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Stainless Steel Cam Lock QDs at Proflow Dynamics – 15%+10% Off w/Stacking Deals

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Proflow Dynamics has an extensive selection of homebrew gear, fittings and disconnects anchored by their lineup of Stainless Steel Camlock QDs.

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Camlock QDs at PFD!  I’ve used ProFlow Dynamics Quick Disconnects on my kettles, mash tun, pumps and tubing for a longtime.  They have worked great for me.  I put male connectors kettles, mash tuns and pumps and use female connectors for tubing.  Standardizing on this (or the opposite) means you can use tubing as jumpers and always have the availability to connect your gear.

These are made from Stainless Steel and are available in lots of configurations.  Those are classified by Type and Size.  Type may mean something in “commercial cam lock fitting circles”, but I was initially confused by this.  Types are akin to model numbers.  For example, Type A is Female NPT to Male Cam and Groove.

  • Generally Great Prices: ProFlow already has generally great prices.  Some of the best everyday prices for fittings, QDs, ball locks & more
  • 15% Off Coupon: BREW15% takes an additional 15% off their lineup of homebrewing gear.
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Hands on Review: ProFlow Dynamics Stainless Steel Camlock Quick Disconnects

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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.

Proflow Dynamics Camlock Fittings

If I were to count all the “things” I have the most of in my homebrew collection, it would be a close race between tubing and fittings. Like the freeway system of the brewing world, we all have to get the wort/beer from one vessel to the next as we move through the brewing process. When dealing with hot liquids, that typically means silicone tubing. And when connecting tubing to your vessel or pump, there are 3 most common ways to do this: 1) Barbed fitting, 2) Quick Disconnect fitting, and 3) Camlock fitting.


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  • 15% Off Coupon: BREW15% takes an additional 15% off their lineup of homebrewing gear.
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Camlock QDs at PFD | ProFlow’s Homebrew Lineup – remember coupon code BREW15% + any link in this post for ANOTHER 10% off


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Camlock QDs at ProFlow Dynamics


Proflow Dynamics has been around since 2007. They specialize in camlock fittings, but also make a variety of other fittings and ball valves. They service a mix of different industries- including the brewing industry, of course. Barbed fittings are the simplest, but are typically designed to be a very tight fit (require a lot of effort to mate), or a looser fit (require a hose clamp). Either of these situations does not lend itself well to a joint you need to connect/disconnect frequently. Quick disconnects have a slick one-handed operation, which is their main appeal. The downside is their more complicated design makes them more expensive. And more complicated designs usually mean more ways to potentially fail.

Close-up of Silicone Sealing Ring Inside Female Camlock

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440 lb Capacity Electric Hoist [make BIAB brew days easier] – $109.99 + free shipping

Partsam 440 lbs Lift Electric Hoist Crane Remote Control Power System, Zinc-Plated Steel Wire Overhead Crane Garage Ceiling Pulley Winch w/Straps (w/Emergency Stop Switch)

Partsam 440 lbs Lift Electric Hoist Crane Remote Control Power System, Zinc-Plated Steel Wire Overhead Crane Garage Ceiling Pulley Winch w/Straps (w/Emergency Stop Switch)

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  • Tips : How To USE: As image 4 shows, it firstly needs a mental bar or solid wooden bar that affords enough weights to hang the hoist up ceiling indoor or hanging outdoor.
  • Lifting Weight: 220lb.(Single-line), 440lb.(Double-line) ; Lifting Height: 38ft(Single-line), 19ft(Double-line) ; Lifting Speed: 33ft/min(Single-line), 16ft/min(Double-line);
  • Handle remote cord is 4.9FT ; Electric chord 5.2 FT ; Diameter of wire rope: 0.12inch ; Tensile strength of wire rope ≧ 1870N/mm2
  • Rated Volt: 110/120V ~ 60Hz ; Rated Current: 4.1A ; Input Power: 460W ; Horsepower: 0.616 hp
  • VERSATILE USE: Partsam electric hoist winch can be used to lift regular or irregular shape things as stones, trees, mower, engine, truck top cover ect. vertically or horizontally in garage, ceilings, loft, barn, attic anywhere and anytime you can imagine, and is a “must” in Christmas for lifting all kinds of heavy things. Lift Slings are included to make your job easier.【PARTSam Electric Hoist Runs with Emergency Stop Switch, the Red Button Works for that】

 

Possible homebrew application: Use to help you lift your BIAB bag on brew day.

4/15/21 2 PM Central: This is on sale for $109.99. Shipping is also free to many US addresses. Prices and availability can change quickly Check product page for current info – More About Prices

Partsam 440 lbs Lift Electric Hoist Crane Remote Control Power System, Zinc-Plated Steel Wire Overhead Crane Garage Ceiling Pulley Winch w/Straps (w/Emergency Stop Switch) – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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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.

110 lb Capacity Plant Caddy – assist w/moving heavier objects on brew day and beyond – $12.99 + free prime ship

Akarden Plant Caddy Heavy Duty Plant Pot Move Plant Stand with Wheels 1 Pack

Akarden Plant Caddy Heavy Duty Plant Pot Move Plant Stand with Wheels 1 Pack

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  • Round plant caddy, suitable for multi-shapes of plant pots. And it has the function of water storage, prevent the floor from wetting when you are watering. Can protect your floor from being worn out.
  • External Diameter:11.8″, Internal Diameter:10.6″, Height: 3.5″, Depth of pallet:1″. Please measure the diameter of the bottom of your flowerpot before you buy it.
  • This plant stand is consist of 360 degree rotating 4 wheels with lock, it is convenient for you to fasten the flower pots, which can make it easily carry up to 110 pounds weight around.
  • Used for moving garden pots, heavy plants, large potted trees, large vases, whiskey barrels, or heavy trash. Also this plant stand with the classic style of the ancient design add retro luxury and simple pastoral touch to your garden.
  • Made from strengthening resin, the weight is light and the strength is high.No aging and no rust. The resins we used are food grade materials, it’s green and pollution-free.

 

Potential brewing applications: Use to assist with moving compatible carboys, kegs and other heavier items around on brew day and beyond.

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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.

200 lb Capacity Rolling Dolly – assist w/moving heavier objects on brew day and beyond – $7.27 + free prime ship

Shepherd Hardware Move-It 9299 6-Inch Steel Tri-Dolly, 200-lb Load Capacity

Shepherd Hardware Move-It 9299 6-Inch Steel Tri-Dolly, 200-lb Load Capacity

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  • 200-lb Load Capacity
  • 1-1/4″ durable polyolefin wheels with steel bearings
  • Can be used indoors or outdoors. Larger items can be placed over grip pads for added stability
  • Low profile design adds mobility to loads of all sizes

 

Potential brewing applications: Use to assist with moving compatible carboys, kegs and other heavier items around on brew day and beyond.

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MaxWorks 200 lb Capacity Rolling Dolly – assist w/moving heavier objects on brew day and beyond

MaxWorks 80854 Polypropylene Dolly-200-lb Capacity

MaxWorks 80854 Polypropylene Dolly-200-lb Capacity

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  • Constructed from lightweight, polypropylene material that won’t rust or chip and is easy to clean
  • Solid molded platform features a ridged non-slip surface that is ideal for moving narrow items or supporting furniture legs
  • Includes two 3″ swivel castors and two 3″ rigid castors to allow easy movement in different directions
  • Built-in carry on handle for easy positioning and makes it easy to move dolly where you need it
  • Platform size is 19-1/2″ x 14-1/2″. Ideal for home, workshop, garage, office and more

 

Potential brewing applications: Use to assist with moving compatible carboys, kegs and other heavier items around on brew day and beyond.

MaxWorks 80854 Polypropylene Dolly-200-lb Capacity – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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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.

‘Ove Glove Heat Resistant Gloves – [Minding Yeast Starters & BBQ, Brew Day & More]

Ove’ Glove Heat Resistant Gloves

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  • OVEN MITT: Comes with 1 machine washable, USA manufactured, hot surface handler Comoke Ove Glove
  • FIVE FINGER FLEXIBILITY: Made with full finger mobility and can be used with your left or right hand. Each glove contains a silicone non-slip grip to protect against dropping pans.
  • MULTI-FUNCTIONAL: Great for barbeques, kitchen, rearranging fireplace logs, car repair, welding, light bulb changes and more!
  • Fabric Type: kevlar

 

I use an Ove Glove when I’m making yeast starters in an Erlenmeyer Flask.  It’s really handy (pun intended) to swirl around the flask or to quickly remove to keep the flask from boiling over.

These are also handy on brew day for handling hot, (but not wet) ball valves and such.

These are not waterproof.  Safety Note: Always use caution when handling hot items or ingredients and always read and follow manufacturer directions.

Ove’ Glove, Heat Resistant, Hot Surface Handler Oven Mitt/Grilling Glove, Perfect for Kitchen/Grilling, 540 Degree Resistance, As Seen On TV – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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Rubbermaid Commercial Bus Tubs [Brew Day and Beyond]

Rubbermaid Commercial Products FG334900GRAY Standard Bus/Utility Box, 4.625 Gal, Gray

Rubbermaid Commercial Products White Bus/Utility Box 4.625 Gallons


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

  • Constructed of heavy-duty commercial-grade plastic
  • Rounded corners
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Reinforced handles and bottom
  • Measures 5″ x 20″ x 15″
  • Made of durable, commercial grade plastic, with reinforced handles, bottom and ribs for added strength
  • Rounded corners for easy cleaning

I use two similar bus tubs [Note: Mine are a larger at 7 1/8 Gallons] on brew day and I find them invaluable.  I keep one below my March Pump setup.  It catches drips and also offers a place to store wet items such as stirring spoons, mash paddles, my mash stirring whisk and my equally invaluable 1 gallon pitchers.  I reserve the other tub for clean and dry items.  Having two of these helps me keep dry/clean and wet/dirty items separate and means less lugging stuff around on brew day.

Another potential use: ice down your favorite beverages for get-togethers.

Rubbermaid Commercial Products FG334900GRAY Standard Bus/Utility Box, 4.625 Gal, Gray – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


Also: Rubbermaid Commercial Products FG335100BRN 7 1/8-Gallon Brown Undivided Bus/Utility Box

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‘Ove Glove Heat Resistant Gloves – [Minding Yeast Starters & BBQ, Brew Day & More]

Ove’ Glove Heat Resistant Gloves

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

  • OVEN MITT: Comes with 1 machine washable, USA manufactured, hot surface handler Comoke Ove Glove
  • FIVE FINGER FLEXIBILITY: Made with full finger mobility and can be used with your left or right hand. Each glove contains a silicone non-slip grip to protect against dropping pans.
  • MULTI-FUNCTIONAL: Great for barbeques, kitchen, rearranging fireplace logs, car repair, welding, light bulb changes and more!
  • Fabric Type: kevlar

 

I use an Ove Glove when I’m making yeast starters in an Erlenmeyer Flask.  It’s really handy (pun intended) to swirl around the flask or to quickly remove to keep the flask from boiling over.

These are also handy on brew day for handling hot, (but not wet) ball valves and such.

These are not waterproof.  Safety Note: Always use caution when handling hot items or ingredients and always read and follow manufacturer directions.

Ove’ Glove, Heat Resistant, Hot Surface Handler Oven Mitt/Grilling Glove, Perfect for Kitchen/Grilling, 540 Degree Resistance, As Seen On TV – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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Short On Time? Time Saving Homebrew Tips!

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Time can be a big factor when it comes to homebrewing.  Sure, it may be nice to spend sunrise until sunset carefully hand crafting a batch (or batches) of beer, but the practicalities of life can and do factor in when we’re deciding if we can brew a batch of beer.  For your stage of life, time may not be a factor.  If so, that’s awesome.  For others, time saving tips and techniques could help you brew more often.

With those thoughts in mind, I put the call out to the HBF community [8 Ways to Connect with HBF] to get some time saving tips and tricks.  A selection  of those along with some of my own thoughts follows.  Thanks to all who participated!  A full list of contributors is at the end of this post.

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