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20%+10% Off Stainless Steel Cam Lock QDs!

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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.

  • 20% Off! Promo code BF20% gets you 20% off PFD’s entire homebrew lineup
  • ANOTHER 10% Off: You get another 10% off by using either of the links below.  That figures out to about 28% off.  Considering their already, generally, great everyday prices, this is an outstanding deal!
  • Crazy Deals on Stacking Sale Items – Proflow has put a number of items on sale for Black Friday.  THESE STACK WITH THE 20% + 10% OFF.

Camlock QDs at PFD – use coupon code BF20% + any link in this post for ANOTHER 10% off

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Homebrew Time Saving Tip: Go Big! or… Go Small

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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.

Go Big! or… Go Small

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Homebrew Time Saving Tip: Shorten Your Boil

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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.

Shorten Your Boil

  • 15 Minute Boil: If you’re an extract brewer, boil for 15 minutes.  Extract has already been boiled.  The only reason we boil it further is to sanitize the wort and utilize hops.  Use recipe software to refigure hops and make sure to adjust your pre-boil volume to account for a very short boil.  The finished beer will not exactly match your recipe.  It may be better, but it will certainly be different.  You’ll be spending more money on hops, but cashing in on 45 minutes in time savings.
  • All Grain Brewers: Shorten your boil.  Depending on your grain bill you may be able to shorten your boil.  Adjust pre-boil volumes to compensate.  Again, this is grain bill dependent as some malts really need to be boiled longer to drive off DMS precursors.
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Homebrew Time Saving Tip: Clean As You Go

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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.

Clean As You Go

  • Clean as you go – This is one of the most frequent user contributed time-saving tips we’ve received.  Cleaning during down times – mashing, boiling, chilling means you don’t have to do it afterwards.  Clean your mash tun during the boil, sanitize your fermenter while you’re chilling, etc.
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Putting Together a “Brew Day Box”

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Why a Brew Day Box?

Over the years I’ve homebrewed, I’ve utilized a number of storage and organization strategies.  Some could be defined less as strategies and more as “piles”.  These strategies have ranged from, cardboard boxes, to big totes that I threw everything under the sun into to using smaller shoe box size containers and breaking everything out into categories.  The shoe box size organization method has worked well and other than a few large totes for bigger items, it’s what I’ve settled on.  At some point after going to that, I realized that when brew day rolled around, I had to collect items from a number of these containers.  I usually forgot something and had to look around, multiple times per brew day trying to find whatever I needed.  That evolved into putting together a container just for brew days.  I cleverly 🙂 call that my “Brew Day Box”.  This container houses nearly all the small odds and ends that I use when brewing.  I’ve also tried to make sure those things don’t really need removed at other times.  For example I use a refractometer regularly, not just on brew day, so… I bought another refractometer.  Everything that’s in my Brew Day Box generally… stay in my Brew Day Box.  This keeps everything in one place and I’m not wasting time trying to find stuff when I should be brewing.

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Use Heat Resistant Gloves for Minding Yeast Starters & On Brew Day

G & F 1689L Heat Resistant Glove Commercial Grade, LargePictured: G & F Heat Resistant Oven Glove via Amazon

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  • I use a heat resistant oven 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.
  • A lot of these types of gloves, including the pictured model and the ones I use are not waterproof.  As such, they should not be used with hot liquids.
  • Some silicone models are available that may offer some water resistance.  Generally speaking silicone gloves are going to be less flexible.  That may make it harder to pick things up.  You’re trading off some water resistance for grip.
  • Safety Note: Always use caution when handling hot items or ingredients and always read and follow manufacturer directions.
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  • Ove Glove HH501-18 Hot Surface Handler Oven Mitt Glove – via Amazon
  • G & F Heat Resistant Oven Glove via Amazon

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Homebrew Time Saving Tip: Save Time with UniVessel Equipment

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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.

Save Time with UniVessel Equipment

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Set of 2 Indoor/Outdoor Rolling Caddies – assist w/moving heavier objects on brew day and beyond

Moutik Plant Caddy Wooden Plant Stand 2 Pack Square Indoor Outdoor on Roller Patio/Flower Pot (11.8" Wooden Plant Caddy)

Moutik Plant Caddy Wooden Plant Stand 2 Pack Square Indoor Outdoor on Roller Patio/Flower Pot (11.8″ Wooden Plant Caddy)

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  • · KIND TO ADVANCING AGE AND BAD BACK – The planter on wheels is a lifesaver for those of people with advancing age and bad backs! It rolls easily once you remember to unlock the wheels!
  • · STURDY WITH HIGH HEAVY CAPACITY – It’s 12″ square with lovely wood-burned tree detail in the corner, which fits small and large planters well. And you don’t have to worry the heavy of buckets full of soil, it will be fine on this.
  • · TIME & STRENGTH SAVE – The natural wood look wheels plant stand especially great if you have to roll plants outside throughout the day to always be in the best sun or roll them inside during frosty nights.
  • · FOR ANOTHER PURPOSE – Like you can use this in your closet if you don’t have much storage space. Have things in bins and boxes and stack them on this caddy and you can wheel it in and out of the closet to reach items behind it.
  • · PRACTICAL GARDEN & HOME STUFF – These planter wheels “cart” may not be the best stand for plants but it did the help, simple design, take up not much space but save space for you.

 

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

Moutik Plant Caddy Wooden Plant Stand 2 Pack Square Indoor Outdoor on Roller Patio/Flower Pot (11.8″ Wooden Plant Caddy) – 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.

Set of 2 Indoor/Outdoor Rolling Caddies – assist w/moving heavier objects on brew day and beyond

Moutik Plant Caddy Wooden Plant Stand 2 Pack Square Indoor Outdoor on Roller Patio/Flower Pot (11.8" Wooden Plant Caddy)

Moutik Plant Caddy Wooden Plant Stand 2 Pack Square Indoor Outdoor on Roller Patio/Flower Pot (11.8″ Wooden Plant Caddy)

More Info

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

  • · KIND TO ADVANCING AGE AND BAD BACK – The planter on wheels is a lifesaver for those of people with advancing age and bad backs! It rolls easily once you remember to unlock the wheels!
  • · STURDY WITH HIGH HEAVY CAPACITY – It’s 12″ square with lovely wood-burned tree detail in the corner, which fits small and large planters well. And you don’t have to worry the heavy of buckets full of soil, it will be fine on this.
  • · TIME & STRENGTH SAVE – The natural wood look wheels plant stand especially great if you have to roll plants outside throughout the day to always be in the best sun or roll them inside during frosty nights.
  • · FOR ANOTHER PURPOSE – Like you can use this in your closet if you don’t have much storage space. Have things in bins and boxes and stack them on this caddy and you can wheel it in and out of the closet to reach items behind it.
  • · PRACTICAL GARDEN & HOME STUFF – These planter wheels “cart” may not be the best stand for plants but it did the help, simple design, take up not much space but save space for you.

 

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

Moutik Plant Caddy Wooden Plant Stand 2 Pack Square Indoor Outdoor on Roller Patio/Flower Pot (11.8″ Wooden Plant Caddy) – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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1,000 lb Capacity Dolly – $7.49 at Northern Tool

Ironton Carpeted Mover’s Dolly — 1,000-Lb. Capacity, 18in.L x 12in.W

Ironton Carpeted Mover’s Dolly — 1,000-Lb. Capacity, 18in.L x 12in.W via Northern Tool

Potential Homebrew Applications: Assist with moving kegs, ingredients and equipment around your home brewery and beyond.

As of this posting, Northern Tool has this on sale for just $7.49.  Order online to reserve yours and select in store pickup to skip any shipping charges.

Ironton Carpeted Mover’s Dolly — 1,000-Lb. Capacity, 18in.L x 12in.W

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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.