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Ball Lock Keg QD Jumper Post [Clean Draft Lines + Draft Line Cleaning Pump Build] – $5.99

BALL LOCK KEG QD JUMPER POST FOR CLEANING

via Brew Hardware.  This custom fitting is designed to allow you to connect two ball lock QDs together for the purpose of cleaning your draft lines more quickly and easily.


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

New and improved version of this fitting is much easier to connect than previous stock. We’ve moved the locking groove closer to the ends so the poppet in your QD doesn’t have to compress as much.

Maybe this is a strange idea but that’s how we roll. This custom made fitting allows you to connect a liquid or gas ball lock coupler/disconnect to both sides. It’s made so that the poppet is depressed to get full flow through both lines. Why?
If you’ve got a multiple faucet kegerator, you’re probably used to cleaning your lines one tap at a time. There are a lot of different ways to run cleaner through the lines whether it be pumping, or maybe even dispensing BLC or other cleaners through by pressurizing a spare keg. The BEST way to clean lines is to use a pump because cleaner in motion works better than static. Here’s how we do it. We use a chugger pump fed from a spare pot or cooler and the output of the pump goes into the first faucet (simply clamp the hose on to the nozzle). The serving line goes to this ball lock jumper fitting, then into the serving line of the next faucet. On the outside of this faucet you can either run it back into your cleaner reservoir or continue to daisy chain to as many faucets as you have. Please note that if you have the faucet style where the piston sticks out of the front of the faucet, you can’t do this because it will leak at that spot.

The beauty of this method is that you don’t have to take your disconnects off the lines or take them apart for cleaning. The cleaner goes through everything. You can also use it with only one QD attached which would then just hold the poppet open for you.

This item is JUST the doubled ended jumper post fitting with two included ORINGS as seen in the picture (may be red or black). We only show the ball lock QD in the second picture to show application at a glance.”


HBF Reader [8 Ways to Connect with HBF] Josh Says: “I use two of these, along with my Mark II Keg Washer, and silicone tubing between my Perlick faucets, to make a loop through all three of my taps in order to recirculate BLC for a good 30 – 60 minutes. Works great!”

Availability of these is touch and go.  Brew Hardware gets a supply in stock and then they sell our in relatively short order.  This is usually followed by a long period of unavailability.  As of this posting, they’re back in stock and marked down to $5.99  Shipping is a Flat $7.99 with a $150 order or free with a $299 order.  Check product page for current availability.

BALL LOCK KEG QD JUMPER POST FOR CLEANING

Draft Line Cleaning Pumps: Mark II Keg & Carboy Cleaner… As a Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump | Building A Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump

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Build a Spunding Valve! – New Ready Made Options

A Spunding Valve allows you to maintain a set pressure.  If pressure in the vessel exceeds the set point, it is expelled.  It generally consists of an adjustable PRV valve, a tee, a gauge and a way to connect to your keg.

Homebrewing Applications of a Spunding Valve

  1. Pressurized fermentation.  Ferment in a 5 or 10 gallon corny keg and use your Spunding Valve instead of an airlock.  This allows you to ferment at your desired pressure.
  2. Dry hop under pressure.  This allows you to dry hop earlier while reducing oxygenation.  Active yeast are more likely to metabolize oxygen that’s introduced during dry hopping during active fermentation.  Since CO2 is not exiting beer as vigorously under pressure, wanted compounds, flavors and aromas are more likely to stay in your beer under pressure.
  3. Naturally and accurately carbonate beer right in the keg.
  4. An airlock replacement.  Keep the valve wide open for non-pressurized fermentations.  Only do this if you have plenty of head space.  This wouldn’t make a great blow off tube.
  5. Keg to keg transfers.  Use the Spunding Valve to allow excess gas to exit the receiving keg as you transfer under pressure.  Helps you achieve a slow, controlled and pressurized transfer.
  6. Fix over-carbonated beers.
  7. Test for keg leaks.  Pressurize your keg to serving pressure.  Put the Spunding Valve on (with the pressure set well above your serving PSI) and note the reading.  The gauge should remain steady.  If pressure drops, you know you have a keg leak.  The digital build, see below, is especially helpful for this task,  The digital gauge reads with .1 PSI resolution making pressure changes easy to spot.  It’s worth noting that this checks the entire keg including gas body o-ring.  That spot is hard to check and other way as it’s only in function when the gas QD is on.  When the gas QD is on… it’s difficult to spray and check for bubbles underneath the gas QD.  Thanks to Scott Janish for this tip!
  8. As an airlock for long term aging of beers.  Airlocks can run dry over time.  A Spunding Valve will not.

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290 Gallon Per Hour Submersible Pump – $19.95 + free prime ship & Draft Line Cleaning Build

EcoPlus 290 GPH (1098 LPH, 17W) Submersible Water Pump w/ 6 ft Power Cord | Aquarium, Fish Tank, Fountain, Pond, Hydroponics

Eco 290 Submersible Pump by EcoPlus.  290 gallons per hour.  28 watt motor.


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

  • 264 Gallons per hour; 28 watt motor
  • Included fittings: .75″ Barbed x .75″ Threaded, two-.5″ Barbed x .75″ Threaded and Nozzle x 3.4″ Threaded
  • Suitable for installation on dry land for in-line use or submersibly into the water
  • Pre-wired 69 inch 120v power cord
  • Suitable for use in hydroponic systems, ponds,fresh and saltwater aquariums, fountains and filter systems

I use this pump in my Recirculating Draft Line Cleaimg_cln_img_0593-225x300ning Build.  You could also use this to put together a recirculating wort chiller.

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

11/16/19 7 PM Central: This is selling for $19.95. Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying orderPrices, 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. Also: Recent Amazon Finds and Amazon Fillers Resource Page 

EcoPlus 290 GPH (1098 LPH, 17W) Submersible Water Pump w/ 6 ft Power Cord | Aquarium, Fish Tank, Fountain, Pond, Hydroponics  – note: additional versions of this pump may be available on this product page, a different model may show up at this link


Related: Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Build

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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.

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10%+15% Off CIP Spray Balls – sparging, cleaning, Mark Carboy Washer Mod

CIP (Clean in Place) Spray Balls are generally used for vessels that are too large to move.  Since they’re too large to move you… clean them in place.  If you have a larger setup, you could incorporate these into your system or routine to help clean your vessels more easily.

Possible applications of CIP Spray balls include cleaning larger vessels, for sparing setups and as a mod for carboy and keg washers – See: Mark II Keg and Carboy Washer Mod – SS CIP Spray Ball

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.

15% Off Coupon: PFD already has generally great prices.  As of this posting, promo code BREW15% takes an additional 15% off stainless steel ball valves

Stacks With: Using the link below takes another 10% off

These deals apply to Proflows lineup of CIP Spray Balls!

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2 X Brass 1/4″ Tees AND 2 X Barbs – $9.97 + free prime ship & “Cheapest” Spunding Build Option

WYNNsky Metals Brass Pipe Fitting Barstock Tee 2 PCS 1/4" x 1/4" x 1/4" NPT Female Pipe 2 PCS 1/4" NPT X 1/4" Hose ID Brass Hose Barb Fittings

WYNNsky Metals Brass Pipe Fitting Barstock Tee 2 PCS 1/4″ x 1/4″ x 1/4″ NPT Female Pipe 2 PCS 1/4″ NPT X 1/4″ Hose ID Brass Hose Barb Fittings

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

  • Adapts 1/4″ NPT Female end to 1/4″ tube size female end to 1/4″ tube size female end at a 90-degree angle
  • 2 PCS 1/4″ x 1/4″ x 1/4″ NPT Female Pipe Fittings, 2 PCS 1/4″ NPT Male X 1/4″ Hose ID Brass Hose Barb Fittings
  • Tee with three openings for connecting and branching three pipes
  • Use to connect hoses and equipment or wherever a threaded barbed fitting is required
  • Brass for corrosion resistance, ductility at high temperatures, and low magnetic permeability

 

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 and barb are featured in our “Cheapest” Spunding Valve Build Option

11/16/19 6 AM Central: This combo is selling for just $9.97. Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying orderPrices, 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.

WYNNsky Metals Brass Pipe Fitting Barstock Tee 2 PCS 1/4″ x 1/4″ x 1/4″ NPT Female Pipe 2 PCS 1/4″ NPT X 1/4″ Hose ID Brass Hose Barb Fittings


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304 Stainless Steel Thermowell Pipe – Add a Thermowell to Your Project

Otomatico 5 Pieces - Pipe for thermowell Stainless Steel 304 Internal Diameter 5/6/7mm Immersion Well 30 50 100 150 200 300 400 500 mm (Internal Diameter 5mm, Length 30mm)

Otomatico 5 Pieces – Pipe for thermowell Stainless Steel 304

If you’re looking to add a thermowell to your project, check out this listing.  Note that a number of sizes, IDs, lengths are available.  Check product page for current selection and pricing.

Otomatico 5 Pieces – Pipe for thermowell Stainless Steel 304 Internal Diameter 5/6/7mm Immersion Well 30 50 100 150 200 300 400 500 mm (Internal Diameter 5mm, Length 30mm) – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

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Inkbird ITC-308 – Dual Stage Digital Temperature Controller | Review | Inkbird Deals

OneBom Ball Lock Post to 1/4″ NPT – add a ball lock post to your project – $12.99

OneBom Ball Lock Post with Poppets, 1/4’’ Male NPT Hex Nipple, 19/32"-18 Gas/Liquid Corny Keg Adapter (Gas)

OneBom Ball Lock Post with Poppets, 1/4’’ Male NPT Hex Nipple, 19/32″-18 Gas/Liquid Corny Keg Adapter


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

  • 1/4’’ MALE NPT HEX NIPPLE – NPT threads for creating tighter seals than straight threads .Male National Pipe Taper (NPT) threads on both ends for connecting female pipes or home brewing
  • WELL MADE – Both ball lock post and hex nipple constructed from 304 Stainless Steel. This material have excellent corrosion resistance. It`s perfect for use with rust sensitive applications and food applications.
  • PACKAGE INCLUDES – gas ball lock, 1/4’’hex nipple, 2 ball lock post o-rings, poppet
  • PLS NOTE – 19/32-18 Gas Ball Lock Post only fit for Cornelius brand kegs. NOT compatible with Firestone, Hoover, and Spartanburg kegs. The assembly can also be fitted to regulators, gas manifolds and various other items.

You could use this assembly to add a ball lock post to one of your projects.  Note that these are available in both gas and liquid versions

11/15/19 9:30 PM Central: This is selling for $12.99.  Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying orderPrices, 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

OneBom Ball Lock Post with Poppets, 1/4’’ Male NPT Hex Nipple, 19/32″-18 Gas/Liquid Corny Keg Adapter – Multiple versions (gas and liquid) may be available.  A different version may who up at this product link.


Also: Kegerator Tips & Gear | Keg Repair Part #s | Recent Keg Finds

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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.

Ferroday Stainless Carbonation Cap for PET Bottles – works on gas AND liquid posts – $10.38 + Hands on Review & Draft Line Cleaning Builds

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.


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

  • 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 one piece of o-ring for replacement

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


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 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 out my Hands on Review of this great carb cap.

11/15/19 7 PM Central: This is selling for just $10.38. 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. Also: Recent Amazon Finds and Amazon Fillers Resource Page 

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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Stainless Steel CIP Spray Ball…. $8.49 + free shipping

Sanitary Cleaning Ball, 1pc 1/2"BSP Stainless Steel Thread Female Sanitary Fix/Rotary Spray Ball Tank Cleaning Ball, Durable and Long Service Life(Fix)

Sanitary Cleaning Ball, 1pc 1/2″BSP Stainless Steel Thread Female Sanitary Fix/Rotary Spray Ball Tank Cleaning Ball

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

  • Made of stainless steel, durable and long service life
  • Small size, convenient installation, both internal and external surface are polished well
  • The largest cleaning diameter reaches 1 to 6 meters, and the rotary one can rotate 360° to spray
  • Work pressure is about 1.5 to 2.5 kilograms, and it can achieve an ideal cleaning effect
  • Water consumption is very low, which greatly lessen the cleaning cost

 

CIP (Clean in Place) Spray Balls are generally used for vessels that are too large to move.  Since they’re too large to move you… clean them in place.  If you have a larger setup, you could incorporate these into your system or routine to help clean your vessels more easily.

Other possible homebrew applications: A CIP ball could be as part of a recirculating or sparging setup or as part of a keg or carboy cleaning setup.  Example: I use this rotary spray ball (different model, manufacturer and specs) with my Mark II Keg and Carboy Cleaner.  See: Mark II Keg and Carboy Washer Mod – SS CIP Spray Ball. 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.

11/12/19 5:30 AM Central: This is selling for just $7.99.  Shipping is also free to many US addresses.  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. Also: Recent Amazon Finds and Amazon Fillers Resource Page 

Sanitary Cleaning Ball, 1pc 1/2″BSP Stainless Steel Thread Female Sanitary Fix/Rotary Spray Ball Tank Cleaning Ball, Durable and Long Service Life(Fix)


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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.

Stainless Steel Carbonation Cap – $9.99 + free prime ship + Draft Line Cleaning Builds

Hombrew soft drink PET Bottle Filling Stainless Steel Carbonation / Line Cleaning

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

  • Use it to counter pressure bottle fill PET bottles
  • Made of stainless steel material,makes it easier than ever to carbonate your beverages
  • make sure that your beverage is very cold so that the CO2 can be absorbed much faster
  • Carbonate,cleaning your beer lines

The post on this unique carbonation cap has been machined ,so it fit BOTH the liquid and gas ball lock disconnects. Stainless stell make it last forever.This carbonation cap also includes a barb tail on the underside ,so you can attach some beer line to act as a dip tube. This allows the carbonation cap to be used in several different ways including: Carbonate Cleaning your beer lines Use it to counter pressure bottle fill PET bottles and so on.Co-win concentrate on producing and selling high quality home brew products,you can get more surprise products in our store.Good products will bring you perfect experence for home brewing . If you have any question and suggestion please contact us We are manufacturer, you will get good prices for batch orders.


 

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.

I use a similar carbonation cap (different model, manufacturer and potentially different specs) in two line cleaning builds – Build A Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump | Mark II Keg and Carboy Cleaner Draft Line Cleaning Pump ConversionNote: I recommend looking at the current product description to see if currently says whether or not works with both liquid and gas QDs.

11/12/19 12 AM Central: This is selling for just $9.99.  Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying orderPrices, 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. Also: Recent Amazon Finds and Amazon Fillers Resource Page 

Hombrew soft drink PET Bottle Filling Stainless Steel Carbonation / Line Cleaning


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