Category Archives: Fermentation

Hands on Review: Spike Conical Fermenters

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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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Inkbird ITC-308 WiFi Digital Dual Stage Temp Controller – $42.49 w/15% Off Coupon + Hands on Review

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

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  • 👍👍【Android & IOS WIFI App】WIFI APP - WIFI smart controller supports both IOS & Android. WIFI connection supports 2.4GHz Wi-Fi band with free “INKBIRD” APP to control the temperature remotely.
  • 👍👍【Dual Relay Output】Dual relay - able to power refrigeration and heating equipment as conditions change.
  • 👍👍【High/Low Temperature Alarm】 Set High/Low temperature alarm when the temperature is over or under preset temperature or the sensor experiences a malfunction.
  • 👍👍【Convenient Design】Plug-n-play, easy to use. Supports ℃/℉reading and Temperature calibration.
  • 👍👍【1100W Max Outpout】Maximum output load: 1100W(110V).【Safety】Maximum output load: 1100W(110V). Customize temperature and compressor delay, protecting your refrigeration/heating equipment.

 

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.

As of this posting, this is selling for $49.99 Apply 15% off page coupon and the price drops to $42.49 at checkout. Shipping is also free to many US addresses. Prices and availability can change quickly Check product page for current info – More About Prices

Inkbird WiFi ITC-308 Digital Temperature Controller Thermostat Remote Monitoring Controlling Home Brewing Fermentation Breeding Incubation Greenhouse – 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 ITC308 Review

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BlowTie Diaphragm Spunding Valve v2 – $18.09 + Free Shipping + Hands on Review & Digital Upgrade

Duotight BlowTie 2 Diaphragm Spunding Valve w/Integrated Pressure Gauge (0-15 PSI) for Pressure Fermentation - KL15042

Duotight BlowTie 2 Diaphragm Spunding Valve w/Integrated Pressure Gauge (0-15 PSI) for Pressure Fermentation – KL15042

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  • The BlowTie 2 features an integrated pressure gauge. Quickly and easily dial in your pressure setting.
  • The BlowTie 2 features an integrated pressure gauge. Quickly and easily dial in your pressure setting.
  • Easily disassembles for cleaning
  • 8mm (5/16″) Duotight fittings at both ends
  • Gauge reads from 0-15 psi

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A Spunding Valve allows you to maintain a set pressure. If pressure in the vessel exceeds the set point, it is expelled. Lots more in our definitive Spunding Valve Resource Post

Learn More! Hands on Review: Kegland BlowTie Diaphragm Spunding Valve!

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Duotight BlowTie 2 Diaphragm Spunding Valve w/Integrated Pressure Gauge (0-15 PSI) for Pressure Fermentation – KL15042 – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

Related: New Digital Gauge Available!

Kegland Digital Gauge to fit Spunding Valve and Secondary Pressure Regulator

Kegland’s DuoTight system along with their EVABarrier Tubing are amazing. Check out my extensive hands on review for a deep dive into the system.

Kegland has released a digital regulator option that works with their great inline regulator and gauge-equipped BlowTie Spunding Valves.

It appears as though though Kegland will offer both complete digital inline regulators and spunding valves and a regulator only option that will retrofit analog units.

Digital Mini Pressure Gauge (0-90 psi) D1165

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1/2″ Threaded Inline Stainless Steel Diffusion Stone… $6.99 + free prime ship

0.5 Micron Inline Oxygenation Diffusion Stone, 1/2″ NPT Hose Barb Stainless Steel Aeration Stone Carbonating Stone with 1/4″ Barb for Home Brewing Beer

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  • 【Healthy Food Grade Material】Food Grade 0.5 Micron Diffusion Stone with 316 Stainless Steel 1/4" Barb, High Qulity and Anti-Corrosion.
  • 【Unique Mouth - feel】Compared with 2 micron, 0.5 micron diffusion stone will produce smaller & finer bubbles which can make the O2 or CO2 combine with liquid faster. Let your draft beer, soda, coffee and other drinks more delicate, more exquisite and more fresh.
  • 【Connected With Fittings】1/2" NPT diffusion stone can be installed into the 1/2" FPT fitting or 1/4" diameter. The diffusion stone can connect with kettle&pump&wort chiller by hose.
  • 【Boiled Clean】The 0.5 micron diffusion stone needs to be boiled in water to clean & unclog the pores. If the pores in aeration stone get blocked, it should be dipped in acid for 15 seconds and then rinsing with water.
  • 【Good to Buy】Great choice for home brewing.

 

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0.5 Micron Inline Oxygenation Diffusion Stone, 1/2″ NPT Hose Barb Stainless Steel Aeration Stone Carbonating Stone with 1/4″ Barb for Home Brewing Beer – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

TILT Bluetooth Hydrometer… $119 w/Coupon + Free Shipping

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TILT Bluetooth Hydrometer via Austin Homebrew Supply

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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.


 

Why the TILT is Awesome: Hands on Review: Tilt Bluetooth Fermentation Hydrometer!

  • As of this posting, AIH has TILT for $135  Check the product page for current price and availability.
  • Works with Brewfather App!  Sign up for a free trial! – check out our Hands on Review
  • Stacks With Free Shipping:  Shipping is also free to addresses in the contiguous US.

Coupon!

  • Austin Homebrew Supply is discounting most orders of $80 or more by $16 when you coupon code PINTPLEASE
  • Some restrictions apply, order must use coupon code PINTPLEASE must be applied to cart at checkout.

That makes TILT just $119 and shipping should be free to most US addresses

Tilt Hydrometers at Austin Homebrew Supply – remember coupon code PINTPLEASE

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Save on Refurbished Conicals at MoreBeer!

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  • MoreBeer periodically makes a limited number of refurbished conicals available.
  • This is a great chance to get a deal.
  • Shipping is also free (for most sizes) to addresses in the contiguous US.
  • Limited quantities are available, check link below if you can still get in on this deal.

Refurbished Conicals at MoreBeer

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16 x Masontops Silicone Food Grade Airlock Grommets – $8.99 + free prime ship

Masontops True Fit Silicone Grommets For Mason Jar Fermentation Airlock Lids, Sauerkraut, Kimchi, Homebrewing, Wine and Beer Making – 16 Pack

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  • INCLUDES 16 TRUE FIT GROMMETS - Ideal for mason jar fermentation, standard airlocks, mason jar straws and other accessories, wine making and beer brewing.
  • DESIGNED FOR PLASTIC AND METAL MASON JAR LIDS - It may seem like a simple component, but we have taken the time to get the sizing, flex, and shape just right for a durable, safe grommet that is easy to insert and remove over and over again.
  • BPA-FREE, FOOD-GRADE, REUSABLE AND DISHWASHER-SAFE - True Fit Grommets are made from premium clear silicone. They can be safely reused over and over and are dishwasher-safe
  • DIMENSIONS - Center Hole - 3/8" diameter (9 mm), Center Channel - 1/16" width (1.5 mm), designed to fit 9/16" lid holes (14 mm).
  • EASY TO INSERT AND REMOVE - Simply punch or drill a 9/16" (14 mm) hole in your mason jar lid and insert the grommet edge into the opening so that the grommet groove catches on the edge.

 

Use to add an airlock port to a container of your choosing.  Most of the grommet offerings I see don’t claim to be food grade.  That’s probably not a big deal considering that most of the time this gets little to no contact with your beer.  Having said that, it’s nice to have a food grade option.

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Masontops True Fit Silicone Grommets For Mason Jar Fermentation Airlock Lids, Sauerkraut, Kimchi, Homebrewing, Wine and Beer Making – 16 Pack – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

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Measureman Digital Pressure Gauge – $12.97 + free prime ship & Spunding Valve Build

Measureman 2-1/2″ Dial Size Digital Air Pressure Gauge with 1/4” NPT Bottom Connector and Protective Boot, 0-60psi, Accuracy 1%, Battery Powered, with LED Light

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  • For pneumatic, air pressure measuring, typical for tire gauge, tire inflator, air pressure system etc.
  • Dial size: 2-1/2", blue backlight
  • Plastic case and protective boot,
  • Solid brass connection, standard 1/4"NPT male
  • 0-60psi, bar, kg/cm2, kpa, Accuracy:1%

From HBF: 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.

 

Note from HBF: For whatever reason this offering seems to periodically change. The one I’m intending to link to is a 2 1/2 dial with 1/4″ NPT that reads 0 to 60 PSI. It’s possible a different variation will show up.

A possible 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

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Measureman 2-1/2″ Dial Size Digital Air Pressure Gauge with 1/4” NPT Bottom Connector and Protective Boot, 0-60psi, Accuracy 1%, Battery Powered, with LED Light – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

What’s the Difference Between TILT PRO and Standard? + Save on TILT Pro

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Tilt PRO Bluetooth Hydrometer via Great Fermentations

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PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Check the gravity and temp of your beer from a compatible Apple or Android device, while your beer is fermenting!
  • The Pro is the next generation model, purpose built for high performance production scale stainless steel fermentation tanks.
  • High-gain antenna increases the range by 20% vs the original Tilt, allowing you to “see” your Tilt through thicker heads of foam and heavier stainless steel walls.
  • Pre-installed lithium-ion batteries can provide up to 3-5 years of power.

NOTE: If using more than one Tilt Pro at a time, you must use a different color Tilt Pro for each batch. Apps will not read multiple hydrometers of the same color.


 

  • Great Fermentations is marking this down $20 to $229.99 for HBF Readers
  • Use coupon code HBFTILTPRO to get the deal
  • Shipping is also free to addresses in the contiguous US

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Tilt vs Tilt Pro…

* 3x the volume and weight of the original provides improved specific gravity stability at high krausen
* Double the battery life can keep it powered from 3-5 years, depending on use
* Boosted range with a high-gain antenna that in testing increased range by 20% vs. the original Tilt. Now you can see your Tilt through thicker heads of foam and heavier stainless steel walls
* Includes an extra decimal of precision available from the sensors and to the read-out so there are now decimal degrees Fahrenheit as well as higher resolution Celsius

NOTE ON FERMENTER COMPATIBILITY: At a width of close to 2 inches, the Tilt Pro will not fit into a standard glass/plastic carboy. It is designed to be used in vessels with larger openings or ones with removable lids like Stainless Steel fermenters.

Related: Hands on Review: Tilt Bluetooth Fermentation Hydrometer!

Also at Great Fermentations: Tapcooler Counter Pressure Bottle Filler!Hands on Review

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Hands on Review: Ss Brewtech Brew Bucket Fermenter – Get in Now Before Prices Go Up

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.


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Prices Increases…

Got this info from one of our partners, Keg Outlet… “The supply chain has continued to be unpredictable, but with that being said, We’ve received more updates this week that more of the brands that we carry are going to be increasing prices on items. Ss Brewtech will be increasing pricing on most of their products/lines”


Ss Brewtech Brew Bucket

Right from the start I knew there was something special with the Ss Brewtech fermenter as I opened the box it came in. Having received some gear that came out of torn and collapsing boxes recently, it stood out to me how the box was completely together. While you might chalk that up to how careful the delivery guy was, I could tell this box was designed with purpose. The thickness of the layers, and the construction of the layers were clearly designed to handle both scrapes and crushing loads. All this might seem trivial, until you unbox that new shiny piece of equipment you’ve spent your hard-earned dollars on and find it scratched, scuffed, or slightly out of round. With the thought and purpose Ss Brewtech put into their packaging, you can tell that they wouldn’t accept those careless things to happen to their equipment. And that counts.


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