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4 x Commercial Bus Tubs [Brew Day and Beyond] – $17.55, $4.34 each + free prime ship

Fiaze Small Commercial Tote Box, Rectangle Utility Bus Tubs, 4-Pack, Black

Fiaze Small Commercial Tote Box, Rectangle Utility Bus Tubs, 4-Pack, Black


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

  • Multi purpose basin
  • Outside measure: 14.8″ x 10.8″ x 4.1″
  • Pack of 4, black
  • Made of durable, commercial grade plastic
  • Perfect for transporting and storage

I use two similar bus tubs, but larger (different manufacturer, model & 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.

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

11/17/20 11 AM Central: These are selling for just $17.55.  That figures to about… $4.34 each.  Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying order. Prices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

Fiaze Small Commercial Tote Box, Rectangle Utility Bus Tubs, 4-Pack, 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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Rubbermaid Commercial Bus Tubs [Brew Day and Beyond] – $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


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.

11/10/20 2:30 AM Central: These are selling for just $10.  Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying order. Prices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

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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Using a Keg as a CO2 Source for Portable Serving! – DuoTight Regulator w/Gauge Available Again!

This technique uses an economical inline secondary regulator to utilize a spare keg as a CO2 source to serve a keg.  I’m not suggesting this setup as a replacement for your kegerator CO2 tank.  You still need a standard CO2 tank.  What this setup could be very useful for is as a replacement for those expensive little regulators or injectors and expensive (considering how much CO2 you get) little CO2 cartridges.  One inexpensive purchase allows you to pressurize and serve your keg on the go for little to… nothing.  Keep reading.


Updated v2 Inline Secondary!

An updated version of this great gadget is now available.  It’s DuoTight equipped and… has an integrated CO2 gauge.

Although this post features v1, the same concepts apply to a v2 setup with the added benefit of an integrated gauge.  Since v2 is DuoTight compatible, there would be some plumbing differences.

Something like…

Limited Time Availability Update, Article Continues Below:

v2 has been out of stock for a long time.  As of this posting, William’s Brewing has it available.  Check the product page to see if you can still get in on this.


More DuoTight!


The Magic Piece of Equipment

Cheap Inline Regulator – via William’s Brewing | via MoreBeer | via Amazon

These inline secondary regulators have been on the scene for a little while now.  At the price I’ve seen them at, sub $10, they are a bargain.  They also add a lot of flexibility to your draft setup, allowing you to easily and cheaply serve using multiple pressures and carbonation levels.

Note that these are inline secondary regulators.  You still need a primary regulator attached to your CO2 tank.  The idea is, you set the primary to the highest pressure you will use (without exceeding specifications of any component of your system) and then use these regulators inline (one per line) to fine tune pressure and carbonation [See: Balancing Your Draft System].  As an example, you could set your primary to 25 PSI for faster force carbonation and set each line to a different pressure based on desired carbonation level.

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2.5 Gallon Keg Party Pack from MoreBeer- $119.99, Save $30 + Free Shipping

2.5 gal. Keg Party Pack KEG414

2.5 Keg Party Pack from MoreBeer

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

Ideal for the weekend get away!

This kit is ideal for bottle conditioning your keg with 2oz of corn sugar at room temperature for about a week before you take your homebrew on a road trip.

Or you can use our jumper line and transfer clear beer from your 5 gallon keg to your 2.5 gallon keg leaving all the yeast behind. This way when you go to the party your beer is serving sparkling clear.

Use the C02 injector to dispense beer when ever you need more co2 pressure to serve.

A little trick: Get yourself a 5 gallon rubbermaid cooler. This keg fits like a glove inside. Pack the cooler with ice all around and you’ll have cold beer for a couple days.

Another trick is to drill a hole in the cooler lid and feed the beverage line assembly through it (you will have to unscrew a hose clamp…not too hard.) You can arrange somthing similar for the C02 injector as well.

Be gadgety! Be a homebrewer!


 

Why 2.5 Gallon Kegs?  These kegs are great for splitting batches, small batch brewers, doing one-off beers from split from a 5 gallon batch… or for easily serving on the go.  Purge with CO2, fill from your tap and place in ice in a 5 gallon bucket…. whammo!

As of this posting, MoreBeer has this on sale for just $119.99. Shipping is free with a qualifying $59 order to many US addresses. Price, promotions and availability can change quickly.  Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit the product page.  Check the product page for current price, description and availability

2.5 gal. Keg Party Pack KEG414

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Portable Draft Beer Serving Options!

Hands on Review: Spotted Dog CO2 Pressurized Growler Dispenser – works with standard growlers

Pressurized CO2 Growler Dispenser Tap for Glass Beer Growlers by the Spotted Dog Company

This setup consists of a regulator, growler dispense cap, faucet with tubing and dip tube.  It’s designed to fit standard glass growlers.  This allows you to serve tap beer from a standard growler as you want to.  Since it’s regulated, you can keep carbonation levels up and reduce oxidation.  Note that a growler is not included and you need to buy CO2 cartridges separately.

Hands on Review: Spotted Dog CO2 Pressurized Growler Dispenser

A look at the cap, faucet and tubingA look at the included mini CO2 regulator.  Note that this is a regulator as opposed to an injector.  Injectors give you no regulation of pressure other than the amount you choose to inject.  This is an actual regulator that you can set to a desired pressure.  That’s a key feature since this is intended to be used with compatible glass growlers.

You can also use this with your homebrew keg… This regulator features a female flare connector (the brass piece on the right side of this photo).  That means you can install it on a ball lock or pin lock MFL QD [Search MFL keg disconnect] and use it on a ball lock or pin lock homebrew keg.  Whammo!A look at the faucet.  A standard picnic/cobra style tap with a small length of tubing attached.A look at the inside of the dispense cap.  Notice the included o-ring/gasket.  The cap feels sturdy and well built.A look at the cap top-down.  A PRV is installed on the top of the cap.  That’s for venting to help adjust pressure or when you’re ready to remove the cap.  The male flare at the bottom is for installation of the included regulator.A look at the entire assembly after a soak in PBW.  Note that I did not soak the regulator in PBW.  That was installed after cleaning and rinsing the cap, faucet, tubing and dip tube.Installed on a growlerA look at the front of the CO2 pressurized growler dispenserA close up of the regulator dial.  The gauge on this regulator reads 30 PSI.  Under no circumstances should this be set at 30 PSI.  I keep it under 10 PSI.  For serving I’ve found that just 1 or 2 PSI is sufficient.  It’s important that you read and follow all manufacturer’s instructions for this unit.  In the background: Gridmann Commercial Stainless SinkA top down look at the adjustment knobTop down look at the entire unitA side view look at the dispense cap.  My cap says “Max Pressure 15 PSI”.   I keep it under 10 PSI.  For serving I’ve found that just 1 or 2 PSI is sufficient.  It’s important that you read and follow all manufacturer’s instructions for this unit.A look at the PRV valve
The picnic tap hangs nicely on the growler handleI found this easy to clean.  After removing the regulator, I rinsed the entire assembly, making sure there was some water left in the faucet tubing to help start a siphon.  Then I placed the unit in a tub of PBW and opened the faucet (below the unit and tub of PBW).  That starts a nice flow of PBW that you can let run out.  Of course, I did all of this in my Gridmann Commercial Stainless Sink.  I consider a quality utility sink an essential piece of homebrew gear.

Compatibility

Beyond standard growlers this will work with other compatible growlers that use standard 38mm caps.  Examples: The Prowler PET Growler and 128oz Stainless Steel Insulated Growler by Spotted Dog Company.  It will also work with some gallon size jugs as long as they are pressure capable and use standard threads.  For the larger gallon containers, you may need to swap out the dip tube tubing for a longer length.

Conclusions

The beauty of this setup is that it works on standard glass growlers.  Many locales or breweries only fill their branded or specially marked growlers.

This does have some safety implications, it’s important that your growler is in good condition and capable of holding pressure.  That’s always true whether you’re using this or not.  Growlers hold pressurized beer and should be capable of doing so at proper pressures.  Make sure to read and follow the directions that come from the manufacturer and set this to a safe PSI for your particular growler.  The good news is, not much pressure is needed to serve beer.  As I’ve already mentioned… you don’t need a lot of pressure to serve beer with this, just a 1 or 2 PSI.

This allows me to preserve beer, commercial or homebrew, using an easy to find standard growler so that I can drink it at my own pace.  This is well built and converts a compatible growler into a featured packed mini keg that helps to preserve beer so you can drink it at your desired pace.


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

  • PRESSURIZED growler dispensing has never been easier with the new Pressurized Growler Dispenser Tap. Fill up your favorite standard glass growler, attach the tap cap and regulator, use a single 12g CO2 cartridge and you’re ready to dispense!
  • BREWERY FRESH beer every time you go for another pint. The CO2 mini regulator lets you dispense your favorite craft beer at it’s proper serving pressure like it is straight from the tap!
  • PRESSURE RELIEF VALVE allows for easy oxygen purging to keep your beer fresh for weeks. Don’t settle for flat, tasteless growler beer ever again!
  • UNIVERSAL fit with all standard 64oz and 128oz glass growlers with 38mm threaded caps. Save money over expensive pressurized growler systems by using your existing growler with the Growler Dispenser Tap!
  • Don’t forget the cartridges! Cartridges are sold separately. We recommend 12g or 16g threaded food grade CO2 cartridges. Search Amazon for B07GNVKTS9 to find ours. A 12g cartridge will easily dispense 64oz of beer.

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Pressurized CO2 Growler Dispenser Tap for Glass Beer Growlers


The Weekend Brewer 6-Pack 12g 3/8″ Threaded Disposable CO2 Cartridges (6, 12g)


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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. review:co2growler tag:tpru

Special thanks to Spotted Dog Company for providing the unit used for evaluation

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

I use two commercial bus tubs on brew day and beyond and find them invaluable.  They’re well made, versatile and help me save time and frustration.

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Brand New 2.5 Gallon Ball Lock Kegs – portable serving, split batches & more – $75 shipped + A Deal on Used 3 Gallon BLs

AIH New Double Rubber Handle 2.5 Gal Keg

Brand New 2.5 Gallon Gallon Ball Lock Kegs via Adventures in Homebrewing.  ISO 9001 Certified, NSF Certified, Ball Lock 2.5 Gallon Capacity and have double rubber handles.  Typically double rubber handle kegs cost more compared to single strap handle kegs.

Why 2.5 Gallon Kegs?  These kegs are great for splitting batches, small batch brewers, doing one-off beers from split from a 5 gallon batch… or for easily serving on the go.  Purge with CO2, fill from your tap and place in ice in a 5 gallon bucket…. whammo!

  • Check out my Hands on Review of these great kegs.
  • These are on sale for $75
  • AIH is shipping most orders of $55 or more for free to addresses in the contiguous US.  Most kegs DO NOT qualify for free shipping.  This 2.5 gallon size DOES qualify for free shipping.
  • AIH also has a limited number of Used Single Handle 3 Gallon Cornelius Keg (Ball Lock) in stock.  These are hard to find.  As of this posting, they are selling for $49.99 + shipping.

AIH New 2.5 Gallon Corny Keg Ball Lock

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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


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FOUR x Commercial Bus Tubs [Brew Day and Beyond]

Cand Commercial Bus Tubs, 13 L Plastic Bus Box/Wash Basin


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

  • Outside: 17″x 13.2″ x 4.7″ Inside: 15.6″ x 11.8″ x 4.5″
  • Material constructed is of great durablity, which withstands lots of usages.
  • Working out perfectly for mixing, meat processing, washing, storage, etc.

I use two similar bus tubs [Note: Mine are a larger at 7 1/8 Gallons] on brew Bus Tubs Homebrewday 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.

Cand Commercial Bus Tubs, 13 L Plastic Bus Box/Wash Basin, 4 Packs – 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 Bus Tubs Homebrewday 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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