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Inkbird ITC-308 Dual Stage Digital Temp Controller – $29.74 + free shipping, w/coupon + Hands on Review

Inkbird 10A 110V Digital Thermostat with Heat and Cool Relays ITC-308 Home Brewing

ITC-308 Home Brewing Temperature Controller by Inkbird


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

  • Convenient Design: Plug and play, easy to use.
  • Support reading with Centigrade or Fahrenheit unit.
  • Maximum output load: 1100W(110V).
  • Dual Relay Output – Be able to connect with refrigeration and heating equipment at the same time.
  • Dual Display Window – Be able to display measured temperature and set temperature at the same time.

Dual stage means that the ITC-308 can control both a heating and cooling device.  Alternatively, it can control a heating or a cooling device.  This controller displays in Fahrenheit or Celsius.  Dual Display shows both measured and set temperature.

Use in conjunction with compatible heating and/or cooling devices (usually a freezer or a refrigerator) to help control fermentation or kegerator temperatures. This is a great controller!  Check out my extensive Hands on Review of the ITC-308.  That includes loads of information including a walk through of all settings.

4/5/20 11 AM Central: This is selling for $34.99.  Apply coupon code I43VCIIL and the price drops to $29.74 at checkout. 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.

Inkbird 10A 110V Digital Thermostat with Heat and Cool Relays ITC-308 Home Brewing


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Back In Stock: 10 Gallon Cooler to Mash Tun Conversion Kit – $68 + Hands on Review

cooler conversion kit

This Brew Hardware Mash Tun Conversion Kit includes everything you need to convert a 10 gallon Igloo or Home Depot Rubbermaid Cooler to a Mash Tun.  Note that it does not includes a cooler.

This kit includes:

  • 12″ stainless steel domed false bottom with upgraded large ID connection elbow
  • One piece (Brew Hardware custom designed) machined bulkhead with interior barb
  • 2 piece stainless ball valve – can be upgraded to 3 piece
  • Required length of high temp silicone tubing
  • Does not include cooler or barb/camlock.  Barb and camlock fitting options are available under accessories on the right side of the screen.

from Brew Hardware: “What makes our kit different than the competition? Ugh, now we have to brag just a little. The bulkhead we include in this kit is custom machined out of hex bar stock to our exact specifications making it extremely simple to install and leak free from day one. It’s not a bunch of off the shelf parts made with half a roll of teflon tape. We also use a high flow elbow connector at the false bottom which also features a custom made smooth bore retainer. Long story short, we’ve held off on offering cooler false bottom kits for a long time until we had all the high end components described here.” [full product description]

Options are available both for an Igloo 10 gallon cooler and for Home Depot’s 10 gallon cooler.   A complete converted option is also available.  That includes the cooler along with your choice of connection fittings.  In my experience it’s cheaper to grab the conversion kit from Brew Hardware and source the cooler separately.  See some links to compatible coolers below.

This is the conversion kit I use and it’s… awesome.   tn_img_0322-300x225Check out my Hands on Review.

  • These sold out at some point after the last time we posted about this great setup.
  • As of this posting, this great conversion kit is back in stock at $68.
  • Pricing and, especially, availability can vary. Check Brew Hardware for current, description, price and availability.

COOLER TO MASH TUN CONVERSION KIT


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Ball Lock Keg QD Jumper Post [Clean Draft Lines + Draft Line Cleaning Pump Build] – $5.99

BALL LOCK KEG QD JUMPER POST FOR CLEANING

via Brew Hardware.  This custom fitting is designed to allow you to connect two ball lock QDs together for the purpose of cleaning your draft lines more quickly and easily.


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

New and improved version of this fitting is much easier to connect than previous stock. We’ve moved the locking groove closer to the ends so the poppet in your QD doesn’t have to compress as much.

Maybe this is a strange idea but that’s how we roll. This custom made fitting allows you to connect a liquid or gas ball lock coupler/disconnect to both sides. It’s made so that the poppet is depressed to get full flow through both lines. Why?
If you’ve got a multiple faucet kegerator, you’re probably used to cleaning your lines one tap at a time. There are a lot of different ways to run cleaner through the lines whether it be pumping, or maybe even dispensing BLC or other cleaners through by pressurizing a spare keg. The BEST way to clean lines is to use a pump because cleaner in motion works better than static. Here’s how we do it. We use a chugger pump fed from a spare pot or cooler and the output of the pump goes into the first faucet (simply clamp the hose on to the nozzle). The serving line goes to this ball lock jumper fitting, then into the serving line of the next faucet. On the outside of this faucet you can either run it back into your cleaner reservoir or continue to daisy chain to as many faucets as you have. Please note that if you have the faucet style where the piston sticks out of the front of the faucet, you can’t do this because it will leak at that spot.

The beauty of this method is that you don’t have to take your disconnects off the lines or take them apart for cleaning. The cleaner goes through everything. You can also use it with only one QD attached which would then just hold the poppet open for you.

This item is JUST the doubled ended jumper post fitting with two included ORINGS as seen in the picture (may be red or black). We only show the ball lock QD in the second picture to show application at a glance.”


HBF Reader [8 Ways to Connect with HBF] Josh Says: “I use two of these, along with my Mark II Keg Washer, and silicone tubing between my Perlick faucets, to make a loop through all three of my taps in order to recirculate BLC for a good 30 – 60 minutes. Works great!”

Availability of these is touch and go.  Brew Hardware gets a supply in stock and then they sell our in relatively short order.  This is usually followed by a long period of unavailability.  As of this posting, they’re back in stock and marked down to $5.99  Shipping is a Flat $7.99 with a $150 order or free with a $299 order.  Check product page for current availability.

BALL LOCK KEG QD JUMPER POST FOR CLEANING

Draft Line Cleaning Pumps: Mark II Keg & Carboy Cleaner… As a Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump | Building A Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump

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3 Way Expandable CO2 Manifold – On Sale for $31.18 + free ship eligible & Hands on Review

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3 Way Expandable CO2 Manifold.  Each connection has a check valve and a shut off valve.  For gas, I prefer barbs over flare connections.  This has 5/16″ barbs but you can also use 1/4″ ID tubing.  There aren’t a lot of things in homebrewing that grow with you.  For example, when you get ready to go from concentrated boils to full extract boils, you cannot buy an add on for your 4 gallon kettle . 🙂  This manifold is an exception, if the need arises, you can get an add-on and expand this manifold.  Check out my Hands on Review of this great system

Gas Manifold – 3 Way D1805

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Hands On Review: American Weigh AWS-100 Digital Gram Scale – 100g x 0.01g – for homebrew hops & more

Why a Digital Gram Scale for Homebrewing?

Homebrewers are generally weighing things in two categories.  Moderately large amounts of things – like grain – and smaller amounts of things – like hops and water salts.  Although weighing both types of things involve a scale, they are really wildly different activities.

An accurate gram scale is great for weighing smaller amounts of things like hops, water salts and smaller amounts of other ingreidents.

Features to Look for in a Homebrewing Gram Scale

  • Digital readout – most scales are digital now, so this one should not be a problem
  • The Tare Feature – Tare allows you to subtract the weight of the container you’re using to get a true weight of the contents.  Add your empty container to the scale and press the tare button.  This zeros out the scale.  Now add the thing you’re weighing and the scale displays just the weight of the contents of your container.  In my opinion the tare function is essential for any good homebrewing scale.
  • Precision – Look for a minimum of 1/10th gram precision (Example – 1.1 grams) if you’re wanting to weigh hops.  Look for a minimum of 1/100th gram precision (Example. 1.11 grams) if you’re wanting to weigh water salts.
  • Capacity – Higher precision and accuracy generally equate to lower capacity.  That’s okay, just understand what capacity you’re buying.  100 grams = about 3.52 ounces.

Hands on Review: American Weigh Model AWS-100 Digital Gram Scale

This scale has 1/100th gram resolution making it great for accurately weighing hops, small amounts of specialty grains and water salts.  It has a 100 gram (3.52 ounce) capacity.

cln_img_6812The front of the box.  Reads: Hundredth of a gram accuracy (0.01 g), 100g Maximum Capacity, Flip-Open Protective Cover, Includes two AAA, 10 Year Warranty.


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American Weigh Scale AWS-100 Digital Pocket Scale, 100g X 0.01g Resolution – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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Back In Stock: Brand New 2.5 Gallon Ball Lock Kegs – $75 + free shipping + free $25 gift card + Hands on Review

Brand New 2.5 Gallon Gallon Ball Lock Kegs via Adventures in Homebrewing.  ISO 9001 Certified, NSF Certified, Ball Lock 2.5 Gallon Capacity and have double rubber handles.  Typically double rubber handle kegs cost more compared to single strap handle kegs.

2.5 gallon kegs are great for small batch brewing, splitting batches and serving on the go.  Check out my Hands on Review of these great kegs.

  • These are on sale for $75
  • These had been backordered.  They are available again as of this posting.  Check site for current availability.
  • Adventures in Homebrewing has these on sale for $75 as a pre-order
  • AIH is shipping most orders of $55 or more for free to addresses in the contiguous US.  Most kegs DO NOT qualify for free shipping.  This 2.5 gallon size DOES qualify for free shipping.

AIH New 2.5 Gallon Corny Keg Ball Lock

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Inline CO2 Regulator [control each keg separately] – on sale for $4.99 + free opener offer

william's brewing inline regulatorInline Regulator via William’s Brewing.  About: “This in line regulator features 1/4″ hose barbs, and can be adjusted with a flat head screwdriver. It can reduce incoming pressure from 150 PSI to 1 PSI. It is very handy to use when you want to use a single output C02 regulator in a draft system, but supply different kegs with different dispensing pressures. 4.75″ long with included brass hose barbs installed.”  The product page has a video with more info.

This is basically an inline secondary regulator.  You still need a primary regulator attached to your CO2 tank.  The idea is, you set the primary to the highest pressure you will use (without exceeding specifications of any component of your system) and then use these regulators inline (one per line) to fine tune pressure and carbonation [See: Balancing Your Draft System].  As an example, you could set your primary to 25 PSI for faster force carbonation and set each line to a different pressure based on desired carbonation level.

  • This is awesome… Review and Hacks… ReviewDial in w/SpundingUse for portable serving!
  • As of this posting, William’s Brewing has this on sale for just $4.99.
  • Shipping is free or reasonably priced flat rate to addresses in the lower 48 states depending on your order size for most items.
  • Get a Free Bottle Cap Gun Opener: William’s Brewing is giving away a free cap gun bottle opener with orders of $40 or more.  These both open bottles and shoot bottle caps.  Just use coupon code CAPGUN and it will be automatically added at checkout.

IN LINE REGULATOR

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5 Gallon Pin Lock Homebrew Kegs – on sale for $33.33

5 Gallon Cornelius Keg, Pin Lock Coke (Used)

5 Gallon used pin lock kegs from Adventures in Homebrewing


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

Pressure tested 5 gallon, stainless steel, cornelius style tank. These PIN LOCK tanks are guaranteed to hold pressure.

Tanks may have some syrup residue as they have only been dumped out.

  • 22-24″ Tall
  • 9″ Diameter
  • No Major Dents
  • Pressure Tested
  • Heavy Duty SS Kegs
  • No Pressure Relief Valve
  • 2 and 3 Prong Posts to Avoid Mistakes

  • As of this posting, these are marked down to just $33.33
  • Bonus, 5% Back: Get the equivalent to about 5% back on nearly everything via AIH’s Rewards Program

5 Gallon Cornelius Keg, Pin Lock Coke (Used)

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8 lbs Five Star PBW Homebrew Cleanser – $46.97, $5.87/lb + free shipping

Five Star PBW - 8 lbs - Non-Caustic Alkaline Cleaner

8 lbs Five Star PBW Powdered Brewery Wash


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

  • PBW is an alkaline, non-caustic, environmentally and user friendly cleaner
  • Cleaner is very effective in removing thick, difficult, and caked-on organic soils.
  • Effective substitute for caustic soda cleaners and household cleaners
  • Can clean items that cannot be reached with a brush or sponge by simply soaking and rinsing
  • Safe on skin as well as stainless steel, rubber, soft metals, and on plastics

PBW is my go to homebrewing cleanser!

3/25/20 3 AM Central: This is selling for $46.97. 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.

PBW by Five Star- 8 lbs


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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.

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A Great Homebrew Thermometer – ThermoWorks RT600C Super Fast Thermometer + Hands on Review

RT600C SUPER-FAST ® POCKET THERMOMETER - WHITE, CHARCOAL, OR YELLOW

RT600C Digital thermometer [Review – previous version] from ThermoWorks makers of the nearly universally lauded Thermapen

Features: Highest accuracy in its class, to ±0.9°F (±0.5°C), Range from -40 to 302°F (-40 to 150°C)
IP65 waterproof rating, 5-6 second Super-Fast® probe, 4.7-inch probe length for deeper reach
5,000-hour battery life, 2-year warranty.

This is a great home brewing thermometer that I can confidently recommend.  It’s accurate, has a quick response time and it is waterproof.  Waterproof as in… toss it in the dishwasher kind of waterproof.  Take the temperature of your strike water, mash, sparge water, starter wort and lots more.

More About the RT600C

The RT600C digital pocket thermometer has been Rated #1 by a leading Cook’s Magazine. This ThermoWorks digital pocket thermometer reads temperatures in just 5 seconds. A Super-Fast® digital thermometer, the RT600C is currently in use in thousands of restaurants, food plants, labs and is carried by health inspectors worldwide. It’s the perfect instant-read thermometer, and the affordable choice for home or commercial use. Now in 3 colors!

Improved Accuracy
The RT600C is a super accurate pocket thermometer that’s accurate to ±0.9°F – up to 212°F. This accuracy is only found in professional thermometers. The RT600C has been thoroughly tested against NIST-traceable standards.

Speed
The RT600C digital pocket thermometer is faster than any other thermometer in this price range! The reduced tip is only 1/16″ diameter and complies with USDA meat thermometer requirements. Fully speed-tested in the ThermoWorks Standards Lab to ensure the thermometer reaches within 1°F of the final temperature in only 5-6 seconds (at any temperature in the range).

Long 4.7-inch Probe
Reach into the center of roasts and keep hands away from hot surfaces with the 4.7-inch probe. Store the RT600C when not in use with a convenient probe cover which doubles as an extension handle for an even longer reach.

Longer Battery Life
The RT600C digital pocket thermometer uses a reliable CR2032 battery with circuit improvements to reliably allow for 5,000 hours of continuous thermometer use between battery changes.

Max/Min Function
The RT600C digital pocket thermometer saves the highest and lowest temperatures since your last reset. The thermometer is great for checking dishwasher, fridge or freezer temps. When you pull your roast or turkey from the oven, insert the instant-read thermometer and leave it while the meat rests so you know the highest temperature reading. Max/Min records the high and low over a period of up to 1 hour, when the auto-off shuts the unit down. Max/Min will start with new values when the thermometer is turned back on.

Auto-Off after 1 Hour
If left on, the RT600C digital pocket thermometer will automatically shut down after 1 hour; still long enough to make the Max/Min function useful. What good is Max/Min memory if the thermometer turns off too soon? If you need to record Max/Min for longer than 1 hour, see the RT600B, that does not have an Auto-Off feature, for recording over longer periods.

Tough Commercial Design
The RT600C digital pocket thermometer has been designed with minimal food and grime traps. Rubberized button panels are sealed and withstand temperatures to 190°F (for commercial dishwasher testing). No welded or braised joints on the thermometer probe that would shelter microbes or create likely breakage points. The RT600C is designed to survive short term, shallow immersion – you can wash the thermometer under the tap or use it with wet hands. Rated to IP65. NSF approved for use in commercial food applications.

Warranty
The RT600C comes with a two-year coverage on material and workmanship including any failure in the thermometer circuit. Includes online, email and phone access to the ThermoWorks technical service group.

 

Check ThermoWorks for current minute price and availability.

RT600C Super-Fast® Pocket Thermometer

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