/8” ID hose and the other 1/2″ ID hose so you can select whatever size matches your siphon or brew kettle valve. The larger Mac Daddy filter also gives you 224% more filter surface area than the base model.

The filter unit is rated for temperatures up to 150F. That means it’s good post-chilling, but not suitable for the hot inlet side into a plate chiller for example. Another creative use of the filter is as a Randall to infuse hops or other ingredient flavors into your beer when serving. More on that in my hands on trial below.

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Ends Today: Inkbird C206 Digital Temp Controller [heat only] – $16.24! + Maintaining Fermentation Temps in Colder Weather Resource Post

Inkbird 10A Heat Mat Temperature Controller C206 Seeding Thermostats with Outlet and 6.56 Feet NTC Sensor No Cooling and Timer Function
Inkbird 10A Heat Mat Temperature Controller C206 with Outlet and 6.56 Feet NTC Sensor


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

  • [Only Heating] Please note: It’s a heating controller. There is no cooling function.
  • [Multipurpose] C206 Temperature controller can keep your desire temperature for your seed heat mat, aquarium heater, brewing heater, etc.
  • [Three Display Window] Be able to display 3 different details such as the measured temperature, the low and high temperature at the same time.
  • Waterproof Probe] The NTC stainless probe is waterproof, IP68 Grade. Its diameter is 1.57″x 0.2″.
  • [Design & Function] Support reading with Centigrade or Fahrenheit and Temperature calibration. Plug and play design, easy to use.

Related Resource Post: Maintaining Fermentation Temps in Colder Weather

9/20/19 6 AM Central: This is selling for $24.99.  I would make the argument that that’s a good price as is.  Apply coupon code M8N9OGP2 and the price drops a whopping 35% to just $16.24.  This is an outstanding deal.  Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying orderPrices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

Inkbird 10A Heat Mat Temperature Controller C206 Seeding Thermostats with Outlet and 6.56 Feet NTC Sensor No Cooling and Timer Function – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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Mangrove Jack Stainless Steel Fermenter…. $79.99 AND Free Drinkware Offer

Mangrove Jack Fermenter

Mangrove Jack Fermenter via William’s Brewing

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This stainless fermenter from Mangrove Jack holds 7 gallons, and features a silicone sealed stainless lid with a 7/8″ hole in the center, to accept a #4 stopper and airlock (stopper and airlock not included). 20″ tall, 12″ diameter.


 

As of this posting, William’s Brewing has this on sale for just $79.99. Shipping is free or reasonably priced flat rate to addresses in the lower 48 states depending on your order size for most items. Price, promotions and availability can change quickly.  Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit the product page.  Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

Mangrove Jack Fermenter

Free Drinkware!  As of this posting, coupon code 40YEARS gets you a free pair of William’s Brewing Stainless Steel Anniversary Pints.  Those are a $32.98 value!  When you spend $99 or more at William’s Brewing.

Note that you do not need to add the pint glasses to your cart.  Just apply promo code 40YEARS and the free glasses will be added to your order.

William’s 40th Anniversary Stainless Glass – remember promo code 40YEARS

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Imperial Yeast Sour Batch Kidz – $8.92, Save 15% via MoreBeer’s Sour Beer Day Sale

F08 Sour Batch Kidz – Imperial Organic Yeast via MoreBeer


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

F08 Sour Batch Kidz is a combination of two Brettanomyces strains, Lactobacillus, and a low attenuating Belgian saison yeast. The blend is ideal for lambics, farmhouse ales, Flanders reds and any other beer you wanna get funky with.

  • Temp: 68-76°F, 20-24°C
  • Flocculation: Low
  • Attenuation: 80%+
  • Cell Count: 200 Billion

Save 15%!  To Celebrate National Sour Beer Day MoreBeer is discounting select sour beer related products by 15%.  The lineup includes their Consecration kits (direct from the brewer recipe + actual Consecration barrel chunk!), select bacteria and lots more.  Use coupon code SOURPOWER to get the deal.  Most items bundle with MoreBeer’s Free Shipping.  Under that promo most orders over $59 ship for free.  Check MoreBeer for current availability.  National Sour Beer Day Sale! – that makes this $8.92.

F08 Sour Batch Kidz – Imperial Organic Yeast IYF08

Complete Lineup of Imperial Yeast at MoreBeer

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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6 Pack of Stir Bars by SEOH – use for yeast starters – $11.99, $2 each + free prime ship

SEOH Magnetic Stir Bar Plain PTFE 6 x 25mm (Pack of 6)

6 Pack of Magnetic Stir Bars by SEOH.  PTFE 6 x 25 mm (about an inch).

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A general purpose stir bar that provides better mixing than cylindrical stirrers. An Alnico V magnet is encapsulated with a two step process, compression and isostatic encapsulation, to eliminate cracks and porosity. Each stir bar is polished to reduce the potential for contamination. PACK OF 6


 

Use along with an Erlenmeyer Flask and Stir Plate to do Stir Plate Yeast Starters.

What are others saying?  Search this product’s Amazon reviews for “brew” – may include reviews for other sizes or variations

Why a Stir Plate? The constant motion of a stir plate integrates oxygen, puts yeast in constant contact with nutrients, relieves built up CO2 and generally helps yeast to grow more rapidly.  That also means smaller starters.

I have this stir bar and it works great.  DIY Stir PlateThe vortex to the right was created with the help of this stir bar.  See: The HBF Stir Plate Mounting-Thingy for more info.

9/19/19 6 PM Central: These are selling for $11.99.  That figures to just $2 each. Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying orderPrices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability. Also: Recent Amazon Finds and Amazon Fillers Resource Page 

SEOH Magnetic Stir Bar Plain PTFE 6 x 25mm Pack of 6 – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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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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.

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Ends Soon: Inkbird C206 Digital Temp Controller [heat only] – $16.24! + Maintaining Fermentation Temps in Colder Weather Resource Post

Inkbird 10A Heat Mat Temperature Controller C206 Seeding Thermostats with Outlet and 6.56 Feet NTC Sensor No Cooling and Timer Function
Inkbird 10A Heat Mat Temperature Controller C206 with Outlet and 6.56 Feet NTC Sensor


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

  • [Only Heating] Please note: It’s a heating controller. There is no cooling function.
  • [Multipurpose] C206 Temperature controller can keep your desire temperature for your seed heat mat, aquarium heater, brewing heater, etc.
  • [Three Display Window] Be able to display 3 different details such as the measured temperature, the low and high temperature at the same time.
  • Waterproof Probe] The NTC stainless probe is waterproof, IP68 Grade. Its diameter is 1.57″x 0.2″.
  • [Design & Function] Support reading with Centigrade or Fahrenheit and Temperature calibration. Plug and play design, easy to use.

Related Resource Post: Maintaining Fermentation Temps in Colder Weather

9/19/19 10 AM Central: This is selling for $24.99.  I would make the argument that that’s a good price as is.  Apply coupon code M8N9OGP2 and the price drops a whopping 35% to just $16.24.  This is an outstanding deal.  Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying orderPrices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

Inkbird 10A Heat Mat Temperature Controller C206 Seeding Thermostats with Outlet and 6.56 Feet NTC Sensor No Cooling and Timer Function – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


Also: Yeast Starters & Fermentation| Inkbird ITC308 ReviewInkbird Deals

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THREE x Coldbreak Brewing Stainless Bucket Blow Off Tubes – $18.99, $6.33 each + free prime ship

Coldbreak Brewing Equipment CBBTB Bucket Blow Off Tube for 5-7.9 gal Brewing Bucket, 0.375" OD, Stainless Steel, Silver, Pack of 3

Coldbreak Brewing Equipment CBBTB Bucket Blow Off Tube for 5-7.9 gal Brewing Bucket, 0.375″ OD, Stainless Steel, Silver, Pack of 3

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  • Not more re-filling the sanitizer in your air locks
  • Not floating tubing
  • Not leaking sanitizer into your fermenter
  • Just add a smaller bowl or jar with sanitizer
  • Use one bowl of sanitizer for multiple fermenters
  • Pack of 3

 

9/19/19 7:30 AM Central: These are selling for $18.99.  That figures to just $6.33 each. Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying orderPrices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability. Also: Recent Amazon Finds and Amazon Fillers Resource Page 

Coldbreak Brewing Equipment CBBTB Bucket Blow Off Tube for 5-7.9 gal Brewing Bucket, 0.375″ OD, Stainless Steel, Silver, Pack of 3


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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RISEPRO Dual Scale Refractometer, Brix & Gravity, Aluminum Body w/ATC & Case – $15.90, best price + free prime ship

0-32% Brix Refractometer, RISEPRO for Homebrew, Beer Wort Refractometer Dual Scale Specific Gravity 1.000-1.120 and Automatic Temperature Compensation Replaces Homebrew Hydrometer

0-32% Brix Refractometer, RISEPRO for Homebrew, Beer Wort Refractometer Dual Scale Specific Gravity 1.000-1.120 and Automatic Temperature Compensation

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  • HELPS YOU BREW BETTER – RISEPRO® Refractometer can measure Brix and Specific Gravity with dual scales for your Wort or Wine. It helps to approximate the finished alcohol readings. Let it helps you to brew better!
  • MEASURES SUGAR CONTENT – It can measure sugar content for any juice such as fruit, vegetables, grasses and etc. for up to 32% brix. What a fantastic Sugar Measuring Tool for Food and Beverages field!
  • EASY TO MEASURE WITH DUAL SCALES – All you need to do is place 2 – 3 drops of sample onto the prism, and then look through the eyepiece for both Brix and Specific Gravity readings.
  • MEASUREMENT RANGE : BRIX 0 – 32% and Wort Specific Gravity: 1.000 ~ 1.130
  • HIGHLY ACCURATE WITH ATC – The accuracy level is Brix: ± 0.20% and Wort Specific Gravity: ±0.002. Automatic Temperature Compensation range is from10 °C to 30 °C

 

For me, getting a refractometer was one of those upgrades that made a lot of difference.  With a refractometer you need a sample size of two drops.  I figured that this would pay for itself in beer savings alone.  I also had just broken my hydrometer and came to the realization that hydrometers are made of breakable glass that can break! 🙂

Refractometers can be used to measure gravity throughout the brewing process.  You can also estimate the alcohol content of your beer if you forget to take an OG with the use of a refractometer and a hydrometer.  Check out Sean Terrill’s excellent refractometer calculator.

9/19/19 4 AM Central: This is selling for $15.90. That’s the best historical third party Amazon price I found, notwithstanding Lightning Deals or coupons. Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying order. Prices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability. Also: Recent Amazon Finds and Amazon Fillers Resource Page

0-32% Brix Refractometer, RISEPRO for Homebrew, Beer Wort Refractometer Dual Scale Specific Gravity 1.000-1.120 and Automatic Temperature Compensation Replaces Homebrew Hydrometer


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Balcones Distilling Used 5 Gallon Whiskey Barrels – $129.99 + free shipping

5 Gal New White Oak Barrel For Aging Whiskey, Wine, Cider, Beer Or As Decor

5 Gal New White Oak Barrel For Aging Whiskey, Wine, Cider, Beer

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Brand new, never been used 5 gallon white oak barrels. These smaller format barrels are perfect aging whiskey, bourbon, wine, cider and beer. Keep in mind this is a new barrel so your beverage will pick up the oak flavor. **Barrels must be swelled with hot water prior to filling** Don’t forget to grab a #6 Silicon Bung for your barrel! Dimensions: 12x12x15.5”, 25 lbs, Medium Char, Bung hole size – 1”


 

As if this posting, this is eBay offering is selling for $129.99. Shipping is also free to many US addresses.  Prices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit the product page. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

5 Gal New White Oak Barrel For Aging Whiskey, Wine, Cider, Beer Or As Decor

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Lalbrew Wildbrew Sour Pitch Bacteria – $13.63 w/stacking deals

Wildbrew Sour Pitch Bacteria

Wildbrew Sour Pitch Bacteria via Adventures in Homebrewing

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Lallemand Wildbrew Sour Pitch Bacteria

Wildbrew Sour Pitch Bacteria

Species : Bacteria/Sours
Fermentation Temp Range (°F) : 86-104
pH Range : 3.2-3.5
Hop Tolerance : Up to 4 ppm Alpha Acid & 8ppm Beta Acid

Pitching/Fermentation : The aroma is citrusy with pungent tangy and sour notes

Notes : WildBrew™ Sour Pitch is a high-performance, high-purity lactic acid bacteria specifically selected for its ability to produce a wide range of sour beer styles. WildBrew™ Sour Pitch produces a clean and balanced citrus flavor profile typical of both traditional and modern sour beer styles. When inoculated at optimal temperature and the right conditions, it is a powerful, safe and easy way to handle bacteria for various beer souring techniques, such as a typical kettle souring process. Besides providing an outstanding performance, WildBrew™ Sour Pitch is capable of delivering consistent results for brewers.

Best Styles : Berliner Weisse, Gose, Lambi-style, American Wild, Sour IPA


 

As of this posting, this is selling for $19.50. Check product page for current price and availability.

Deal 1: AIH has this on sale for 20% off.  That makes it $15.67.

Deal 2 – Talk Like a Pirate & Save Another 13%!  Adventures in Homebrewing’s annual talk Like  Pirate Sale is on.  That discounts most things by 13% when you use coupon code LOOT.  Nearly everything, including many items that are already on sale works with this sale.  There are some exceptions.  See Terms and Conditions for complete details.  That stacks and make this $13.63.

Wildbrew Sour Pitch Bacteria – remember coupon code LOOT

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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