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Primefit CR1401G Replacement Air Regulator – $9.97 + Spunding Valve Build

Primefit CR1401G Replacement Air Regulator with steel-Protected Gauge, 1/4" Npt

Primefit CR1401G Replacement Air Regulator with steel-Protected Gauge, 1/4″ Npt

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  • Air regulator for precisely regulating and maintaining constant air pressure
  • Accurate downstream air pressure regulation between 1 and 160-psi
  • High impact composite regulator knob and steel protected gauge
  • 60-Scfm at 100-PSI with 1/4-inch NPT ports

 

A potential homebrew application for this is to use it as part of a Spunding Valve Build.   A Spunding Valve allows you to ferment under pressure, naturally and precisely carbonate in the keg, fix over-carbonated beers and lots more. See: Build a Spunding Valve for more on Spunding Valves.

Most of the builds detailed in our Spunding Resource Post consist of a PRV Valve + tee + gauge + connection option.  Generally four parts in total.  The CR1401G replaces two parts, both the tee and gauge.  See: Spunding Valve Build: Using Primefit CR1401G Replacement Air Regulator for more details

6/18/21 6 AM Central: This is selling for $9.97. Prices and availability can change quickly. Check product page for current info – More About Prices

Primefit CR1401G Replacement Air Regulator with steel-Protected Gauge, 1/4″ Npt – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

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Hands on Review: Fermonster Fermentors + 15% Off Accessories at MoreBeer

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.


Fermonster PET Fermentor

With all of the fermentor choices out on the market, there are plenty of good reasons to not be fermenting in that plastic bucket that came with your starter homebrew kit. Most of us make that realization when we can no longer fool ourselves into calling it “white”, and it carries the aroma of all the previous hop varieties it’s seen. PET Plastic fermentors are the logical next step up from the HDPE plastic buckets.

PET Is far less porous than HDPE. Because of that, it makes for a great oxygen barrier. As a material, HDPE passes through 50x the amount of oxygen over a given time than PET. So PET makes for better long ferments like if you’re lagering (or are just the forgetful type). Glass is an even better oxygen barrier, not allowing any oxygen to permeate it. But from a practical perspective, just like Coca-Cola figured out, glass is heavy and creates a nasty mess when you drop it. PET Is also cooler than that plastic bucket because the fermentor is clear, which allows you to view the exciting chemistry going on inside your brew.

The Fermonster comes in different sizes and options. They come as big as 7 gallons or as small as 1 gallon. And also intermediary sizes of 6 gallons and 3 gallons. You can get it without a spigot or with one if you want to do gravity beer transfers instead of using a siphon.


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Hands on Review: FermZilla All Rounder Fermenter + Limited Time Deal

Thank you to HBF Contributor Aaron N for this hands on review!  Aaron is an advanced brewer, long time reader and a serial tipster!

FermZilla All Rounder

Fermenting under pressure has been a technique I have had my eye on for some time now and have felt the urge to experiment with it more and more lately. To me the most appealing benefit of pressurized fermentation is that at the end of fermentation the beer is fully carbonated and ready to drink (not accounting for beers that benefit from a period of conditioning). Other benefits include a potentially quicker fermentation, a higher retention of desirable aroma compounds that otherwise might be off gassed (e.g. hop aromas), and the ability to ferment at warmer temperatures without a high presence of unwanted esters.


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12 x 3 Piece Fermentation Airlocks – $14.99, $1.25 each + free shipping

12 PACK QRP 3-Piece Fermentation Airlocks ~ SUPER FAST SHIPPER!

12 PACK QRP 3-Piece Fermentation Airlocks


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  • Exceptional Quality
  • QRP 3-piece Airlocks supersede the S-Curve Style Bubble Airlock: they are sturdier and easier to keep clean

Related: Silicone Airlock Grommets via Valuebrew

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12 PACK QRP 3-Piece Fermentation Airlocks – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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4 x 25mm/1″ PTFE Magnetic Stir Bars – $7.59, $1.90 each + free prime ship

4 Pcs 25mm(1 inch) PTFE Magnetic Stirrer Mixer Stir Bar,White Color,Laboratory Bar,Stir Plate Bar,Stir Plate Magnet,Stir Rod Magnetic

4 Pcs 25mm(1 inch) PTFE Magnetic Stirrer Mixer Stir Bar,White Color,Laboratory Bar,Stir Plate Bar,Stir Plate Magnet,Stir Rod Magnetic

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  • 4 PTFE magnetic stir bars in 1 package.
  • PTFE magnetic stir bar is made of PTFE and high quality magnetic steel,its shape is cylindrical,smooth surface,reduce friction and improves smooth rotation.
  • Mixer Stir Bar is resistant to high temperatures, corrosion,abrasion and high rotational forces.
  • Laboratory Bar can be used with various types of magnetic stirrers or heating stirrers.
  • Stir Plate Magnet is widely used in scientific research, universities,laboratories in the industrial and agricultural sectors, and is often used to stir mixed liquids.

 

  • Use along with a compatible Erlenmeyer Flask and Stir Plate to do Stir Plate Yeast Starters.
  • 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.
  • Why get 4?  Generally, you’re going to save money buying in bulk.  Having these on hand allows you to do multiple starters at once and… you’ll have spares if you mistakenly dump your stir bar into your fermenter.
  • Also Consider: StirStarter Stir Plate – via Valuebrew – includes free shipping to US addresses

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4 Pcs 25mm(1 inch) PTFE Magnetic Stirrer Mixer Stir Bar,White Color,Laboratory Bar,Stir Plate Bar,Stir Plate Magnet,Stir Rod Magnetic – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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HunterBee Brewing Refractometer… $9.99 + free prime ship

HunterBee Grape Wine Brewing Test Refractometer with ATC Double Ruler 0-40% Brix & 0-25% Vol Alcohol and Sugar Content Homemade Available

HunterBee Refractometer

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  • 1.Dual Scale Testing Brix 0-40%/ Alcohol Degree of Wine,you can get the reading easily just with 2 drops to know your readings.With this grape refractometer, you can pick out ideal grapes for making wine easier and quicker.
  • 2. WIDE APPLICATION WITH 0-40% BRIX SCALE:This refractometer is designed for grape wine brewing,but with extra large scale range of brix 0-40% lends itself to many other uses too. You can use it to test the brix of any sample liquid.
  • 3. ACCURATE READINGS WITH ATC:Handheld wine Refractometer with Automatic Temperature Compensation(ATC),no more worry about the temperature change will influence the reading accuracy.the refractometer will account for changes in ambient temperature and automatically compensate accordingly to provides accurate and repeatable measurements
  • 4. AIRCRAFT ALUMIUM BODY MATERIAL:The grape wine refractometer is made of non-staining, non-corrosive and non-reactive aluminum which is lightweight to carry,anti-scratch and durable.
  • 5. This Unit is better than the 0-32% Brix Models. Because brewing high quality wines need more than 32% sugar content Brix. Excellent winemakers prefer to use nearly 40% Brix grapes to make wine.

 

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.

6/16/21 11 AM Central: This is selling for just $9.99. Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying orderPrices and availability can change quickly.  Check product page for current info – More About Price

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Rare Deal! Grainfather Conical Pro Edition – On Sale for $556, Save $138! – choose from 3 retailers + availability info

Deals on Grainfather Gear are Rare! The Grainfather is a MAP item.  MAP = Minimum Advertised Price.  It’s an agreement between sellers and manufacturer’s not to sell an item below a certain price.  This generally sells for about the same price no matter where you purchase it from and rarely discounted.

Three retailers have this on sale for $556, That’s a$138 savings.

Availability Note: These are ship directly from the distributor BSG Handcraft. One retailer that I’ve spoken with reached out to BSG Handcraft and was told that the Conical Fermenter Pro is back-ordered until early July. That can change. Order now to get this rare deal.

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Reader Tip: 7 Cu Ft Hisense Chest Freezer at Lowe’s [Fermentation or Kegerator] – $229

Thanks to HBF Reader Jimmy for this tip!  [8 Ways to Connect with HBF]Hisense 7-cu ft Manual Defrost Chest Freezer (White)

Hisense 7-cu ft Manual Defrost Chest Freezer (White) via Lowe’s

You could use this to put together a large freezer based kegerator/keezer (See: Tips and Gear for your Kegerator) or temperature controlled fermentation chamber.

As of this posting, Lowe’s has this marked down to $229. Check Lowe’s product page for current price and availability.

Hisense 7-cu ft Manual Defrost Chest Freezer (White) Item #2622567Model #LC70D6EWD

Also Consider: Inkbird Dual Stage Temp Controller [Hands on Review] – Inkbird Deals

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

Higher Wattage Gear? Digital Programmable Temp Controller – 1,850 Watt Max – $25.99 + free shipping

Digital Programmable Temperature Controller, Briidea Thermostat Heating and Cooling Mode for Heat Mat, Seed Germination, Reptiles and Brewing, Featuring Piggyback Plug 110V 16A 1850W

Digital Programmable Temperature Controller, Briidea Thermostat Heating and Cooling Mode for Heat Mat, Seed Germination, Reptiles and Brewing, Featuring Piggyback Plug 110V 16A 1850W

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  • MULTIFUNCTION: The temperature controller has practical functions, including cooling and heating mode, time setting, 5 + 2 programming, manual and automatic mode, temperature calibration
  • CONVENIENT DESIGN: piggyback plug and play design, easy to program, high accuracy waterproof sensor, support °C/°F display
  • CUSTOMIZE YOUR EQUIPMENT: Programmable thermostats can meet the daily needs of equipment. With its 5+2 programmable settings, you can easily manage devices through daily presets, helping you save time and energy
  • EASY TO INSTALL: Two installation methods are offered, of which one is pasting by 3M tape which means perforation free in the wall; the other one is fixing by scews. Both of them will fix the thermostat firmly attached onto the wall
  • WIDELY USED: Suitable for various applications: kimchi refrigerator, garage freezer, home brew kit, chicken coop water heater, water chiller, seedling heat mat, reptile heating pad, heat lamp, oven thermostat, beer brewing kit, fermenter fermentation bucket, heat mat for plants, grow tent heater etc

 

I would say that 1,850 Watt is a higher capacity than many of the homebrew controllers out there.

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Digital Programmable Temperature Controller, Briidea Thermostat Heating and Cooling Mode for Heat Mat, Seed Germination, Reptiles and Brewing, Featuring Piggyback Plug 110V 16A 1850W – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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Eisco Labs 500 ml Polypropylene Reagent Bottle – back in stock at $9.09 + My Yeast Rehydration Technique

Reagent Bottle, 500ml - Wide Mouth with Screw Cap - Polypropylene - Translucent - Eisco Labs

500 ml Polypropylene (PP) wide mouth bottle

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  • 500ML CAPACITY || Industrial quality reagent bottle with a 500ml capacity. Excellent for storing chemicals, liquids or powders
  • SUPERIOR DURABILITY || The rigid polypropylene construction provides excellent chemical resistance to acids, alcohols & alkalis, and very good resistance to aldehydes and hydrocarbons. Both bottle and cap are translucent with excellent optical clarity. Stable at temperatures between -20°C and 135°C
  • WIDE NECK || Bottle features a wide neck. Outer diameter of mouth measures 47mm and inner diameter measures 43mm. Includes a leak-proof screw cap
  • EASY TO CLEAN || Bottle and screw cap are autoclavable and top rack dishwasher safe for easy cleaning and sterilization
  • GREAT FOR PROFESSIONAL LABORATORIES, CLASSROOMS & HOUSEHOLD || Designed for use in professional laboratories, but is an ideal choice for science classrooms and household use

 

Possible homebrew uses include: Refractometer and pH sample collection, yeast rehydration, yeast washing and slurry storage. Also an easy vessel for making and storing sanitized water.  I use similar containers to collect samples and to aid with yeast rehydration.  Check out Tip 1 on our Tips Page for more info on my process for yeast rehydration.

6/15/21 3 PM Central: This was a quick sell out the last time I posted it. As of this posting, it’s back in stock, selling for $9.09. Shipping is also free to many US addressesPrices and availability can change quickly Check product page for current info – More About Prices

Reagent Bottle, 500ml – Wide Mouth with Screw Cap – Polypropylene – Translucent – Eisco Labs – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


Compare: New offerings are regularly added – Search Amazon for “Polypropylene Lab Bottles” – Some things to look for – proper temp ratings, use of food safe materials and microwaveable.

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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.