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Get a Deal on Anvil Brewing Equipment’s New Anvil Cooling System! + Hands on Review

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About, from Anvil Brewing: “Keeping your fermentation temperatures under control is a very important part of fermentation for optimal flavor control and quality of the finished beer. With the Anvil Cooling System, you wont be disappointed! This simple system includes virtually everything you need to keep your beer temperature closely regulated at an amazing price.”

These systems are available for both sizes of Anvil Bucket Fermentors and for standard carboys.

Related Reviews; Hands on Review: Anvil Bucket Fermentor Cooling System and Hands on Review: Anvil Bucket Fermentor

Anvil Cooling System setups are available at AIH.  Like all Anvil Equipment, these are on MAP (minimum advertised price) agreements that don’t allow retailers to discount.

Stacks With: For a limited time, AIH is giving bonus rewards points based on your purchase total.  Those can add up to an 750 points in rewards on top of the 5% or so you already get.  The great thing about this promo is that it works on lines that are typically not discounted – Blichmann, SS Brewtech and more.  This DOES work with Anvil gear including the Anvil Coolihng Systems.

I’ll use the 7.5 gallon bucket fermentor system as an example.  That’s selling for $129.99 and earns 130 points + 150 bonus points or 280 points total.  That’s the equivalent of about $14 toward a future purchase.  This setup is very close to the next tier.  Add on 1 of 12 recipes that ship for free and you’ll qualify for the next tier.  I’ll pick the Summer Shandy Kit which is selling for $30.99 as an example…. $30.99 + $129.99 = $160.98.  So you’d get 161 points + 450 = 611 or about $30.55 in value toward a future purchase AND… you’ll still qualify for free shipping.  Whammo!

Note that this is not a direct discount on any Anvil product.  All Anvil gear is selling for full price.  You get credit toward a future purchase.  But it is a great way to get a defacto discount on these items.

Also: Check out AIH Sale Items – Selection Changes Regularly

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Pro Series NIST Traceable Triple Scale Hydrometer, Borosilicate Sample Jar, Cleaning Brush and More by Brewing America – $30.25 on Lightning Deals, w/stacking coupon

Thermo-Hydrometer ABV Tester Triple Scale - Pro Series American-made Specific Gravity Hydrometer with Thermometer Temperature Correction, N.I.S.T Traceable

Thermo-Hydrometer ABV Tester Triple Scale – Pro Series American-made Specific Gravity Hydrometer with Thermometer Temperature Correction, N.I.S.T Traceable

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  •  COMBO KIT YOU HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR: American-made, N.I.S.T. Traceable Triple Scale Hydrometer with built-in Thermometer and conversion chart & Test Jar Combo – with Cylinder Brush – Specific Gravity Alcohol ABV Tester that is designed and manufactured by multi-generational American glass blowers in America, Glass Test Tube Beaker – for Wine, Beer, Cider, Mead, Sake and Kombucha – Homebrew Fermented Beverages Borosilicate 3.3 Cylinder. The Elite Brewer Tools you need!
  • KNOW YOUR BREW & CRAFT YOUR BEST EVERY TIME: Take accurate gravity readings by simultaneously knowing your temperature and gravity, quickly. We are home brewers too and love offering the highest quality brewing equipment, tools and wine making supplies to help you succeed in crafting the tastiest brews. Our Brewing America meter scale is easier to read. We designed our GLASS Test Cylinder to be the highest quality with thick and sturdy lab grade borosilicate glass.
  • WASTE LESS PRECIOUS HOMEBREW! We designed our glass test jar to use less liquid (wort or must) to conduct your hydrometer tests. Use only 125 ml instead of a 250 ml as most others require. Waste less, drink (or share) more! SOLID 1-piece THICK borosilicate (Boro) 3.3 glass test flask with bumper guard. It is STURDY and STABLE. BREWERS Prefer Glass Test Jars: We all know sanitization is key to alcohol making. And distillers need to use glass, not plastic. The Brewing America Test Jar is CLEAR.
  •  WE CARE: We personally inspect each piece of your beer, wine, mead and kombucha making supplies and equipment kits before shipping, wrapping it ourselves in our microfiber cloth. Our products are responsibly made from recycled materials (glass and paper) that are non-toxic. They are safe for the environment and are easy to clean and re-use. We brew too and are here to answer your questions or concerns. Check out our full line of products with Prime shipping on Amazon!
  • EVERYTHING YOU NEED: What’s included in this Set: One Triple Scale Gravity Testing Hydrometer, One Glass Test Tube Cylinder, One sturdy Bottle Brush made of STAINLESS STEEL designed specifically for our very narrow test flask, One sturdy hydrometer box and one STURDY outer box, which will help you stay organized and is also easy to wrap for gifting. We also include one microfiber cloth and our 2- page direction sheet with a conversion chart. Wash and sanitize all equipment before use.

 

7/17/19 3 PM Central: This is set to be discounted as an Amazon Lightning Deal starting at about 3:03 PM Central for Prime Members and 30 minutes later for all. Shipping to many US addresses should also be free. Some items are available in multiple variations, check each for Lightning Deal eligibility and pricing. Things Can Change… Product promotions and availability are subject to change. Lightning Deals can sell out quickly. They can also be changed or canceled prior to set publication times. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.  Note: An additional 10% off coupon is available on the product page.  That stacks and makes this $30.25 with the combined deals while supplies last.

Note: This is set to end at 9:03 PM Central on 7/17 or while supplies last.

Thermo-Hydrometer ABV Tester Triple Scale – Pro Series American-made Specific Gravity Hydrometer with Thermometer Temperature Correction, N.I.S.T Traceable


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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Great Prices on Dry Beer Yeast at William’s Brewing

Inkbird ITC-308 Digital Dual Stage Temp Controller with WiFi – $35, save… 30%! + Hands on Reviews

Inkbird WiFi ITC-308 Digital Temperature Controller Outlet Thermostat, Dual Screen Readouts,1100w, w/Sensor, Home Brewing & Fermentation,Breeding& Incubation,Greenhouse,Kombucha

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

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  • [WIFI & APP] WIFI smart controller supports both IOS & Android,WIFI supports 2.4GHz Wi-Fi router, free APP “InkbirdSmart” which is able to monitor temperature at any time.
  • [Dual Relay Output] Dual relay output, which can connect heating and cooling device at the same time.
  • [Alarm for Safe] High/Low temperature limit setting alarm.
  • [Convenient Design] Plug-n-play, easy to use. Support ℃/℉reading and Temperature calibration.
  • [Long Warranty] The controller itself has 2 years warranty while the temperature sensor has 1 year warranty. Maximum output load: 1100W(110V).

 

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.

7/17/19 10:30 AM Central: This great controller is selling for $50.  Click on “Save an extra 30% when you apply this coupon” and the price drops to just $35.  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 

Inkbird WiFi ITC-308 Digital Temperature Controller Outlet Thermostat, Dual Screen Readouts,1100w, w/Sensor – 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 Temperature Controller Deals and Reviews!

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MoreBeer’s Wort Aeration System – $27.99 + Free Ship Eligible, Limited Availability

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Complete Aeration System via MoreBeer

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

Instead of diffusing pure oxygen into your wort this system uses filtered air. The included air-pump pushes air through an inline sanitary filter which is then dispersed into the wort through our two micron threaded stainless steel diffusion stone. The advantage of an aeration system is that you never have to buy replacement oxygen tanks. The down side is that aeration takes longer than oxygenation. Because the atmosphere is only about 20% oxygen, the diffusion stone must be left running in the wort for approximately 30–120 minutes (however even 5 minutes of aeration is better than shaking the carboy.) There is no concern of contamination during this period, however you do have to monitor the fermenter periodically for possible over foaming. While you are brewing, this system can also be used to pre-fill fermenters with sanitary air. Replacement filters, FIL90, which need replacement every few years, are available for $4.99.

About the inline filters: There are two sides to the filter – an “in” and an “out”. The direction you use doesn’t matter, however, you want to take note of which way you first push air through it and always keep it that way. There is an arrow on the edge of the filter housing that we use to keep the air flow going one direction when using it. The filter should never get wet, so don’t try and sanitize it by dunking it in sanitizer. If you want to clean the outside of it, use Alpet D2 (CL60). To store the filter, use a little tinfoil on the “In” of the filter and store in a zip-lock bag.

 

Limited Availability Deal of the Day: As of this posting, this is marked down to $27.99 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.

Aeration System FE380

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

MoreDeals! at MoreBeer:

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Oxygenation and Aeration Supplies at William’s Brewing

Northern Brewer Sovereign Stainless Steel Fermenter – $136.94 + free shipping

SOVEREIGN™ STAINLESS STEEL FERMENTER

SOVEREIGN™ STAINLESS STEEL FERMENTER via Midwest Supplies

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Say goodbye to buckets and other inferior fermentors that are almost impossible to properly clean and sanitize. Introducing the Sovereign™ Stainless Steel Fermentor. Boasting total volume of 8.4 gallons, this fermentor has enough space to contain even the most vigorous fermentations. Ideal for wine, beer, or even kombucha, it’s seamless, smooth interior ensures there is nowhere for bugs to hide. The included universal stopper, airlock, and EZ Clean™ bulkhead with internal pick up tube allows for easy transfer and includes the ability to rotate the dip tube to avoid sediment, all with no hard-to-sanitize internal threads. The built in silicone seal and 4 heavy duty clamps guarantee secure lid and a perfectly airtight seal for the most discerning vintners and brewers. The heavy duty construction ensures the Sovereign™ Stainless Steel Fermentor will last a lifetime.

Features:
304 stainless steel construction
8.4 gallon capacity
Includes IsoFlow bulkhead with dip tube
Graduated volumetric marks
Integrated silicone lid seal with heavy duty clasps
Uses a Small Universal Bung or 6.5 Stopper
23” tall by 12” diameter (with lid, but no stopper/airlock attached).

As of this posting, this is selling for $164.99.  Shipping is free with a qualifying $45 order to addresses in the contiguous US.  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 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

Save 17%!  As of this posting is Midwest Supplies is discounting any single item (with some exclusions) by 17% when you use coupon code PRIME.  Shipping is also free on orders of $45 ore more.  Check site for current availability.  17% Off Any Single Item at Midwest Supplies  That promo makes the Sovereign Stainless Steel Fermenter $136.94.

SOVEREIGN™ STAINLESS STEEL FERMENTER

Related: I’m excited to relay the information that ZX Ventures has sold it’s stake in Northern Brewer, LLC (Midwest Supplies’ parent company)

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Homebrew Brew Belt Fermentation Heating Belt Pad + Stick on Thermometer – $12.99 + free prime ship

Homebrew Brew Belt Fermentation Heating Belt Pad for Beer Wine Spirits with US PLUG + Digital Adhesive Stick Thermometer

Homebrew Brew Belt Fermentation Heating Belt Pad for Beer Wine Spirits with US PLUG + Digital Adhesive Stick Thermometer


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

  • Length:900 mm(for the belt)/2m power line Power :110V /30w US Plug.
  • Keep your yeasties snug and warm with this simple to use heat belt.
  • This is a heating belt that goes round your keg or other fermenter to keep it warm so your yeast ferments at its preferred temperature.
  • Gives you a quicker, more complete fermentation.
  • Easy to store away after use unlike heat pads.

Note: Always read and follow manufacturer’s instructions.

7/17/19 2 AM Central: This is selling for just $12.99.  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

Homebrew Brew Belt Fermentation Heating Belt Pad for Beer Wine Spirits with US PLUG + Digital Adhesive Stick Thermometer


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

Fresh 5 Gallon American Oak Barrels – just back in stock and on sale for $99.99 + stacking promo

Fresh 5 Gallon American Oak Barrel

Fresh 5 Gallon American Oak Barrel via Adventures in Homebrewing

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Fresh 5 Gallon American Oak Barrel

Age your next batch of beer, spirits, or wine like a professional with this virgin American Oak Barrel. These are fresh barrels just waiting for brewers of all ilks to put their literal stamps on them, creating a unique flavor patina depending on what you brews. Barrels are made of American oak with a medium toast charred interior

 

As of this posting, these are back in stock and on sale for $99.99.  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.

These are marked EDLP (Everyday Low Price), that means most sales do not apply.  This is an exception… As of this posting, Adventures in Homebrewing is giving additional bonus points based on how much you purchase.  150 with a $50 purchase, $450 with a $150 purchase and 750 with a $250 purchase.  This does bundle with many of their existing sale items!  No promo code is needed.  Bonus points equate to about 5% promotional value.  750 = about $37.50 in value.

Fresh 5 Gallon American Oak Barrel

Also: Check AIH’s lineup of Oak Barrels – they have sporadic availability of new and used barrels

Also: Check out AIH Sale Items – Selection Changes Regularly

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Kegland BlowTie Diaphragm Spunding Valve – $26.99 + free shipping + Hands on Review

Diaphragm Spunding Valve - Adjustable Pressure Relief Gauge Ball

Diaphragm Spunding Valve – Adjustable Pressure Relief Gauge Ball

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

The BlowTie Spunding Valve is used to release excess pressure on a pressurized fermenter or from a keg while doing pressure transfers. Thanks to the large surface area of the diaphragm, this style spunding valve is much more accurate than the poppet style. 8 mm Duotight fittings at both inlet and outlet make this unit perfect for use with EVABarrier 8 mm OD tubing. The blow off pressure can be set by either pairing the BlowTie with the included Push-In Pressure Gauge, or by attaching it to an empty keg that has been pressurized to the desired psi.

Made from food grade acetal
Stainless screws
Easily disassembles for cleaning
8mm (5/16″) Duotight fittings at both ends
0-40 psi pressure rating
Two functions in one great piece of hardware!

The Ball Lock QD Adjustable Pressure Valve W/Gauge can also be used to relieve pressure while filtering from one keg to another. At the same time it gives you the ability to read the pressure in the receiving keg. And Ferment under desired pressure!

 

Spunding Valve Applications
  1. Pressurized fermentation.  Ferment in a 5 or 10 gallon corny keg and use your Spunding Valve instead of an airlock.  This allows you to ferment at your desired pressure.
  2. Dry hop under pressure.  This allows you to dry hop earlier while reducing oxygenation.  Active yeast are more likely to metabolize oxygen that’s introduced during dry hopping during active fermentation.  Since CO2 is not exiting beer as vigorously under pressure, wanted compounds, flavors and aromas are more likely to stay in your beer under pressure.
  3. Naturally and accurately carbonate beer right in the keg.
  4. An airlock replacement.  Keep the valve wide open for non-pressurized fermentations.  Only do this if you have plenty of head space.  This wouldn’t make a great blow off tube.
  5. Keg to keg transfers.  Use the Spunding Valve to allow excess gas to exit the receiving keg as you transfer under pressure.  Helps you achieve a slow, controlled and pressurized transfer.
  6. Fix over-carbonated beers.  Use the same general process as for carbonation (skipping the addition of fermentable sugar).  Use a carbonation chart to determine proper pressure for the temperature the keg is at.  The Spunding Valve allows excess pressure to vent until the new carbonation level is achieved.  You can agitate the keg to fix carbonation more quickly.
  7. Test for keg leaks.  Pressurize your keg to serving pressure.  Put the Spunding Valve on (with the pressure set well above your serving PSI) and note the reading.  The gauge should remain steady.  If pressure drops, you know you have a keg leak.  It’s worth noting that this checks the entire keg including gas body o-ring.  That spot is hard to check and other way as it’s only in function when the gas QD is on.  When the gas QD is on… it’s difficult to spray and check for bubbles underneath the gas QD.  Thanks to Scott Janish for this tip!
  8. As an airlock for long term aging of beers.  Airlocks can run dry over time.  A Spunding Valve will not.

 

Lots more about Spunding Valves on our Spunding Valve Build Resource Post

As if this posting, this is eBay offering is selling for $26.99. 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 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.

Diaphragm Spunding Valve – Adjustable Pressure Relief Gauge Ball

Check out my Hands on Review of this great assembly!  Hands on Review: Kegland BlowTie Diaphragm Spunding Valve!

Also: Kegland DuoTight Push-In Fittings & EVABarrier Double Wall Draft Tubing at MoreBeer

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Hard to Find: Used 5 Gallon Whiskey Barrels – $139.99 + Rare Stacking Sale

5 Gallon Used Whiskey Barrels

5 Gallon Used Whiskey Barrels from Adventures in Homebrewing


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

Take your next brew to the next level with this Used 5 Gallon Whiskey Barrel! Hailing from an award-winning small-batch distillery, these oak barrels will add depth and complexity to your next batch.No stand is included with this batch of barrels
Used barrels may have cracked staves from their previous use. This is completely normal in a used barrel and does not compromise the integrity of the barrel. When they swell from the liquid being in them, they will form small cracks. If you prefer a barrel with no cracks, please check out our new barrels.


Availability of used whiskey barrels in the 5 gallon size can be touch and go.  They are generally popular and sell out quickly.

As of this posting these are in stock at $139.99.  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 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

As of this posting, Adventures in Homebrewing is giving additional bonus points based on how much you purchase.  150 with a $50 purchase, $450 with a $150 purchase and 750 with a $250 purchase.  This does bundle with many of their existing sale items!  No promo code is needed.  Bonus points equate to about 5% promotional value.  750 = about $37.50 in value.  These bonuses are in addition to the points that an item already earns.  These earn 140 points + 150 bonus points.  290 bonus points equal about $14.50 in value toward a future purchase.  Buy two barrels and you get bumped up to the next level.  You’d get 280 points + 450 bonus points = 730 points or about $36.50 toward a future purchase.  This is a rare way to get a de facto discount on these hard to find and rarely discounted barrels.

5 Gallon Used Whiskey Barrels

Also: Bourbon Vanilla Imperial Porter | Stouts and Porters | Bourbon Staves

Also: Check out AIH Sale Items – Selection Changes Regularly

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RARE Sale on a Hard to Find Keg… Brand New 10 Gallon Ball Lock Kegs – $299

10 and 15 gallon ball lock kegs can be tough to find.  Sometimes extremely tough.

These size kegs are handy if you’re a larger batch brewer wanting to keg larger batches and… they work great as fermenters.  I’ve used a 10 gallon ball lock for years and years as a fermenter.  It allows me to ferment under pressure [See: Spunding Valve Build], do fermenter to serving keg transfers under pressure, it’s food grade stainless steel and it’s easy to move around.  I’ve been a big advocate of this application of these hard to find kegs.

Keggle brewing has sourced factory second and brand new 10 and 15 gallon kegs.  Availability of these can be touch and go, especially for the factory seconds.  The factory seconds save you quite a bit of money.  Those are new kegs that have some blemishes, but are all in good usable condition and hold pressure.

As of this posting, Keggle Brewing has brand new 10 gallon ball lock kegs marked down to $299.  That’s a savings of $26 from their already low price.  This is a bargain for these hard to find kegs.  Check Keggle Brewing for current selection, pricing and availability.

Kegs at Keggle Brewing

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