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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

Also: Check out AIH Sale Items – Selection Changes Regularly

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Rubbermaid Commercial Refrigerator and Freezer Thermometer – $6.01, w/coupon – monitor kegerator & fermentation chamber temps

Rubbermaid Commercial Products Stainless Steel Instant Read Oven/Grill/Smoker Monitoring Thermometer

Rubbermaid Commercial Products Stainless Steel Instant Read Monitoring Thermometer

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  • NECESSARY FOR FOOD SAFETY Thermometer displays true appliance temperature instantly to ensure safe food storage
  • EXTREME TEMPERATURE RANGE Thermometer reads between 20° and 80° degrees Fahrenheit / 30° and 30° degrees Celsius
  • PERFECT FOR ANY KITCHEN Designed for professional kitchens with the highest quality in mind; works perfectly in any home or commercial space
  • MANY USES This product is perfect for traditional refrigerators, mini fridges, freezers, coolers, or any cooling based food appliance
  • DURABLE MATERIAL Stainless steel construction and shatter proof lens makes this thermometer highly dependable
  • BATTERY FREE DESIGN Mechanical thermometer reads instantly and without the need for battery power
  • NATIONAL SANITATION FOUNDATION CERTIFIED This NSF certified product has been cleared for safe use with food and in kitchen enviornments
  • DIMENSIONS 3.75 x 2.5 x 1.5 inches

 

Place this in your beer refrigerator, kegerator, keezer or fermentation chamber/area to keep an eye on temps.  Features a hook to hang on compatible racks/shelves or it stands on it’s own.

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

9/18/19 7 PM Central: This is selling for $7.14.  Click on “Save an extra $1.13 when you apply this coupon” and the price drops to $6.01 at checkout.  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 

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Inkbird ITC-308 Digital Dual Stage Temp Controller – $28 on Lightning Deals

Inkbird ITC-308 Max.1200W Heater, Cool Device Temperature Controller, Carboy, Fermenter, Greenhouse Terrarium Temp. Control

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

This controller can control both a heating and cooling device.  Alternatively, it can control a heating or a cooling device.

Use to control fermentation or kegerator temperatures. This is a great controller. Check out my Hands on Review

9/18/19 6:30 PM Central: This is discounted to $28 as an Amazon Lightning Deal. Shipping to most US addresses is also free with Prime Membership or a qualifying order. Price, shipping and availability can change quickly. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.  Also: Recent Amazon Finds and Amazon Fillers Resource Page Note: This is set to end at about 11:47 Central on 9/18 or while supplies last.

Inkbird ITC-308 Max.1200W Heater, Cool Device Temperature Controller, Carboy, Fermenter, Greenhouse Terrarium Temp. Control

Also: Yeast Starters & Fermentation | Kegerator Tips & Gear | Inkbird ITC308 Review

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Inkbird ITC-308 Digital Dual Stage Temp Controller with WiFi – $35 on Lightning Deals + Hands on Review

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.

9/18/19 5 PM Central: This is set to be discounted as an Amazon Lightning Deal starting at about 5:17 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: This is set to end at about 11:47 Central on 9/18 or while supplies last.

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Also: Yeast Starters & Fermentation | Kegerator Tips & Gear | Inkbird Temperature Controller Deals and Reviews!

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WILLHI WH-1803A Digital Temperature Controller – w/waterproof probe – $35.55, best price + free shipping

WILLHI WH-1803A Digital Temperature Controller Upgraded Heating and Cooling Mode 110V 15A Programmable Outlet Thermostat with Waterproof Probe for Brewing Aquarium Breeding Heat Mat

WILLHI WH-1803A Digital Temperature Controller Upgraded Heating and Cooling Mode 110V 15A Programmable Outlet Thermostat with Waterproof Probe for Brewing Aquarium Breeding Heat Mat

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  • UL Certification power cable– WILLHI Digital Temperature Controller has high quality power cable, the top quality copper wire can load large currents.
  • Overcurrent Protection – Our temperature controller has very safe overcurrent breaker designing, it can shut off the heater or cooler automatically if the equipment got short circuit.
  • Waterproof Sensor – Place the waterproof probe, plug the power cord in the Temp Controller . Set the maximum desired temperature for the heat mat. Alarm when temperature exceeds the limit or when sensor error.
  • Widely Applied – The thermostat can be used to control a wide variety of refrigeration and heating, seedling heat mat,pet breeding,incubation,HVAC equipment, accelerating germination,electric radiator, electric oven,fermentation, grow tent, home brewing, aquarium and BBQ, etc.
  • 6 Month Warranty – We provide this WILLHI Digital Temperature Controller with 6-Month Warranty and 24hours customer service, if you have any questions, we will resolve your issue within 24 hours.

 

This works for heating or cooling.  Use with compatible heating and cooling devices to help you put together a kegerator or a fermentation chamber.

9/18/19 3 PM Central: This has dropped to $35.55. That’s the best historical third party Amazon price I found, notwithstanding Lightning Deals or coupons. 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 Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

WILLHI WH-1803A Digital Temperature Controller Upgraded Heating and Cooling Mode 110V 15A Programmable Outlet Thermostat with Waterproof Probe for Brewing Aquarium Breeding Heat Mat


Also: Inkbird Deals and Reviews

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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Lalbrew Premium Series New England American East Coast Ale Yeast [Conan Strain!] – $5.56 w/stacking deals

Lalbrew Premium Series New England American East Coast Ale Yeast

Lalbrew Premium Series New England American East Coast Ale Yeast via Adventures in Homebrewing

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Lalbrew New England American East Coast Ale Yeast

New England American East Coast Ale Yeast

Species : Ale
Fermentation Temp Range (°F) : 59-72
Apparent Attenuation Range (%) : Medium to High
Flocculation : Medium
Alcohol Tolerance : Up to 9% ABV

Pitching/Fermentation : The aroma is fruit, with specific notes of stone and tropical fruits

Notes : LalBrew 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 LalBrew New England will produce tropical and fruity esters, notably stone fruits like peach. Through expression of a ß-glucosidase enzyme, LalBrew New England can promote hop biotransformation and accentuate hop flavor and aroma. LalBrew New England exhibits medium to high attenuation with medium flocculation, making it a perfect choice for East Coast style ales.

Best Styles : NEIPA, East Coast Style Ales


 

This is a dry version of Conan, the strain used by Alchemist Brewing for their wildly popular Heady Topper.

As of this posting, this is selling for $8. Check product page for current price and availability.

Deal 1: AIH has dry yeast on sale for 20% off.

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 just $5.56.

Lalbrew Premium Series New England American East Coast Ale Yeastremember coupon code LOOT

Also Consider: Lallemand New England East Coast American Ale Yeast 11 Gram – via Label Peelers

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

Also: Check out AIH Sale Items – Selection Changes Regularly

More: Recent AIH Finds

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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

9/17/19 3 PM 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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Under Carboy Fermentation Heating Mat – $13.99, best price + free prime ship

Kenley Fermentation Carboy Heater - Kombucha Heating Pad 12" - Homebrew Warmer Kit with Built-in Temperature Control - Brew Vessel Warming Mat for Beer Wine Tea Home Brewing - Consistent Radiant Heat

Kenley Fermentation Carboy Heater – Kombucha Heating Pad 12″ – Homebrew Warmer Kit with Built-in Temperature Control – Brew Vessel Warming Mat for Beer Wine Tea Home Brewing – Consistent Radiant Heat

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  • THE EASY WAY TO IMPROVE YOUR BREW Creating a consistent brew temperature is one of the easiest ways to enhance – and speed up – your home brewing, whether you’re making beer, wine, kombucha tea, etc. This Kenley pad provides consistent heat day and night, giving your brew a boost.
  • CONSISTENT BREW TEMPERATURE The Kenley Fermentation Pad provides consistent radiant heat to ensure that your brewing vessel maintains an even brew temperature. The pad gently warms your carboy or jar, keeping your brew to 5-20 degrees (F) above room temperature.
  • SAFE AND EASY TO USE Put the fermentation pad on a flat surface, plug it in and set your carboy on top – no wraps, belts, mess or fuss. The Kenley heater has a built-in thermal control that provides an automatic shut off to prevent the mat overheating.
  • ENHANCES NATURAL BREW CYCLE By heating the bottom of your brew vessel, this warmer mimics the natural organic fermenting process, as the action of yeast creates heat at the base of the vessel. This enhances and often speeds up the process without negative impacts on taste or quality.
  • DESIGNED FOR HOME USE Made of durable, flexible and easy to clean material, this Kenley heating pad is ideal for home brewing. It can be used with plastic or glass carboys; bucket fermenters; mason jars etc. It is 12in in diameter and has a 6ft power cord with a standard 120V outlet plug.

 

Use in conjunction with a temperature controller to dial in fermentation temps.

9/18/19 10:30 AM Central: This has dropped to just $13.99.  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

Kenley Fermentation Carboy Heater – Kombucha Heating Pad 12″ – Homebrew Warmer Kit with Built-in Temperature Control – Brew Vessel Warming Mat for Beer Wine Tea Home Brewing – Consistent Radiant Heat


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TILT Bluetooth Hydrometer – $121.80, Save 13% + Hands on Review

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Designed specifically for homebrewers, the Tilt Hydrometer & Thermometer monitors both the specific gravity and temperature of your batch while its fermenting without having to open your fermenter and waste your beer for test samples, allowing you to brew more consistent batches of beer and makes each batch much easier to track. Using the Tilt App (Available Here!) you can instantly check on your batches readings using an Apple iPhone/iPad or Android smartphone/tablet. Designed with a high precision temperature sensor and accelerometer, the Tilt monitors your batch with a fine degree of control. The specific gravity is accurate +/- 0.002 within the Tilt’s 0.990 to 1.120 range. The included thermometer is accurate +/- 1 degree F. The increased transmission power of the Tilt gives it better reception and range, allowing it to send data through large, thick-walled fermenters and it will work with most Bluetooth 4.0+ devices. The Tilt was also built with efficiency in mind. The reduced power consumption allows to to use you Tilt batch after batch with the same battery. Each Tilt comes calibrated and ready to use with an included battery. Battery life is 12-24 months depending on usage. Easy to use, the Tilt makes a great addition to any brewhouse. Simply download the app, sanitize your Tilt, drop it into your fermenter, and start taking readings!

The Tilt Hydrometers comes in a rainbow of colors to brighten up your brew supplies, but these colors are not just cosmetic. Use a different color Tilt to monitor multiple batches of beer at the same time. The Tilt App will not read multiple hydrometers of the same color.

 

Also: Hands on Review: Tilt Bluetooth Fermentation Hydrometer!

These have been pretty consistently selling for $135 since we started posting about them here on HBF.  For whatever reason, AIH and Austin Homebrew Supply have both raised the price to $140 on all versions except for pink.  I’m not sure if this is a sign of things to come or a temporary anomaly.  Anyway the pink on is still $135 as of this posting.  Check the product page for current price and availability.

Talk Like a Pirate & Save 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 brings these down to $121.80.

Tilt Hydrometers at Adventures in Homebrewing! – Remember promo code LOOT

Works with Brewfather App!  Sign up for a free trial! – check out our Hands on Review

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Hands on Review: Spike Conical Fermenters + Limited Time Deal

spike conical review

This review is by Homebrew Finds Reader Benji S.  Benji has been brewing for 10 years.  His favorite style is Festbier.  He’s an all grain brewer and member of WIZA (Whidbey Island Zymurgy Association).  Check him out on Instagram at neon_hop

After well over a year of evaluating, I splurged recently and got a Spike Conical (the CF5). I’ve seen quite a few others going through this debate period, so I wanted to provide a hot take to help others in their own decision making process. So far I’ve assembled and prepped it for my first brews, but haven’t actually used it yet. Most of the points here will be about equipment quality/features rather than practice.

For context; I added on the temp control bundle with heater, leg extensions, casters, extended bracing shelf, and a few other nice to haves. So some of these will cover things that aren’t part of the “core” conical package.


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As of this posting, Spike’s Bargain Cave has the CF5 available.  Bargain Cave selection and availability can change very quickly.  Check the Bargain Cave for current selection and pricing


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Spike Conical Fermenters


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