Category Archives: Making Brew Day Easier

15%+10% Off Stainless Steel Cam Lock QDs

camlock quick disconnects

PFD has a great variety of homebrew related gear including stainless steel Camlock disconnects, threaded fittings (t’s, elbows and connectors of every sort), Stainless QDs, ball valves, tri-clamp fittings, burners, wort chillers, thermowells, site glasses, silicone tubing, pumps, stainless pickup tubes, stainless false bottoms, Blichmann Style QDs and more.  >>>> ProFlow’s Homebrew Lineup

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.

15% Off Cam Locks> PFD already has generally great prices.  As of this posting, promo code BREW15% takes an additional 15% off sight glasses.

Stacks With> Using the link below takes another 10% off!

Camlock QDs at PFD  – use coupon code BREW15% + use this link for an additional 10% off

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Hands on Review: Keggle Brewing Pump and Chiller Stand

This review is by Homebrew Finds Contributor Tom Brennan.  Read more about Tom and grab a link to his website and YouTube channel below.

Keggle Brewing Pump and Plate Chiller Stand

After opening the box that came from Keggle Brewing I noticed that this stand was built to last. And it should, considering the abuse most homebrewers put into the equipment…OK maybe that’s just me. It was constructed of mostly aluminum parts and was well welded. It was not difficult to put together, but an addition of instructions would be welcomed.


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This is available in two versions.  Just the stand and the stand complete with pump and chiller.


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220 to 440 lb Capacity Electric Hoist Chain Hoist [make BIAB brew days easier]

EVERDRAGON 440 LBS Power Lift Electric Hoist, Overhead Crane Commercial Industrial Chain Remote Control Power System, Winch Wire Cable Hoist Garage Auto Shop W/Remote Control (120V/460W/3.9A/60Hz)

EVERDRAGON 440 LBS Power Lift Electric Hoist, Overhead Crane Commercial Industrial Chain Remote Control Power System, Winch Wire Cable Hoist Garage Auto Shop W/Remote Control (120V/460W/3.9A/60Hz)

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

  • 2 Lift Hooks For Dual Line Operation: High strength carbon steel line cable, braided, anti twist. 2 heavy duty weighted lift hooks, maximum load capacity ups to 220 lbs (Single-line) or 440 lbs (Double-line). Lift speed of 33ft per minute of single hook, 16.5ft per minute of double. Max lift height of 39ft of single, 20ft of double hooks
  • Heavy Duty And Durable: Rugged steel shell and mounting hanging clamp brackets, with reliable hardware, makes our mini electric wire host strong and durable enough to withstand heavy use
  • High Quality Cooper Motor: ETL Approved grade, features good heat dissipation ability. It provides strong power with relative low electricity consumption. This Electric Hoist Lift has compact and exquisite appearance and easy installation, security and reliability. Variable speed control allows you to choose how fast or slow you need to move at any point, giving you full control and precision when lifting
  • Widely Used: Electric Hoist Lift is the important tool for hoisting in workshops, household garages and warehouses etc. It is used for DIY market and is also the ideal equipment for hotels, shops, repairing, material handling, industrial assembly lines and large industrial equipments etc.
  • Featured Safety Braking Mechanism: With easy operate remote control feature, this fully automatic hoist, requires no hand cranking. Item features automatic brake function with build-in safety braking mechanism and thermal protection device to ensure safety

 

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

EVERDRAGON 440 LBS Power Lift Electric Hoist, Overhead Crane Commercial Industrial Chain Remote Control Power System, Winch Wire Cable Hoist Garage Auto Shop W/Remote Control (120V/460W/3.9A/60Hz)  – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


Also:  BIAB Brew Day Spreadsheet The Brew Bag – Purpose Made BIAB | Cereal Killer Grain MIll | Small Batch, All Grain Stove Top Brewing | All Grain Tips & Gear

Also: All Grain Tips & Gear | 10 Gallon Mash Tun Conversion Kit [Review] | Cereal Killer Grain MIll |  Batch Sparge SpreadsheetBIAB Brew Day Spreadsheet | The Brew Bag – Purpose Made BIAB

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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 & Brew Day]

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 , hot surface handler 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!
  • JOSEPH ENTERPRISES is the only legal and distributor of the trademarked ‘Ove’ Glove.
  • Our products are only shipped from the USA. We are the exclusive distributor of household gloves using Kevlar and Nome DuPont.

 

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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2,000 lb Capacity Chain Hoist [make BIAB brew days easier]


Neiko 02182A Chain Hoist with 2 Hooks, 1 Ton Capacity | Manual Hand Chain Block, 15 Foot Lift

Neiko 02182A Chain Hoist with 2 Hooks, 1 Ton Capacity | Manual Hand Chain Block, 15 Foot Lift

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

  • Compact manual chain hoist constructed of premium alloy steel, designed to handle industrial loads up to 1 ton (2000 lbs)
  • Heavy duty chain made with 20MN2 premium alloy steel, black oxide finish; heat-treated forged and milled steel gear; cold rolled steel hoist cover for great durability
  • Full-forged drop steel swivel hooks with safety latch allow chain hoist to be attached to a trolley as a traveling chain block for a secure lift
  • Comes with a mechanical load brake and #45 steel gears for precision control and safe, reliable operation with minimal maintenance
  • Lift is not only suitable for engine blocks, but for use in mines, factories, farms, construction sites, wharves, docks, and warehouses

 

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

Neiko 02182A Chain Hoist with 2 Hooks, 1 Ton Capacity | Manual Hand Chain Block, 15 Foot Lift – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


Also:  BIAB Brew Day Spreadsheet The Brew Bag – Purpose Made BIAB | Cereal Killer Grain MIll | Small Batch, All Grain Stove Top Brewing | All Grain Tips & Gear

Also: All Grain Tips & Gear | 10 Gallon Mash Tun Conversion Kit [Review] | Cereal Killer Grain MIll |  Batch Sparge SpreadsheetBIAB Brew Day Spreadsheet | The Brew Bag – Purpose Made BIAB

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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.

Bus Tubs for Brew Day & Beyond – Save Time and Effort When You Homebrew

Bus Tubs HomebrewBus Tubs for Brew Day – A Rubbermaid Commercial Products Bus Tub/Utility Box with a Rubbermaid Commercial High Temp Pitcher and my Brew Day Whisk

Rubbermaid Commercial Products FG335100GRAY Standard Bus/Utility Box, 7.125 Gal, Gray

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

  • Constructed of commercial-grade plastic
  • Rounded corners for easy cleaning
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Reinforced handles for secure lifting
  • Measures 21-1/2″ x 17-1/8″ x 7″. Capacity – 7.125 Gal
  • Made of durable, commercial grade plastic, with reinforced handles, bottom and ribs for added strength
  • Rounded corners for easy cleaning

 

I use two of these on brew day and I find them invaluable.

  • I use these to cart around gear and ingredients – saving trips back and forth.
  • 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.

What are others saying?  Search this product’s Amazon reviews for “brew”

Rubbermaid Commercial Products FG335100GRAY Standard Bus/Utility Box, 7.125 Gal, Gray – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


Related: Four Easy Upgrades for Brew Day

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Short On Time? 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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440 lb Capacity Electric Hoist [make BIAB brew days easier]


Thank you to HBF Reader Joey [8 Ways to Connect with HBF] for a picture of this hoist in action!  Here it is lifting a BIAB Bag with about 70 lbs of grain.  Check out the product page on Amazon to see a stock image of this hoist with a full description of specs and what’s included.

Goplus Lift Electric Hoist Garage Auto Shop Electric Wire Hoist Overhead Lift w/Remote Control (440LBS)

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

  • Heavy Duty And Durable High strength carbon steel line cable, braided, anti twist. Cable length of 39ft, diameter is 1/8″. Rugged steel shell and mounting hanging clamp brackets, with reliable hardware, makes our mini electric wire host strong and durable enough to withstand heavy use.
  • Sheaved Pulley Lift Hook For Dual Line Operation2 heavy duty weighted lift hook, maximum load capacity ups to 220lbs each, 440lbs total. Lift speed of 26ft per minute of single hook, 13ft per minute of double. Max lift height of 39ft of single, 20ft of double hooks.
  • High Quality Cooper Motor ETL Approved grade, features good heat dissipation ability. It provides strong power with relative low electricity consumption.
  • Built-in Safety Braking Mechanism With easy operate remote control panel, fully automatic hoist, requires no hand cranking. Item features automatic brake function with build-in safety braking mechanism and thermal protection device to ensure safety.
  • Easy to Operate It comes with all necessary mountings. Simply assembled then ready to use. Compact construction, lightweight, easy operation, perfect for lifting small engines, transmissions, large shop tools, or building supplies in factories, warehouses and cargo berth.

 

Some notes from Joey, the pictured bag is a 20 lb custom Brew in a Bag via brewinabag.com.  Joey says that the included hook is small, so he obtained 440 lb capacity carabiner at a local hardware store.

Goplus Lift Electric Hoist Garage Auto Shop Electric Wire Hoist Overhead Lift w/Remote Control (440LBS)


Also:  BIAB Brew Day Spreadsheet The Brew Bag – Purpose Made BIAB | Cereal Killer Grain MIll | Small Batch, All Grain Stove Top Brewing | All Grain Tips & Gear

Also: All Grain Tips & Gear | 10 Gallon Mash Tun Conversion Kit [Review] | Cereal Killer Grain MIll |  Batch Sparge SpreadsheetBIAB Brew Day Spreadsheet | The Brew Bag – Purpose Made BIAB

More: Recent Amazon Finds

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.

15%+10% Off Stainless Steel Cam Lock QDs

camlock quick disconnects

PFD has a great variety of homebrew related gear including stainless steel Camlock disconnects, threaded fittings (t’s, elbows and connectors of every sort), Stainless QDs, ball valves, tri-clamp fittings, burners, wort chillers, thermowells, site glasses, silicone tubing, pumps, stainless pickup tubes, stainless false bottoms, Blichmann Style QDs and more.  >>>> ProFlow’s Homebrew Lineup

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.

15% Off Cam Locks> PFD already has generally great prices.  As of this posting, promo code BREW15% takes an additional 15% off sight glasses.

Stacks With> Using the link below takes another 10% off!

Camlock QDs at PFD  – use coupon code BREW15% + use this link for an additional 10% off

More: Recent Great Deals

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Whitmor Wheeled Chrome Wire Cart

Whitmor Supreme Laundry Cart and Versatile Storage Solution - Chrome

Whitmor Supreme Laundry Cart and Versatile Storage Solution – Chrome


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

  • Compact, expandable cart easily moves your equipment
  • 4” front casters turn easily and can be locked. 8” rear wheels built tough to resist wear and have a unique texture that keeps you moving
  • Holds up to 485 lbs.
  • Folds easily for compact storage.
  • Compact size: (w)18″ x (l)28-1/2″

Use for storage and organization or as a helper on brew day.  Since this has wheels, you can… roll it around as needed.

Whitmor Supreme Laundry Cart and Versatile Storage Solution – Chrome


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