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24 Count – 12″ x 12″ Interlocking NSF Certified Drying Mats – lots of uses

San Jamar VM5280BK Versa-Mat Bar-Shelf Liner, Plastic, 12w x 12d x 1/4h, Black (Case of 27)

24 x 12″ by 12″ interlocking bar mats by San Jamar.  These interlocking mats are versatile.  Multiple mats can be joined for larger areas and they are flexible and easy to cut to shape.  Allows for airflow under glassware.  NSF certified.


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

  • Raised, non-slip surface provides protection against marring of glassware and china; Measures 12 by 12 inches; Black
  • Perfect for use in bar, nightclub and foodservice operations or wherever you need bar matting
  • Variety of uses; Shelf liner, Walk-in cooler, Prep Station, Dry Storage, Bar and Nightclub, Catering, Scullery or wherever you need bar matting
  • 1 Year Warranty
  • Versa-Mat is interlocking bar matting that can be used in a variety of locations. Perfect for lining your bar and dinnerware shelving. Versa-Mat is lightweight and can be easily cut to fit into any contour shape.

I purchased a number of these (in a different color) in 2015 and have  found them very handy.  I use them for drying brew day gear and glassware and also underneath my fermenter in my fermentation deep freeze to improve airflow and keep the fermenter out of any condensation that might show up).  I also use these in bottom of my kegerator for better airflow.  More info on that here – Upgrade Your Kegerator – 6 Improvements

San Jamar VM5280BK Versa-Mat Bar-Shelf Liner, Plastic, 12w x 12d x 1/4h, Black (Case of 24)


Also available in different colors and quantities – search san jamar interlocking bar bat on Amazon

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Oversize Keg Lid O-Ring – for leaky lids – Buy 4 or More and Save

Oversize Keg Lid O-Ring from William’s Brewing.

About, from William’s: “Unlike standard lid O rings which have a .280″ cross section, our exclusive Oversize O Ring has a slightly larger (.310″) diameter, and is molded from softer rubber, for a more positive seal at low dispensing pressures. An ideal fix for an older keg with a leaky lid, or for any keg that needs to be pressurized before filling to achieve an airtight seal. Fits all brands of kegs, pin-lock or ball-lock, with a 3 by 3.5” clamp down oval lid. ”

As of this posting, William’s Brewing is discounting these to $3.49 when you buy four or more.  Check product page for current price and availability.

From HBF Reader David Says: “I have some of these for some Pin lock kegs that I used ball lock lids on that wouldn’t seal up. They are now some of my tightest lids and are great.”

Facebook Friend [Connect with HBF on Facebook] Gus Says: “These things are awesome. Fixed a keg that was headed for the scrap pile. All my kegs rock these.”

In most cases, Pin lock and ball lock cornelius style keg lids are interchangeable from a size perspective.  That means you can, generally speaking, put a pepsi/ball lock style (manual prv) lid on a coke/pin lock style (no manual prv) keg.  In my book, that’s a solid upgrade.  See: What’s the Difference Between Ball Lock Kegs and Pin Lock Kegs? – Related: Keg Repair Part #s

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Update International 24″ Stainless Steel Whisk [Extract, All Grain & Whirlpooling]

Update International (FW-24) 24" French Whip

24″ Stainless Steel French Whip.  Made of 18/8 stainless steel.

I own this whisk and it’s awesome.  It’s my opinion that every full batch (5 gallon+ extract or all grain) home brewer should own one of these.  Check out my hands on review of this whisk.

This whisk is great for: 1.  Stirring in extract.  It easily breaks up clumps, 2.  Stirring the mash (either traditional or BIAB) and 3.  Starting a whirlpool.

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

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Oversize Keg Lid O-Ring – for leaky lids

Oversize Keg Lid O-Ring from William’s Brewing.

About, from William’s: “Unlike standard lid O rings which have a .280″ cross section, our exclusive Oversize O Ring has a slightly larger (.310″) diameter, and is molded from softer rubber, for a more positive seal at low dispensing pressures. An ideal fix for an older keg with a leaky lid, or for any keg that needs to be pressurized before filling to achieve an airtight seal. Fits all brands of kegs, pin-lock or ball-lock, with a 3 by 3.5” clamp down oval lid. ”

As of this posting, this is selling for $3.99.  Check William’s Brewing for up to the minute price and availability.

From HBF Reader David Says: “I have some of these for some Pin lock kegs that I used ball lock lids on that wouldn’t seal up. They are now some of my tightest lids and are great.”

Facebook Friend [Connect with HBF on Facebook] Gus Says: “These things are awesome. Fixed a keg that was headed for the scrap pile. All my kegs rock these.”

In most cases, Pin lock and ball lock cornelius style keg lids are interchangeable from a size perspective.  That means you can, generally speaking, put a pepsi/ball lock style (manual prv) lid on a coke/pin lock style (no manual prv) keg.  In my book, that’s a solid upgrade.  See: What’s the Difference Between Ball Lock Kegs and Pin Lock Kegs? – Related: Keg Repair Part #s

OVERSIZE KEG LID SEALING ‘O’ RING

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Variable Speed Fan Controller

VFSC Variable Fan Speed Controller.  Three settings – full, variable and off.  When variable is selected speed is controlled with knob.  6 ft. – 120 volt power cord and up to 15 amps.

Possible homebrewing uses: Control a DIY stir plate or control a kegerator recirculating fan.  Make sure the specs on this match your intended use.

HBF Reader Matt Says… “I’m using this exact device to control in inline fan off the hood over my brew kettle. It works fantastic.”

Update: Since this post was published the price, availability or promotion has changed.  Check the product page for current description, price and availability.  Also: Today’s Deals on Amazon

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Update International 24″ Stainless Steel Whisk [Extract, All Grain & Whirlpooling]

Update International (FW-24) 24" French Whip

24″ Stainless Steel French Whip.  Made of 18/8 stainless steel.

I own this whisk and it’s awesome.  It’s my opinion that every full batch (5 gallon+ extract or all grain) home brewer should own one of these.  Check out my hands on review of this whisk.

This whisk is great for: 1.  Stirring in extract.  It easily breaks up clumps, 2.  Stirring the mash (either traditional or BIAB) and 3.  Starting a whirlpool.

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

Update International FW-24 Stainless Steel French Whip, 24-Inch – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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6.9 Cu Ft Deep Freeze – $158 @ Home Depot + Reader Feedback

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6.9 Cubic Ft Deep Freeze from Home Depot.  You could use this to put together a Kegerator [See: Kegerator Tips & Gear] or a temp controlled fermentation chamber.

AlsoInkbird Dual Stage Temp Controller

Magic Chef 6.9 Cubic Ft Freezer (model HMCF7W2) from Home Depot marked down to $158 as a Special Buy.  In store pickup at your local Home Depot is free.  Includes storage basket.

Feedback from HBF Reader Brian: “I bought one of these to be my keezer. Important to note: you can put 4 5gal ball-lock kegs staggered in the bottom and one 2.5 or 3gal on the hump, or two if you put your gas on outside. I mounted my taps on the hump side to give easy clearance to get all the kegs in/out.”

Magic Chef 6.9 cu. ft. Chest Freezer in White – $158 + Free In Store Pickup

Update: This promo has expired or pricing, availability or description has changed – Check the supplier’s site or product page for current availability

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Update International 24″ Stainless Steel Whisk [Extract, All Grain & Whirlpooling]

Update International (FW-24) 24" French Whip

24″ Stainless Steel French Whip.  Made of 18/8 stainless steel.

I own this whisk and it’s awesome.  It’s my opinion that every full batch (5 gallon+ extract or all grain) home brewer should own one of these.  Check out my hands on review of this whisk.

This whisk is great for: 1.  Stirring in extract.  It easily breaks up clumps, 2.  Stirring the mash (either traditional or BIAB) and 3.  Starting a whirlpool.

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

Update International FW-24 Stainless Steel French Whip, 24-Inch – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


Also: Four Easy Upgrades for Brew Day

More: Recent Amazon Finds


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Update International 24″ Stainless Steel Whisk [Extract, All Grain & Whirlpooling]

Update International (FW-24) 24" French Whip

24″ Stainless Steel French Whip.  Made of 18/8 stainless steel.

I own this whisk and it’s awesome.  It’s my opinion that every full batch (5 gallon+ extract or all grain) home brewer should own one of these.  Check out my hands on review of this whisk.

This whisk is great for: 1.  Stirring in extract.  It easily breaks up clumps, 2.  Stirring the mash (either traditional or BIAB) and 3.  Starting a whirlpool.

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

Update International FW-24 Stainless Steel French Whip, 24-Inch – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


Also: Four Easy Upgrades for Brew Day

More: Recent Amazon Finds


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TRUE Weldless Bulkheads from Brew Hardware


Here’s a video from Bobby at Brew Hardware talking about their newer line of TRUE Bulkheads.

True Weldless bulkheads are available in a number of configurations.  The 5/8″ Barb version is included in their Cooler Conversion Kit.  I’ve used that extensively See: Hands on Review Brew Hardware’s Mash Tun Conversion Kit and I can tell you that it’s awesome.

If you’ve dealt with other weldless kits and bulkheads you’ll know that typically a certain finesse is required when installing.  They can be a pain, leaky and temperamental to get working correctly.  True Weldless bulkheads – at least the style I have – are well thought out, well built and you can actually tighten them down.

Check it out: Bulkheads | Cooler Conversion Kit

Reader Feedback from ‘jwin’… “Bobby_M has the best products. I only use his hardware including his awesome heatstick. Bulkheads, Shanks, Thermowells, Sight Glasses. All great all innovative. Just got his Variable Length Weldless Bulkhead for my Coleman extreme xl mast tun. 10g barleywine anyone?”

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