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Hands On Review: Brew Hardware’s Cooler Mash Tun Conversion Kit + A Great Deal on 10 Gallon Igloo Cooler

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Brew Hardware’s 10 Gallon Beverage Cooler Mash Tun Conversion Kit

Brew Hardware is known for innovative, high quality brewing gear.  They have a good amount of gear that is their design and only available via Brew Hardware.

Brew Hardware’s Mash Tun Conversion Kit is available in two versions.  One that works with Igloo’s 10 Gallon Seat Top Cooler and one that works with Home Depot Beverage Coolers.  Just pick your preference on the product page.  This review specially looks at the Igloo Cooler version.  My assumption is that the Home Depot/Rubbermaid version is very similar.


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  • COOLER TO MASH TUN CONVERSION KIT – no cooler
  • 10 GALLON COOLER MASH TUN WITH FALSE BOTTOM – includes a cooler
  • COOLER DEAL: 10 Gallon Igloo Cooler – via Amazon – As of this posting this cooler is marked down to just $39.88.  That’s just 81 cents shy of the best historical direct from Amazon price I found, notwithstanding Lightning Deals or coupons. 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.

cln_img_0292What’s included: 12″ stainless domed steel false bottom – with high flow connector, 2 piece SS ball valve, True Weldless Bulkhead with 5/8″ barb and a section of 1/2″ ID high temp silicone tubing.

cln_img_0295A comparison of the high flow elbow (bottom) vs my old false bottom (top).  I would consider my old false bottom (top) to by a pretty standard size.  As you can see.. there is a huge difference in size.  That can only lead to better flow rates and fewer clogs.  To my knowledge Brew Hardware is the only shop to carry such a thing.

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Fermentation Heat Wrap… $16 at Brew Hardware + Inkbird Hands on Review

FERMENTATION HEAT WRAP

About via Brew Hardware… “This simple heating wrap has a lot of surface area for nice even heat around any carboy or bucket. Wrap it around and secure with either tape or a large rubberband/bungie cord. This unit does NOT have a built in thermostat so you will need to use a controller of some sort such as the STC-1000, Johnson A419, or the new Inkbird controller that we offer.” [keep reading]

As of this posting, this is marked down to just $16.  Shipping is a Flat $7.99 with a $150 order or free with a $299 order.  Check the product page for current price and availability.

FERMENTATION HEAT WRAP

Also Consider: Inkbird Dual Stage Temp Controller

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Custom Stainless Steel Tubing – choose diameter, lengths, bend angles, multiple bends

Customized stainless steel tubing created just for you to your specifications from Brew Hardware for your brew system, brew stand and more.

From Brew Hardware: “We get calls every day to create pieces of stainless tubing with certain dimensions and bends. Until now, everything had to be quoted case by case. We hope this configuration tool helps automate the process a bit. First, we have 304 welded tubing in sizes ranging from 1/4″ OD all the way up to 5/8″ OD and we have the ability make clean bends up to 180 degrees.”

Prices vary based on the options you choose.  Check out Brew Hardware for options and explanations on how to enter your order.

CUSTOM STAINLESS TUBING WITH OPTIONAL BENDS

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Convert Blichmann BrewCommander to Wall Mount – $25 + BrewCommander Hands on Review

Looking to get a wall Mount Blichmann Brew Commander?  Brew Hardware has you covered.  As of this posting, they will do the conversion for $25.  Check Brew Hardware for current pricing and availability.

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Check out Hands on Review of the Brew Commander: Hands on Review: Blichmann BrewCommander Controller

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The SpinCycle Overboard from Brew Hardware – NO DRILL Kettle Whirlpool Return – $15

SPINCYCLE OVERBOARD, NO-DRILL KETTLE WHIRLPOOL RETURN

SpinCycle Overboard NO DRILL Kettle Whirlpool Return  from Brew Hardware


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

Brewers that use immersion chillers and also own a pump should know that recirculating the wort back into the kettle to whirlpool the wort makes for much faster cooling and will also make a concentrated pile of trub and hop particles in the center of the kettle bottom.

This is our third version of the industry leading whirpooling hardware. The original SpinCycle and SpinCycle Submerge both require a hole to be drilled into your kettle. Some people drill holes without a second thought but this one is for people who can’t or do not want to modify their kettle.

We’ve built this unit one at a time on a customer request basis for years but we’ve finally bulk manufactured them to be able to get them out faster. It starts with a length of 1/2″ OD 304 polished SS tubing that bends up and over the kettle wall, then drops straight down through a heavy duty spring clamp. Finally the bottom is bent 90 degrees to kick the output to your sidewall and make the liquid spin.

You have your choice of how the flow gets in to the unit. The cheap way is to select “open tube on the end” and then just clamp your hose over it. The more realistic option is to select “Silver soldered male Camlock” if you use camlock quick disconnects in your system. Note that in this particular case, the cam is TIG welded at our factory even though the option says “silver soldered”. This is the version shown in the main picture.

The other choice is what the maximum drop is from the top of the pot to the output tube. To be clear, these are the lengths when the tubing is slid as far down in the clamp as possible. You can easily shorten the depth by taking pressure off the spring clamp and sliding the tubing up.


This is selling for just $15. 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

SPINCYCLE OVERBOARD, NO-DRILL KETTLE WHIRLPOOL RETURN

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Carboy Volume Calibration Decals – from $2.25

CARBOY CALIBRATION DECALS

Vinyl decals for marking volumes on your glass or plastic carboy or bucket fermenter.  You get 6 gallon markers – 1″ by 1″ along with six additional 1/2″ by 1/2″ triangles and four additional 1/4″ x 1/4 triangles.  You can use those to mark 1/2 gallon and 1/4 gallon increments as needed.  The vinyl is outdoor rated.  The waterproof adhesive is said to last at least 7 years.

These are $3 each.  If you buy 4, you’ll automatically receive a 25% discounting making them $2.25 each.  Details on that promotion can be found on the Vinyl Decals landing page.

Check them out – CARBOY CALIBRATION DECALS | Complete Lineup of Vinyl Decals

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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

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

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Fermentation Heat Wrap – $16 at Brew Hardware + Inkbird Hands on Review

FERMENTATION HEAT WRAP

About via Brew Hardware… “This simple heating wrap has a lot of surface area for nice even heat around any carboy or bucket. Wrap it around and secure with either tape or a large rubberband/bungie cord. This unit does NOT have a built in thermostat so you will need to use a controller of some sort such as the STC-1000, Johnson A419, or the new Inkbird controller that we offer.” [keep reading]

As of this posting, this is marked down to just $16.  Shipping is a Flat $7.99 with a $150 order or free with a $299 order.  Check the product page for current price and availability.

FERMENTATION HEAT WRAP

Also Consider: Inkbird Dual Stage Temp Controller

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

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10 Gallon Cooler to Mash Tun Conversion Kit – $68 + Hands on Review

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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.

As of this posting, this great conversion kit is selling for $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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Brew Hardware’s Stainless Steel False Bottom for BIAB

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Stainless Steel False Bottom designed to keep your BIAB bag off the bottom of your kettle.

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“First is a false bottom specifically designed for Brew In A Bag process. When you use a mesh bag in a pot, whether it’s directly fired on a burner or heated electrically, you want to keep the bag off the bottom. Typical homebrew false bottoms have really small holes and cut off the free flow that mesh bags are know for. Another less desirable choice is a steamer rack or tray that is found in kitchen shops, but none of those are stainless steel.

Our units start with 1.25mm 304SS welded wire mesh on 1/2″ centers. The mesh is supported by a double outer ring, both on top and bottom of the mesh and a pair of cross braces across the middle. This support material is nearly 1/4” in diameter an very sturdy. The legs are made of M8 metric bolts and are threaded into five nuts that are welded to the mesh. This modular leg style allows for just about any height you need just by changing out the length of the bolts.

OPTIONS:
You have the choice of several lengths during purchase, electable in the drop down menu. Note that if you select “no legs”, the screen still has the welded nuts that will accept legs in the future. Without the bolt legs, the screen will sit about 1/4″ off the bottom supported by the bottom rolled ring.

While it uses a max of 5 legs, you can use it without the center leg in case your heating element is in the way.

Again, make no mistake about it. If you see another product like this on any restaurant supply store, amazon or ebay, know that they are all chrome plated steel and they will rust.”

 

This is available in three sizes, depending on your kettle – 13″, 14″ and 17.5″

Also: All Grain Tips & Gear | 10 Gallon Mash Tun Conversion Kit [Review] | Cereal Killer Grain MIll |  Batch Sparge SpreadsheetBIAB Brew Day Spreadsheet | The Brew Bag – Purpose Made BIAB

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