Category Archives: Making Brew Day Easier

Rubbermaid Commercial Bus Tubs [Brew Day and Beyond] – now $10 + free prime ship

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

Rubbermaid Commercial Products White Bus/Utility Box 4.625 Gallons

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

  • Commercial-grade plastic has reinforced handles, bottom, and ribs for added strength and employee safety
  • Rounded corners for easy cleaning
  • Certified to NSF standard for No. 2 food contact
  • Reinforced handles and bottom
  • Made of durable, commercial grade plastic, with reinforced handles, bottom and ribs for added strength

 

Bus Tubs HomebrewI use similar bus tubs [Note: Mine are 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.  See: Bus Tubs for Brew Day & Beyond

 

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

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

10/18/21 1 AM Central: These have dropped to $10.  Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying orderPrices and availability can change quickly.  Check product page for current info – More About Prices

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


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Bloem Fiskars 75 lb Capacity Plant Caddy – assist w/moving heavier objects on brew day and beyond

Bloem Fiskars 95122C 12-Inch Round Plant Caddy, Color Terracotta

Bloem Fiskars 95122C 12-Inch Round Plant Caddy, Color Terracotta

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

  • Move potted plants with ease
  • Protect decks, patios and floors from water stains
  • 12″ Caddie holds excess water in saucer reservoir
  • Holds up to 75 lbs. / Size 3.5″ H x 12″ top width x 10.5″ inside base width
  • Four casters swivel in all directions – 360 degrees
  • 100% UV stabilized polypropylene plastic ensures long lasting color and withstands extreme weather conditions + BPA free
  • Easily move your potted plants and change your garden design

 

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

Bloem Fiskars 95122C 12-Inch Round Plant Caddy, Color Terracotta – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


Tip: Plant Caddies For Moving Kegs & Carboys – give your back a break

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.

Utility Bus Tubs [Brew Day & Beyond] – $14.68 + free shipping

Vollrath 1527B-06 Vollrath 1527B Plastic Bus Box - 21-3/4'Wx15-1/2"Dx7"H

Vollrath 1527B-06 Vollrath 1527B Plastic Bus Box – 21-3/4’Wx15-1/2″Dx7″H

I use two similar bus tubs [Note: Mine are a different model from a different manufacturer and different specs] 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.  See: Bus Tubs for Brew Day & Beyond – Save Time and Effort When You Homebrew

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

9/16/21 1:30 AM Central: These are selling for $14.68. Shipping is also free to many US addressesPrices and availability can change quickly.  Check product page for current info – More About Prices

Vollrath 1527B-06 Vollrath 1527B Plastic Bus Box – 21-3/4’Wx15-1/2″Dx7″H – 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


Rubbermaid Commercial Bus Tubs [Brew Day and Beyond]

Rubbermaid Commercial 3349 4-5/8-Gallon Capacity, 20" Length x 15" Width x 5" Height, Gray Color, High-Density Polyethylene Bus and Utility Box

Rubbermaid Commercial 3349 4-5/8-Gallon Capacity, 20″ Length x 15″ Width x 5″ Height, Gray Color, High-Density Polyethylene Bus and Utility Box


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 3349 4-5/8-Gallon Capacity, 20″ Length x 15″ Width x 5″ Height, Gray Color, High-Density Polyethylene Bus and Utility Box – 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


Short On Time? Time Saving Homebrew Tips!

time saving homebrew tips

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

homebrew cam lock

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.
  • Another 10% Off: Using any link in this post will save you another 10%!

Camlock QDs at PFD | ProFlow’s Homebrew Lineup – remember coupon code BREW15% + any link in this post for ANOTHER 10% off

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

Hands on Review: ProFlow Dynamics Stainless Steel Camlock Quick Disconnects + Limited Time Deal

proflowdynamics homebrew camlock review

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%+10% Off!

  • 15% Off Coupon: BREW15% takes an additional 15% off their lineup of homebrewing gear.
  • Another 10% Off: Using any link in this review will save you another 10%!

Camlock QDs at PFD | ProFlow’s Homebrew Lineup – remember coupon code BREW15% + any link in this post for ANOTHER 10% off


Compare Prices, View Available Options, Review Continues Below:

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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Hands On Review: Rubbermaid Commercial Product 1 Gallon Bouncer Pitcher

Small Upgrade = Big Difference

There are several equipment purchases that I look back on and say… I’m really glad I got that, it’s made a big difference.  Sturdy, Food Safe One Gallon pitchers fit that bill.  I went from a mish-mash of too small plastic pitchers, found around the house, that bent under the weight of wort, dripped and leached who knows what into my beer to two commercial quality 1 gallon pitchers.  What a difference.

I started out with pitchers similar to these those worked well, but have a couple of drawbacks, namely… aluminum does not play nicely with Star San.  I still use those for some purposes. From there, I picked up a Rubbermaid Commercial’s 4 Quart Bouncer Pitcher


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Rubbermaid Commercial Products Bouncer Measuring Cup, 4-Quart, Clear, FG321800CLR – 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

More Info

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

  • Commercial-grade plastic has reinforced handles, bottom, and ribs for added strength and employee safety
  • Rounded corners for easy cleaning
  • Certified to NSF standard for No. 2 food contact
  • Reinforced handles and bottom
  • Made of durable, commercial grade plastic, with reinforced handles, bottom and ribs for added strength

 

Bus Tubs HomebrewI use similar bus tubs [Note: Mine are 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.  See: Bus Tubs for Brew Day & Beyond

 

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

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

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


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2 x Rubbermaid Commercial Bus Tubs [Brew Day and Beyond]

Rubbermaid Commercial Products Kitchen Bus Utility Box, Plastic, Gray, for Kitchen Service Restaurant Use (Pack of 2)

Rubbermaid Commercial Products Kitchen Bus Utility Box, Plastic, Gray, for Kitchen Service Restaurant Use (Pack of 2)


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

  • Rounded corners for easy cleaning
  • Constructed of heavy-duty commercial-grade plastic
  • Commercial dishwasher safe
  • Reinforced handles and bottom

I use these bus tubs (7 gallon size) on brew day and beyond for a number of purposes.

  • I use these to cart around gear and ingredients – saving trips back and forth.Bus Tubs Homebrew
  • As brew day starts, I’ll keep a dry/clean bus tub and a wet/needs to be cleaned bus tub.  Having two helps me keep clean things clean.  That means less unnecessary cleaning.
  • If I’m using my pump, I’ll keep one below that.  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.
  • The ridges on the bottom make these a great place to drain and dry just cleaned gear.
  • When these are unused, they stack together to save space and offer a nice place to store brew day items.
  • Another potential use: ice down your favorite beverages for get-togethers.
  • See: Bus Tubs for Brew Day & Beyond – Save Time and Effort When You Homebrew

What are others saying?  Search this product’s Amazon reviews for “brew” – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

Rubbermaid Commercial Products Kitchen Bus Utility Box, Plastic, Gray, for Kitchen Service Restaurant Use (Pack of 2) – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link