Category Archives: Brewers Hardware

Brewers Hardware Kettle Sale!

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  • Brewer’s Hardware has a huge kettle sale going on. Loads of options are discounted by 15%.
  • They’re also throwing in a free t-shirt.
  • These are high quality, tricked out brew kettles equipped with TC ports.
  • This is a rare deal, Brewers Hardware very rarely does sales.  No coupon code is needed. Discounted price reflected on each product page.

Brewer’s Hardware Kettle Sale

Also: Brewers Hardware Clearance

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

Hands on Review: Brewers Hardware Tri-Clover Sample Valve

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.

Brewers Hardware TC Sample Port

There are different types of valves, suited for different purposes. On a fermentor, it is useful to have a valve that has the ability to pull small samples for gravity readings or taste samples, but also able to flow well when it comes time for transfer to a keg. The sample port valve provides fine adjustment to flow rate, allowing you to vary between a slow trickle for pulling a sample or a higher flow rate for gravity transfer to fill a keg.

Valve Handle with 2 O-rings and Silicone Seat

The sample port valve has a fine pitch thread to allow for small adjustments to the opening of the valve. With the Brewers Hardware sample port valve, you can feel while turning the knob that the threads and the stem of the valve are machined to tolerances for a precise fit and without slop or wobble. The valve stem has 2 O-rings to keep beer from sneaking out or air sneaking in. And the tip of the valve has a silicone bumper that gets compressed onto a seat for a secure fit to prevent leaks when closed. Silicone is non-porous, making it easy to clean and not harbor stow-aways from one ferment to another. And its elasticity allows it to conform to the valve shape for a good seal, yet spring back so it can be used over and over again to seal and unseal.

The overall quality of the valve from Brewers Hardware was top-notch. The surfaces were smooth-polished stainless steel, and the ridges on the adjustment knob were cleanly machined for grip with no sharp edges. Turning the adjustment knob, it felt precise with no slop or wobble, with a tight seal. It’s difficult to give justice to the fit & finish of the part with just words or a couple pictures, but it really stands out.

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Hands on Review: Brewers Hardware Quick Clean Take-Apart Ball Valves

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.

Brewers Hardware Take-Apart Ball Valve

Up until now, I’ve known of two types of ball valves- 2-piece and 3-piece. The key difference between them being that the 3-piece can be disassembled for full cleaning. When I first started buying gear, I figured I’d go for the 3-piece because the idea of being able to take it apart and clean it sounded like something I should probably do. After seeing the complications of needing to use 2 wrenches at a time, while holding the body of the valve stable, I quickly concluded my 3-piece valves would never experience the joy of a ‘deep cleaning’.


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Hands on Review: Brewers Hardware The Dry Hopper!

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.

Brewers Hardware Dry Hopper

Dry hops. Homebrewers debate their favorite dry hop, how to calculate their IBU contribution, and when is the best time to add dry hops. While many love them, the technical challenge of adding them “right” is a hefty one. Whether you’ve heard of hop creep, or tasted an oxidized IPA, you are interested in minimizing the introduction of oxygen to your beer when you add dry hops.

Dry Hopper Assembly

If you add oxygen to your beer at the tail end of fermentation, you can spur your yeast on to keep going. When they would otherwise be content to be finished, the addition of oxygen gets them going, converting more sugars. The result is a lower FG, and a highly attenuated beer. And if you introduce oxygen after the yeast have officially called it quits, instead of the yeast using it up in fermentation, the oxygen is available to make oxidation compounds in your beer. These oxidation compounds are the things you taste in stale beer, and I’ve personally battled with harsh hop bitterness in IPAs when I got sloppy with oxygen intake on a finished beer.

Bottom Valve and Mounting Flange

Another dry hopping challenge is how to add the hops to a beer you’re fermenting under pressure. If you’ve gone through the work to finish up fermentation with your beer under pressure, you don’t want to simply vent the pressure to add dry hops. And if you’ve ever watched pressurized beer in a fermentor drop to 0 pressure, you know the whole thing becomes a churned-up mess- totally undoing all the work of precipitating trub and yeast.

Related: Fermenting Under Pressure

Sight Glass Hop Chamber

Brewers Hardware came out with the Dry Hopper to specifically deal with these challenges. The Dry Hopper attaches to a Tri Clover flange on your lid. There are two sizes- one for a 1.5” TC port, and one for 3” TC port. Both designs contain the same 3 elements- a valve at the bottom that mates to the lid of your fermentor, a tube in the middle to hold the hops, and a fixture on top with a gas ball lock port and a PRV valve. The 3” TC version is larger and holds more dry hops (14 oz) than the 1.5” TC version (4 oz).


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Hands on Review: Brewers Hardware Tri-Clover Sight Glasses

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.

Brewers Hardware TC Sight Glasses

A large sight glass on a brew rig set-up can legitimately be classified as a luxury. There are various ways to assess your wort clarity during your brew session. During recirculation of the mash, or during vourlaf, you want to know when your wort is running clear and free of grain debris. Connect a sight glass into your recirculation loop and you can easily see the wort clarity without having to look for grain bits in a recirculation spray. It’s just right there in plain view.

Sight Glass showing cloudy wort during recirculationSight Glass showing clear wort during recirculation

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The Dry Hopper! Oxygen Free Dry Hopping – 3″ Version Available for Pre-Order

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Brew Hardware has struggled to keep up with demand on their recently announce oxygen free dry hoppers.

As of this posting, the 3″ version is available for pre-order with estimated March shipment. Check product pages for current availability.

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The Dry Hopper! Oxygen Free Dry Hopping – 3″ Version Available for Pre-Order

oxygen free dry hopping

Brew Hardware has struggled to keep up with demand on their recently announce oxygen free dry hoppers.

As of this posting, the 3″ version is available for pre-order with estimated March shipment. Check product pages for current availability.

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

Ships Soon!… The Dry Hopper – Oxygen Free Dry Hopping

oxygen free dry hopping

  • These sold out not too long after Brew Hardware announced availability.
  • Brewers Hardware has struggled keeping these in stock. I haven’t seen them completely in stock since they were introduced.
  • As of this posting, the 3″ version is showing as shipping at the end of August.
  • Order now to get in on this shipment. Check product page to see current availability.

The Dry Hopper – 1.5″ Tri Clover Compatible

The Dry Hopper – 3″ Tri Clover Compatible

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Get in On the Next Batch… The Dry Hopper! Oxygen Free Dry Hopping

oxygen free dry hopping

  • These sold out not too long after Brew Hardware announced availability.
  • They’ve opened up pre-orders on both sizes.
  • Order now to get in on this shipment.

The Dry Hopper – 1.5″ Tri Clover Compatible

The Dry Hopper – 3″ Tri Clover Compatible

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

Get in On the Next Batch… The Dry Hopper! Oxygen Free Dry Hopping

oxygen free dry hopping

  • These sold out not too long after Brew Hardware announced availability.
  • They’ve opened up pre-orders on both sizes.
  • Order now to get in on this shipment.

The Dry Hopper – 1.5″ Tri Clover Compatible

The Dry Hopper – 3″ Tri Clover Compatible

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