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ToteGlass German Made Swing Top Growlers – $27.99 – Own It, Best Crowd Reaction I’ve Received

ToteGlass

Metal Handle Faceted Growler – 2 liter via Adventures in Homebrew

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Standard Handle Amber Growler 2 Liter

Tote Glass flip-top growlers come in classic ergonomic designs that make it easy for customers to carry a generous portion of your best brew all the way home.

• 4 Bar inner pressure guaranteed
• Stainless steel straps ensure a safe carry
• Aluminum alloy handle is light but durable
• All components quality-made in Germany


 

I own this growler.  I own a lot of growlers and portable beer delivery devices.  A lot.  To date, this is the only growler that I’ve received ooh’s and ah’s when I’ve used it.  I opened up the swing top at a get-together and it popped open and the ooh’s and ah’s were expressed.  Really high quality growler that has lasted me years and years.

  • Adventures in Homebrewing has launched a massive Fall Warehouse Sale.  Items are discounted by up to 80%.  No coupon code is required.  Check the sale page, link below, for current price, selection and availability.
  • AIH Fall Warehouse Sale!
  • This is included in the mix and marked down to $27.99.
  • I don’t recall ever featuring this in the past… why?  Because AIH used to charge calculated shipping on this growler and for whatever reason, shipping was exorbitant.  That’s changed as it’s now (at least as of this posting) part of their free shipping promo…
  • 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. 
  • An easy filler item, if you’re for help to qualify for free shipping… 4 lbs of PBW

ToteGlass Metal Handle Faceted Growler – 2 liter – Made in GermanyAIH Fall Warehouse Sale!

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

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Messermeister Take-Apart Scissors + Review & Putting Together a Brew Day Box

 Roll over image to zoom in VIDEO Messermeister Take-Apart Stainless Steel Utility Kitchen Scissors

Messermeister “Take-Apart” Scissors

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  • 8-Inch take-apart shear rated number 1 by several gourmet magazines; stainless steel construction
  • Functions include a screw driver, nut cracker, jar-lid oener and gripper, bottle opener, and bone and twig cutter
  • Separates for hygenic cleaning and is dishwasher safe
  • Offset style provides a different cutting angle
  • Right or left handed use

 

These have been my go-to cln_img_3452-225x300brewing scissors [Review] for years.  After using them for brewing, I picked up another pair for general kitchen use.  These are part of my Brew Day Box.

What are Other’s Saying?   Search this product’s Amazon reviews for “brew” – may include reviews for other sizes or variations

Messermeister Take-Apart Stainless Steel Utility Kitchen Scissors, 8 Inch, Black – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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Nite-Ize DoohicKey Keychain Multi-Tool & Bottle Opener + Hands on Review

Nite Ize KMT-11-R3 Sized Easily attaches to an existing Chain or Strap DoohicKey Key Keychain Multi-Tool (1 Pack), One, Stainless

DoohicKey Stainless Multi-Tool by Nite Ize


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

  • 5-IN-1 KEY CHAIN MULTI TOOL – Save the day with this multi tool that has an inegrated bottle opener, box cutter, 3 wrench sizes, metric + standard ruler, and a flathead screwdriver
  • TRAVEL + AIRPORT FRIENDLY – The Nite Ize DoohicKey Key Tool goes anywhere you go, with a compact design that clips to your key chain or fits in any pocket, pack, or bag, and is TSA-friendly
  • DURABLE STAINLESS STEEL CONSTRUCTION – Just like your keys, this small multi tool is designed to withstand all the daily lumps and bumps you throw at it
  • CARABINER CLIP FOR EASY ATTACHMENT TO KEYS OR HOOKS – Clip the DoohicKey multitool to your key chain, bag strap, or any convenient loop or hook using the integrated carabiner clip
  • COMPACT, PORTABLE DESIGN – Measures 2.6” x .7” x .1” and weighs .4 oz, for easy grab-and-go functionality you should expect from a great keychain multi-tool
  • WORRY-FREE GUARANTEE – all Nite Ize products are backed by our Worry-Free Guarantee
  • KEYCHAIN MULTI-TOOL – Do everything from tighten bolts and screws to open a beverage with the smart, strong and straight up fun, Nite Ize DoohicKey Key Tool

I have this, like it very much, use it often and keep it on my key ring.  Check out my Hands on Review. I’m a big fan of Nite-Ize Gear.  In my opinion… they make some really well thought out, innovative and quality stuff.

Nite Ize KMT-11-R3 Sized Easily attaches to an existing Chain or Strap DoohicKey Key Keychain Multi-Tool (1 Pack), One, Stainless – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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Kegland DuoTight Inline Secondary with Gauge! control each keg separately & more + DuoTight Hands on Review

Duotight Regulator with Gauge

Duotight Regulator with Gauge via William’s Brewing

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This 8mm Duotight compatible regulator with 0-60 PSI gauge fits 8mm outer diameter tubing, and can handle pressures up to 150 PSI (if you buy an optional 150 PSI gauge). Suitable for gas or water, all components are food grade.

This is perfect for reducing the pressure of one gas line in a draft system – for example, with a single regulator and C02 bottle, you can set the pressure at the C02 bottle with the larger regulator (not included) and then put this regulator inline to reduce the pressure. Handy for when you want to carbonate one keg at 25 PSI and dispense another at 8 PSI.


This allows you to easily control pressure for each of your kegs.  You can also use it for portable serving.

  • Availability of this has been an issue.  Check the product page to see if it’s still available.
  • This is a follow up to Kegland’s v1 inline secondary.  The first version was… awesome.  One of my favorite homebrew gadgets of all time.  v2 is DuoTight compatible and includes an integrated gauge.
  • DuoTight Compatible!  DuoTight Fittings and Accessories along with EVABarrier Tubing are… awesome.  In my opinion, the system is a game-changer for kegerator owners and builders.
  • The DuoTight lineup is awesome… Hands on Review: DuoTight Fittings & EVABarrier Tubing!

Duotight Regulator with Gauge

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The Top Draw Pick Up Tube From William’s Brewing!

Top Draw® Beer Pick Up Tube

The Top Draw Beer Pickup Tube from William’s Brewing!

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

Do you want to drink the clearest beer possible from your keg as quickly as possible? The Top Draw® Beer Pick Up Tube fits any ball or pin lock keg, and replaces the rigid stainless dip tube with a stainless float pick up on a 23″ food grade silicone hose. This flexible hose holds a 1″ stainless beer pickup tube which is held 1″ below the surface of the beer by the float. As the level of the beer in the keg drops, the pick up tube remains 1″ below the surface, always drawing the clearest beer all the way until empty. The stainless float ball itself is 1.75″ in diameter.

Installs in a couple minutes – just unscrew the beer post on your ball lock keg, insert the provided short pick up tube, and attach the silicone tubing to the underside of the tube. Now dangle the hole assembly in the keg and you are done. For shorter kegs, cut the silicone tube to length.

If you carbonate by C02 injection, you can also convert your keg to one that carbonates quicker, and clears faster. To do this (Cornelius threaded post kegs only), unscrew both posts and remove both dip tubes. Then on the IN side of the keg, install the long beer pickup tube and screw on the GAS side fitting (the one with a notch on the base nut). Then on the OUT side of the keg, install the Top Draw® Dip Tube, and screw on the BEER side fitting (the one without a notch in the base nut). Now when you attach the C02 to carbonate, it will bubble up from the bottom of the keg, carbonating quicker. When you dispense, the floating dip tube will make sure you get only the clearest beer from near the surface.

The only downside to this switch is your gas line is connected to a beer dip tube, and if the pressure in your gas line drops to less than the pressure in the keg, your gas line will fill with beer. This can be prevented with a ball or pin lock check valve like our items P77 and P78, or with an in line check valve like our item D37.

Includes 22″ of tubing, 304 grade stainless float with attached pickup tube, and short replacement stainless beer dip tube with seating O ring.


 

My explanation of how this works…

When we carbonate a keg, pressure is being applied to the keg from the top, via the head space. Beer at the top carbonates first. That carbonation works it’s way down the keg. I’m sure there’s also some movement in the keg that helps to mix things up and distribute carbonation. But just sitting there, I think that mixing is a slow process. However it all works, practically speaking, the beer at the top carbonates more quickly compared to the beer at the bottom. This allows you to serve from the top accessing the more carbonated portion of the keg. It’s also a benefit for clarity because trub settles out heading downward. You can see this stratification in a glass carboy. As the beer starts to clear, the top clears first. I don’t think if this is exactly accurate, but I picture carbonation happening with the same sort of stratification until the beer reaches equilibrium and is equally carbonated throughout.

  • As of this posting, William’s Brewing has this for $17.99.  Buy 4 or more and the price drops to $17.49.
  • Shipping is free or reasonably priced flat rate to addresses in the contiguous US depending on your order size for most items.

Top Draw Beer Pick Up Tube

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Nite-Ize DoohicKey FishKey Key – Multi-Tool + Bottle Opener

Nite Ize DoohicKey FishKey Key Tool Keychain Multi-Tool, Stainless, 1-Pack

Nite Ize DoohicKey FishKey Key Tool Keychain Multi-Tool, Stainless by Nite Ize

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  • FUN FISH-SHAPED KEYCHAIN MULTI-TOOL – The size and shape of a house key, the clever, lightweight, fish-shaped Nite Ize DoohicKey FishKey Tool is a fun and functional multi-tool
  • MANY FUNCTIONS – This keychain multi-tool features a serrated edge for cutting line, a bottle opener, a flathead screwdriver, and a handy S-Biner
  • CONVENIENT S-BINER ATTACHMENT – Easily attach and detach the FishKey Tool from your key chain with the included double-gated S-Biner
  • DURABLE, SMART DESIGN – Made of durable stainless steel, the Nite Ize DoohicKey FishKey Tool is sturdy and reliable. Streamlined, thoughtful design makes it easy to carry, attach, remove and reattach to always be at-hand
  • TRAVEL FRIENDLY – The Nite Ize DoohicKey FishKey Tool goes anywhere you go, with a compact design that fits in any purse, pack or bag, and is TSA-friendly
  • WORRY-FREE GUARANTEE – all Nite Ize products are backed by our Worry-Free Guarantee

 

Check out my Hands on Review of a similar, but different Nite-Ize multi-tool.  I’m a big fan of Nite-Ize Gear.  In my opinion… they make some really well thought out, innovative and quality stuff.

Nite Ize DoohicKey FishKey Key Tool Keychain Multi-Tool, Stainless – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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The Top Draw Pick Up Tube From William’s Brewing!

Top Draw® Beer Pick Up Tube

The Top Draw Beer Pickup Tube from William’s Brewing!

More Info

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

Do you want to drink the clearest beer possible from your keg as quickly as possible? The Top Draw® Beer Pick Up Tube fits any ball or pin lock keg, and replaces the rigid stainless dip tube with a stainless float pick up on a 23″ food grade silicone hose. This flexible hose holds a 1″ stainless beer pickup tube which is held 1″ below the surface of the beer by the float. As the level of the beer in the keg drops, the pick up tube remains 1″ below the surface, always drawing the clearest beer all the way until empty. The stainless float ball itself is 1.75″ in diameter.

Installs in a couple minutes – just unscrew the beer post on your ball lock keg, insert the provided short pick up tube, and attach the silicone tubing to the underside of the tube. Now dangle the hole assembly in the keg and you are done. For shorter kegs, cut the silicone tube to length.

If you carbonate by C02 injection, you can also convert your keg to one that carbonates quicker, and clears faster. To do this (Cornelius threaded post kegs only), unscrew both posts and remove both dip tubes. Then on the IN side of the keg, install the long beer pickup tube and screw on the GAS side fitting (the one with a notch on the base nut). Then on the OUT side of the keg, install the Top Draw® Dip Tube, and screw on the BEER side fitting (the one without a notch in the base nut). Now when you attach the C02 to carbonate, it will bubble up from the bottom of the keg, carbonating quicker. When you dispense, the floating dip tube will make sure you get only the clearest beer from near the surface.

The only downside to this switch is your gas line is connected to a beer dip tube, and if the pressure in your gas line drops to less than the pressure in the keg, your gas line will fill with beer. This can be prevented with a ball or pin lock check valve like our items P77 and P78, or with an in line check valve like our item D37.

Includes 22″ of tubing, 304 grade stainless float with attached pickup tube, and short replacement stainless beer dip tube with seating O ring.


 

My explanation of how this works…

When we carbonate a keg, pressure is being applied to the keg from the top, via the head space. Beer at the top carbonates first. That carbonation works it’s way down the keg. I’m sure there’s also some movement in the keg that helps to mix things up and distribute carbonation. But just sitting there, I think that mixing is a slow process. However it all works, practically speaking, the beer at the top carbonates more quickly compared to the beer at the bottom. This allows you to serve from the top accessing the more carbonated portion of the keg. It’s also a benefit for clarity because trub settles out heading downward. You can see this stratification in a glass carboy. As the beer starts to clear, the top clears first. I don’t think if this is exactly accurate, but I picture carbonation happening with the same sort of stratification until the beer reaches equilibrium and is equally carbonated throughout.

  • As of this posting, William’s Brewing has this for $17.99.  Buy 4 or more and the price drops to $17.49.
  • Shipping is free or reasonably priced flat rate to addresses in the contiguous US depending on your order size for most items.

Top Draw Beer Pick Up Tube

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No need to add free item to your cart.  Just use the coupon code and they will be automatically added at checkout.  Limit one per order.

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The Top Draw Pick Up Tube From William’s Brewing!

Top Draw® Beer Pick Up Tube

The Top Draw Beer Pickup Tube from William’s Brewing!

More Info

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

Do you want to drink the clearest beer possible from your keg as quickly as possible? The Top Draw® Beer Pick Up Tube fits any ball or pin lock keg, and replaces the rigid stainless dip tube with a stainless float pick up on a 23″ food grade silicone hose. This flexible hose holds a 1″ stainless beer pickup tube which is held 1″ below the surface of the beer by the float. As the level of the beer in the keg drops, the pick up tube remains 1″ below the surface, always drawing the clearest beer all the way until empty. The stainless float ball itself is 1.75″ in diameter.

Installs in a couple minutes – just unscrew the beer post on your ball lock keg, insert the provided short pick up tube, and attach the silicone tubing to the underside of the tube. Now dangle the hole assembly in the keg and you are done. For shorter kegs, cut the silicone tube to length.

If you carbonate by C02 injection, you can also convert your keg to one that carbonates quicker, and clears faster. To do this (Cornelius threaded post kegs only), unscrew both posts and remove both dip tubes. Then on the IN side of the keg, install the long beer pickup tube and screw on the GAS side fitting (the one with a notch on the base nut). Then on the OUT side of the keg, install the Top Draw® Dip Tube, and screw on the BEER side fitting (the one without a notch in the base nut). Now when you attach the C02 to carbonate, it will bubble up from the bottom of the keg, carbonating quicker. When you dispense, the floating dip tube will make sure you get only the clearest beer from near the surface.

The only downside to this switch is your gas line is connected to a beer dip tube, and if the pressure in your gas line drops to less than the pressure in the keg, your gas line will fill with beer. This can be prevented with a ball or pin lock check valve like our items P77 and P78, or with an in line check valve like our item D37.

Includes 22″ of tubing, 304 grade stainless float with attached pickup tube, and short replacement stainless beer dip tube with seating O ring.


 

My explanation of how this works…

When we carbonate a keg, pressure is being applied to the keg from the top, via the head space. Beer at the top carbonates first. That carbonation works it’s way down the keg. I’m sure there’s also some movement in the keg that helps to mix things up and distribute carbonation. But just sitting there, I think that mixing is a slow process. However it all works, practically speaking, the beer at the top carbonates more quickly compared to the beer at the bottom. This allows you to serve from the top accessing the more carbonated portion of the keg. It’s also a benefit for clarity because trub settles out heading downward. You can see this stratification in a glass carboy. As the beer starts to clear, the top clears first. I don’t think if this is exactly accurate, but I picture carbonation happening with the same sort of stratification until the beer reaches equilibrium and is equally carbonated throughout.

  • As of this posting, William’s Brewing has this for $17.99.  Buy 4 or more and the price drops to $17.49.
  • Shipping is free or reasonably priced flat rate to addresses in the contiguous US depending on your order size for most items.

Top Draw Beer Pick Up Tube

Get a Freebie

No need to add free item to your cart.  Just use the coupon code and they will be automatically added at checkout.  Limit one per order.

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Announcing: The Torpedo Keg Buoy Floating Dip Tube!

Torpedo Keg Buoy Floating Dip Tube from MoreBeer


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

With the Torpedo Buoy™ floating dip tube, you’ll be pouring the clearest beer possible from first pint to last! As your beer sits at low temperatures, more and more haze particles settle out to the bottom of the keg. This means the clearest beer in the keg is always at the top. The Buoy™ uses a stainless float to position the silicone dip tube just 1 inch below the surface of the beer. Kick homebrew haze to the curb and start drawing the brightest beer possible. Yeah, Buoy!

Installs on any Ball Lock or Pin Lock keg quickly and easily. Simply remove your bev out post and replace the long metal dip tube with the provided 3″ metal dip tube. Slide one end of the silicone tubing over the 3″ dip tube and the other end of the tubing over the metal tube connected to the float. The silicone tubing is sized for 5-gallon kegs, but you can cut it shorter to use on 1.5 or 2.5-gallon kegs.

Specifications:

  • 3″ Stainless Dip Tube
  • 1/4″ ID Silicone Tubing (23.5″ long)
  • Ball Float Made from 304 Stainless Steel

I’m a big proponent of the idea behind the Keg Buoy Floating Dip Tube.  In fact, I’ve used a similar, but very difficult product to find, for years,  I’m super excited that MoreBeer has introduced this product.  It’s a great idea and I’m glad it’s readily available to US homebrewers!

Torpedo Keg Buoy Floating Dip Tube KEG655

Also: Top Draw Beer Pick Up Tube from William’s Brewing

Last Call, Ends 7/23, Up to $30 Off!   Brew More Save More at MoreBeer!

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The Top Draw Pick Up Tube From William’s Brewing!

Top Draw® Beer Pick Up Tube

The Top Draw Beer Pickup Tube from William’s Brewing!

More Info

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

Do you want to drink the clearest beer possible from your keg as quickly as possible? The Top Draw® Beer Pick Up Tube fits any ball or pin lock keg, and replaces the rigid stainless dip tube with a stainless float pick up on a 23″ food grade silicone hose. This flexible hose holds a 1″ stainless beer pickup tube which is held 1″ below the surface of the beer by the float. As the level of the beer in the keg drops, the pick up tube remains 1″ below the surface, always drawing the clearest beer all the way until empty. The stainless float ball itself is 1.75″ in diameter.

Installs in a couple minutes – just unscrew the beer post on your ball lock keg, insert the provided short pick up tube, and attach the silicone tubing to the underside of the tube. Now dangle the hole assembly in the keg and you are done. For shorter kegs, cut the silicone tube to length.

If you carbonate by C02 injection, you can also convert your keg to one that carbonates quicker, and clears faster. To do this (Cornelius threaded post kegs only), unscrew both posts and remove both dip tubes. Then on the IN side of the keg, install the long beer pickup tube and screw on the GAS side fitting (the one with a notch on the base nut). Then on the OUT side of the keg, install the Top Draw® Dip Tube, and screw on the BEER side fitting (the one without a notch in the base nut). Now when you attach the C02 to carbonate, it will bubble up from the bottom of the keg, carbonating quicker. When you dispense, the floating dip tube will make sure you get only the clearest beer from near the surface.

The only downside to this switch is your gas line is connected to a beer dip tube, and if the pressure in your gas line drops to less than the pressure in the keg, your gas line will fill with beer. This can be prevented with a ball or pin lock check valve like our items P77 and P78, or with an in line check valve like our item D37.

Includes 22″ of tubing, 304 grade stainless float with attached pickup tube, and short replacement stainless beer dip tube with seating O ring.


 

My explanation of how this works…

When we carbonate a keg, pressure is being applied to the keg from the top, via the head space. Beer at the top carbonates first. That carbonation works it’s way down the keg. I’m sure there’s also some movement in the keg that helps to mix things up and distribute carbonation. But just sitting there, I think that mixing is a slow process. However it all works, practically speaking, the beer at the top carbonates more quickly compared to the beer at the bottom. This allows you to serve from the top accessing the more carbonated portion of the keg. It’s also a benefit for clarity because trub settles out heading downward. You can see this stratification in a glass carboy. As the beer starts to clear, the top clears first. I don’t think if this is exactly accurate, but I picture carbonation happening with the same sort of stratification until the beer reaches equilibrium and is equally carbonated throughout.

  • As of this posting, William’s Brewing has this for $17.99.  Buy 4 or more and the price drops to $17.49.
  • Shipping is free or reasonably priced flat rate to addresses in the contiguous US depending on your order size for most items.

Top Draw Beer Pick Up Tube

Get a Freebie

No need to add free item to your cart.  Just use the coupon code and they will be automatically added at checkout.  Limit one per order.

We’re not currently tracking any freebies

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

Our Top Draft Resources

Visit William’s Brewing – Web Only Clearance Sale

More: Recent William’s Brewing Finds

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