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Pressure Gauge – 0 to 60 PSI – by PIC Gauges + Our Spunding Build – now $5.02 + free prime ship

PIC Gauge S101D-254D 2.5″ Dial, 0/60 psi Range, 1/4″ Male NPT Connection Size, Bottom Mount Single Scale Dry Pressure Gauge with a Black Steel Case, Brass Internals, Chrome Bezel, and Plastic Lens

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  • Black Steel Case With Chrome Bezel
  • Brass Socket And Movement
  • Phosphor Bronze Bourdon Tube
  • Dry Non-Fillable
  • 3-2-3% Accuracy

From HBF: 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.

 

A potential homebrew application for this is to use it as part of a Spunding Valve Build.   A Spunding Valve allows you to ferment under pressure, naturally and precisely carbonate in the keg, fix over-carbonated beers and lots more. See: Build a Spunding Valve

2/6 2 AM Central: This is selling for just $5.02. Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying order. Prices and availability can change quickly.  Check product page for current info – More About Prices

PIC Gauge S101D-254D 2.5″ Dial, 0/60 psi Range, 1/4″ Male NPT Connection Size, Bottom Mount Single Scale Dry Pressure Gauge with a Black Steel Case, Brass Internals, Chrome Bezel, and Plastic Lens – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

Set of 4 Heavy Duty Swivel Casters

Set of Four Heavy Duty Casters

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  • Standard: A set of 4 caster wheels, 2 inch Polyurethane (PU) Swivel caster wheels,a box with screwdrivers, screws and iron washers
  • Wide use: widely used indoor and outdoor, trolleys, workbench, furniture, shelves and other items commonly found in workshops, garages, kitchens, offices etc.
  • Heavy duty and double ball bearing: Our 2 inch heavy duty top plate swivel caster wheels can carry 150Lbs, double bearing.
  • Double brake: Our top plate swivel caster wheels have double brake, it can brake the rotation direction of the bottom plate and the direction of the wheel forward, which is easy to operate.
  • Silence: Silent, easy to push, strong load capacity.

From HBF: 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.

 

Note from HBF: Your around-the-brewery project may need some casters.

ASHGOOB 2″ Caster Wheels Set of 4, Heavy Duty Casters with Brake, No Noise Locking Casters with Polyurethane (PU) Wheels, Swivel Plate Castors Pack of 4 – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

VIVOSUN 800 GPH Utility Pump + Draft Line Cleaning Builds

VIVOSUN 800GPH Submersible Pump

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  • Specs & Dimensions: 4.1*2.6*3.5 inches; The 6.5 ft. long power cord offers convenient installation and an adjustable knob allows you to control of water flow rate and pressure; Max flow rate: 800 GPH (3000L/H); Max lift height: up to 10 ft.; Wattage: 24W; Voltage: 110-120V
  • Detachable & Cleanable: This powerful yet small-sized water pump is easy to hide and disguise; No tools necessary for disassembly and it’s very easy to clean
  • Many Possible Placement Positions: Place the pump flat on its base, stick it on an angled or vertical surface, and manually rotate it into any position you need
  • Wide Range of Applications: This is a high-performance, energy-efficient pump and is well-designed for use in ponds, fountains, waterfalls, hydroponic systems, and irrigation systems and so on; Working Temperature: 32℉ to 104℉
  • 3 Outlet Adapters:Includes three nozzles with different diameter sizes: 0.51 in., 0.62 in., and 0.74 in., providing different water flow effects for all your different needs

From HBF: 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.

 

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

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.

VIVOSUN 800GPH Submersible Pump(3000L/H, 24W), Ultra Quiet Water Pump with 10ft. High Lift, Fountain Pump with 6.5ft. Power Cord, 3 Nozzles for Fish Tank, Pond, Aquarium, Statuary, Hydroponics – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

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Install a Priming and Purging Port for Easy Homebrew Pump Operation

pump priming port

I use my 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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2 X Brass 1/4″ Tees AND 2 X Barbs – $9.98 + 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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  • 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

From HBF: 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. prod:B07BXDHRQG

 

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

1/24 6:30 AM Central: This combo is selling for just $9.98.  Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying orderPrices and availability can change quickly.  Check product page for current info – More About Prices

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

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VIVOSUN 400 GPH Utility Pump + Draft Line Cleaning Builds

VIVOSUN 400GPH Submersible Pump(1500L/H, 15W), Ultra Quiet Water Pump with 5.3ft High Lift, Fountain Pump with 5ft Power Cord, 2 Nozzles for Fish Tank, Pond, Aquarium, Statuary, Hydroponics

VIVOSUN 400GPH Submersible Pump(1500L/H, 15W), Ultra Quiet Water Pump with 5.3ft High Lift, Fountain Pump with 5ft Power Cord, 2 Nozzles

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  • Specifications: Dimensions: 4.1'' x 2.52'' x 2.95''; The 5-ft. long power cord offers convenient installation; Max. Flow Rate: 400 GPH (1500L/H); Max. Lift Height: up to 5.3 ft.; Wattage: 15W; Voltage: 110-120V
  • Detachable & Cleanable: This compact water pump is easy to hide or disguise and no additional tools are needed for disassembly and cleaning
  • A Variety of Outlet Positions: Place the pump flat and choose whichever outlet position suits your needs
  • Wide Range of Applications: High performance energy-efficient pump designed for use in ponds, fountains, waterfalls, hydroponic systems, irrigation systems and other water features
  • Warranty: Super durable & reusable, this pump comes with a 2-Year warranty; If you have any problems with the item you receive, please contact us without hesitation

From HBF: 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.

 

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.

VIVOSUN 400GPH Submersible Pump(1500L/H, 15W), Ultra Quiet Water Pump with 5.3ft High Lift, Fountain Pump with 5ft Power Cord, 2 Nozzles for Fish Tank, Pond, Aquarium, Statuary, Hydroponics – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

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Digital Pressure Gauge – $13.89 + Digital Spunding Valve Build

Digital Low Pressure Gauge with 1/4'' NPT Bottom Connector and Rubber Protector by Uharbour, 0-60 psi, Accuracy 1%, Resolution 0.1psi

Digital Low Pressure Gauge with 1/4” NPT Bottom Connector and Rubber Protector

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  • 1. HIGH ACCURACY: Performance tested & certified accurate to ±1% (Relative Humidity Temperature 25°C) with display resolution of 0.1 psi; FOUR different measuring units to choose: 3.5~ 60 PSI, 0.241 ~ 4 BAR, 0 .241~ 4 KGF /CM², 24.1~ 400 KPA.
  • 2. BATTERY SAVING: Power by 2 x LR03 AAA 1.5V (Included in the package). After measuring, the pressure gauge will turn off automatically after 150s of inactivity to preserve battery life.
  • 3. HIGH QUALITY, shock resistance, vibration resistance and durable.
  • 4. WIDE APPLICATION for measuring gas and air pressure. It applies to these fields of pressure container, automation equipment, matching with laboratory equipment and all vehicles tires including heavy duty ones.
  • 5. One year warranty, unconditionally new replacement or refund for any quality products

From HBF: 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. prod:B07CXM3ZGT

 

A possible homebrew application for this is to use it as part of a Spunding Valve Build.   A Spunding Valve allows you to ferment under pressure, naturally and precisely carbonate in the keg, fix over-carbonated beers and lots more. See: Build a Spunding Valve

1/17 4 AM Central: This is on sale for $13.89. Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying orderPrices and availability can change quickly.  Check product page for current info – More About Prices

Digital Low Pressure Gauge with 1/4” NPT Bottom Connector and Rubber Protector by Uharbour, Range to 60 psi, Accuracy 1%, Resolution 0.1psi – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

See: Building a Digital Spunding Valve for a build featuring this gauge

3M Double Sided Heavy Duty Mounting Tape

3M Double Sided Heavy Duty Mounting Tape

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  • 【Double Sided Mounting Tape】: 23ft length, 0.6inch width double sided tape is a Must-Have in Your Household. It can be used to replace rivets, screws, spot welds, and messy liquid adhesives. No more take time to drill or screw to decorate your home and office.
  • 【Heavy Duty 2 Side Tape】Consists of acrylic foam, which strength is 4lb per inch. Super elasticity can be extended according to your requirements without break. Affected by special pressure-sensitive materials, the initial viscosity of the tape is relatively small. The Viscosity will gradually increase over time and reaches a maximum after 72 hours. You can freely mount large or heavy objects.
  • 【Waterproof and Temperature Resistance】: Excellent water and moisture resistance once the curing process is done. Perfect for kitchen or bathroom, can resist high temperature, heavy rain, rub, suitable for indoor and outdoor use. For example, it will not fall off if it is attached to the car window in summer or winter.
  • 【Multipurpose 3M Mounting Tape】 Small size, big purpose. Our two sided tapes are versatile, such as door edges, signs, wall hooks, carpet fixing, license plate, DIY, and decoration for automobiles, windows, homes, offices.
  • 【Easy To Use】This foam tape is easy to install and removal, and bonds to a wide variety of smooth and clean surfaces such as glass, metal, plastic, tile, wood, marble, and more! Not suggested for wallpaper, fabrics, textured walls, brick, and other rough and non-stick surfaces.

From HBF: 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.

 

Use around your home brewery and more.

3M Double Sided Tape, Heavy Duty Mounting Tape, 23Ft x 0.6In Two Sided Foam Tape, 2 Sided Strong Adhesive Foam Tape, Waterproof Two Way Tape for Automotive, Car, Home Decor, Office Decor – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

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THREE x Carbonation Caps for PET Bottles – works on gas AND liquid posts + Fun With Carbonation Caps

MRbrew Plastic Carbonation Cap, 3 PCS Ball Lock Keg Post 5/16'' Beer Line Nipple Barb Homebrew Kegging Soft Soda Drink PET Bottles Counter Pressure Bottle Filling Cap with Spare Sealing Gasket O-rings

MRbrew Plastic Carbonation Cap, 3 PCS Ball Lock Keg Post 5/16” Beer Line Nipple Barb Homebrew Kegging Soft Soda Drink PET Bottles Counter Pressure Bottle Filling Cap with Spare Sealing Gasket O-rings

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  • Withstand 60-PSI Carbonation Pressure, Complete No Leaking Sealing O-Ring Design and Huge Upgrade From Old Plastic Version: MRbrew carbonation cap comes with necessary brewing sealing o-rings and washer replacemets to prevent leaks, there is a big flat gasket inside this carbonation cap compared to the old version plastic bottle filling cap, can run your carbonator at 60 psi pressure and hold pressure overnight, beer will not go flat, make a airtight seal and good fit for force carbonation.
  • Sealing Gasket is Not Easy to Fall Out and Include 5/16 Barb Fitting Spare O-ring: the inside rubber sealing gasket features a right size for being placed tightly inside carbonating cap, which will stay in on its own when unscrewing off bottle filling cap, also provide 5/16'' beer nipple barb sealing o-ring replacements even such o-ring is screwed inside getting well protected. unlike other polished finish carbonation caps, you can grip this plastic carbonation cap easily when removing.
  • Unique Carbonation Cap Keg Post is Perfect for Ball Lock System and Removable Beer Barb: carbonation cap features a unique keg post that has versatility and ease of use, can connect to both gas and liquid disconnects easily, beer 5/16'' hose barb not only enables carbonation cap to carbonate, but to be used for liquid connections and for cleaning as well. made of healthy plastic, no odors, no burrs or unfinished machining anywhere, will not bring strange smell to the carbonation drinks.
  • Screws onto Standard 2L Soda Bottles Very Securely: this soda drink bottle filling cap features a great accuracy 1-1/8-8UN female thread that can be comparable to the thread of stainless carbonation cap, merge with the plastic PET bottle threads very smoothly, seals the bottles well without needing much torque, screws on and off of bottles easily creating a perfect tight seal every time, excellent tool if you are making homebrewing and kegging.
  • Perfect for Various Brewing Occasions and Reduce CO2 Loss when Do Brewing Cleaning: carbonation cap is a cool way to re-carbonate beverage quickly, no foaming, great alternative for growlers, allows you to serve portable home brew beer, soda water, iced tea on barbecue, beach, lake or holiday parties, other outdoor activities, brings big convenience to mobile kegging. also can run the cleaner through beer lines from a small soda bottle preventing a larger keg from wasting more co2.

From HBF: 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.

 

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 three 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 ConversionBuilding a Simple Ball Lock Draft Line Flushing Setup
  • Related Top Post: Fun with Carbonation Caps!

Some carbonation cap 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. As of this posting, the product page says this works with both liquid and ball lock posts.  Check the product description for current specs.

MRbrew Plastic Carbonation Cap, 3 PCS Ball Lock Keg Post 5/16” Beer Line Nipple Barb Homebrew Kegging Soft Soda Drink PET Bottles Counter Pressure Bottle Filling Cap with Spare Sealing Gasket O-rings – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

Also: [3 PCS] MRbrew Plastic Carbonation Cap Tee Adapter, Allow Gas In and Beer Out Simultaneously, Homebrew Kegging Soda Beer PET Bottles Ball Lock Type Counter Pressure Bottle Filling Cap 3-Way Connector – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

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VIVOSUN 800 GPH Utility Pump + Draft Line Cleaning Builds

VIVOSUN 800GPH Submersible Pump

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  • Specs & Dimensions: 4.1*2.6*3.5 inches; The 6.5 ft. long power cord offers convenient installation and an adjustable knob allows you to control of water flow rate and pressure; Max flow rate: 800 GPH (3000L/H); Max lift height: up to 10 ft.; Wattage: 24W; Voltage: 110-120V
  • Detachable & Cleanable: This powerful yet small-sized water pump is easy to hide and disguise; No tools necessary for disassembly and it’s very easy to clean
  • Many Possible Placement Positions: Place the pump flat on its base, stick it on an angled or vertical surface, and manually rotate it into any position you need
  • Wide Range of Applications: This is a high-performance, energy-efficient pump and is well-designed for use in ponds, fountains, waterfalls, hydroponic systems, and irrigation systems and so on; Working Temperature: 32℉ to 104℉
  • 3 Outlet Adapters:Includes three nozzles with different diameter sizes: 0.51 in., 0.62 in., and 0.74 in., providing different water flow effects for all your different needs

From HBF: 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.

 

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

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.

VIVOSUN 800GPH Submersible Pump(3000L/H, 24W), Ultra Quiet Water Pump with 10ft. High Lift, Fountain Pump with 6.5ft. Power Cord, 3 Nozzles for Fish Tank, Pond, Aquarium, Statuary, Hydroponics – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

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