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Nite Ize Stainless Carabiner Style Bottle Opener [Black] – $3.49 + free prime ship

Nite Ize Ahhh Dual Bottle Opener, S-Biner Dual Carabiner with Double-Sided Bottle Openers, Black

Carabiner Clip and Bottle Opener in Black by Nite-Ize

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

  • DUAL CARABINER BOTTLE OPENER – This S-Biner Dual Carabiner helps you do everything from attach, carry and hang, to pop a few tops with one convenient accessory
  • S-BINER FUNCTIONALITY – This go-to for travel, camping or daily use lets you attach and carry keys, water bottles and camping gear, hang lanterns and lights, route cords or cables, or just lets you have a bottle opener that clips to just about anything
  • DURABLE Stainless-Steel CONSTRUCTION – The Nite Ize S-Biner Ahhh Carabiner Clip Bottle Opener is made of high quality stainless-steel with sturdy gate closures on both ends
  • WORRY-FREE GUARANTEE – all Nite Ize products are backed by our Worry-Free Guarantee
  • WARNING: not for use where disengagement could result in bodily injury or property damage. Not for climbing

 

I have this and find it very handy when I travel.  I keep this (the uncoated stainless version) in my toiletry bag or backpack.  It functions as both a utility carabiner (no climbing) and a bottle opener.

8/28/19 4 PM Central: This is selling for just $3.49 (in black only).  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

Nite Ize Ahhh Dual Bottle Opener, S-Biner Dual Carabiner with Double-Sided Bottle Openers, Black – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


Also: Review – Nite Ize DoohicKey Stainless Multi-Tool and Bottle Opener

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Bulk Grain Deal – 50 lb Sacks of Grain for $29.99 + shipping – Briess 2 Row & Pilsen

Thanks to HBF Reader Michael for this tip!  [8 Ways to Connect with HBF]

bulk grain deal

As of this posting, Label Peelers is discounting select 50 lb bags of malt to just $29.99.  Note: Shipping will be an additional fee calculated based on your location.  The close you are to Ohio, the better deal this is.  Price, promotions 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 the product page.  Check the product page for current price, description and availability

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

Recent Deals!  Last Fifty Finds

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Bulk Grain Deal! 50 lb Sacks of Grain for $29.99 + shipping – Briess 2 Row & Pilsen

Thanks to HBF Reader Mike for this tip!  [8 Ways to Connect with HBF]

bulk grain deal

As of this posting, Label Peelers is discounting select 50 lb bags of malt to just $29.99.  Note: Shipping will be an additional fee calculated based on your location.  The close you are to Ohio, the better deal this is.  Price, promotions 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 the product page.  Check the product page for current price, description and availability

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

Recent Deals!  Last Fifty Finds

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TaoTronics Non-Contact IR Infrared Thermometer + why use an IR thermometer?

TaoTronics Meat Thermometer Instant Read Food Cooking Thermometer, 40% Larger Screen, Protective Sheath

TaoTronics Meat Thermometer Instant Read Food Cooking Thermometer, 40% Larger Screen, Protective Sheath


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

  • Wide temperature measuring range: measures objects accurately as cold as -50 °C up to temperatures as hot as 420 °C. Includes instant switching between Celsius and Fahrenheit for your convenience. Ideal for chefs, cooks, repair-people and technicians.
  • Increased precision with adjustable emissivity: depending on the subject, adjust the emissivity from 0.1 to 1. Contains Max, Min, DIF (difference) and AVG (average) mode for more precision.
  • Protective temperature alarm: you can adjust the alarms (low and high) as required. When the alarm sounds the measurement of the temperature is outside the pre-set range. Helps to identify temperature problems in need of repair.
  • Easy and direct operation: gently press on the trigger to activate a laser beam and measure a temperature. Enjoy an incredibly fast response of 0.5 seconds.
  • Low battery display: always know how much battery is left. To make the included 9V alkaline battery last longer, the backlight can be switched off.

Since this is no touch, you can check the temp of yeast washing and yeast rehydration water and your starter wort without the risk of infection.  I find mine particularly useful for rehydrating yeast.

Infrared thermometers should not be considered a direct replacement for your standard thermometer.  A quality IR thermometer will give you a close approximation of surface temperatures.  Note that steam seems to throw off readings.  Uses include: Contained yeast rehydration water, chilled wort or starter temperature, kegerator, fermenter or fermenation area and beer tasting samples.  If you’re looking for a standard thermometer, consider these two Top FindsCDN DTQ450X – ThermoWorks Thermapen

TaoTronics Meat Thermometer Instant Read Food Cooking Thermometer, 40% Larger Screen, Protective Sheath


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Reader Tip: Waterproof Outdoor Remote AC Switch

Thanks to HBF Reader Christopher for this tip!  [8 Ways to Connect with HBF]DEWENWILS ODT12B Outdoor Light Sensor Timer, Heavy Duty Waterproof Plug in Switch, 100 Feet Range Remote Control for 2 Grounded Electrical Outlets/Christmas/Holiday/Garden, 15Amp, UL Listed, Black

DEWENWILS ODT12B Outdoor Light Sensor Timer, Heavy Duty Waterproof Plug in Switch, 100 Feet Range Remote Control for 2 Grounded Electrical Outlets/Christmas/Holiday/Garden, 15Amp, UL Listed, Black


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

  • Light sensor & countdown timer: control your outdoor devices according to the schedule you set – on, off, dusk to dawn, on at dusk and off after 2, 4, 6 or 8 hours; repeat schedule daily
  • Remote control: turn on and off outdoor christmas/holiday/yard lights, lamps, pool pump, fountain from your room with the wireless remote, no need to go out in bad weather
  • 100Ft rf range: strong rf signal can work through walls and doors to control outdoor lights and other electrical appliances as far as 100Ft in line of sight, which is suitable for persons with limited mobility, the elderly
  • Heavy duty & durable design: ul listed, waterproof construction, ideal for outdoor and indoor use; pbt material, 6-inch sjtw 14-3 grounded cord and max 15 amp ratings can satisfy most electrical appliances
  • Easy to use: no programming and tools required, 12V 23A battery is included, just plug it in; 2 grounded outlets run 2 devices at the same time, save you energy costs and operating time

Possible homebrew uses – control brewing pump, turn on and off carboy washer [review] turn on and off your draft cleaning pump – See: Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump.  Always be cautious when using your brewing pump with hot liquids and always read and follow manufacturer’s specifications and directions.

DEWENWILS ODT12B Outdoor Light Sensor Timer, Heavy Duty Waterproof Plug in Switch, 100 Feet Range Remote Control for 2 Grounded Electrical Outlets/Christmas/Holiday/Garden, 15Amp, UL Listed, Black


Also Consider: MLCS 9089 Billy Pedal Foot Switch, 2 Step ON/OFF(Continuous Running)

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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.

Reader Tip: Bayou Classic Kettles on Sale at Home Depot – up to 40% off + free shipping

Thanks to HBF Reader David for this tip!  [8 Ways to Connect with HBF]


Related: Cyber Monday at Spike Brewing – 25% off all kettles! – this is a very rare sale – valid today 11/26 only 


As of this posting, Home Depot has select Bayou Classic kettles on sale.  Check site for current price and availability.

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

Recent Deals!  Last Fifty Finds

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Reader Tip: 304 Stainless Steel Keg or Kettle Hop Filter

Thanks to HBF Reader Josh for this tip!  [8 Ways to Connect with HBF]

304 Stainless Steel Basket Beer Keg Dry Hop Filter.  300 micron mesh


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

100% 304 Stainless Steel,300 micron mesh;Allows hop oils to flow into your beer but keeps the hop material inside;Easy removal,great for Dry Hopping in Kegs;It will hold up to 2 ounces of leaf, even more pellet,also can be used in your boil pot;For use in cornelius kegd to dry in 5 gallon kegs


300 Micron Mesh Stainless Steel Dry Hopper for Cornelius Kegs Corny Keg Homebrewing,70mmx300mm


Related: Recent Hop Finds

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Nubee Non-Contact IR Infrared Thermometer + why use an IR thermometer?

Nubee Temperature Gun Non-contact Infrared Thermometer MAX Display & EMS Adjustable

Nubee Temperature Gun Non-contact Infrared Thermometer MAX Display & EMS Adjustable


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

  • Max temperature function: it can take the highest temperature of the area tested by scanning and save the data at the bottom of the screen
  • Ems adjustable function each object has its suitable emissivity, it can make test more accurate by adjust suitable emissivity for different objects
  • Measures in Celsius or Fahrenheit (range: -50 to +500 /-58 Degree F to +932 Degree F), auto shut-off & low battery indicator
  • Red laser pointer for precise aiming, powered by one 9-volt battery(include); take accurate temperature readings with this handheld gun
  • U.S. FDA, FCC, CE, ROHS approved

Since this is no touch, you can check the temp of yeast washing and yeast rehydration water and your starter wort without the risk of infection.  I find mine particularly useful for rehydrating yeast.

Infrared thermometers should not be considered a direct replacement for your standard thermometer.  A quality IR thermometer will give you a close approximation of surface temperatures.  Note that steam seems to throw off readings.  Uses include: Contained yeast rehydration water, chilled wort or starter temperature, kegerator, fermenter or fermenation area and beer tasting samples.  If you’re looking for a standard thermometer, consider these two Top FindsCDN DTQ450X – ThermoWorks Thermapen

Nubee Temperature Gun Non-contact Infrared Thermometer MAX Display & EMS Adjustable


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Extech Non-Contact IR Infrared Thermometer

extech infrared thermometer

Extech IRT25 Infrared Thermometer 12: 1 with Audible Alarm by Extech Instruments


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

  • Quickly take non-contact temperature measurements from -4 to 700°F (-20 to 371°c)
  • “Built-in laser pointer identifies target area while programmable high/low alarms alerts user visually and audibly when temperature exceeds set limits (audible alarm can be muted).”
  • Bright white backlighting illuminates display for taking measurements at night or in areas with low background light levels.
  • Automatic data hold and max/min function stores allow for easy maximum and minimum readings with easy recall
  • The IRT25 comes complete with two AA batteries

Since this is no touch, you can check the temp of yeast washing and yeast rehydration water and your starter wort without the risk of infection.  I find mine particularly useful for rehydrating yeast.

Infrared thermometers should not be considered a direct replacement for your standard thermometer.  A quality IR thermometer will give you a close approximation of surface temperatures.  Note that steam seems to throw off readings.  Uses include: Contained yeast rehydration water, chilled wort or starter temperature, kegerator, fermenter or fermenation area and beer tasting samples.  If you’re looking for a standard thermometer, consider these two Top FindsCDN DTQ450X – ThermoWorks Thermapen

Extech IRT25 Infrared Thermometer 12: 1 with Audible Alarm


More: Recent Amazon Finds

Tip: Plant Caddies For Moving Kegs & Carboys – give your back a break

Rocky Mountain Goods Planter Caddy - 4 Extra strength wheels for easy plant moving - Tip proof - Outdoor / Indoor - White color planter dolly doesn't overheat plants - Wall rim to secure planter (13")

Rocky Mountain Goods Planter Caddy – 4 Extra strength wheels for easy plant moving – Tip proof – Outdoor / Indoor – White color planter dolly doesn’t overheat plants – Wall rim to secure planter (13″)


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

  • Extra strength planter caddy wheels can handle the heaviest of planters
  • Inconspicuous look – Wheels sit directly underneath planter without out extending out like other planter dollies with casters

Thanks to HBF Reader Seth for this tip!  [8 Ways to Connect with HBF], Seth Says: “Something that I have started doing is using plant stand rollers for moving my carboys around the house. They usually have a very high weight limit because potted plants can be extremely heavy. I even have some that are made of wood that have slats in them and if my carboys has a port I’ll run my hose through it so i don’t agitate my beer once it’s settled.”

Note from HBF: The pictured and linked planter caddy is an example.  Search below for other possible models.  Make sure the one you choose is properly sized and rated for your intended application.

Search: Flower Pot Roller Base on Amazon

Rocky Mountain Goods Planter Caddy – 4 Extra strength wheels for easy plant moving – Tip proof – Outdoor / Indoor – White color planter dolly doesn’t overheat plants – Wall rim to secure planter (13″)


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