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

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

More: Recent AIH Finds

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15%+15% Off FerMonster Fermenters! + Hands on Review

MoreBeer is discounting Large Mouth FerMonster Fermenters and PET Carboys by 15%. Applies to all sizes (1, 3, 6 and 7 gallon) and configurations. Shipping is free with a qualifying $59 order to many US addresses. 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.

Save ANOTHER 15%! For a short time, MoreBeer is taking 15% off nearly everything, site wide when you use coupon code FLASH15.  There are a few exceptions.  Shipping is also free to most US addresses with a qualifying $59 order.  15% Off at MoreBeer!  – remember promo code FLASH15.

Save on 15% Off  Fermonsters! + Another 15% w/coupon code FLASH15

Also: Hands on Review: FerMonster Fermentors

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

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

More: Recent AIH Finds

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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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New 5 Gallon American Oak Barrels – on sale for $99.99 at Austin Homebrew Supply

American Oak Barrel - 5 Gallon

American Oak Barrel – 5 Gallon via Austin Homebrew Supply

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American Oak Barrel – 5 Gallon

A great way to infuse your next batch with some serious flavor! This is a fresh, unused American Oak barrel that is perfect for aging homemade spirits, beers, and wines. Create your own, unique flavor patina from batch to batch. This interior of the barrel is charred with a medium toast. This barrel will add a professional level of depth and complexity to all your brews.

These have been out of stock for a long time.  As of this posting Austin Homebrew Supply has these 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 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

American Oak Barrel – 5 Gallon

Also: Check out Austin Homebrew Supplies Sale Items – Selection Changes Regularly

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Hands on Review: Spike Conical Fermenters!

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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Spike Conical Fermenters


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Convert a Keg Into a Fermenter!

Cornelius Keg Lid for Secondary Fermenter

Kegs has some really distinct advantages as vessels, in general…

  • They are made from stainless steel
  • They are well built
  • They are pressure capable
  • They are generally well made, many times designed for years-long tough commercial use

How about we convert these into fermenters?

One economical way to do this is to remove the gas post and put a small, tight fitting piece of tubing over the top of the male threads.  Many times such a piece of tubing will also snugly accept an airlock.

A purpose built solution, pictured above, is also available that’s basically a modified keg lid.  That comes with a right-sized stopper to allow you to put an airlock in the modified lid.  Both Austin Homebrew Supply and Adventures in Homebrewing sell these.

These lids should work equally well on standard ball lock and pin lock style homebrew kegs.  See: Ball Lock Kegs vs Pin Lock Kegs – What’s the Difference?

Sizing: A five gallon keg isn’t really suitable for a primary fermenter for a 5 gallon batch.  You could use it as a secondary for a full 5 gallon batch, as a primary fermenter for smaller batches (maybe 3 to 4 gallons max) or you could split 5 gallon batches between two kegs.

There are 10 gallon ball lock kegs on the market.  Find one of those and you can do all the same stuff with a 5+ gallon batch.  10 gallon ball locks are difficult to find.  Your best bet is probably ebay.  Try this search, but don’t be surprised if nothing shows up in the search results.

Fun with keg fermenters!

  • Swap the fermenting lid out for the regular lid and use a trimmed dip tube and you can transfer under pressure.  The trimmed dip tube is essential to leave behind trub and avoid clogs.  You could also use William Brewing’s Top Draw Beer Pick Up Tube instead of trimming a dip tube.
  • Ferment under pressure using a Spunding Valve
  • Naturally carbonate in the keg using a Spunding Valve

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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Small Batch Brewers… 1 and 3 Gallon FerMonster Fermenters – from $12.79

FerMonster 1 Gallon Ported Carboy With Spigot FE261

MoreBeer is discounting Large Mouth FerMonster Fermenters and PET Carboys by 15%. Applies to all sizes (1, 3, 6 and 7 gallon) and configurations. Shipping is free with a qualifying $59 order to many US addresses. 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.

Also: Hands on Review: FerMonster Fermentors

This means smaller fermenters start at just $12.79.

Large Mouth FerMonster Fermenters and PET Carboys at MoreBeer

Also: Hands on Review: FerMonster Fermentors

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15% Off FerMonster Fermenters! + Hands on Review

MoreBeer is discounting Large Mouth FerMonster Fermenters and PET Carboys by 15%. Applies to all sizes (1, 3, 6 and 7 gallon) and configurations. Shipping is free with a qualifying $59 order to many US addresses. 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.

Also: Hands on Review: FerMonster Fermentors

FerMonster Sale!

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