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Make Your Own DIY Custom Tap Handles – 10 EZ Lok Brass Inserts – Tap Handle Ferrule – $9.60, 96 cents each + free prime ship

E-Z Lok Threaded Insert, Brass, Knife Thread, 3/8"-16 Internal Threads, 0.625" Length (Pack of 10)

10 Pack of EZ Lok Threaded Brass Inserts by E-Z Lok

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  • Provides a Strong Machine Thread In Hard Woods
  • Ideal For Use in Woods Like Oak, Cherry, and Maple
  • Designed For Use In Furniture, Cabinetry, Storm Windows and Tap Handles
  • Simply Drill the Appropriately Sized Hole and Install with Bolt/Jam Nut or Optional Drive Tool
  • Threaded Insert, Brass, Knife Thread, 3/8″-16 Internal Threads, 0. 625″ Length (Pack of 10)

E-Z LOK Knife Thread inserts for hard wood significantly reduce the possibility of stripping when using a threaded fasteners in materials such as oak, cherry, and maple. Ideal for applications ranging from furniture to cabinetry to tap handles, E-Z LOK Knife Threads are easily installed using a bolt and jam nut or optional drive tool. Simply drill the appropriately sized hole and thread in the insert like an ordinary fastener. Proprietary external Knife Threads slice into hard wood, providing holding power superior to that of typical broad threads which crush wood during installation.


 

Use to make your own custom tap handles and more.

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E-Z Lok Threaded Insert, Brass, Knife Thread, 3/8″-16 Internal Threads, 0.625″ Length (Pack of 10)


Related: the optional drive tool…  E-Z LOK Drive Tool

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Ferroday Stainless Carbonation Cap for PET Bottles – works on gas AND liquid posts – $10.38 + free prime ship + Hands on Review

Ferroday Stainless Carbonation Cap Counter Pressure Bottle Filling With 5/16" Barb,CO2 Coupling To Carbonate Soda Beer Fruit Juice Water

Stainless steel ball lock carbonation cap with barb.  Includes replacement o-ring.

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  • 304 stainless steel will last a lifetime
  • Carbonate,cleaning your beer lines
  • Use it to counter pressure bottle fill PET bottles
  • Easy to install and use,with extra 5 piece of o-ring for replacement
  • Weight:3.5-3.6oz,stainless steel material 100/100,We are committed to offer you high quality product as well as superior service! Please feel free to tell us if any problems, we would try our best to satisfy you. Lifetime technical support.

“The post on this unique carbonation cap has been machined ,so it fit BOTH the liquid and gas ball lock disconnects.”

 

Applications:

  • PET Bottles as Growlers: These are generally intended to convert 1L and 2L bottles to growlers.  Fill up a 1L or 2L PET bottle with your favorite homebrew.  Put one of these on (purge the headspace by squeezing if you want to) and then pressurize for transport.  This should help to reduce oxygen pickup and maintain carbonation levels.
  • Fine tune or rapidly carbonate beer: You can also use this cap to rapidly carbonate beer.  Same process as for transport, just set your regulator to the proper pressure and shake or agitate the PET bottle to help introduce CO2.  Or hook it up to CO2 and let it sit in you kegerator.
  • Draft Line Cleaning Projects:  I have developed two draft line cleaning projects using similar SS Caps – Build A Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump | Mark II Keg and Carboy Cleaner Draft Line Cleaning Pump Conversion

One of the questions that arises on these type of carb caps, is… does it work with both liquid and gas posts?  Some models are universal fit and some work only with gas posts.  For draft line cleaning projects to work well, at least in my opinion, the carb cap that’s used needs to be universal.  I’m happy to report that the one I received did indeed work with both liquid and ball lock posts.  Check the product description for current specs.

Check out my Hands on Review of this great carb cap.

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Ferroday Stainless Carbonation Cap Counter Pressure Bottle Filling With 5/16″ Barb,CO2 Coupling To Carbonate Soda Beer Fruit Juice Water


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boxtech Submersible Water Pump – 260 GPH – $13.99 + Draft Line Cleaning Builds

boxtech 264-1057 GPH Submersible Water Pump, Super Quiet Small Fountain Pump for Pond Aquariums Hydroponics Fish Tank Garden Fountain Waterfall

boxtech 264-1057 GPH Submersible Water Pump, Super Quiet Small Fountain Pump

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  • 🐟【Powerful Speed Flow】Max Flow Rate:660 GPH per hour, Max Lift height: up to 8 Feet.45W high efficiency motor for energy saving,and low water level design.
  • 🐟【Ultra Quiet & Safe】Made of high-grade material, which is non-toxic, safe.This submersible water pump is a multi-functional, multi-purpose water pump with low power consumption, low noise, balanced speed, reliable operation, long service life.
  • 🐟【100% submersible】A multi-functional Submersible pump=Add water+Change water+Circulating water+Sucking fish manure. Large flower basket design at the bottom of the pump help keep it in place, 360 degree surrounded by water, more hydraulic, 100% submersible.
  • 🐟【3 Water Outlets】Equipped with 3 water outlets, can be matched with suitable water pipes according to specific needs. threaded fittings make it more stable.This submersible pump is ideal for fresh-water, salt-water, can be applied in aquarium, fountains, hydroponic and pond.

 

I use a similar pump (different manufacturer, features and specifications) for a recirculating draft line cleaning setup.  Note that fittings sizes are different on this pump vs the one I use in that build.  Adjust accordingly  Another possible homebrewing application would be to set this up for use a part of a recirculating wort chiller setup.

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boxtech 264-1057 GPH Submersible Water Pump, Super Quiet Small Fountain Pump for Pond Aquariums Hydroponics Fish Tank Garden Fountain Waterfall – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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Eaton Weatherhead 1/4″ NPT Male x 1/4″ JIC Male – $7.33 + free prime ship & Spunding Valve Build

Eaton Weatherhead C5205X4X4 Carbon Steel SAE 37 Degree (JIC) Flare-Twin Fitting, Adapter, 1/4" NPT Male x 1/4" JIC Male

Eaton Weatherhead C5205X4X4 Carbon Steel SAE 37 Degree (JIC) Flare-Twin Fitting, Adapter, 1/4″ NPT Male x 1/4″ JIC Male

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  • Adapter fitting for joining a pipe to a tube in a range of fluid transfer applications
  • 1/4″ male NPT threads on one end and 7/16-20 male JIC threads on the other for use with 1/4″ OD tubes
  • Zinc-plated 12L14 carbon steel for strength, durability, and resistance to corrosion
  • Operating temperature range of -65 to +400 degrees F (-53 to +204 degrees C)
  • Meets SAE 070102 specifications for tube fittings

 

This fitting could be used for a lot of things including, potentially, putting together a Spunding Valve Build.   cln_tn_spundingA Spunding Valve allows you to ferment under pressure, naturally and precisely carbonate in the keg, fix over-carbonated beers and more.

See: [Build a Spunding Valve].  Take a look at Build Option 2 for a version that uses a similar although not identical fitting.

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Eaton Weatherhead C5205X4X4 Carbon Steel SAE 37 Degree (JIC) Flare-Twin Fitting, Adapter, 1/4″ NPT Male x 1/4″ JIC Male – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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120 mm Case Fan AND Speed Controller [Stir Plate Project, Kegerator Circulation] – $18.99 + free prime ship

Wathai 120mm x 25mm 110V 220V AC Powered Fan with Speed Controller 3V to 12V, for Receiver DVR Playstation Xbox Component Cooling

Wathai 120mm x 25mm 110V 220V AC Powered Fan with Speed Controller 3V to 12V

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  • Designed to quietly cool Xboxs, Playtations, Rokus, TVs, receivers, mondems, routers, DVRs, computers, and other audio video electronics.
  • Features a multi-speed controller to set the fan’s speed to optimal noise and airflow levels.
  • Dual-ball bearings have a lifespan of 50,000 hours and allows the fans to be laid flat or stand upright
  • The power adapter increases maximum fan speed and enables the fan to be powered through an AC outlet.
  • 120 x 120 x 25 mm ( 4.72 x 4.72 x 1 in. ) | Rated Voltage :12V | Airflow: 92.3 ±10%CFM | Rated Current: 0.45A | Speed: 3000 RPM | Power: less than 2W at slowest speed ; 4.4 W at full speed

 

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Wathai 120mm x 25mm 110V 220V AC Powered Fan with Speed Controller 3V to 12V, for Receiver DVR Playstation Xbox Component Cooling – note, multiple variations of this product may exist including different sizes and other options, a different product may show up at this link


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Eaton Weatherhead 3700X4 Brass 1/4″ Tee – $4.19 + free prime ship & “Cheapest” Spunding Build Option

Eaton Weatherhead 3700X4 Brass CA360 Fitting, Tee, 1/4"NPT Female

Eaton Weatherhead 3700X4 Brass CA360 Fitting, Tee, 1/4″NPT Female

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  • Adapts 1/4″ NPT female end to two 1/4″ NPT female ends at 90-degree angles
  • Brass for corrosion resistance, ductility at high temperatures, and low magnetic permeability
  • For use with LP and natural gas, refrigeration, and hydraulic applications
  • Country of Origin: China

 

Of course you could use these fittings in lots of different applications.  One possible application is a Spunding Valve build.  A Spunding Valve [See: Spunding Valve Resource Post] allows you to ferment under pressure, naturally and precisely carbonate in the keg, fix over-carbonated beers and more.  A similar (different manufacturer and possibly specs) fitting is featured in our “Cheapest” Spunding Valve Build Option

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Eaton Weatherhead 3700X4 Brass CA360 Fitting, Tee, 1/4″NPT Female – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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48 Quart Coleman Cooler – $24.99 + free prime ship + Step by Step Mash Tun Conversion from the AHA

Coleman 48-Quart Cooler, Blue

48 Quart/12 Gallon Cooler by Coleman

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  • Keeps the Ice: 3-day ice retention at temperatures up to 90 °F
  • Holds 63 cans; Added height to hold 2-liter bottles upright to help prevent spills
  • Leak-resistant drain lets you remove water without turning the cooler upside down
  • Hinged lid for easy, one-handed access; 2-way handles for easy lifting and carrying in a space-saving design
  • Low CO2 insulation for reduced carbon emissions from foam manufacturing
  • Dimensions: 14 W x 14.5 H x 26 L in Inches
  • Made in the USA

 

This is the same style of cooler that’s featured in the AHA’s Article… Building a Mash Tun has Never Been So Easy.  That build is based on Denny Conn’s design.

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

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Coleman 48 Quart Cooler – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


Also: Rubber Mini Keg BungReview: Brew Hardware’s Cooler Mash Tun Conversion Kit | Reflectix BP24010 Series Foil Insulation

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Install a Priming and Purging Port for Easy Homebrew Pump Operation

I use my High Flow March Pump to recirculate/vorlauf, transfer wort to my brew kettle, chill with a recirculating immersion chiller and transfer to my fermenter.  It works great, helps me chill down very quickly and overall, it shaves a significant amount of time off my brew day.

Losing Prime, Cavitation and Clogs

When I first started using this pump, I struggled with it.  It continually lost prime and, less often, clogged with grain material.  Disassembling the pump head is not what I consider a real time saver.  That’s no good!

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Stainless Carbonation Cap for PET Bottles – $10.45 + free prime ship & Draft Line Cleaner Builds

PET Bottles Beer Carbonation Cap - Counter Pressure Bottle Filling with 5/16" Barb, Carbonation Beer Soda Water Brewed Beer, Fits Most Soft Drink PET Bottles

PET Bottles Beer Carbonation Cap – Counter Pressure Bottle Filling with 5/16″ Barb, Carbonation Beer Soda Water Brewed Beer, Fits Most Soft Drink PET Bottles by Luckeg


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

  • Heavy Duty Stainless Steel for Carbonation Cap, Perfect Polishing Surface,with two free Food Grade Silicone Seal Rings;
  • Unique Machined the Carbonation Cap, can fit Both Black Liquid Ball Lock Disconnect and Grey Gas Ball Lock Disconnect;
  • The Carbonation Cap can fits Most Soft Drink PET Bottles, easy to Counter Pressure Bottle Fill PET Bottles;
  • The Carbonation Cap can Carbonate Various Beverages, including Soda, Beer, Juice, Water or Clean Beer Line;

Potential Uses:

  • PET Bottles as Growlers: These are generally intended to convert 1L and 2L bottles to growlers.  Fill up a 1L or 2L PET bottle with your favorite homebrew.  Put one of these on (purge the headspace by squeezing if you want to) and then pressurize for transport.  This should help to reduce oxygen pickup and maintain carbonation levels.
  • Fine tune or rapidly carbonate beer: You can also use this cap to rapidly carbonate beer.  Same process as for transport, just set your regulator to the proper pressure and shake or agitate the PET bottle to help introduce CO2.  Or hook it up to CO2 and let it sit in you kegerator.
  • Draft Line Cleaning Projects:  I have developed two draft line cleaning projects using similar SS Caps – Build A Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump | Mark II Keg and Carboy Cleaner Draft Line Cleaning Pump Conversion – make sure your chose SS carb cap works with liquid ball lock QDs

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PET Bottles Beer Carbonation Cap – Counter Pressure Bottle Filling with 5/16″ Barb, Carbonation Beer Soda Water Brewed Beer, Fits Most Soft Drink PET Bottles


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3M Super Weatherstrip Adhesive [Repairing Loose Cornelius Keg Handles and Bases] – back at $2.47 + free prime ship

3M Black Super Weatherstrip Adhesive, 03602, 1 oz

3M Black Super Weatherstrip Adhesive, 03602, 1 oz

Note that other sizes and colors may be available.  Search Amazon for “3M Weatherstrip Adhesive” to see what other options may be available

This adhesive is used by some to repair loose homebrew keg handles and bases.  A loose corny keg handle or base can be an annoyance.  If your keg is in otherwise good shape, it may make sense to repair a loose handle or base.

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

Fix It + Keg Rebuild How-To:  Fix It! Repairing Loose Cornelius Keg Handles and BasesRebuilding & Reconditioning Homebrew Kegs!

Deals on Loose Handle Kegs: It’s worth noting that buying a loose handle keg can be a great way to get a deal.  Adventures in Homebrewing periodically offers these kegs at a discount – search AIH for “loose” – availability of these kegs can be touch and go due to limited quantities and generally high demand

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3M Black Super Weatherstrip Adhesive, 03602, 1 oz – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

Other Problems?  Fix It!

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