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840 GPH! Utility Pump by FREESEA – $25.19, Near Best Price + Free Shipping, w/Coupon & Draft Line Cleaning Builds

FREESEA 160-1100 GPH Submersible Water Pump for Pond, Aquarium, Hydroponics, Fish Tank Fountain

FREESEA 160-1100 GPH Submersible Water Pump for Pond, Aquarium, Hydroponics, Fish Tank Fountain

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  • ★Smart control, dry running automaticly cut power.(Principle:Dry running opreation will increase motor temperature, then the pump will automatically shut down, but the motor will restart working after the temperature goes down. Therefore, when the motor automatically turned off we need to cut off power immediately. This function can effectively reduce the damage caused by dry running.)
  • ★With bottom suction trainer,100% submersible.
  • ★Maximum flow rate: 840 GPH STRONG POWER and HIGH LIFT. Max Lift Height: 9.2 ft. 60W high efficiency motor for energy saving.
  • ★Lift height is a max height the water goes up, after connecting the water pipe to the nozzle (Make sure the joint sealed securely and tightly) SUCTION CUP and 5.9Ft POWER CORD. Long enough cord for easy installation.

 

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.

7/9/20 1 PM Central: This has dropped to $27.99.  That’s just 11 cents shy of of the best historical third party Amazon price I found, notwithstanding Lightning Deals or coupons.  Click on “Save an extra 10% when you apply this coupon” and it drops another 10% to $25.19.  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.

FREESEA 160-1100 GPH Submersible Water Pump for Pond, Aquarium, Hydroponics, Fish Tank Fountain – note that multiple variations of this pump may be available, as such a different version may show up at this link


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Stainless Carbonation Cap for PET Bottles – $10.99 + 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


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  • 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

7/9/20 2 AM Central: This is selling for just $10.99Shipping 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.

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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Pressure Gauge – 0 to 100 PSI – by PIC Gauges – $4.15 + Free Prime Ship

PIC Gauge 101D-204E 2" Dial, 0/100 psi Range, 1/4" Male NPT Connection Size, Bottom Mount Dry Pressure Gauge with a Black Steel Case, Brass Internals, Chrome Bezel, and Plastic Lens

PIC Gauge 101D-204E 2″ Dial, 0/100 psi Range, 1/4″ Male NPT Connection Size, Bottom Mount 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

 

 

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].

7/8/20 6 AM Central:  This is selling for just $4.15. 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 

PIC Gauge 101D-204E 2″ Dial, 0/100 psi Range, 1/4″ Male NPT Connection Size, Bottom Mount 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


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Anderson Metals 1/4″ Barb x 1/4″ NPT – $3.38 + free prime ship & Spunding Valve Resource Posting Build Option

Anderson Metals 57001-0404 Brass Hose Fitting, Adapter, 1/4" Barb x 1/4" NPT Male Pipe

Anderson Metals 57001-0404 Brass Hose Fitting, Adapter, 1/4″ Barb x 1/4″ NPT Male Pipe

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  • One piece construction
  • Use with plastic tubing or rubber hose
  • Intended for use with hose clamp or crimp type ferrule
  • Barbed edges provide positive connection
  • Excellent vibration resistance
  • These fittings contain lead and are not allowed by federal law to be installed for potable water use in the U.S.A. and its territories.

 

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.  This would be part of a “Style 3” build.  Here is a photo of this fitting as part of a Spunding Valve assembly.

7/3/20 4 AM Central: This is selling for $3.38.  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 

Anderson Metals 57001-0404 Brass Hose Fitting, Adapter, 1/4″ Barb x 1/4″ NPT Male Pipe – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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400 GPH Submersible Utility Pump + Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Build

Aquastore 400GPH 25W Submersible Water Pump Ultra Quiet Fountain Water Pump with US Plug,usded as Aquarium Pump,Fountain Pump, Statuary Pump, Pond Pump,Fish Tank Pump, Hydroponic Pump,Waterfall Pump

Aquastore 400GPH 25W Submersible Water Pump

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  • 400GPH 1500L/H Submersible Water Pump, 25W aquarium circulation pump and fountain water pump,2 Meters max lift, 6 feet UL listed 3-core cord with 3pin plug,with 3 nozzles;
  • Wide Application-The Aquastore submersible pump comes with ultra quiet design and perfect durable 25W motor. perfect for use as aquarium pump, fountains pumps, statuary ,landscaping, water feature pump,waterfall pumps ,table top fountain pump,spout, pond pump, water gardens pump and hydroponic systems pump, etc;
  • Adjustable flow rate pump-designed with a adjusting knob, can adjust the water flow rate;with 4 strong rubber suction cups help to stick the pump steadily in the aquarium either vertically or horizontally;
  • With 3 barbed outlet adapter ,in outside diameter of 0.51inch/0.62 inch/0.75inch;nozzle threaded design makes it more stable ;
  • Detachable & Cleanable-the pump doesn’t need tools to disassemble and its very easy to clean and install;

 

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.

Aquastore 400GPH 25W Submersible Water Pump Ultra Quiet Fountain Water Pump with US Plug,usded as Aquarium Pump,Fountain Pump, Statuary Pump, Pond Pump,Fish Tank Pump, Hydroponic Pump,Waterfall Pump – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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Motorized 1/2″ Stainless Steel Ball Valves – Add Automation to Your System

Motorized Ball Valve- 1/2" Stainless Steel Ball Valve with Full Port, 9-24V AC/DC and 2 Wire Auto Return Setup by U.S. Solid

Motorized Ball Valve- 1/2″ Stainless Steel Ball Valve with Full Port, 9-24V AC/DC and 2 Wire Auto Return Setup by U.S. Solid

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  • SAFE AND RELIABLE- Made of SS304 steel, with NSF certification, this ball valve is safe for drinking water; Lifespan is 80,000-100,000 cycles.
  • NPT THREADING- ½” Stainless steel threading, manufactured and measured according to National Pipe Thread standards; This electrical ball valve is full port, meaning the bore in the ball is a full ½”; This minimizes pressure loss through the valve; Perfect for home automation projects
  • 9V-24V AC/DC- Works effectively over entire voltage range; Will open or close valve in 3-5 seconds; Limit switch minimizes power after valve is fully open; Ideal for projects where an automatic return is necessary
  • 2 WIRE AUTOMATIC RETURN SETUP- Simple two wire connection, valve largely de-energizes after opening; Returns to fully closed if power is removed
  • ALTERNATIVE TO SOLENOID VALVES- Automatically cuts off power once fully open or fully closed; This reduces likelihood of overheating, making it a great alternative to solenoid valves for projects where a valve needs to be open for an extended period of time

 

Also: Shop around – search Amazon for “nsf certified motorized ball valve” to see what components may be available for your project.

Motorized Ball Valve- 1/2″ Stainless Steel Ball Valve with Full Port, 9-24V AC/DC and 2 Wire Auto Return Setup by U.S. Solid – 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.

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6/26/20 1 AM Central: This is selling for just $24.99. 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 

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

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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MEASUREMAN Digital Pressure Gauge – $12.19 + free prime ship, w/coupon & Spunding Valve Build

MEASUREMAN 2-1/2" Dial Size Digital Air Pressure Gauge with 1/4'' NPT Bottom Connector and Protective Boot, 0-200psi, Accuracy 1%, Battery Powered with LED Light

MEASUREMAN 2-1/2″ Dial Size Digital Air Pressure Gauge with 1/4” NPT Bottom Connector and Protective Boot, 0-200psi, Accuracy 1%, Battery Powered with LED Light

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  • For pneumatic, air pressure measuring, typical for tire gauge, tire inflator, air pressure system etc.
  • Dial size: 2-1/2″, green backlight
  • Plastic case and protective boot,
  • Solid brass connection, 1/4″NPT male
  • 0-200psi, bar, kg/cm2, kpa, Accuracy:1%

 

 

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].

6/25/20 5 PM Central: This is selling for just $12.97. Click on “Save an extra 5% when you apply this coupon” and the price drops to $12.19.  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.

MEASUREMAN 2-1/2″ Dial Size Digital Air Pressure Gauge with 1/4” NPT Bottom Connector and Protective Boot, 0-200psi, Accuracy 1%, Battery Powered with LED Light – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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Stainless Steel CIP Spray Ball by Dernord… $15.99 + free prime ship + Keg Washer Mod

DERNORD Fixed Spray Ball Stainless Steel 304 Tank Cleaning Ball 1/2" NPT Threaded

DERNORD Fixed Spray Ball Stainless Steel 304 Tank Cleaning Ball 1/2″ NPT Threaded

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  • Connection: 0.5″ NPT Female Thread
  • Ball Diameter: 2‘’
  • Working Pressure: 1-2 bar
  • Cleaning Radius:0.5-1.5m
  • Fluxation: 12m³/h

 

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.  I use this rotary spray ball 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.

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

6/25/20 4 AM Central: This is selling for just $15.99.  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 

DERNORD Fixed Spray Ball Stainless Steel 304 Tank Cleaning Ball 1/2″ NPT Threaded – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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Make Your Own DIY Custom Tap Handles – 10 EZ Lok Brass Inserts – Tap Handle Ferrule – $6.10, 61 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.

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

6/24/20 11 AM Central: These are selling for $6.10.  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 

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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