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Ends Soon – Black Friday Deal! StirStarter XL 5L Stir Plate – $64.50 + Free EXTRA Stir Bar! + Free Shipping Compare @ $84 to $109 & Related Review

StirStarter XL 5L Stir Plate

StirStarter 5L Stir Plate via Valuebrew.  Includes Stir Plate, Stir Bar and “keeper magnet” (helps you retrieve stir bar after use).

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

XL StirStarter for up to 5L flasks. Includes StirStarter 5L Stir Plate, Stir Bar and Keeper Magnet. 8″ x 6″ x 3″. Includes lifetime repair or replace warranty from the manufacturer! Ships free to US addresses


 

Includes a lifetime repair or replace warranty.  I’ve used the smaller 2L StirStarter for years and it has worked very well for me.  I can wholeheartedly recommend it to you.  Check out our in depth Hands on Review of that stir plate.

As of this posting, this 5L Capable stir plate is on sale for just $64,50 as a Black Friday Deal.   You’ll also get a free extra stir bar (for a total of two) along with a “keeper magnet”  This is available right now, I don’t know how long it will last.  This is a bargain for a larger capacity stir plate.  For some pricing clarity, I’m seeing this elsewhere for $80 to $99.99.  To sweeten the deal expedited shipping is free to most US addresses.  Check the offering description for current price and availability.

StirStarter XL 5L Stir Plate – includes free shipping to US addresses

2L StirStarter Also On Sale

StirStarter Stir Plate – on sale for $40.50 + FREE Extra Stir Bar

Is this a great deal?  Compare!

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Price, promotions and availability can change quickly. Check the product page for current price, description and availability. ps:vb5lss

Backdoor Deal on… TILT Bluetooth Hydrometer! + Review and Brewfather Integration

TILT Bluetooth Hydrometer via High Gravity Fermentation Supplies

Learn More: Hands on Review

TILT 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.

Workaround!…

As of this posting, High Gravity Homebrew is giving bonus gift certificates based on how large of a gift certificate you purchase.

$67.50 gets you a $75 Gift Certificate
$90 gets you a $100 Gift Certificate
… etc

Since you can use gift cards on anything, this amounts to a back-door sitewide discount.

Buy a $125 gift certificate for $112.50 and immediately use it to purchase a Tilt, you’ll save $12.50.  Or, buy a $150 gift card for $135, add on a few items to your order and you’ll save $15.

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

Also at High Gravity: Hands on Review: Wort Hog Turnkey Electric e-BIAB System! | Bootleg Biology at High Gravity

Grainfather Black Friday Sale – My Pick For the Best Deal

  • Grainfather Discounts are rare.  Why?  Grainfather gear is under a MAP agreement.  MAP = Minimum Advertised Price.  It’s an agreement between sellers and manufacturer’s not to sell an item below a certain price.  Generally speaking, the Grainfather gear is not discounted.
  • Grainfather has authorized a limited time Black Friday Sale on their all grain brewing systems, conical and glycol chiller

The following shops are taking part in this sale…

Update: This promo has expired or pricing, availability or description has changed – Check the supplier’s site or product page for current availability

Recent Deals!  Last Fifty Finds

My Pick for the best Grainfather G30 Deal… MoreBeer, Williams and AIH all have this marked down to $719. That’s a savings of about $280. So this is an outstanding deal no matter where you buy it. However, William’s Brewing is throwing in a free Hop Spider (just check the box) that makes it the best deal in my book. The Grainfather G30 110 volt at William’s Brewing

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Grainfather Black Friday Sale!

  • Grainfather Discounts are rare.  Why?  Grainfather gear is under a MAP agreement.  MAP = Minimum Advertised Price.  It’s an agreement between sellers and manufacturer’s not to sell an item below a certain price.  Generally speaking, the Grainfather gear is not discounted.
  • Grainfather has authorized a limited time Black Friday Sale on their all grain brewing systems, conical and glycol chiller

The following shops are taking part in this sale…

Update: This promo has expired or pricing, availability or description has changed – Check the supplier’s site or product page for current availability

Recent Deals!  Last Fifty Finds

My Pick for the best Grainfather G30 Deal… MoreBeer, Williams and AIH all have this marked down to $719. That’s a savings of about $280. So this is an outstanding deal no matter where you buy it. However, William’s Brewing is throwing in a free Hop Spider (just check the box) that makes it the best deal in my book. The Grainfather G30 110 volt at William’s Brewing

cyber monday homebrew deals

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Carboy Fermentation Heater from Adventures in Homebrewing – $20, Black Friday Deal + Use it to Help Remove Keg Labels

Carboy Heater

Carboy heater from Adventures in Homebrewing

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

The Carboy Heater is a small heating wrap that is stuck directly to the fermenter to increase heat by 5-20° F. This heat wrap distributes 32 watts of heat over an area of 2 square feet for a very gentle heat. Use electrical tape (recommended) to adhere to your carboy, plastic fermenter, or even your conical! For ultimate control of your fermentation temperature, use in conjunction with a stopper thermowell and digital thermostat.



Alternate Use Tip

I use a similar heat mat to help remove stubborn keg labels.  See: Removing Keg Labels… A Trick That Makes it Easy! – a section of our keg rebuild how-to


  • Adventures in Homebrewing’s Black Friday Sale is live now!
  • These are included in the mix and on sale for just $20.
  • Stacks With Free Shipping:  As of this posting, Adventures in Homebrewing is offering free shipping on most orders of $55 or more with a few exclusions. 

Carboy HeaterAdventures in Homebrewing’s Black Friday Sale!

Related: Maintaining Fermentation Temps in Colder Weather

Update: This promo has expired or pricing, availability or description has changed – Check the supplier’s site or product page for current availability

Recent Deals!  Last Fifty Finds

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More: Recent AIH Finds

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StirStarter Stir Plate – $40.50 + Free EXTRA Stir Bar + Free Shipping & Hands on Review

stirstarter black friday deal

StirStarter Stir Plate via Valuebrew.  Includes Stir Plate, Stir Bar and “keeper magnet” (helps you retrieve stir bar after use).

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

Take your fermentations to the next level with the StirStarter!

Includes StirStarter Stir Plate, Stir Bar and Keeper Magnet.

Ships free to US addresses.

This unit has two powerful NdFeB button magnets in the 12 VDC stir motor, which is controlled by a precision voltage regulator for easy speed adjustment. The RPMs of the drive motor are limited, so the motor will not “throw” the stir bar, yet it provides enough to get a good vortex going. A low voltage, plug-in wall transformer provides power to the unit. The black plastic case dimensions are 6″ x 4″ x 2″, large enough to accomodate a 2000 mL flask as shown. A Teflon coated 1″ x 5/16″ stir bar is included. A “keeper” magnet is also supplied to lock the stir bar in place while the yeast is pitched, so the stir bar won’t end up in your fermenter!


 

Includes a lifetime repair or replace warranty.

I’ve used the StirStarter for years and it has worked very well for me.  I can wholeheartedly recommend it to you.  Check out our in depth Hands on Review!

Valuebrew is discounting the StirStarter to just $40.50 AND including an extra stir bar.  That means you’ll get two stir bars along with a “keeper magnet”.  Expedited shipping is also free to US addresses.  Check the offering description for current price and availability.

StirStarter Stir Plate – via Valuebrew – includes free shipping to US addresses

5L StirStarter Also On Sale

StirStarter XL 5L Stir Plate – on sale for $64.50 + FREE Extra Stir Bar

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Price, promotions and availability can change quickly. Check the product page for current price, description and availability. ps:vbss

FermZilla 55L/13.2 Gallon Conical Fermenter – $144.99 on MoreBeer’s Black Friday Sale

FermZilla Conical Fermenter - 13.2 gal. / 55 L FE115

FermZilla Conical Fermenter – 13.2 gal. / 55 L via MoreBeer

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

The new and improved 55L FermZilla brought to you by the critical minds and engineers behind the original Fermentasaurus Gen 1. Although the original Fermentasaurus was revolutionary at the time of its conception, there’s always room for improvement. This is partly due to the strong community of Fermentasaurus users who have helped push for an improved conical unitank.

The FermZilla is the perfect option for brewers that want all the advantages of a conical fermenter without the price tag of a full blown stainless steel unit. It allows you to dump trub, harvest yeast, and with the addition of the 55L FermZilla Pressure Kit (available in both stainless and plastic), you can carbonate and serve – all in one vessel! The clear PET tank allows you to visually monitor fermentation activity and is pressure rated to 2.4 Bar (34.8 psi), which means you can ferment under pressure, reducing ester and fusel alcohols in your finished beer. This also gives you the ability to perform pressure transfers. If you prefer to move your finished beer to a keg or other vessel, you can do so with little to no oxygen exposure.

New and Improved:
1. Larger Dump Valve – 3″ butterfly dump valve is more resistant to clogging from large amounts of trub
2. Larger Opening – 4.75″ top port opening allows for easier cleaning
3. Less Headspace – more appropriately sized for 10-gallon batches. Purging the headspace of oxygen is easier and more effective.

What’s Included:
FermZilla 55L Tank with Butterfly Dump Valve
Reinforced Stainless Steel Stand
Top Lid with PRV (35 psi)
1000 ml Collection Container & Lid
3-Piece Airlock
Graduation Sticker
Adhesive Thermometer
Strap Wrench
Spare Seals
Specs:

55 L (13.2 gal) Total Volume
Pressure Rated to 2.4 Bar (34.8 psi)
Temperature Rated to 122°F
Height in Stand – 40.1″
Height w/ Airlock – 43.5″
Tank Diameter – 13.9″
Diameter in Stand – 15.7″
Lid & Collection Container Ports – 28 mm PCO 1881 threads
Please note: when using the FermZilla under pressure, you must perform a water pressure check to ensure your connections are leak proof. To do this, fill your FermZilla up with water, apply at least 15 psi pressure, and check for leaks around all caps and threads.

Pressure Stress
If you use the FermZilla to ferment under pressure, or you use CO2 to pressure transfer or force carbonate your finished beer, it is very important that you conduct semi-annual inspections of your tank. Even with perfect care, the FermZilla tank may show signs of wear from pressure stress over time. We recommend visually inspecting your tank for stress creases or other signs of wear once or twice a year. A hydro test should be conducted every two years, even if no signs of wear are found. The process is simple:

Fill the tank to the brim with water
Replace the Red PRV with a Green PRV rated to 4.5 BAR or higher
Pressurize the tank to 4 BAR (58 psi)
Check for leaks, then replace the Red PRV when finished
If leaks or potential points of failure are found, replace the tank before you continue using pressure with your FermZilla.

General Care
Taking good care of your FermZilla begins with cleaning and sanitizing the unit before and after use. The tank is made from food-grade PET, which is beautifully clear, but can be sensitive to long soaks in cleaners and acid-based sanitizers. In general, we do not recommend leaving products like PBW or StarSan soaking in the tank for more than an hour. Extended soaks have the potential to degrade the PET material and shorten the lifespan of the tank.


 

MoreBeer is discounting a slew of gear and ingredients via their Black Friday Sale. They’ve launched a rotating selection of deals early, presumably to try and stave off supply chain related issues. These are their actual Black Friday Deals. If you see something you like, I suggest buying it while you can.

  • Complete selection: Black November Sale!
  • This is included in the mix and marked down to just $144.99.

FermZilla Conical Fermenter – 13.2 gal. / 55 L FE115

Price, promotions and availability can change quickly. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

Hands on Review: Kegland BlowTie Spunding Valve – Loads of Updates, Now Includes v2 + TWO x Limited Time Deals

A Spunding Valve allows you to maintain a set pressure. If pressure in the vessel exceeds the set point, it is expelled. It generally consists of an adjustable PRV valve, a tee, a gauge and a way to connect to your keg.


2 x Limited Time Deals, Review Continues Below:

MoreBeer’s Black Friday Sale is Live! As of this posting, BlowTie v2  is included in the mix and on sale for just $14.05. Shipping is free with a qualifying $59 order to many US addresses.

BlowTie Diaphragm Spunding Valve with Gauge FE962

Complete Sale… Black November Sale!

William’s Brewing has a large clearance sale going on Shipping is generally  free or reasonably priced flat rate to addresses in the contiguous US depending on your order size for most items.

  • This is included in the mix and on sale for just $13.49.
  • Shipping is free or reasonably priced flat rate to addresses in the contiguous US depending on your order size for most items.

DuoTight BlowTie Spunding Valve With Gauge


Why a Spunding Valve?

There are loads of homebrew related applications for a Spunding valve ranging from pressurized ferementation to naturally carbonating to fixing over carbonated beers and lots more.  Check out our resource post on the subject.  It’s arguably the go-to resource on the Internet on the subject


BlowTie v1 & v2!

This review covers both the original v1 Kegland v1 BlowTie & v2. Both are DuoTight compatible. The biggest difference is v2 has an integrated gauge, where v1 required an add-on gauge.

Kegland BlowTie v2

Kegland BlowTie v1

But first, more about DuoTight!

Kegland’s DuoTight Fittings are designed to work with EVABarrier Double Wall Tubing.  They offer quick, reliable connections, easy implementation, a variety of fitting options and feature amazing versatility.  They’re also, generally speaking, very well priced.  DuoTights are push to connect fittings and require no tubing clamps.

Check out my extensive Hands on Review


Hands on Review Kegland BlowTie Spunding Valve v1

The BlowTie Spunding Valve assembly consists of the BlowTie, a DuoTight Tee Fitting, a DuoTight to flare fitting, a DuoTight pressure gauge and two small pieces of EVABarrier Tubing.

The BlowTie is the heart of this build.  It has DuoTight Push to Connect connections on both side as well as an adjustment knob to set pressure.  Related: DuoTight Hands on Review. Continue reading

Kegland DuoTight BlowTie v2! Ball Lock Spunding Valve… $13.49 + Hands on Review

DuoTight BlowTie Spunding Valve With Gauge

DuoTight BlowTie Spunding Valve With Gauge

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

The BlowTie is a diaphragm based adjustable spunding valve used to release pressure from kegs and other pressure vessels. It features a usable range of 4 to 15 PSI, and the diaphragm construction means it has a wider pressure range than spring based spundling valves. This unit can be easily disassembled for cleaning using a phillips head screw driver. Accuracy of the gauge is plus or minus 2 PSI.


 

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 loads of information on building and using a Spunding Valve.

DuoTight BlowTie Spunding Valve With Gauge

Homebrew Finds is Spunding Central! Build a Spunding Valve! – How and Why << a top resource on the subject

More DuoTight!

Also: Kegerator Tips & Gear | Keg Repair Part #s | Recent Keg Finds

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Visit William’s Brewing – Web Only Clearance Sale

More: Recent William’s Brewing Finds

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

  • 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

11/24 4:30 AM Central: These are selling for just $7.59. 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 Prices

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


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.